PLYMPTON– On Tuesday, August 2, the Board of Health met and took on an agenda full of mostly old business, and heard status updates.
• There is forward movement in the sale of 59 Parsonage Road from the USDA to Richmond Poole. Town Counsel has reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Poole and his attorney seek from the board drawing up the terms under which the BOH will lift conditions it has placed on the deed to the property. Town Counsel made only minor changes to the draft MOU from Poole’s attorney.
• Of the two Maple Street properties that the board has been trying to ascertain the number of bedrooms, the Assessors have not been able to enter one of the dwellings because it is not time for an assessment. The other is a four-bedroom home, and therefore it is in compliance with state septic codes as its septic system is designed for four bedrooms.
• There is no news on the Upland Road rat infestation. Board Chairman Art Morin agreed with the room that no news was good news on the infestation.
• A Center Street resident who is in dire need of a new septic system was able to obtain a loan to complete the work. The only other option for the resident was to sell the home.
• There are two outstanding complaints for rubbish that has piled up outdoors. One involves a Grove Street property, where a one-time intervention might help. “My dump-truck stands ready,” said member Ken Thompson, although the board is working with the Council on Aging to make sure this isn’t an ongoing problem. The other is a Mayflower Road foreclosure, where notice has now been sent to the bank that owns the property, ordering them to clean up the property. That lender is in Texas, meaning if they don’t have a local code compliance unit, the order may be fruitless.
• A couple from Forest Street came before the board because they realized that they unwittingly don’t have a proper septic system for the number of bedrooms in their home. The system is rated for three bedrooms and is quite old, while there are five bedrooms and five residents in the house. They are in the process of refinancing to pay for a new system. The board asked to be kept up to date.
• Nearly 27 months after it was funded at a Town Meeting, a design for the water filtration system at the Dennett Elementary School has been sent to the Department of Environmental Protection for final approval. The school uses bottled water for drinking due to a series of failed water safety tests and procedural failures by SLRSD officials over a period of about a decade.