Carlisle Board of Health meeting shorts, May 14

by Karina Coombs

Gleason Library septic system

The Board of Health (BOH) granted the Gleason Library a waiver for septic tank replacement during their May 14 meeting, turning the year-long deliberation back to the Conservation Commission for its approval.

During the public hearing, project consultant Joseph March of Stamski & McNary explained the best location for a new septic tank would be in the back of the library, under the driveway. With that location falling within the required 25-foot wetland buffer, however, March requested a waiver that would allow the work to come within 20 feet of existing wetlands.

Because of a discrepancy between flow rates measured by March and the Department on Environmental Protection, the system will need to be reevaluated in a year. March explained that the rate disparity was due to leaky toilets, since repaired, so flow rates should normalize.

Chair Jeffrey Brem noted that the BOH had been involved in the project since the library first began having problems and the group was “well versed” on the proposed system. Health Agent Linda Fantasia asked if Gleason would need to close for the installation. March explained it might take a day or two to make the system connection and some areas of the parking lot might be blocked off for a week or so.

108 Hemlock Hill Road

Fantasia notified the board that a deed restriction for 108 Hemlock Hill Road had been filed on May 14 and the owners were now in compliance. In November 2012 the owners appeared before the board to seek permission to finish their basement. Owing to the square footage that would be added to the home and the limitations of their current septic system, the owners were instructed to file a garbage grinder deed restriction as a condition of approval.

The BOH noted the owners received a building permit from the Building Department without the deed restriction being filed and with information missing from the permit application. Brem said that he would speak with Building Commissioner John Luther. Fantasia explained that a number of letters had been sent to the owners before final resolution. The BOH will consider issuing a fine.

389 River Road

The board discussed a missing certificate from a 2011 construction project at 389 River Road. A guesthouse was renovated and septic system updated on the property, but the BOH had not yet received an application requesting a Certificate of Compliance (COC) from the owner. The applications are required within 30 days of system completion.

Because of the missing certificate, Brem said the system had been in violation of Title 5 of the State Sanitation Code since November 2011. Reached for comment after the meeting, Brem clarified that the absence of a certificate “should not affect the validity of the construction, safety, etc.”

Typically, a missing COC is caught when an owner tries to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. Because the property was already occupied, however, Building Commissioner John Luther said a Certificate of Occupancy was not needed and the absence of the COC went undetected until recently.

The board will send a letter to the property owners requesting fees to cover the additional inspections needed for the septic system installation, the COC and other certifications from the system engineer stating that the septic system is in compliance. The BOH will consider issuing a fine.

Tobacco-related wellness grant

The BOH received a state-funded grant in February for the creation of smoking cessation programs in multi-unit housing and promoting awareness of the dangers associated with smoking near oxygen equipment. After conducting a number of interviews along with Council on Aging Director David Klein, the board announced the hiring of Theresa Curran as program consultant. The project will conclude on September 30.

Hazardous waste, sharps collection

The BOH sponsored the annual spring hazardous waste collection on May 5 at the transfer station. Sharps were also collected. Galligan noted 101 vehicles dropped off hazardous materials and the group collected 13 containers of sharps. For the 2014 collection, Galligan would request all sharps be stored in sealed red sharp boxes so no one is turned away for improperly stored needles. ∆