City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
192243
Work Completed
May 24, 2012 7:00 PM

15 That the Chief of Police, Superintendent of Inspectional Services, Director of Public Health and City Environmental Officer appear before the Committee on Public Health and Safety to address issues pertaining to the recent Oxford Street crystal meth lab incident.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Alderman At Large William A. White Jr., Alderman At Large Dennis M. Sullivan, Ward Three Alderman Thomas F. Taylor, Alderman At Large John M. Connolly, Bruce M. Desmond
Category:OrderFunctions:Order

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That the Chief of Police, Superintendent of Inspectional Services, Director of the Board of Health and City Environmental Officer appear before the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety to address issues pertaining to the recent Oxford Street crystal meth lab incident.

 

Meeting History

Nov 22, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Dec 12, 2011 7:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Lutes spoke about the hazardous materials that were stored at the property and said that no soil testing at the site has been performed. Chairman White directed Mr. Lutes to consult with the Law Department and the State about testing the soil.

Chief Pasquarello informed the committee that the owner of the property used the drains in the house to dispose of some of the materials and stated that since the owner has a legal right to be on the property, a trespass order cannot be enforced. Absent a warrant, the police have no right to enter the premises.

Mr. Nuzzo stated that the property is uninhabitable and secured, and at the request of Chairman White, will consult with the Law Department to determine what right the city might have to restrict access to the property. This property also might be a candidate for receivership.

Several neighbors expressed concern about contamination.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 21, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Lutes reported that there is no evidence of external dumping at the property.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
May 24, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED