Board of Health

 

EPA Preliminary Millville Assessment Report

Contact: Sherry Grant,  Administrative Assistant
Phone: 508-883-5041 Opt. #5
health@millvillema.org
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Board Members: Dustin Ciccarelli, Chairman (Term 2020)
Catherine Robinson (Term 2018)
Robert Marks (Term 2019)
Inspectors: Lenny Izzo, Health Agent
Robert Marks, Health Agent
Gary Fagan, Animal Inspector
Kevin Sullivan, Asst. Animal Inspector

 

Flu Clinic 2017

Where: Millville Senior Center

When: October 3, 2017    9am – 11am

              October 16, 2017   5pm – 6:30pm

Millville Residents only – 6 months and older

NO-COPAYS: Bring your insurance cards

Please call the Board of Health or Senior Center for questions. Services provided by the Milford Salmon VNA

End of summer – Mosquito Awareness:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health would like to remind the residents of the State that September is a high risk month with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).  Please take the proper precautions by wearing long sleeves and using spray after dusk.  Please view the following link for further information. https://youtu.be/wWs3NT2Rbj0

Central Mass Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP:

The spraying for the 2017 mosquito season has ended.  Please see the CMMCP notice attached to this link:

Board of Health is responsible for the following:

  • Inspection and enforcement of regulations regarding: Food Establishments, Housing and Tobacco.
  • Enforcement of Title 5 of the State Environmental Code: Examine sites, witness perk tests, issue Certificates of Compliance and approve plans.
  • Involvement with all new or existing wells and septic systems including failures and repairs.
  • Responding to complaints regarding common housing or rental units, sanitary sewage disposal, hazardous materials/waste and solid waste disposal, air quality noises and general nuisances.
  • Issuance of all health-related permits.
  • Monitoring safety of drinking water, receiving reports, acting on reports of unsafe water.
  • Reporting of infectious disease activity, rabies surveillance and specimen collection, pandemic response and related planning.

Millville Board of Health Regulations

Body Art
Dumpster
Food
Keeping of Animals
Mercury Disposal
Nuisance
Septic
Tanning Facilities
Tobacco
Tobacco-Youth
Well

The Board of Health is required to enforce the provisions of the State Sanitary Code, Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation.  To obtain more information on your rights as a tenant or as a property owner, please visit the links below:
Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Landlord Rights and Responsibilities
Safe and Sanitary Housing
Housing Regulations

Trash and Recycling Information:

The Town of Millville has a (2) no larger than 35 gallon trash barrel limit. All trash needs to be bagged and placed in a barrel – no loose trash.

Please click on the link below for full details on the trash and recycling program.

2017 – 2018 Trash and Recycling Program and Schedule

Extra Trash Bags? No problem. The Board of Health is now selling $2.00 orange trash stickers to be placed on each extra bag.  The stickers can be purchased at the Board of Health office or by mailing your request to 8 Central Street with your fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return.

Large Item Pick-Up Info: If you have a large item to dispose of or questions regarding trash and recycling, please call Republic Services at 1-800-467-2801.  Republic Services will arrange a pick-up date with you for your large item and will require a payment over the phone via a credit/debit card.  Each item to be disposed of will cost $15.00.

Residential Sharps Program:

Republic Services, Inc. offers an easy-to-use, safe cost-effective and convenient method for proper disposal of medical sharps and other related medical waste, Republic Services Residential Sharps Mail-Back Kits contain all the necessary components for the safe handling, collection, transportation and disposal of medical sharps.  Simply go on-line to: www.republicsharps.com or call 855-737-7871.

Any additional questions, please call the Millville Board of Health at 508-883-5041.

Failing septic systems:

Title 5 is the code of regulations that was developed for the design and construction of on-site sewerage disposal systems.  The following are the basic steps to follow if you have a failed septic system.

To start, you will need to contract an engineer for the soil testing and septic system design.

Percolation testing can be done year round.  There is a fee for this permit; applications are available online and in the Board of Health office.  Once the percolation testing is complete, the engineer will design the septic system and submit the proposed plan to the Board of Health for review.  Once the plan has been approved, you will choose a licensed installer to install the septic system.  You will need to obtain a septic permit from the Board of Health. During the installation the installer will contact the Board of Health for inspections.  Once complete, the engineer will provide as-built plans for the system showing the exact locations and elevations of the system components.  The as-built plan is accompanied by a Certificate of Compliance that will be signed by the engineer, installer, and Board of Health.

The following links will provide useful information:
Septic System and Title 5 Information
Title 5 Inspectors

West Nile Virus:

WNV is a virus carried by mosquitoes that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).  WNV is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.  A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus.  You cannot get WNV through contact with a human or animal that has the virus.  There is no evidence that a person can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds.  However, you should always use gloves when handling any dead animals and use double plastic bags to discard them in the trash.

Illness related to WNV is rare.  Most people who are bitten by mosquitoes carrying the WNV will experience no symptoms or very mild symptoms.  Mild symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands.  Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, disorientation, neck stiffness, paralysis, coma, tremors, convulsions, and rarely death.  There is no vaccine or cure for WNV.  Everyone in areas with active virus is at risk of getting WNV, however persons greater than 65 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

Steps to prevent WNV:
The best way to protect yourself is to keep mosquitoes from biting you.

  • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn; this is when mosquitoes are most active.  If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET and follow the directions on the label.  DEET can be toxic if overused.  Never use DEET on infants and do not apply repellents to the face or hands of children.  Once inside, wash off insect repellents thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Fix any holes in your screens and be sure that they are tightly attached to doors and windows.
  • Dispose of or regularly empty any containers that may hold water (including trashcans) on your property.
  • Pay special attention to discarded tires.  They are a common place for mosquitoes to breed.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of water.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.  Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool.

The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Management Project (CMMCP) provides an integrated pest management approach to mosquito control using mosquito surveillance, public education and other specialized techniques to limit pesticide usage and to reduce the potential for disease transmission and mosquito annoyance to the public.  CMMCP personnel investigate complaints from residents about high adult mosquito population as well as regular surveillance of wetland areas.  The results of an investigation may warrant the application of an insecticide to specific areas of Town.  Residents can check the website at www.cmmcp.org to determine when investigations are scheduled or to request spraying.  CMMCP can also be reached at 508-393-3055.  If you find a dead bird,  call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-866-627-7968.

Some resourceful links:
Consumer Health and Safety Tips: https://www.consumersafety.org/health/
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): www.mass.gov/dph
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): www.mass.gov/dep
MDPH – Emergency Preparedness & Response: www.mass.gov/dph/emergencyprep
Food and Drug Administration: www.fda.gov
MassRecycle: http://www.massrecycle.org/
Proper Disposal of Medical Waste

Other important links:
Worcester Medical Reserve Corps