Board of Health Remote Call-in

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Remote call-in
A meeting of the Board of Health

Meeting of Board of Health

Members: (Quorum)

  • Absent: Sarah Todd, Member
  • Remote: Peter Sylvan, at 7:00 PM
  • Remote: John Hillman, at 7:00 PM
  • Remote: Michael Fair, Chair, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Susan Nagy - Clerk

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:20 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

    • - Call meeting to order and review minutes of the previous meeting.

      MOTION, moved by John Hillman, seconded by Michael Fair: Approve minutes for February 1, 2021 as amended.

      Pass: Aye: John Hillman, Michael Fair, Peter Sylvan. Not Present: Sarah Todd.

    • - Announcements, Information and log incoming mail.

    • - 1. Resident Nick Venti, who works closely with "Leverett Together" he is considering joining the Board of Health; he is a Geologist. Member Pete Sylvan will contact Mr. Venti to get his thoughts and explain to him what the board of health does.

    • - 2. Elder Outreach Program position; do seniors and infirmed residents of town need help getting to vaccination sites or getting information? The Select Board agreed to hire someone for the position using CARES Funds and Contact Tracing Funds. Hillman will supervise the hire.

    • - Citizens Business: Permits and general questions for the board.

    • - 1. Received an email from the Planning Board requesting our input on the following: In general, what is a reasonable required size to protect health for a lot with public water and private sewer? Our Health Agent, Stephen Ball will write a letter to the Planning Board explaining the Title 5 standards.

    • - 2. The town Transfer Station is asking that the "take it or Leave it" shed be reopened. The board discussed that they would be more apt to reopen the shed if there was ample air circulation, hand cleaners, signage and only 1 person or pod in the shed at a time. A preferable alternative would be setting up tables outside to eliminate the confined space but continuing to limit to individuals, pods and/or 6’ spacing. Fair will contact the transfer station director with the boards decision.

    • - 3. Discussion of herbicides on Leverett Pond. Board Member John Hillman sent the towns by-laws to an Environmental Attorney (Friend) to review and advice. The Board awaits his findings and opinion.

    • - 4. There was an email requesting information relative to covid-19 and subject to Massachusetts public records law. BOH responded via emailed 2/5&11/21 explaining our minutes are available online and what was being asked could take some time and we would require payment for the time. Hillman spoke to the person requesting the information and individual is satisfied with information he provided her.

    • - 5. COVID-19 situation in Leverett: A student at LES was staying with his father in Pelham - the father tested positive for COVID-19 . Can the child come back to the mother's house in Leverett and attend school? The school officials are aware of the situation.

    • - Adjourn and schedule next meeting.

    • - To call in to the remote meeting 1-425-436-6363 access code 133125

  2. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes prepared by Susan Nagy, Clerk

Minutes approved on Monday, Mar 15, 2021

Posted to: Board of Health