Vol. II No. 18 9/15/2021
Notes from the Board of Health, August 30, Hybrid Meeting
- Charles Kenny, Chair
- Henry Schwerner
- Rae Williams
Also present: Jim Wilusz, Dr. Louis Korman, and Beth Nathan
- Minutes approved as recorded.
- Public Hearing continued — 20 Mahkeenac Shores Road
- Lake Drive Association (LDA) request for connection to Town sewer.
- Wilusz's suggestion for shared septic was reviewed by LDA and it prefers connection to sewer.
- Nathan recounted her efforts to date and mentioned that SB Chair Roxanne McCaffrey was incorrect in asserting Water and Sewer had money available for engineering study. She also learned that they have a five-year plan that does not include a hookup for LDA.
- Kenny interjected that he wanted respect shown for the hard-working members of the SB even when wrong.
- Nathan responded that she meant no disrespect and was simply recounting — accurately — what happened to date.
- Age Friendly Berkshire was mentioned and BOH members wanted to know if it is more than a web site? If so, what do they do?
- BOH desires handicapped parking at the Transfer station and asked if there was any progress?
- Wilusz reported that Tri-Town Health cannot mandate mask wearing since the Commonwealth lifted the mandate but voted to recommend mask wearing and to lead by example. Dr. Korman supported masks and vaccinations to reduce risk as well as avoiding large crowds.
- Kenny recommended hybrid meetings to continue both to reduce risk and to make government more accessible to "the people for whom we are working".
- It was moved and passed unanimously that hybrid meetings continue indefinitely.
- Wilusz recommended that the vote be shared with state elected officials such as Smitty Pignatelli who could move for a Commonwealth mandate for continued hybrid meetings.
The three conditions laid out by the Board of Health were: any potential run-off from the slurry pit contained; locations of neighboring well and septic identified, and abutters notified. Forsythe Land Management reported that all three met and the variance was approved.
Editor's notes: 1. The Chair's recommendation about respecting others was a good one, but it is equally important to correct inaccurate information. Nathan appeared to do that without any negativity. 2. Link to web site for Age Friendly Berkshire is: https://berkshireplanning.org/projects/age-friendly-berkshires-website/)
Scull. Photo: Jay Rhind