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 Bourne Town Hall

24 Perry Avenue
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-3441

508-759-0600

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Excluding Holidays

Town Administrator
Thomas Guerino

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New Tick Testing Program -

Cape Cod and Nantucket are part of a group that received a grant to provide free tick testing services for residents on Cape Cod.  Visiting non-residents can have a tick tested for a fee.  The testing will be done by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ). The tick will be tested for Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis.  Once the testing is done residents will be sent a report within 5 business days.  Primarily ticks who have actually bitten someone should be submitted, but those found on clothing or in the yard can also be submitted.  Other ticks besides deer ticks can be submitted, such as the common dog tick and the Lone Star tick but they will not be tested for the same diseases and there will be a fee for these type of ticks.  Test of these two types will count against the town's quota of 100 ticks.  In addition, Bourne residentscan also have ticks identified by Larry Dapsis of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension service..508-375-6642.  The Board of Health office also has ticks cards available for use.

If you would like to submit a tick for testing access the following link for an application and instructions:    www.TickReport.com

 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection -

The dates for the 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections for the Upper Cape have been announced. See the link to the right of the Board of Health page to view the brochure or the link here to view the flyer.

 
New Potassium Iodide (KI) pills delivered to Boards of Health -

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently replenished the existing supplies of expired Potassium Iodide (KI) pills to local Boards of Health on the Cape.  Bourne received its new supply August 19th.  KI is an iodide salt that has been approved by the US FDA for use as a 'thyroid blocking agent" to protect the thyroid should an emergency at a nuclear power plant occur that involves the release of radioactive iodide.  KI tablets can be used in addition to other public health protective measures, such as sheltering and evacuation.  The KI that was provided to Boards of Health in 2007, which many of you have picked up and have in your homes, have an expiration date of August 2013. These pills can be disposed of by throwing them in the regular trash. 

The provision of KI to Cape Cod residents is mandated under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Section 5K.  While most of Bourne is outside of the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone, past legislation made these pills available to Bourne residents and the Cape as a whole.  Resident participation in the KI handout over the last few years has been minimal. The Board of Health will make sure that the new pills are distributed to the schools as quickly as possible but we are developing plans to try and get a higher percentage of distribution to the public at large. 

2 pills per resident will be distributed at the Board of Health office from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Other plans are being created for distribution.  Please print the release form ( release form ) , fill it out and bring it to the Board of Health office.  Note, on the bottom of the form is a space to list your name, age, and street address.  Your map and parcel information can be found on your tax bill but it is not mandatory.  You will be given a consumer package insert  when you pick up your pills.  Then you will be able to sign the form. In addition, please bring proof of residency.  You will be able to pick up pills for your family as well.  If you are picking them up for a neighbor, make sure they have their own form filled out and bring a copy of their proof of residency.  

 If there is a radiation release, the medication works best when taken within 4 hours of exposure to radioactive materials.  It should be noted that children and pregnant women are more at risk from thyroid exposure to radiation, and the KI pills do not protect other organs.

For more information see the links below or contact us at 508-759-0615 x 1.

Potassium Iodide Frequently Asked Questions

National Regulatory Commission FAQ

Potassium Iodide Handout

Potassium Iodide Fact Sheet

 

 
Add your phone numbers to our new Emergency Call System -

The Town of Bourne now operates the GeoCast Web notification system, which is similar to the old Reverse 911 system. The system allows the Town to make emergency calls to notify citizens of approaching storms, give shelter information, notify of water system work and the like. The Town can also notify residents about non-emergency events like road paving, bridge work, and Town meetings.  Verizon landline phone numbers are added into the system quarterly, but if you are a new Verizon customer there is a way that you can enter your new number right away into the system by using the Self Registration Portal.  Residents who have converted to Comcast phone service or other phone providers or who have cell phones must enter their own numbers into the system by using the same Self Registration Portal.  To upload your new Verizon numbers, non-Verizon landline numbers, and cell phone numbers, use the following link and follow directions: townofbourne.onthealert.com.  Once at the Self Registration Portal you will create a profile and enter your primary phone information, and secondary, if applicable. You do need an email address to complete the registration. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact me at the Board of Health and we will try and assist you in your registration. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Board of Health office at 508-759-0615 x 1.   Cynthia A. Coffin

 
Community Care Program -

The Community Care Program is offered as part of the Town of Bourne Emergency Notification System. The program allows residents to sign up themselves, or loved ones, to received scheduled calls to check on their well-being.  This is how the system works:

If someone is interested in having an automated daily, weekly, monthly, etc phone call made to a senior or special needs person living in the Town of Bourne they would need to print out the Community Care Release and Application Form.  Fill out the necessary information with the person's name, anddress, and phone number, when you want the call made, and designate a person(s), with phone number(s), who will be called in the event that the registrant does not respond properly to the scheduled call. Bring that filled-out, signed form to the Board of Health office. The Board of Health will set up the call. When a registrant is called a pretaped message is generated and at the end of the call the registrant will follow the directions in order to confirm receipt of the call. If the confirmation is not made, then the person(s) who is(are) designated as the response person(s) will receive a phone call to let them know that there may be a situation with their family member, etc.  The service is offered free to residents. The Board of Health will take care of setting up the service.  CORIs are not required for any designated contacts.

Anyone interested can call the Bourne Board of Health at

508-759-0615 x 1.

 

 
 Board of Health Staff
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NameTitleEmail
Ann GratisAdmin. Asst. agratis@townofbourne.com
Lisa CollettSecretary lcollett@townofbourne.com
Terri GuarinoInspector tguarino@townofbourne.com
Cynthia CoffinHealth Agent ccoffin@townofbourne.com

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 Contact Us
24 Perry Avenue - Room 201
Buzzards Bay, 02532-3441
759-0615 Option 1
759-0679 (Fax)
CCoffin@townofbourne.com
 Board Members
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NameTitleTerm End
Stanley AndrewsVice-Chairman 2014
Galon Barlow Jr.Member 2015
Kelly MastriaMember 2016
Kathleen PetersonChairman 2014
Donald UittiSecretary 2015

 About the Board of Health
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The Board Health has a five member elected board which meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm at the Bourne Town Hall, lower conference room.

The Board members serve a three year term on an alternating schedule so that not all members are up for re-election at any one time.

The Board of Health deals with a variety of issues relative to Title 5 (sewage disposal), housing, food service, general nuisances, air quality and other health related concerns.

The Board of Health is empowered to enforce existing State and Local health regulations.  Under State statue has the right to promulgate its own health regulations to address the health concerns and septic issues in Town.  Local regulation may be more strict than State regulations.