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Town of Hingham
Board of Health Meeting

 MARCH 18, 2010
A regular posted-meeting of the Hingham Board of Health (the Board) was held in the South Central Hearing Room, 210 Central St. Hingham, Massachusetts. 
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Shilts at 6:33PM.

MEMBERS PRESENT 
Kirk Shilts, D.C., Chairman
Peter Bickford, Member
Stephan White, Member

STAFF PRESENT
Bruce Capman, R.S., Executive Health Officer

AGENDA

Mr. Capman reviewed the meeting’s agenda with the Board.

Thereafter, the agenda was accepted with additions.

SEPTIC SYSTEM VARIANCE REQUEST
3 SEAL COVE ROAD
      The Board reviewed a homeowner request for a variance from Hingham Supplemental septic regulations relative to proposed new construction.
      Applicant spokesperson: Al Vautrinot
      The Board reviewed the following documents:

The Board discussed the following issues:

Thereafter, the Board postponed action on this matter pending receipt of a revised application.

 

SEPTIC SYSTEM VARIANCE REQUEST
5 TRIPHAMMER ROAD
      The Board reviewed a homeowner request for a variance from Hingham Supplemental septic regulations relative to proposed new construction.
      Applicant spokesperson: Terry McSweeney
      The Board reviewed the following documents:

The Board discussed the following issues:

Thereafter, a Motion was made by Mr. White and Seconded by Mr. Bickford and it was VOTED (unanimous);
To grant two (2) variances to the Hingham Supplemental (septic) regulations sections VI.9 & VI.12(a), conditional to the nine (9) conditions outlined in Mr. Capman’s 3/5/10 report.

SEPTIC SYSTEM VARIANCE REQUEST
257 HERSEY STREET
      The Board reviewed a homeowner request for divergences from State Title-5 and variances from Hingham Supplemental septic regulations relative to a failed septic system.
      Applicant spokesperson: Terry McSweeney
      The Board reviewed the following document:

The Board discussed the following issues:

Thereafter, a Motion was made by Mr. White and Seconded by Mr. Bickford and it was VOTED (unanimous);
To grant five (5) divergences from State Title-5 regulations 15:405(1)(b), 15:405(1)(i), 15:405(1)(a), 15:405(b) & 15:405(g), and four (4) variances to the Hingham Supplemental (septic) regulations section VI.9, VI.12(a), VI.5 & VI.7(b), conditional to eight (8) conditions outlined in Mr. Capman’s 3/16/10 report.

ANIMAL PERMIT APPLICATIONS:
Mr. Capman asked for an additional postponement on the agenda’s four Animal Permit applications.  He reminded the Board of the department’s personnel shortage resulting from the unfilled Health Agent position and as a result, he has not been able to write-up individual reports on all of these applications. 
Thereafter, the Board postponed action on animal permit applications for 136 Fort Hill St., 133 Leavitt St., 12 Popes Ln. and 272 Whiting St.

SWIMMING POOL VARIANCE REQUEST:
BLACK ROCK COUNTRY CLUB
The Board reviewed a 3/15/10 request from Mr. Ronald Schram, 71 Clubhouse Drive, to waive the requirement of an on-duty lifeguard for their “adult only” pool.
The Board discussed the following issues:

Thereafter, a Motion was made by Mr. Bickford and Seconded by Mr. White and it was VOTED (unanimous);
To grant a variance from the Town of Hingham Pool Regulations excusing the requirement, through the last day of 2010, that a lifeguard must be on duty for the Black Rock Country Club, “Adult Only” pool with conditions as recommended by the E.H.O.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
WARD STREET ATHLETIC FEILD COMPLEX
The Board took public comment in response to a request from Mr. A. Hollander, 185 Cushing St., regarding his and others health-related concerns relative to a current proposal to install a synthetic turf field at the Ward St. athletic complex.
The Board was provided with the following documents:

The Board discussed the following issues:

Thereafter, the Board postponed issuance of an opinion on this matter pending a request by the project’s designated proponents to appear before the Board.

REGULATION DEVELOPMENT:
Fats, Oil, & Grease (FOG) Pretreatment Systems
The Board reviewed a 3/17/10 update to a proposed new regulation requested by the Hingham Sewer Commission that covers pretreatment systems to remove fats, oil, & grease from an food service establishment’s wastewater discharge.
The Board discussed the following issues:

Thereafter, a Motion was made by Mr. White and Seconded by Mr. Bickford and it was VOTED (unanimous);
To approve draft of the proposed Fats, Oil, & Grease (FOG) Pretreatment Systems regulations dated 3/17/10, and forward this draft to the Hingham Sewer Commission for their review.

EXECUTIVE HEALTH OFFICER’S REPORT:

Mr. Capman updated the Board on a suggestion by Town Administrator Piacos to consider filling the open Health Agent position via an independent consultant contract rather than by employee status.  The Board reviewed the Town’s Health Agent job description/duties and discussed the pro’s & con’s relative to both employment formats.
Thereafter, the Board instructed Mr. Capman to move ahead with posting the available Health Agent position as a town employee position.
Furthermore, the Board asked Mr. Capman to first calculate the most efficient and cost-effective number of hours per day for this position relative to Hingham’s current and projected building climate, home sales and public health-related complaints/investigations.

Mr. Capman discussed with the Board the billing practices of Green Environmental (GE) relative to a couple of past incidences but in particular a GE bill for services relative to 5 Triphammer Road dated 1/31/10.  The Board reviewed three different versions of the bill all dated 1/31/10, an un-itemized invoice for $1,300, an un-itemized invoice for $650, and an itemized (10-hour) invoice totaling $650.  The Board expressed a concern about potential overbilling and bundled task billing rather than hourly-rate billing, (as duly contracted).  
Thereafter, the Board directed Mr. Capman to discuss this matter with the principles of Green Environmental and report back to the Board. 

 

MINUTES
The Board reviewed the minutes of the 2/11/10 public meeting.
Thereafter, a Motion was made by Mr. White and Seconded by Mr. Bickford and it was VOTED (unanimous);
To approve the minutes of February 11, 2010 as amended.

SCHEDULING
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 6pm.

ADJOURNMENT
The March 18, 2010 meeting of the Hingham Board of Health adjourned at 9:55PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kirk Shilts, D.C.
Hingham Board of Health