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Board of Health Sets Goals

The Board of Health has approved a 10-point agenda that sets its goals for the coming year.

Meeting on April 11, the board also announced that stickers providing access to the Cedar Street transfer station through June 30, 2012 are now available at a cost of $20 for Milford residents and $30 for non-residents. In addition, the board members agreed to fine the owners of Ali Sunoco at 146 South Main St. (Route 140) $100 for violating laws regarding tobacco sales to minors unless they show up at a future board meeting to explain the March 19 offense. The business was the only one of 43 businesses checked to fail the "sting," according to Public Health Director Paul Mazzuchelli.

Chairman Kenneth Evans said one of the board's goals is to increase recycling. A senior citizen who is working to reduce his annual property tax bill is now following Allied Waste Services' trucks on their pick-up routes to audit who is or is not recycling. "We appreciate that not every person puts it out every week," Evans said, "so the audit will go on for six weeks." He added, "If people are not recycling and their recyclables are going into the trash, then all of us have to pay to have it incinerated. They're creating a greater expense for us."

People who are not recycling will be notified by the Board of Health that their trash pick-up could be discontinued, Evans said. The first two weeks of the audit found that residents of multi-family buildings do not recycle as much as residents of single-family homes, he said.

The board's annual agenda gives the public a yardstick to measure how well its elected members are doing, said Mazzuchelli. The goals are:

• Improve recycling tonnage by increasing resident participation;

• Improve food establishment inspection procedures;

• Improve nuisance and housing inspection programs;

• Meet with the Visiting Nurse Association and the school health representative on a regular basis;

• Sponsor education and awareness programs to address current health issues, such as obesity, tobacco use, and heart disease detection;

• Continue reinstituting the children's dental screening program;

• Increase communication with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project;

• Prepare regular updates on the town's emergency preparedness plans and flu clinics;

• Continue to address potential environmental impacts, including meeting with Milford Water Company officials every other month; and,

• Continue to maintain the transfer facility on Cedar Street.




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