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Town is bringing two landlords to court for health, safety violations

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PEPPERELL — The Board of Health this week acted upon their promise to bring two property owners to court for failing to address health-and-safety violations at their 120 Main St. and 12 Foster St. properties.

Health Agent Kalene Garbarz announced that a court date of June 14 had been set and that certified notices had been sent. BOH Chairman Robert Lambert and Garbarz are both planning to attend the proceeding as representatives of the town.

The Jersey Street Fire Station will serve as a collection point for household hazardous waste this year. As Chairman Lambert announced that Hazardous Waste Day would be on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a large banner was being strung across Main Street notifying residents.

The board emphasized that this collection would be free to residents by utilizing more than $8,000 in funding that had been set aside in the budget. However, Lambert warned that next year, it was likely that a fee would be assessed for the service.

Last month the board had voted to impose a nominal fee for residents who wished to dispose of hazardous waste at the town’s designated collection point. However, after a brief discussion, board members voted to overturn that decision and defer action on future fee settings. More information on what will be accepted is available on the Town’s web site.

Health Agent Garbarz advised the board that she was investigating a matter raised by the Conservation Commission regarding the capacity of the waste-disposal system at 40 Lawrence St. Garbarz explained that the septic system served a one-bedroom home at that property that burned down last year.Therefore a one-bedroom home would have to be built to replace it.

A plan presented by the property owner Keith Babbin depicted a three-bedroom home for that location. A public hearing held by the Conservation Commission last week was continued to allow time to resolve the matter.

“I’m holding him to a one-bedroom septic system,” said Garbarz. “In the event he feels the need to go above and beyond this, if he sticks with his three-bedroom design, he’s going to have to meet full compliance with Title 5,” she said.

Garbarz said she would need a plan depicting a one-bedroom before moving forward.

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