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Environmental Health Department

Environmental Information Responses  Ashby Office (days)       111

The Nashoba sanitarian is available for the public twice a week at the Ashby Board of Health Office. (This does not reflect the daily calls handled by the secretarial Staff at the Nashoba office in Ayer.)

Food Service Licenses & Inspection                                                   10

Nashoba annually mails out and receives application from both restaurants and retail food businesses. Licenses are renewed for existing facilities. Plans are submitted and reviewed prior to initial licensing. All licensees are inspected at a minimum twice a year. Where deficiencies are found, a re-inspection is scheduled to insure compliance. When a complaint from the public is received an inspection is also conducted. During this inspection, health factors of food handlers are also investigated, and where appropriate medical consultation and laboratory testing may be required.

Beach/Camp Inspections                                                                      19

Camps are inspected at least annually at opening for compliance with State Sanitary Code, Chapter IV, 105CMR430.00. Public swimming beaches are sampled for water quality every week during the summer and more often if a problem is suspected.  

Housing & Nuisance Investigations                                                    15

Nashoba, as agent for the Ashby Board of Health, inspects dwellings for conformance with State Sanitary Code, 105 CMR 410.00, issues orders for correction, and re-inspect for compliance. Similarly, complaints from residents concerning unsanitary conditions or pollution events are investigated.

Septic System Test Applications                                                          25

Applications from residents proposing to build or upgrade a septic system are accepted, a file created, and testing dates are coordinated with the applicants engineer.

Septic System Lot Tests                                                                      140

Nashoba’s sanitarian witnesses soil evaluations, deep hole tests, and, usually on a separate date, percolation tests conducted by the applicant’s engineer which serve as the basis of the design of the septic system.

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