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Board of Health, September 26, 2011
TOWN OF SCITUATE MASSACHUSETTS
Board of Health
PRESENT: Chairman, Russell Clark and members Frank Lynch and Michael Vazza. Director Jennifer Sullivan and Secretary Pam Mullin.
The Scituate Board of Health held a hearing on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Scituate Town Hall located at 600 CJC Highway. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion by Frank Lynch to approve the Agenda and Meeting Minutes of September 26, 2011, seconded and approved unanimously.
7:00 p.m. Fats, Oils & Grease Discussion continued
The Director noted the duplications with the Health Regulations from both the Town of Weymouth and the Town of Hudson. After elimination of these duplications, a final version of the regulations will be finalized with the board at an upcoming meeting, then a public hearing.
Of key importance will be enforcement and a timeline for connection. Discussion included phasing in over a year with establishments over 100 seats and grocery stores containing a meat room. This will be followed by establishments with 50 seats or any businesses with grease producing sources. The impact regarding financing, possible landlord issues and the establishment(s) cost are all considerations the board discussed.
Each establishment will be required to submit a detailed action plan indicating either interior or exterior grease trap choice(s), and timeline for completion. Director to offer formula complying to enforcement, timeframe for completion and business contacts relating to possible places to purchase. This is not only a selection for a grease trap, but choosing a reliable electrician to install. The department will assist with any questions related to this compliance.
Final Report on Sand Hills Area Beach Sampling
The results have remained the extreme presence of seaweed. What continues to be a proactive study are the high readings from the storm drain. Director will speak with the DPW Department and the Animal Control Officer about possible pollution sources. A proposed parking lot adjacent to this questionable storm drain gives cause for additional concern.
A suggested solution to seaweed accumulation, recycle it with a composting facility. Budgetary restrictions make this impossible. Department has been asked to seek alternative solutions.
Director to follow up with findings at an upcoming meeting.
Ordering Title 5 Inspections in Sensitive Areas
Five specific areas have been identified near beaches and water sources. If any Title 5 inspections fail in these areas, homeowners will be asked to replace or repair their systems. Frank Lynch stated that the “department must establish a basis for taking this action” and I think that the Director has appropriately identified the need for inspections of these systems based on their age and locations.
Motion to adjourn by Michael Vazza, seconded and approved unanimously.
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