Friday, June 4, 2010
Board of Health shorts, May 25
• 125 South Street oil spill. The clean up of oil continues, it was announced at the May 25 Board of Health (BOH) meeting, with all of the heavily contaminated soil now removed and set to be replaced with clean soil once all other work is finished. The remaining oil will be removed by introducing a chemical to the soil that will break down the oil and allow it to be washed away. The board will track this chemical to make sure it does not cause any problems in the area, and a Licensed Site Practitioner (LSP) will be on-site during all work.
• Rocky Point permit conditions. The 40B development is in only partial compliance with BOH conditions included in its comprehensive permit issued in 2003. BOH Agent Linda Fantasia later explained that while all Title 5 septic inspections have been passed, annual water usage readings have not been filed and annual septic tank pumping has been incomplete. In addition, the board continues to request information about the status of the required financial guarantee for the property, should there be a catastrophic failure of the wells or septic system. The BOH is in communication with the new full-time property manager, hired in January.
• Foss Farm – use of fertilizer on the garden plots. Based on a letter received by the board concerning raw manure use by gardeners on plots at Foss Farm and associated worries about smells, insects and pathogens, the board has investigated what fertilizers are being used. It was found that there has been no raw manure use and no increase in odor, insect or rodent activity. The material being laid on some of the plots is dry former-goat-bedding straw used to keep down weed growth and replace the organic material in the soil. Some gardeners also use composted manure that is fully broken down and odorless. The new manager of the Foss Farm gardens agreed with this assessment and will be monitoring the plots in the future to make sure nothing inappropriate is used as fertilizer going forward as well. The board will continue to educate itself on this issue in case anything else arises.
• Voluntary well testing. As of the June 1 deadline, 32 households have signed up for well testing. Testing will be done on wells in the center of town as well as those that have signed up. Like all testing conducted by the board, the results will be a matter of public record. A basic water quality scan will cost $125 for each homeowner, with the balance being supplemented by grant money set aside for maintaining town water.
• Emergency radio antenna. The BOH secured a grant used to purchase an antenna for an emergency communication system to be run by local ham radio operators. The board agreed to use additional funds from the grant in order to install the antenna at the police station.
• Hazardous waste collection. The free hazardous waste collection day on Saturday, May 22 went well, with 88 vehicles bringing 24 full loads and 69 half loads for disposal. Some people brought things that are either not classified as hazardous waste (latex paint) or can be dropped off at the Transfer Station (items containing mercury), so the board plans to put out more information about what should be brought to hazardous waste drop offs in the future.
• New BOH member. The board welcomed the newly elected Cathy Galligan to her seat. Bill Risso was re-elected to a new three-year term.
• Animal inspection. The inspector has done all required barn inspections and the board is waiting to receive all payments for said service.
• Lyme Disease presentation. The board is working to bring someone to the community to give an informative talk on Lyme disease this summer.
• Serve Safe volunteer certifications. The five-year certifications for food service volunteers have run out and new certification courses will be held soon, possibly in conjunction with Concord. ∆
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