Friday, April 9, 2010
Board of Health shorts, March 30
• Flood damage. Meeting during the most recent storm, the Board of Health (BOH) discussed storm coordination between town departments. Carlisle BOH Agent Linda Fantasia noted there had been over 85 calls to the Fire Department. The BOH had received three calls to date, she said. Two were concerning pump alarms, and one was about a driveway washout. The committee discussed septic system storm damage at a Russell Street residence. Fantasia said she would contact the owner regarding the damage.
• Septic system replacement. The BOH viewed the septic system plan for 545 South Street. Matt Waterman, of LandTech Consultants, explained the project is to replace the failed cesspool with a new septic system. The plan places the leaching field 63 feet from the wetlands behind the house. According to LandTech’s letter to the board, the new Presby wastewater treatment system uses an alternative technology, which will function with a leach field 40% smaller than a standard system.
BOH member Bill Risso noted the paperwork indicating the septic system is in failure has not been received, and Waterman said he would “find the field notes” from the engineer. Fantasia noted there were no soil logs. Waterman said, “We will get you those.”
Waterman was asked why the system was not located in the front of the house and he replied that the owners “esthetically” preferred the system behind the house. He also noted the water table was higher in the front. Vice Chair Chris Deignan, who stood in for missing Chair Jeff Brem, said the BOH “needs a narrative describing the challenges you face locating outside the [wetland] buffer zone.” Risso added, “And an economic feasibility statement.”
The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) regulates work near wetlands. When asked if the ConsCom had reviewed the plan, Waterman replied,“We are trying to get all other permits before going to them.” The BOH approved the system subject to locating it no closer than 63 feet from the wetlands and subject to ConsCom approval.
• Benfield Farms. Housing Authority Chair Alan Lehotsky asked if the septic system will be included in the peer review being coordinated by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Fantasia will inquire. Besides the septic system, the development will require BOH approvals for irrigation and fire safety wells. Lehotsky suggested a waiver of fees, noting fee payments would move from one town department to another. Fees were not waived and, according to Fantasia, the project will be charged fees of $2,000 for the septic system review and inspections.
• Sanitary Inspector needed. Carlisle’s contract with the current sanitary inspection service, through the Town of Concord, expires this spring. Fantasia said she has discussed the position with Brent Reagor, Concord’s Public Health Director, and they are interested in re-applying for the position. Risso noted that under an automatic renewal, the rate charged by Concord would increase by five percent. Fantasia asked the committee to define the scope of the work needed by the sanitary inspector. “Do you want sanitary inspections for food as well as engineering activities?” she asked. Risso replied, “We just need the food inspection” since the town already has engineering inspection services. “I’m in favor of hiring an independent person,” added Risso. Fantasia is to draw up a scope of work needed. The committee voted to notify Concord that they would not automatically renew the contract.
• Lyme disease prevention. Gail Constable of Lowell Road appeared before the board to request an enhanced Lyme disease awareness program in Carlisle. Saying it is at “epidemic proportions,” she suggested the BOH hold an event to promote Lyme disease awareness. “Many people with symptoms have been going for years without being diagnosed,” she said. “Those that didn’t go for treatment are suffering.” Fantasia replied, “We were going to do it last year, but H1N1 interfered.” Risso noted that a town nearby held an educational evening on Lyme disease but the evening ended up with “professionals arguing with each other.” BOH member Michael Holland noted that May is Lyme disease awareness month. Deignan said, “I would be in favor of what was planned last year.” Risso said, “I like the idea of having a panel with people willing to share their personal stories.” The board thanked Constable for her suggestion.
• H1N1 update. Some federal funds from the effort to vaccinate Carlisle residents remain unspent, reported Fantasia. She said she will check with her counterparts in Concord to see what they are doing with their remaining funds. “H1N1 hasn’t gone away,” she noted. She has submitted reimbursement requests for custodial and police support during the town vaccinations.
• Well testing. One vendor, Nashoba Analytical, has applied to provide discounted water testing services to homeowners. The board agreed to use them. The town-wide voluntary water testing is organized by the BOH every other year. The board plans to publicize it next month, with testing to be done in June.
• Continuance on 142 Bedford Road. The public hearing on the project at 142 Bedford Road was granted a continuance to April 27.
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