Board of Health August 8 shorts

by Karina Coombs

767 Bedford Road comments

Asked by the Selectmen for input regarding the town’s right of first refusal for the 767 Bedford Road property, the Board of Health (BOH) on August 8 declined to make a recommendation, noting the discussion was out of its purview until such a time as they had an application for a system on the property.

Planning Board member Jonathan Stevens discussed a site walkthrough held on July 31. He explained that while the site had two Planning Board approved house lots, there was concern that a driveway entrance that comes out on Maple Street would be dangerous. He also added that the land could be used as open space and for future trail connections, noting that the property was located in front of Chapter 61 Forestry land, not part of the current sale.

95 Hanover Road update

The BOH sent a letter to Dr. Nouvellon on August 8 regarding the septic installation at her house at 95 Hanover Road, noting that at its July 25 meeting, the board identified seven steps she and her installer would need to take by September 30 to continue construction at the property. At that meeting the board voted to reactivate her Sewage Disposal Construction Permit. According to Fantasia, Dr. Nouvellon, who was present at the July meeting, is looking for a new engineer to work on the project and it is likely she will miss the September deadline.

Tick testing

The BOH is working with the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Laboratory of Medical Zoology to offer Carlisle residents a reduced fee for tick testing. Instead of the regular rate of $50, residents will pay $25 with the BOH paying another five dollars for each tick tested. The program will remain open until it has received 100 tick submissions. To learn more about the program or order a tick report, visit: www.tickreport.com.

Barn fees increased

The board voted unanimously to approve an increase in barn licensing fees from its current $25 to $32. The fee had been unchanged for nearly a decade. Fantasia explained that Carlisle currently has 80 barns and inspectors are required by the state to visit each one. She also noted that surrounding towns had significantly higher fees with Bedford charging $15 dollars per animal (with a maximum fee of $50) and Concord charging a $50 application fee. 

Emergency preparedness grant

A $5,000 dollar grant was awarded to the BOH from the Cambridge Health Alliance for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, with funds received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to support region 4AB, of which Carlisle is a part. The money is to be used by June 30, 2018.

The next BOH meeting is scheduled for August 22. ∆