BOARD OF HEALTH
April 17, 2008
OPENING: The regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Health opened at 7:00 p.m. The following members were in attendance:
Dr. Jerome Azia
Mr. Tom FitzGerald, Health Agent, was also in attendance.
1. Mr. Tryba made a motion to accept the minutes of 3/20/08. Dr. Azia seconded the motion. The vote of the Board was unanimous in favor.
2. The minutes of April 3rd were tabled until the next scheduled meeting.
1. Mr. David and Mrs. Brenda McManus attended the meeting to discuss the septic system failure at Wynnfield condominiums Mr. and Mrs. McManus are attempting to sell their condominium, but banks have denied potential buyers mortgages because of the Title 5 failure. Mr. McManus stated that he was aware of their association contracting an agreement with Tighe & Bond, however he has not been informed if the study is only to determine the cause of the failure, or if it would include a solution to the issue. Dr. Azia explained that failures must be repaired within a two year period unless the system is surfacing or causing a public health hazard. Mr. McManus stated that he was not aware of the system surfacing. The Board members, though sympathetic to the problem, have no recourse to mandate the
system be repaired at this time. Title 5 allows two (2) years for the repair unless surfacing or contaminating water ways. The Board did assure Mr. & Mrs. McManus that they would do what they could to expedite the repair.
2. Mr. Dennis Clark, representing the Conservation Commission, attended the meeting to discuss plans for Williamsburg Estates. The sub-division plans have been reviewed by two engineering firms, and soon to be reviewed by a third at the request of the Planning Board. Mr. Clark noted that there were no operations and maintenance plans for taking care of the retention/detention basins. Standing water is typically a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which is a Board of Health issue. The Board members agreed to review the operations and maintenance plans once they become available.
MR. FITZGERALD'S REPORT
1. Mr. FitzGerald attended a DEFIB/CPR training program taught by Kate Johnson, Health Nurse.
2. Mr. FitzGerald conducted a food service inspection for Tanto Mane, a mobile food cart. Dr. Azia was informed that the cart was in operation on Saturday April 12th as the owner said he did have a "verbal" confirmation to open from Mr. FitzGerald. The owner did meet with Dr. Azia and Mr. FitzGerald on April 15th and apologized for the misunderstanding.
3. The Board members discussed the various types of food related permits. A temporary permit (1 to 5 days) is $10.00 - a lunch cart (mobile) is $25.00. As the food service vendors for the Moto Cross do not fall in either one of these categories, Ms. Brzoska made a motion to incorporate a seasonal food permit at $75.00. The seasonal permit will not require re-inspections from Mr. FitzGerald every fourteen (14) days. Mr. Tryba seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous in favor.
4. Mr. John Westcott, Fireman's Association, discussed food service stations for the annual Fireman's Carnival. The Fire Department informed Mr. Westcott that an ancillary system would not be required. Ansel systems are costly and are used in cooking facilities, which use grease to help prevent the spread of fire. It would not be economically feasible for Mr. Westcott to have the system installed. Mr. Westcott requested if he could bring pre-cooked food items to his mobile food cart. The Board members will require a written plan of how Mr. Westcott will manage the food before making a decision on the matter.
5. Mr. FitzGerald conducted a food service inspection at The Cove restaurant, formerly known as the Brass Rail.
6. Mr. FitzGerald stated that the Household Hazardous Collection day has been rescheduled for May 24 from 8:30 to 12:30. Ms. Brzoska made a motion to contract for a police person to be present for traffic control, and to make a donation to the Fire Department in the amount of $200.00 in appreciation for their cooperation. Mr. Tryba seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous in favor.
7. Mr. FitzGerald conducted a site visit adjacent to property owned by Great Brook Lumber as a result of a complaint of rubbish and debris. Mr. FitzGerald noted that there was debris on the section of the property line that borders the cemetery, and will contact the property owner.
8. Mr. FitzGerald received a complaint from Mr. Dennis Clark concerning an overflowing dumpster at the Pride gas station. The manager assured Mr. FitzGerald that the trash would be removed.
9. Mr. FitzGerald received another complaint of a septic system surfacing at 32 Ed Holcomb Road. Mr. FitzGerald could not substantiate the complaint.
10. Mr. FitzGerald received a complaint of rubbish and debris at 28 Miller Road. Mr. FitzGerald did contact the owner of the property advising them that the trash must be removed.
11. Mr. FitzGerald attended a meeting with Mr. Nicholas Daniele, Chairman and Mr. J. Pat Ayotte, Vice Chairman of the Sewer Implementation Committee. The areas of consideration for public sewers included the schools, areas not included in Phase I around the lakes, and to the Connecticut state line by Lakewood Village Apartments.
12. Mr. FitzGerald received a complaint of trash at 19 Island Pond Road. The property may belong to the Island Pond Association, who will be required to remove it.
13. Mr. FitzGerald witnessed percolation tests at the following locations:
1) 7 Whalley Way
2) Southwick Baptist Church - aborted
3) 16 Fernwood
14. Mr. FitzGerald signed Disposal Works Construction Permits for the following locations:
1) 139 Fred Jackson Road
2) 21 Shaggnark Drive
15. Mr. FitzGerald conducted a final inspection of septic system installations at the following locations:
1) 8 Country Club - D box
2) 10 Gloria Drive - tank
3) 53 Coes Hill Road
1. Mr. FitzGerald received a letter from the property owner of 106 Summer Street who stated that he fully intends to return to the dwelling to effect repairs.
2. The Board received the monthly report stating that the septic system at Big Y is functioning properly.
3. The Board received a copy of a letter to the DEP concerning the water test of the municipal water system.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Jean Nilsson, secretary