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March 2014
Minutes of Meeting March 17, 2014

A meeting of the Board of Health was held on Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Veterans Memorial Building Room #213, Millis, Massachusetts.  Present were Kathleen Lannon, Chairwoman; Bonnie Hilton, Board Member; Vickie Philben, Administrative Assistant; and Scott Moles, Health Director. The Millis Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m.  

Absent was Cheryl Labonte.

Administrative Business:

Approval of Minutes:

February 10, 2014 – The Board approved the Board of Health minutes for February 10, 2014.

        Nurse’s Report:  The monthly report of the Public Health Nurse was reviewed.   

Director’s Report:  The Director’s Report was reviewed.

Old Business:

  • FY15 Budget Discussion – The Board of Health FY15 Budget was presented to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen on March 10, 2014.
New Business:  

  • Food Recalls – see attached.
  • Food Inspections – The Food Consultant conducted the following inspections in February 2014:  Marinho’s Pizza, Victory Lane, and Lilac House.
  • Town Meeting:  May 2014 – The Millis Town Meeting is scheduled on May 12, 2014.
  • Compost Bins – Ms. Hilton met with Mr. McKay regarding the benefits of compost bins to sell to the community.  He offered to store the bins that may be handled by the Millis Garden Club; however, he did not want the DPW to be involved in collecting payment for the bins.
  • Stoneybrook Apartment; tenant Board of Health Sanitary Code issues – A  tenant has come into the Board of Health office with numerous complaints that Universal Management has been lax in addressing.  The tenant reported that he had called the Stoneybrook office and had received little or no response.  The Director has made arrangements to meet with Drew Levey, Manager of the facility, to further discuss the issues on Thursday, March 19th.
  • New Sewer Study Areas – Mr. Moles explained to the Board that a petition from a Millis citizen has been presented to the Sewer Study Committee to conduct a sewer feasibility study.  The study will be developed by GCG Associates regarding “Area C” and a west section of Village Street from Acorn Street to Tara Terrace.  The study is being finalized for review.  This would also include an area of Pleasant and Baltimore Streets.  
  • Customer Service Training – The MIIA Customer Service Training is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Millis Library for Town employees.  Mr. Moles and Mrs. Philben plan to attend.    The Board of Selectmen recommended each department attend because credits for completing the training will lower the Town’s insurance rates.
  • Health Update
  • Measles in region – There was an outbreak of measles in North Attleboro in February 2014 and recently in Foxboro.
  • Chickenpox in Millis – A Millis third grader contracted chicken pox in March 2014.
  • Rabies Clinic; April 5, 2014 – The Rabies Clinic is scheduled for April 5, 2014 at the Department of Public Works Garage on Water Street in Millis.

  • Millis Beautification Day – Millis Beautification Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014.
  • ServSafe Food Manager Certification Course – Mrs. Philben attended the ServSafe Food Manager Certification Course and Exam on March 10, 2014.  The certificate is valid until March of 2019.

Scheduled Public Hearings & Discussions:  

        7:30 p.m. – Hickory Hills Environmental Health Impact Report (EHIR)

        Present was Ms. Barbara Thissell, Reviewing Engineer for Board of Health; Mr. Robert Fox and Mr. Mark Gladstone, Developers; and Mr. Dan Merriken, Engineer for Hickory Hills.   Mr. Merriken explained the construction of Hickory Hill which comprises of 37 single-family dwellings on 35 acres of land.  Three new roads will also be built.  He explained and showed the site plans to the Board and discussed the subdivision, wetland areas, additional swales, water supply, sewage disposal, drainage, pump station, and earth removal for Hickory Hills.  There are two waiver requests:  (1) The applicant seeks a waiver from Section XII.1 to allow the reduction in the rate and volume of runoff in certain storms and to certain design points to help alleviate storm water concerns; (2) The applicant seeks a waiver from Section XII.4 to allow the proposed storm water infiltration basins to have flat bottoms, as recommended by (Mass DEP) Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.   Mr. Moles was onsite during some of the soil analysis during the design phase.  Mrs. Lannon indicated that she’d like to walk the site prior to the next Board of Health meeting.  The Board agreed to continue the EHIR discussion at next month’s meeting on April 14, 2014.

Motion:  to continue the EHIR discussion for Hickory Hills at the next Board of Health meeting on April 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Vote:  2-0

Next Meeting:  Monday April 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Vickie L. Philben
Millis Board of Health
Administrative Assistant

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