ASHBY BOARD OF HEALTH
The Board of Health consists of Mary Krapf (chair), Cedwyn Morgan, and Nick Murray. The Board meets the second and fourth Mondays at 8:00 pm. Most meetings are also attended by Rick Metcalf, our agent from the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health.
Most of the board’s business involves permitting septic system installations and repairs. In 2007 fewer applications were received for new systems, reflecting the real estate market, but numerous repair applications were processed. Several properties where Title V deadlines for upgrades were not complied with after purchases were identified, and the systems are in process at those locations. Several systems were funded using the revolving septic loan program.
The board took action against a resident in Housing Court due to his refusal to upgrade a non-compliant septic system that is in failure, the board again sought relief from the court based on the resident’s refusal to obey the court’s order to comply. The court has responded with daily fines against the violaton.
Housing issues included several rental properties with housing codes complaints and/or violations. These have been resolved or are in the process of resolution. A property owner on West Road was ordered to remove trash stored on the property. The abandoned and dilapidated metal building on Route 31 was taken down.
Several new and replacement private water supply wells were permitted. The DEP denied an application for a public water supply well at the Mr. Mike’s property (public water supply regulations are administered at the state level).
The board did not pass any new regulations in 2007. The board met several times with consultants for the state regarding involvement in the state-mandated emergency preparedness program.