Yarmouth Board of Health Approves Hazardous Materials Storage

At the recent Yarmouth Board of Health meeting, one notable issue discussed was the approval of the hazardous materials storage for Greenbird Landscaping, Inc. The company’s proposal included the construction of a commercial building on Corporation Road and the storage of 5,800 pounds of solid materials and 90 gallons of hazardous materials, primarily for use in business operations. The board’s in-depth consideration of the proposal focused on the potential impact on local wastewater and septic systems, as well as the need to balance economic development with public safety.

The discussion on the hazardous materials storage was extensive, covering the specific types of materials to be stored, such as ice melt, fertilizer, and polymeric sand. The board evaluated the proposed storage methods, including a 2,000-gallon holding tank for managing wastewater, which is four times the regulation requirement. The necessity of a system for remote notification of tank issues was also discussed, similar to those utilized for home generators or heating systems. Concerns were addressed regarding the noise from alarm systems and the impact on neighboring residences. The board’s approval of the storage request included requirements that the recommendations were incorporated into the plan and that an emergency contact number for the landlord was added to the building’s alarm station.

Another topic during the meeting was the public hearing for Cape Deli Foods. They sought permission to use an 80-seat capacity for their establishment despite having a smaller septic system. The board engaged in a discussion about the feasibility of increasing the seating capacity, the potential strain on the septic system, and the impact of these changes on waste management. The potential buyer’s intent to maintain the current operation but with potential future changes to offer light dinners a few nights a week was also considered. The board ultimately voted in favor of granting a variance to allow the increase in seating with the condition that the restaurant would connect to the sewer system when available.

The board also held a public hearing for the Sea Dog Brew Pub’s dog variance for outdoor dining. The general manager, Jeffrey Engles, presented a change in plans for an adoption event, moving it from the patio to the parking lot due to sanitary code restrictions. The event, set for April 27th, would feature rescues from Sandy Paws Rescue. The board expressed support for the event, which required no action on their part.


In the Tobacco Control program discussion, the board reviewed recent compliance checks. It was reported that no illegal sales were made to minors during checks in December and March, and routine retail inspections did not reveal any serious problems with flavored products or blunt wraps. The emergence of nicotine pouches and the challenges posed by vaping were also discussed. The board considered the necessity of educating retailers to avoid fines and the importance of a partnership approach to achieve compliance.

The meeting touched on the revision of poultry regulations, which were accepted and went into effect on the meeting date. The board addressed the complexities surrounding hoarding and problem properties, noting the role of the Cape Cod hoarding task force and the challenges of funding cleanouts.

An update on the migrant site at Harbor Suites was provided, highlighting the absence of communicable diseases and the ongoing support from volunteers and the National Guard. Additionally, a zoning bylaw issue related to short-term residential stays drew attention, emphasizing that it was not a public health issue but rather a housing and bylaw matter.


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Town Administrator:
Robert L. Whritenour
Board of Health Officials:
Hillard Boskey, M.D., Mary Craig, Charles T. Holway, Laurance Venezia DVM, Eric Weston

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