Littleton Board of Health Approves Subdivision Plan

The Littleton Board of Health recently convened to address several issues, including the approval of a contentious subdivision plan on Taylor Street, the introduction of the new Health Director Francis Dagle, and the handling of a groundwater variance request. Additionally, the board addressed the COVID-19 situation, reaffirmed Phyllis Tower’s role as Inspector of Animals, and discussed the progress on model well regulations.

One item of the meeting was the proposed subdivision on Taylor Street, which included plans for three lots with septic systems to serve the future dwellings. The board faced a challenging decision as one of the lots did not meet the nitrogen loading standards due to its size and the proposed house size. The representative for the project presented various solutions, such as resizing the house on the undersized lot, adding land, or pursuing a nitrogen aggregation plan. After thorough discussion, the subdivision was approved conditionally, with the applicant required to address the nitrogen loading issue and comply with the conditions outlined by the board, including dust minimization, proper disposal of wood waste, and adherence to sewage disposal system regulations.

Next in significance was the welcoming of the new Director of Health, Francis Dagle, who spoke about transitioning to a local service model from a regional one. His plans were met with support from the board members.

Another notable topic was the variance request for groundwater offset reduction on George Street. The applicant sought approval for a geomat system to address the high groundwater table and limited space of the lot. The health agent highlighted the site’s challenges, emphasizing the high groundwater table and flat terrain. After discussion, the board granted the variance, acknowledging the need for innovative solutions to such environmental issues.

The board also took time to update on the COVID-19 numbers, urging the community to remain vigilant, especially those at higher risk. They noted that emergency departments were operating at full capacity and encouraged the public to seek alternative care options when feasible.

Additionally, the board moved forward with administrative duties by voting in favor of Phyllis Tower continuing as the town’s Inspector of Animals. In terms of long-term planning, the board discussed the necessity of focusing on larger projects and goals, including a community needs assessment and developing an action plan.

Lastly, the board touched on the completion of model well regulations, with Francis Dagle being assigned the task of integrating previous feedback into a final document for review. The suggestion to schedule a meeting to review action items and ongoing projects was also made.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Town Administrator:
James Duggan
Board of Health Officials:
Daniel Kane, Matt Wayson, Gino Frattallone, Kevin E Baker, Kevin Davis, Francis Dagle (Health Director), Brenda Pelletier (Office Coordinator)

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