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Board of Health Meeting 7/13/2017

by Matt Ristaino
July 14, 2017

The Board of Health held its meeting on Thursday, July 13th, and the main point of interest was, once again, the issue regarding farm animals at 70 Lakeshore Dr. This time, the Board decided on a firm course of action.

The Board of Health held its meeting on Thursday, July 13th, and the main point of interest was, once again, the issue regarding farm animals at 70 Lakeshore Dr. This time, the Board decided on a firm course of action.

The Board, at the suggestion of health director Scott Moles, passed a motion to allow Rebecca Brodie, the resident of 70 Lakeshore Dr, a period of seven days to remove all remaining animals and clean up her property, after which they would impose a fine of $100 a day until she complies. The Board plans a to give a notice of their decision to Brodie this coming Monday, meaning if the property isn’t cleaned up by July 24th, they will begin to issue fines.

So far, there have been over 20 complaints from neighbors about Brodie’s animals and the state of her property. A hearing was held two weeks ago to address the issue, but Brodie did not attend. She also did not attend Thursday’s meeting.

However, Brodie did send an email to Moles on Thursday afternoon in which she stated she believes that Moles has violated her rights during his investigation of the property, and that she is planning on filing a no trespassing suit against Moles and her neighbor, Richard Rossini. Prior to that email, she had not contacted Moles directly.

Moles said that he visited the property earlier in the week, and he counted at least nine chickens still on the property. Residents of the neighborhood who attended the meeting said that Brodie took many of the animals away last weekend, but one resident said she saw as many as 14 chickens on the property on Wednesday.

Some concerned residents raised the possibility of increased zoning legislation to prevent problems like this from happening in the future, and expressed frustration that the town’s current laws weren’t being properly enforced. However, others said that would be unfair to the many people in Holliston who own and take care of farm animals responsibly. The earliest such legislation could be enacted is next spring at the town meeting.

The other major issue discussed at the meeting was the instillation of a septic system at 30 Cottage Dr. The system in question would be an alternative system that would be exposed above the ground and require slight alterations to the property because of certain space restrictions. The Board approved the system, as it would not have a significant effect on the surrounding properties.  

Director Moles also said that the job postings for Animal Inspector and Back-up Agent will remain open for another couple of weeks, although the previous submission date was last Friday. 

 

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It's her property to do with what she pleases. The right to privacy and property are inalienable rights not even the all-powerful Board of Health can usurp. Their confrontational approach to the matter is obscene and risks an expensive lawsuit by the property owner.

- James Pennypacker | 7/14/17 8:14 PM

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