By Thomas D’Agostino
WEBSTER - Health Agent Cathleen Liberty Monday night addressed the Webster Board of Health with an issue regarding a separate entity, which will be located inside the new Price Chopper, applying for a food permit. Angel Sushi, a company that contracts with Price Chopper, did not meet the minimum requirements for sinks needed in food preparation. The main food service area has the proper three-bay sink and hand sink. However, the law requires a separate three-bay sink and hand sink for each permit issued, regardless of whether the businesses share space. Nancie Zecco stated that sushi, being a raw food service, could cause cross contamination to foods being prepared by the Price Chopper food service. The board agreed to address the situation promptly and make the establishment take necessary steps to insure safety and compliance.
The new Price Chopper is scheduled to open April 23.
In other business, the board noted that 38-42 Prospect Street has been razed. 31 Granite Street is in the process of renovation. The board was pleased with how renovations of the property have moved so far. The Lake Street property was at issue again. The owners contacted the Health Department stating they have prepped materials for the exterior front and sides. On April 1 the owners contacted the department stating they would be working on that property the first weekend in April. The department agreed to delay posting the property until April 8.
May 24 is the projected effective date when the guidelines for medicinal marijuana take effect. The state issued a draft regulation on March 29. No action can be taken until then. According to the Health Department, a dispensing site may be located either in Southbridge or Webster. There will be thirty-five dispensaries appointed in the first year, up to five per county. The state will choose a location and the towns must comply.
The Public Health Nurse reported one case of meningitis.
Cathleen Liberty is hosting the Clothesline Project on Monday, April 22 in the Town Hall Auditorium. The project bears witness to the issue of sexual assault and is comprised of different colored shirts decorated by survivors and their families. “In order to stop the violence, you need to raise awareness in the town that there is a problem,” Ms. Liberty said.