Friday, December 3, 2010
Board of Health shorts, Nov. 30
Chair Jeffrey Brem welcomed new member Elizabeth Nilson Ostrow at the November 30 meeting.
• Ferns permit renewed. Co-proprietor Larry Bearfield was present for the review of his food establishment permit application. The application is for food service involving takeout, retail and 19 self-service seats in Ferns. Four Ferns employees have ServSafe certification. In the past, problems with meeting state regulations for food temperature led the BOH to require Ferns to be certified every six months. Now that the problems have been cleared up with Ferns’s redesign and with Ferns having a state Public Water Supply number (requiring a higher level of testing), the BOH allowed Bearfield to seek certification renewal annually.
There will be a scheduled inspection of the septic system holding tank, done each spring, as well as two unannounced inspections of the facility per year.
In addition, Bearfield is required to keep logbooks recording temperatures, maintenance and information on food systems. The BOH approved Ferns’s food establishment permit. The common victualer’s license was also approved and signed, and will be sent on to the Selectmen for their approval. Upon a question from Chair Jeffrey Brem, Bearfield noted that “the next challenge” for Ferns will be to go through a modified site plan process with a view to being licensed to serve alcohol on the premises of Ferns (see article, page 1).
• Farmers Market. Managers Leslie Thomas and Cindy Kraft were present to apply for Farmers Market permitting for the new winter Farmers Markets in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Thomas reported that the first market, held November 27, last Saturday was a great success. The BOH reiterated their concern that all meat and cheese to be sold must be from USDA certified facilities and bear the USDA mark of inspection. Paperwork to comply with that requirement is being sent to the BOH. The board voted to issue a blanket license for the December 18 (9 a.m. to noon) Farmers Market, while they poll other towns for information on their concerns and licensing processes for their own Farmers Markets. A small license fee will be charged as well. The future markets in Union Hall will be licensed on the basis of this education process.
• Staffing. Administrative Assistant Gretchen Caywood has resigned from the Board of Health (BOH); she was paid through the holiday for her BOH work and will continue to work for the Planning Board and Historic Commission.
Health Agent Linda Fantasia recommended replacing Caywood on an interim basis, perhaps with a college intern who is home for the holidays, until someone else can be found with job description and advertisement (posting). Town Administrator Tim Goddard recommends that in the meantime the BOH review the administrative assistant’s job description to see if it needs to be changed. Fantasia reported that there is grant money for some of the tasks. Currently this is a 15-hour-per-week position at grade four ($18/hour). Five hours are paid from the revolving account because of the job’s engineering component; the BOH pays for ten hours. The board decided to review the whole position to examine possible efficiencies while trying to hire a temporary assistant or intern for up to three months.
The board approved the contract for Kevin Sweet for inspection of summer pools.
• Conference. Board member Cathy Galligan and Fantasia attended the MAHB (Massachusetts Health Boards) conference on November 20 in Marlboro and reported new sources of information for dealing with town health emergencies, as well as updates on new state and municipal regulations and procedures.
• Food handling. Carlisle’s latest nine students taking ServSafe state- approved classes in food service received certification with high scores.
• Septic loan program. Two out of four septic loans currently in the Septic Loan Program have been repaid. Based on information gleaned at the MAHB Conference, Fantasia recommended a separate accounting system so that the fund can build up and the town will not lose track of payments made by borrowers.
• Assurance Technology water testing. Coliform water bacteria was found in the Public Water System (PWS) at Assurance Technology in October. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recommended raising the wellhead there to the required 18 inches above grade to address the problem. This has been done. Assurance Technology has a state-permitted well with a state-certified operator doing monthly sampling, and the water has since been testing clear.
• Church, school testing. The Congregational Church had a successful bi-annual pump-out and testing. The Carlisle School’s wastewater treatment plant also tested successfully in October.
• Flu Clinic. The flu clinic was successful, but not as well attended as in the past, with only 70 people. Next year, The BOH may offer it earlier in the season and may also offer to vaccinate children.
• 62 Lowell Street. The septic system is in hydraulic failure without breakout or backup, according to the latest Title Five inspection report, and qualifies as an emergency. The board voted to reference their authority under Title Five to issue an order requiring the owners to submit a new design by January 1 and complete the construction of a new septic system by April 30, as well as testing their well within 10 days and pumping the system in 10 days and then every 30 days with reports submitted within 10 days of the pumping. ∆
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