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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 2009

The Board of Health’s responsibilities include oversight of private septic systems, public accommodations (hotels/motels), food establishments, housing, plumbing, communicable diseases, nuisances, and solid waste management including recycling. The Board of Health meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month (except holidays). New Board members are Linda Cocalis, Chair; Dr. Robert Audet; and John Degnan.

On-Site Septic Systems & Environmental Health

The Board is responsible for witnessing all percolation tests and for approving the design and installation of on-site sewage disposal systems. The Board also investigates complaints of failed systems and ensures that these systems are brought into compliance

with time

Title 5, Code of Board of Health

Massachusetts Regulations for on-site Agent, Alyssa Rusiecki, RS MS, is a

sewage disposal.

The full

Registered

Sanitarian,

Soil

Evaluator, System also schedules and

Inspector, Food Inspector and Certified Pool Operator. The Agent witnesses all perc tests and soil evaluations; reviews septic plans and

installations as disposal system and other town

well as makes recommendations to the Board on all onsite sewage issues. The Agent is the essential interface between the Board of Health Departments for related building and development projects. The Board

communicates with the Department of Environmental including but not limited to large private wastewater State.

Protection on significant projects, treatment plants, permitted by the

The Agent also responds to public health complaints, and attends to daily Board of Health matters, including but not limited to: nuisance complaints, food borne illness complaints, restaurant openings and remodeling, housing and lead paint complaints, and

tobacco complaints.

Occasionally, enforcement action is required in the form of fines

and/or legal action in order to gain compliance with public health codes.

Inspections:

34 Site visits for perc tests & soil evaluations 38 Septic plan reviews 61 Septic construction inspections (2 each site) 14 Housing inspections 15 Emergency food inspections/New Establishment openings 13 Nuisances & other sanitary inspections 11 Meetings & Special planning events, (DPH & H1N1 Conferences, Annual Recycling Meeting, Mass Health Officer’s Meetings)

In addition to licensing septic installers and septage haulers, the Board of Health also licenses food establishments and events; motels; campgrounds; tanning facilities; waste transporters; outdoor wood boilers; tobacco sales; body art; and Recycling Center use.

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