General Bylaw Article 3-1

Regulations of the Board of Health

Sec. 1

No person shall be permitted to throw into or leave in or upon any Street, Court, Square, Lane, Alley, Public Square, Public Enclosure, Pond, Body of Water, or Vacant Lot, within the Town limits, materials that would be offensive or injurious to health without the license of the Board of Health. Such materials to include dead animals, dirt, sawdust, soot, ashes, cinders, shavings, hair, shreds, manure, shellfish remains or shells, waste water, rubbish or filth of any kind, or any refuse, animal or vegetable matter whatsoever.

Sec. 2

Except as provided, no person shall deposit upon any dump, street or way or upon any public or private property, the following: any garbage, food, containers, decayed meats, fish, fruits, vegetables or any substance which may decompose. Persons desiring to make such material disposal shall submit in writing to the Board of Health, a plan indicating the disposal site. Such location shall be remote from streets or dwellings Upon approval of the disposal location, the Board of Health shall issue a permit.

Sec. 3

Whoever violates the provisions of any of the preceding sections shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $200 for the first offense and not more than $1,000 for each subsequent offense as provided in Chapter 270, Section 16 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

Sec. 4

No person, except the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his agent or designee, as authorized pursuant to Chapter 131 of the General Laws, shall feed or bait mammalian wildlife of the Order Mammalia (including, but not restricted to, coyotes, foxes, deer) at any place within the Town of Hanson. As used in this paragraph, “feeding” and “baiting” shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of food or nutritive substances, in any manner of form, so as to constitute for such mammals a lure, attraction, or enticement to, on or over any such areas where such feed items have been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered.

Nothing in this bylaw shall be construed to limit the feeding of domesticated waterfowl, as defined by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, by one who farms as it is defined in Section 1A of Chapter 128 on property owned or leased by him, or the feeding of waterfowl or other birds by propagators licensed under Section 23 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws when such waterfowl or other birds are confined in such a manner as may be required pursuant to said Section 23 and any rules and regulations issued under authority thereof; or the feeding by any person or his agents, invitees or licensees of waterfowl lawfully kept as a pet by such person: or the feeding by any person of wild birds by use of a “backyard birdfeeder.”

Notwithstanding the above, the Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife or his agent or designee may authorize the emergency feeding of waterfowl and other birds when, in his opinion, such action is necessary to alleviate undue losses and suffering of such birds due to unusual weather conditions and other circumstances. The Director may authorize such action by such means as he deems necessary and expedient, but such means shall include the immediate notification of the Selectmen thereof by first class mail.

Any person who violates any provision of this bylaw shall be subject to a fine of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars for each offense. This bylaw may be enforced by Police Officers, Animal Control Officers, Natural Resource Officers, agents of the Board of Health, Environmental Police Officers, and other enforcement officers of the Division of Law Enforcement, and Deputy Environmental Police officers.