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Board of HealthMay 18, 2016
Meetings & Notices
City of North Adams
Board of Health
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Conference Room #202
1. Approval of Minutes (April 20, 2016)
2. Berkshire Public Health Alliance (Mary Agoglia, Public Health Nurse)
3. Festival Deadlines
4. Commercial Haulers
5. Late Fees on Invoices for Licenses
6. Application for Big Y to provide Sushi
7. Director & Code Enforcement Reports
Brendan Bullett, Chairperson
May 18, 2016
Members Present: Brendan Bullett (Chairperson)
Member absent: Kevin Lamb
Others Present: James O’ Brien, Director of Health / Code Enforcement Melissa Martin (BOH Secretary), Mary Agoglia (Berkshire Public Health Alliance), Lisa Blackmer (City Councilor)
Brendan Bullet made a motion to accept and waive the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, seconded by John Meaney. Unanimous vote.
Mary Agoglia (Berkshire Public Health Alliance): Update the board on upcoming flu clinics and the Get Cuffed Program. Since January, they have given out 20 cuffs to North Adams residents with hypertension. They are assigned through their doctor or referred from different areas that do blood pressure screening. A Matter of Balance class is scheduled for August. She also mentioned the Spring Dinner in which the key speaker spoke of Opioid abuse and Hep C. There is a work shop next week to discuss these matters on May 24th. Director O’Brien inquired about the strain of the flu shot. She stated it will be another Quadra balance strain, 4 times more powerful. The director inquired about the flu vaccine mists. Mary replied yes, for people under the age of 49 years who meet the criteria. The director inquired about our sites and set ups, if they were good and met their needs, Mary stated the sites and set ups are fine.
Discussion concerning festival deadlines: It was decided that 2 week deadline before the event was fair. We also discussed late fees for license holders. Member Meaney asked if we could get information from the state regulations and discuss further next meeting.
Approval from the department regarding the sale of sushi at Big Y. The products will be located at or near the deli. The director mentioned that it was the rice that may cause concern and not the fish as most people think.
Syed Jamal (Uniq Vape) applied and received a tobacco license for their property at 18 Holden Street. He is aware of the new regulations.
Code Enforcement Report: 40 Inspections, 2 Re-Inspection for a total of 42 certificates issued generating $1260.00. (1) Complaint at 36 Temple Street (Martin Walden, owner) regarding dog feces not being picked up. Director O’Brien informed the board that Mr. Walden has been warned of this problem in the past and had received a $100.00 ticket due to multiple complaints. (2) Complaint of trash on the corner of North Holden and Chase Avenue. This is an ongoing complaint because some individuals in that area use the lot as a dump. The city will do a clean and lien because that is the cities properties. The cost is not cheap; we need to implement something like cameras, signage, etc. The director will talk with Paul Markland to see if he has any suggestions and he will report at the next meeting. (3) A tenant at 53-55 Dover Street (Mark Thoman, owner) called in a complaint regarding squirrel infestation inside the ceiling of her sons room. The property owner has already caught 6 squirrels. The homeowner will hire a professional to remove and make necessary repairs so they don’t reenter.
Directors Report: Director O’Brien informed the board that he had attended the FDA Inspectors orientation in connection with the online permitting on May 17, 2016. We will eventually cross train with other towns for training and inspections so that if necessary we can fill in or some other town can fill in for us as needed on inspections, etc. He also informed the board that he had attended the BCBOHA Executive meeting and next week he will be attending the Hep C seminar and the Marijuana Listening Session. The director inquired with member Meaney about Sharps, he stated being so costly that they were trying to find the best way to move forward. The director reminded the board that there are now Sharps containers in cruisers.
Chairperson inquired about Supreme Pizza. The director informed the board that Supreme Pizza will not reopen. Mark Vadnais will have the owner (Moulton) change the locks after we get our licenses.
Meeting adjourned @ 4:55pm.
The next Meeting will be June 15th.