Friday, May 30, 2008
Board of Health shorts, May 20
• Town Center wastewater. The board at their last meeting formed a working group to investigate turning the Carlisle School wastewater treatment plant into a shared facility for town-owned buildings in the center. The working group includes board members Chris Deignan, Jeff Brem and Bill Risso. They aim to protect groundwater supply by preventing possible overuse of high-traffic systems like Gleason library. The school’s current system is built to process 12,500 gallons of waste a day, and during the school year the school produces 3,500-4,000 gallons a day.
It was felt that additional municipal flow would protect the plant during the summer months when the purifying bacteria starve and town employees have had to feed the system dog food or import sewage from out of town. According to BOH Agent Linda Fantasia, importing sewage will not be allowed going forward because of pollution concerns. Fantasia explained that the size of the waste water treatment plant was determined by a state requirement for a capacity to handle at least double the existing metered flow. An allowance for future enrollment growth was also included.
• 128 Ember Lane. The homeowners of 128 Ember Lane applied for and were granted a permit to turn their basement into a rec room without expanding their septic system because they agreed to a four-bedroom deed restriction. In order to comply with town septic system regulations homeowners chose the deed restriction rather than remove their garbage disposal.
• Staff hours. After losing part-time employee Mary de Alderete two months ago, the board is working with the town administrator and treasurer to temporarily increase BOH assistant Gretchen Caywood’s hours. The extra hours would fit within the board’s budget and clear up backlogged work.
• Inspections passed. Ferns store passed recent inspections including septic and kitchen inspections, water and alarm tests and met all EPA standards.
• Old Home Day food. At their May 20 meeting the Board of Health (BOH) granted one-day food service permits for Old Home Day to the First Religious Society, Boy Scouts and Fire Department.
• Next meeting. The next Board of Health meeting will be on Tuesday, June 10. ∆
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