Proposed sewer rules change draws critics
A motion by Selectman Bruce Breton to strike down the changes altogether wasn’t supported by fellow board members.
Town Administrator David Sullivan said the four-page document outlining the potential changes was posted on the town website about a week ago.
As of Monday night’s meeting, no one had contacted the town offices with concerns, according to Sullivan.
However, several residents, local tradesmen and others showed up at the meeting to air some concerns in person.
Scott said since the new rules would require all sewer waivers to go before the town’s health board in a public hearing forum, the process would give the applicant just about two weeks to obtain all the required paperwork and permits.
Septic system designer Ken Walsh, who has worked in Windham since 1982, said the proposed changes concern him as they appear to “outlaw serial distribution in town.”
“I’ve been doing these for over 30 years and have never dug down to the water table to replace all the soil with sand,” he told selectmen. “You don’t dig out soil that doesn’t need to be dug up.”Walsh said state law no longer permits septic system replacements-in-kind, but contractors are allowed to seek a waiver if the existing system is within 24 inches of the water table.
Windham Building Inspector Michael McGuire advised selectmen to stick with the current DES regulations, which he said allows opportunities for innovative technology.
Evans said only 24 inches of unsaturated soil is needed “to accomplish aerobic biological treatment.”
“I see no proof that by raising the soil levels by four feet means better treatment,” he said.
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