PEPPERELL — The newly reconstituted Board of Health still has “old business” left to consider.
The board addressed one such ongoing issue at this week’s meeting, with two health violations at 14 Prospect Street — safety railings for stairwells and segregated wiring for one of the apartments in the building.
The violations were never fully addressed by the previous Board of Health.
“We have no written confirmation that the violations have been fixed,” board member Virginia Malouin said.
Health Inspector Robert Lambert confirmed that the railings had been updated, but recommended a re-inspection to ensure completion of the electrical work before allowing occupancy.
Reading from Massachusetts General Laws, board Chairman Scott Butcher suggested that a permit should have been issued by the inspector’s office for the work that was performed by the licensed electrical contractor. Despite having an invoice from the contractor on file detailing the work that was done, without a permit, Electrical Inspector John Dee told the board there was no need for an inspection.
“So we have no written confirmation that the violation no longer exists,” Malouin said. “I will not sign off on this as having been completed. I think to do so would be a dereliction of my duty until it’s properly inspected.”
Malouin added, “and the Health Inspector is not an electrician, so he cannot do it.”
“I think we need more clarification on this,” Butcher said. “We have to close the loop to ensure that the violation has been addressed.”
Despite the lack of a permit, the board agreed that the electrical inspector should accompany the health inspector to the property, along with the property owner, to perform a follow-up inspection to ensure that all violations have been corrected.
The Prospect Street violations were addressed up after the health board had discussed televising future meetings.
“We want to be sure that the public feels that the Board of Health is being open and forthcoming with its business,” Butcher said in his opening comments.
Butcher underscored the value of opening the meetings to a larger audience through local cable TV to “give the public a better understanding of what the day-to-day operations are for the Board of Health.”