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Welcome to the Town of Chilmark, MA
BOH Minutes Sep 6 2017
C h i l m a r k   B o a r d   o f   H e a l t h
M i n u t e s
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Chilmark Town Hall
5:00 pm
Present:  Matt Poole, Jan Buhrman
Absent: Katie Carroll
Also Present: Reid Silva (Vineyard Land Surveying and Engineering),  John Clarke (Island Water Source),  Heiiki Soikkeli

October Meeting Dates:  The Board decided that, since it will not be able to reach a quorum at its regularly scheduled meetings in October, the meetings will be shifted from the first and third to the second and fourth Wednesday of that month.

Balaban, 35 Menemsha Crossroad (26 - 137 & 138) John Clarke presented an emergency replacement well plan which does not meet separation requirements between the locus well and leaching field.  The Board approved the permit application, contingent on receipt of a letter from the owner acknowledging the reduced separation.

Eddy, 38 Welles Way (25-6.4)  Reid Silva proposed septic system for existing 1 bedroom camp and future four-bedroom house on a 1.29acre parcel.  The parcel can accommodate 5 bedrooms and the proposed plan does not require variances.  It was approved by the Board.

Eddy, 20 Eddy Farm Road (25-7.7)   Reid Silva requested an out-of-season perc test to design an upgrade for a failed septic system at the property.  The Board agreed to an out-of-season soil test.

Cottle, Sam’s Way (24-29.2 & 166)  The Board reviewed a proposed subdivision plan prepared by Reid Silva which would preserve a horse pasture in perpetuity. The two proposed lots are conforming, but will require a special permit, which is the mechanism by which the horse pasture can be preserved.  The Board noted that soil test results are needed, and  asked Marina  to convey its approval of the proposed subdivision to the Planning Board once the soil test results are received by the Board of Health office.

Harris, 14 Ocean View Farm Roads (25-101) Reid Silva presented a plan for a compost toilet plan/ greywater system on a 1.1 acre lot which is currently served by a 3-bedroom system.  The Board set a date for a public hearing on this proposal for October 11, 2017 at 5:30pm.

Lewis-Smith, 16 Rock Rose Path (18-114)   Heikki Soikkeli presented proposed basement renovation plans for the Board to determine the bedroom count.  While the house currently has the four bedrooms which fulfill the septic capacity, the family is prepared to render the downstairs bedroom, which currently has two doors, into a room which does not provide for privacy and therefor does not qualify as a bedroom. The Board asked for a deed restriction to be recorded for the room to not be considered a sleeping space, which would ensure that, in the event of a sale of the property, it could not be marketed as a five-bedroom dwelling.

Muglia, Blue Barque Road (17-38.1)   The Board reviewed a proposed subdivision prepared by Chris Alley.  The Board approved the subdivision, but asked Marina Lent, in conveying its views to the Planning Board, to note that the high groundwater on the newly-created lot will make septic system construction more challenging.

Caldwell~~77 Middle Road, (12-9) George Sourati requested permission to conduct an out-of-season soil evaluation for a failed septic system which the owner intends to upgrade prior to sale of the property.  The Board assented to an out-of-season perc test.

Neumann 75 State Road~~(30-64) George Sourati requested permission to conduct an out-of-season soil evaluation for a failed septic system which the owner intends to upgrade.  The Board assented to an out-of-season perc test.

VNA-CC:  Proposed FY’18 Public Nursing Contract The Board considered a draft public nursing contract and decided to continue its review at a full meeting of the Board.

House-cleaning/Space-saving:  The Board agreed that cassette tapes dating back ten years or more are no longer needed, since approved minutes exist.

Certificate of Compliance:  Joytown Trust, 2 Young’s Way (25-137);  Liebman, 7 Gates site 25 (1-14);
Title 5 Official Inspection Report:   Clam Point Cove Trust 225 State Road (33-122)

The following invoices were approved for payment:

  • VNA July $ 361.25
  • MVRD SEMASS-MSW  $ 4,777.85
  • MVRD SEMASS-MSW  $ 2,596.46
The meeting adjourned at 19:00 hours.


_______________________              _______________________                       _______________________
Katherine L. Carroll, Chair                 Matthew Poole                                       Janet L. Buhrman
Chilmark Board of Health                   Chilmark Board of Health                     Chilmark Board of Health


A recording of this meeting is on file at the Board of Health office and available for on-site review.


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