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Public Accommodations, Food, Pools & Beaches

Ron Woolhouse, the Board’s food service and public accommodations inspector, is responsible for the systematic inspection of both establishments that sell or serve food and that provide lodging to the public.

Currently

there

are

124

food

service

and

retail

food

establishments,

25

hotels/motels/inns/campgrounds, and 20 tobacco sales permits. Each facility is inspected twice every year to the standards of Chapter 10 of the Sanitary Code. Additional follow up inspections are conducted as necessary to ensure compliance. Inspections are also conducted immediately after receiving any complaints from the public or the Department

of

Public

Health.

The

Board

of

Health

Inspectors

also

inspect

temporary

events,

fairs,

festivals, and charitable events for food service.

The Board of Health is charged with the

review, pre-planning, establishments.

and

inspecting

of

new,

remodeled,

or

refurbished

food

The Board’s pool inspector, Jackie Woolhouse, inspects the specialty pools, in accordance with (105 CMR 435.000). collected by the Board of Health are sufficient to underwrite

semi-public swimming and License and permit fees the full cost associated with

the pool all pool requires

and food/accommodations inspections. The Board is required to follow-up with operators for compliance with the new Virginia Graeme Baker act, which safe drain covers.

The Board of Health monitors the testing of semi-public/public beaches at the Cedar Lake Recreation Area, Host Hotel, Walker Pond, and Wells State Park.

Plumbing

John Sohenuick is the Plumbing Inspector who performs inspections required by the state plumbing code. Fees collected for the permits and inspection fees cover in full the costs associated with the Inspector. A transition was made from the Board of Health office to the Building Inspector’s office for plumbing this year.

Communicable Disease & Health

This year the Board of Health was charged with implementing H1N1 vaccination clinics for target populations as determined by the Centers for Disease Control; the Board, its staff, its volunteers, (especially elementary school nurse Lisa Meunier), reached out to all of the town’s children in order to accomplish these important vaccinations. Five clinics were held and 1397 vaccination were given. The Town of Sturbridge Board of Health voluntarily opened the clinics to children living in other towns, who also attended Tantasqua Jr. and Sr. High Schools. The Board and its staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the Police, Fire, and School Departments and all the school nurses and volunteers for assisting with these H1N1 clinics.

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