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GROTON — Members of the Board of Health met with a full agenda on Feb. 22 opening a series of public hearings topped by a pair of noncompliance cases.

First up was homeowner William Bourget who began work upgrading a failed septic system at his 70 Hayden Road property after the expiration of a previously awarded special permit.

According to the board’s health agent, Ira Grossman, repeated attempts to contact Bourget about the unauthorized improvements have met with failure.

Bourget continued his mysterious ways last Monday night by also failing to attend the evening’s public hearing.

The homeowner’s failure to appear prompted board members to make short work of his case by voting extend the expiration date of Bourget’s original permit to April 15. If no response is received from the homeowner by that date, court action aimed at enforcing compliance would follow.

A second noncompliance issue involved Marilyn and Bob Heerter whose 49 Island Pond Road property included a well dug in 1998 under special permit but for which the couple never received a certificate of compliance needed to make the work legal.

Attorney Robert Collins, who represented the Heerters, reminded board members that they had already voted to approve variances that allowed the well to be placed within 100 feet of a nearby wetland and that it was only his clients’ failure to get the certificate of compliance that was at issue.

Unfortunately for the Heerters’ however, with the expiration of their original permit, a certificate of compliance could not be awarded. A new vote by the board awarding a new permit needed to be had first. Thus, Collins’ appearance before the board Monday night.

Seeing nothing amiss, board members voted to approve the original variances and award a new permit under the condition that the Heerters’ connect with a public wastewater system should one ever be constructed in their neighborhood.

Collins also represented Richard Mavilia, owner of a three-bedroom home at 22 Redskin Trail where a complaint filed a year ago involving the suitability of the property’s septic system was called into question.

At issue was the exact size and capacity of Mavilia’s septic system versus the number of bedrooms in his house.

Arriving at the public hearing prepared to bring the issue to a close, Collins offered to call in the state to inspect his client’s septic system to determine “once and for all” if it is in compliance with Title 5 regulations.

“That sounds fine to me,” said BOH member Susan Horowitz.

“I think that’s the fairest way to do it,” agreed Grossman.

Board members voted to formally approve the offer of a Title 5 inspection and to have the results submitted to them by May 15.

Collins also received a vote of approval from the board for the installation of a new septic system at 12-14 Valliria Drive.

There, owners of a four-bedroom duplex asked for a variance to the town’s zoning bylaws allowing them to place a tight tank within three feet of the groundwater table instead of the required five feet.