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TEWKSBURY – The Tewksbury Board of Health met on October 20, 2022 at Tewksbury Town Hall. Member Susan Amato was not present.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Maria Ruggiero of Front Line Initiative, a regional mental health collaboration with Tewksbury Police Service, appeared to discuss Substance Abuse Prevention Month and the state of substance abuse in town.

After a demonstration of the Narcan overdose reversal spray, board member Charles Roux asked Ruggiero his stance on the recent passing of marijuana retail licenses at Town Meeting, adding that he expected the board of health to have more say in the development of the articles.

“I’m a little upset that we haven’t been very involved,” he said.

Ruggiero said the new licensing structure, which provides for three retail marijuana licenses in the city, would make it easier for people to get marijuana, but added, “It doesn’t matter what I think or what you think . What matters is making sure our kids don’t try it until they’re big enough and their brains are developed.

Ruggiero is already planning education through a first-use substance grant aimed at reducing youth addiction; she would also like a certain percentage of the dispensary’s profits to be dedicated to prevention efforts. Marijuana is regulated at the state level by the Cannabis Control Commission; in Massachusetts, people under the age of 21 are not allowed to buy, possess, or use marijuana for recreational purposes.

The board then turned to the fee schedule to update language regarding the regulation of body art apprentices, and member Bob Scarano again raised the issue of retail marijuana, asking the director of Health Shannon Gillis whether marijuana retail stores must obtain a food permit to sell brownies or gummies. infused with marijuana.

Gillis said prepackaged products do not require additional permits. Council adopted the fee schedule.

The board considered a pet sitter’s license for Roberto Ingoglia of 1015 South St. Ingoglia and his family have recently moved from Plymouth, which is a right-to-farm community, and have many years of experience in the raising animals on their property. The family adopted their goats, but plan to keep eight chickens and three ducks who are considered family members.

A 2018 city policy change allows residents to keep up to 12 hens and no roosters in a pen on their property. Animal control officers reported favorably on the Ingoglia’s setup and a neighbor appeared to share that the family took great care of their dog and were trustworthy animal guardians. The board approved the request.

The council reviewed non-compliance issues at 175 Kendall Road. Owners Michele and Giuseppina Saladino are not complying with a 2019 letter of order issued by the health department that canceled an animal permit on the property and demanded animal structures be taken down.

The city learned that the owners had several unrestrained dogs, rabbits and chickens on the property without permits. The council has given owners 10 days to remove rabbits and chickens from the property, with the possibility of an animal control inspection any day after November 1. The board planned to review compliance in November to avoid going to court to fix the issue. .

Gillis reported to council that a letter had been sent to the owners of 199 Marston St., the site of ongoing issues with pet keeping on the property. City attorney Kevin Feeley has spoken to the owners attorney and court cases are ongoing regarding the power of attorney over the property. When the cases are resolved, the remaining horses and goats will be removed from the property.

Gillis reported that the city held a flu clinic at the senior center and vaccinated 87 residents. Homebound residents seeking vaccines can call City Hall to schedule an appointment. The city also offers bivalent boosters for the omicron variant of COVID-19; the health department is currently working to complete home vaccinations and will hold a senior center booster clinic on November 4. Residents can contact the senior center for more information at (978) 640-4480.

Residents will also be able to pick up COVID-19 tests at City Hall or call to be dropped off if they may be infected. Gillis also shared that the department is in food permit renewal season as the city transitions to OpenGov, an online platform where residents and businesses can complete permits, renewals and payments online.

“They can see the whole process online,” she said.

Gillis reported that there have been three cases of West Nile virus in Middlesex County in the past month and urged residents to remain vigilant as they may be susceptible to the virus until temperatures reach the freezing point.

Gillis also shared that the health department was working with the fire and building departments to close the Jade East restaurant at 433 Main Street. The departments are collectively closing the establishment due to food code violations, building compliance issues, and fire concerns. They spoke to the owners about the changes needed to reopen the restaurant; the restaurant was closed a year ago for similar issues, but conditions have not improved.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2022. Residents can find previously recorded meetings at youtube.com/TewksburyTV. The meeting can be viewed on Comcast Channel 99 and Verizon Channel 33 or attend in person at City Hall.


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