The Plympton Board of Health met on Tuesday, January 11, 2017. In addition to discussing a number of routine health and safety issues throughout town, the board also heard from the landowner at 39 Ring Road.
The landowner came in with building plans for the Board of Health to look over. She also presented the board a map of the current property.
While looking over the map, the first concern Board Chairman Art Morin expressed was over the distance between the property and the soil absorption system (SAS). According to the map, the distance between the well and the SAS looked to be about 50 feet.
Morin said, “Massachusetts law requires a well be 100 feet from the SAS. Plympton regulations, we require 200 feet because of the soil conditions.”
The landowner planned to use a different septic system, however, there was confusion over who owns the septic system on the property.
According to 39 Ring Road’s owner, the septic system fully belongs to her and is on her deed to the property. The problem, though, is that the owner of neighboring 41 Ring Road claims that the septic system is an easement between 39 and 41, meaning the owner at 41 Ring Road can legally use the septic system.
The confusion lead to there not being building approval at this time. Morin asks, “Does this have to go to land court?” This plan needs to also be sent back to the building department before any lot combinations (if easement) or septic approval can be put in place.
Besides this land dispute, the Board of Health discussed several other health and safety issues going on throughout. One thing that was approved was the repair of a septic system on 37 Maple Street.
The resident was in attendance and was told the permit fee for the septic system’s repair will be $150. She will choose her installer and can then have the permit issued.
Chairman Morin gave his board an update on the continuing trash problem at 4 Mayflower Road. Morin said that the town was contacted by a gentlemen in regards to improving the condition of the property.
Morin says, “He was contacted by the lender to go to 4 Mayflower and give the lender and estimate on what it would cost to bring that property up to good condition.”
When speaking with the gentleman, Morin was told that the estimate would include the cost of removing the large amount of trash on the property. He also brought up sanitation issues with the pool.
Morin says, “The swimming pool is a breeding ground for mosquitos. There’s only a little bit of water at the bottom. There are frogs and other such things in the bottom of the pool.”
Health Officer Cathleen Drinan had concerns as well. She says, “The fence is collapsing.” There’s also floors inside the property that seem ready to give way.
The Board of Health ended the meeting by hearing approval for a few other permits. Most noticeably, they decided to renew the food permit at Dennett Elementary School. The board also voted unanimously to waive the permit fee.
The Plympton Board of Health will meet again on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.