Jan 22, 2019

North Adams Board of Health

January 18, 2017
Meetings & Notices

City of North Adams
Board of Health
Wednesday, January 18, 2016
Conference Room #202


• Approval of Minutes (December 21, 2016)
• Public Hearing (46-50 Spring Street)
• Housing Court (16 Hudson Street)
• Sharps Kiosk / Tapestry Health
• Summer Internship
• Marijuana Act
• Food Regulations
• Reports


Brendan Bullett, Chairperson

January 18, 2017

Members Present: John Meaney, Kevin Lamb

Others Present: Melissa Martin (BOH Secretary), William Meranti (Director of Inspection Services), Valerie Bird (Health Inspector)

Member Meaney made a motion to accept and waive the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, seconded by Kevin Lamb. Unanimous vote.

Public Hearing
46-50 Spring Street, owned by Paul and Ann Gorghan.
Inspector Bird presented to the board an Order of Condemnation for this property. This is a potential property for receivership along with 32-38 Spring Street which has already condemned. Also 116 Pleasant Street, 287 River Street all for the receivership program.

Housing Court
16 Hudson Street, Francis Albis owner.
Sited for trash and did not remove. Signed up for Housing Court and the owner did not show. The judge enforced the condemnation order, trash removal and the removal of a junk vehicle and to board up the property. However, the department received a call from the tenant and he stated that he would hire a plumber to correct the plumbing issues and has arranged to trash pickup. He is looking into buying the property.

Sharps Kiosk / Tapestry Health
Member Meaney informed the board that he spoke with Wendy Penner regarding the next steps for this project. This would beneficial to have with the syringe access at Tapestry Health. The city needs to execute through the BOH at DPS. Tapestry is looking to open on February 1st at their new location, 6 West Main Street. Member Meaney to contact Ms. Penner and forward the information to the office. Member Lamb asked if Tapestry were to get more funding for sharps. Member Meaney will ask Liz from Tapestry her experience regarding funding. Possibly have 2 locations.

Summer Internship
Inspector Bird informed the board that Mark Vadnais would like to have an intern for the summer and would train in food inspections at no cost to the city. She stated that there are enough housing issues and food establishments to warrant an intern. The board is in favor as long as the Mayor approves.

Marijuana Act
The board to review at our next meeting in March. The state pushed it back 6 months. The board received the regulations via email from the Health Inspector. Member Lamb inquired about what other cities or towns have done up to this point.

Food Regulations
Inspector Bird presented to the board state regulations regarding hair restraints and gloves. We are currently enforcing for both cooking and preparing. Inspector Bird recommends to do away with the gloves when you are cooking, and to wear the gloves when the state specifies when handling ready to eat foods. As far as hair restraint, if you have hair, you should restrain it. Also, if you have facial hair, you should wear a beard restrain. Member Meaney made a motion to adopt the state regulations. Seconded by Kevin Lamb. Unanimous vote.


Housing Complaints
38 Bracewell Avenue – Cat feces and filth. Man in wheelchair on second floor, referred to Elder Services.

22 Apache Drive – Several site visits, extreme filth, no water, removed 5 dogs, defecating in trailer.

516-518 Union Street – Several complaints from DCF regarding children. Anonymous complaint regarding garage with covered tarp, no hot water. Heating with space heaters and illegal construction without building permit. Orders written and re-inspection scheduled for 1/20/2017.

16 Hudson Street – Trash complaint, order of condemnation. Court case filed ordered enforced and to remove trash. Owner has not complied.

37 Meadow Street – Site visit with the Building Inspector revealed the apartment trashed. Orders written.
116 Pleasant Street – Collapsed roof and interior trashed. Met with owner and was given a 7 day timeline to remove.

211 Protection Avenue – Bedbug complaint. Ongoing with the tenant who is not cooperating with the owner. She is moving.

26 Gallup Street – Occupant complaining about other tenants trash, inspection scheduled for 1/26/2017.

Restaurant Complaints
Bella Roma – No gloves or Hair restraints
Ramuntos – Not changing gloves and no hair restraints
Dunkin Donuts – Several complaints of fruit flies. Several visits to remediate issue.
Pitchers Mound – Site visit and re-inspection completed. Mostly in compliance, kitchen needs to be painted.

Four properties awaiting Title Search from the Attorney General’s Office
116 Pleasant Street
287 River Street
46-50 Spring Street
32-38 Spring Street

Inspector Bird to do a site visit with Jerrod (Public) regarding the regulations and the department will do a mailing to the restaurants regarding hair restrains and gloves.

The next Meeting will be March 15, 2017, no meeting in February.

Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Melissa J. Martin