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Board of Health Minutes 02/04/2004
Town of Lenox
Board of Health

Minutes of Meeting - February 4, 2004

Members Present:        Andrew J. Breslin, Chair, Marie V. Feder, Joseph A. Kellogg

Chair A. Breslin called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Lenox Town Hall.
Minutes of the January 7, 2004 meeting were reviewed and signed by all members.

Christie Billeter was present with an application for a massage license.  The Board reviewed the application, determined that it contained the required information and all members signed the document, designating their approval.  

There was a brief discussion of the Spring meeting of the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association to be held at Cranwell Resort on April 1, 2004.  All members said they would attend.  M. Feder agreed to submit the necessary paperwork.  

It was noted that the Town Manager had scheduled a meeting for February 10th with the Lee Board of Health and Arlene Miller of the Massachusetts DEP Recycling Program to discuss the options available to the Town for taking over the collection and disposal of solid waste.  

The Board held a discussion relative to the possible uses for an $80,000 grant being received by the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association to deal with emergency preparedness.  All agreed that such suggestions should be left to Peter Kolodziej.  

Mail was reviewed and included a copy of a letter from the Lenox DPW to the Lenox Housing Authority, advising that they had discovered a violation of the Town’s cross connection regulations at the Curtis Hotel and a copy of a letter from Tighe and Bond Engineers to the Town Manager, relative to a Response Action they were taking as a result of a utility pole which had been downed along the Pittsfield Road on November 14, 2003.

J. Kellogg reported he had been informed by the Town Manager that previous obstacles to the creation of a District Board of Health had recently been overcome.  He noted that such a District would involve the abolition of each Town’s Board of Health and the new District Board of Health would assume each Board’s responsibilities for Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge.  The District would act in a capacity similar to a regional school district and be a separate legal entity.  Funding would be provided by assessments to each of the three Towns based on an agreed apportionment formula. Board members discussed the pro’s and con’s of such action
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Meeting Minutes - February 4, 2004
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but, did not immediately come to a consensus as to whether it should be supported.  All agreed additional discussion was needed and that detailed job descriptions of all Tri-Town staff should be developed before such action was taken.  J. Kellogg said he would talk with the Town Manager about the Board’s concerns.  

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

APPROVED:  

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Andrew J. Breslin

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Marie V. Feder

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Joseph A. Kellogg


 
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