Friday, June 26, 2009
Board of Health shorts, July 16
• Animal inspector stipends. The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) has approved next year’s $1,000 stipend for the position of Animal Inspector. Inspectors Lawrence Sorli and Deborah Toher perform barn inspections, help with wildlife calls (such as bats in the attic), put restraining orders on dogs that have bitten humans and otherwise help with animal-related issues not covered by the police department’s animal control officer.
• Ferns – Construction plans and progress. After water and soil tests showed no contamination, construction for the addition to Ferns Country Store has begun. Currently only the outside frame, walls and roof are being built, and an interior plan will be presented to the board for approval once that work is done. A clivus toilet will be installed for employee use and to give the option of indoor seating in the future as a customer toilet would be required. The hand sink that is currently located in the basement will be moved upstairs into the new bathroom so employees can wash their hands, but may need to be restricted some how if the toilet is opened to customers as outside use of the sink would require more water than the current system can provide. The building inspector and the Board of Health will work with applicant Larry Bearfield to resolve this issue should it arise.
• 63 Buttrick Lane – Public hearing. Licensed builder Dean Bliss appeared on behalf of homeowners planning to finish their attic into two rooms, and requested a waiver of a deed restriction that would force them to remove their garbage disposal. The board advised the builder that with the two new rooms added the house would be over the maximum amount of water flow its system could handle unless the garbage disposal was removed, and gave the option of making the attic only one room to allow the disposal to stay. The builder excused himself to contact the homeowners with their options, and returned when his clients agreed to the deed restriction so they could keep the original two room design. The request for waiver was removed and the Board signed the restriction.
• Building inspector report. The Carlisle Building Inspector appeared before the board to report on inspections, inspection jurisdiction, and new building in Carlisle. The inspector noted that a new trend in local building where homeowners are building apartments above detached garages and then attaching the septic pipes to those in the house instead of directly to the tank has caused some confusion as to whether his plumber or the BOH inspector is responsible for the inspection. They have decided that any building to building pipes fall under the purview of the building inspector, and building to tank pipes remain the responsibility of the BOH inspector.
A building permit has been issued to the project at Hanover Hills now that they have resolved previous issues with well and septic system installations. Four other building permits have been issued in the past month as well, which is a significant rise in local building projects.
• 84 South Street – Public Hearing. Two builders requested approval of their septic system upgrade plan for the Assurance Technology Corporation on South Street. The existing septic system includes two leech fields, one of which had not been used due to a failed diverter component. Their plan is to switch to the previously unused leech field, as well as install a new septic tanks and line.
Since meeting previously with the board, ATC had measured the size of the office space used to determine the required system flow rate. Based on the new measurements it was calculated that a capacity of 1,750 gallons per day was needed. As the new field and tanks will more than take care of the output of the building, the board approved the plan.
• Septic System Loan Program. The first two applications for septic system loans were reviewed by the board and both accepted. Both systems had failed recent inspections and require upgrades to meet environmental and health standards. Though one homeowner asked if it was possible to lower the interest rate to 2% instead of the current 5%, the board kept the rate as the other would cost the town money on longer loans. The worry that the second home may go into foreclosure was brought up, but the board reviewed the order of lien payments and affirmed that Carlisle would still receive repayment if that occurred. Due to concerns from both homeowners over how paying through the loan would affect their ability to pay their contractors, the board reminded them that this money can only be used to pay for system-specific work and not for any late-payment penalty fees that the contractors might give them. The board also plans to make an amendment to the current loan paperwork to make this more clear to future applicants.
• Hazardous waste collection. The collection on May 30th went well, but a problem arose due to how the contractor that hauls away the waste charges the town. Charges are made by either the carload or the half carload, meaning that a person bringing in a single can of paint still counts as a half carload despite being significantly below the maximum amount. The board plans to review this issue and determine if there is a safe and acceptable way to consolidate smaller waste amounts without making people responsible for waste that is not their own.
• Emergency automatic phone system. Although to date there has not been an emergency in Carlisle where a system like this was needed, the board agreed the town would still benefit from having one. There is a similar system in use by the school, but due to how that one is set up the BOH cannot use it for health reporting. The board plans to ask neighboring towns if Carlisle could become part of one of their systems, as Carlisle’s small population makes the expense of setting up an entirely new system just for health reporting cost prohibitive. ∆
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