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NA Board of HealthMarch 22, 2017
Meetings & Notices
City of North Adams
Board of Health
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Conference Room #202
• Approval of Minutes (January 18, 2017)
• Matthew Willey (Ramunto’s) Violation dated 2/18/2017
• Beard Restraints / Headbands
Brendan Bullett, Chairperson
March 22, 2017
Members Present: Brendan Bullett, John Meaney, Kevin Lamb
Others Present: Melissa Martin (BOH Secretary), Valerie Bird (Health Inspector) and Corey Mears (Ramuntos)
Member Meaney made a motion to accept and waive the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, seconded by Kevin Lamb. Unanimous vote.
Ramunto’s request to appeal violations in question
According to Mr. Mears, Justin was at the establishment at the time Mr. Vadnais came in insisting that all beard restraints and gloves were on except when they weren’t needed. He agreed that there will be no more headbands worn and have informed the staff of this. Director Bird mentioned that she spoke with DPH concerning the headband and actually they are ok along with visors. Unless you have a lot of hair then should be restraint. Man buns are also an issue, but we have no concerns right now. Mr. Mears informs the board that the management is telling the staff of these concerns and maybe someone took off a restraint a little early but we are not cutting corners. We are trying to do the right thing by the City. Director Bird mentioned that as long as it’s a neatly trimmed beard, it’s ok according to DPH, a neat short beard is not a problem. When she first got here, it was told to her that beard nets were in our ordinance and they should be worn. Chairperson Bullett commentated that in his 8 plus years of being on the board, prior to the last six months, there had never been any enforcement regarding beard restraints. Mr. Mears stated that there establishment is out in the open cooking, we want people to know how clean the establishment is. As told by DPH, someone with a Duck Dynasty beard need a beard restraint, a neatly trimmed beard does not.
Concerns were that the violation was not signed by a staff member on duty stated Director Bird. Chairperson Bullet stated that if the state is comfortable with no beard restraints, then we should not be concerned. The Health Dept. has more important things to worry about than to worry about a beard. Member Meaney agreed and stated that if any establishment has any concerns that are questionable then they should contact, no one is measuring. Mr. Mears mentioned that both Matt and Justin are enjoying working with Valerie and they don’t want to get off to a bad start in the City, we do not want to get written up. Chairperson Bullet asked if this violation was presented to the staff at the time of the inspection / violation. The beard agreed that the violation is not valid because it wasn’t presented to staff on site and it was not signed. This will not go in there file and no fines issued. No other city or towns are enforcing beard restraints. So moving forward, headbands and visors are ok and if they have any one in question that they will call us and we will come check it out. One concern with Matt was that if customers see the beard restraint, they may think they are sick or something. When preparing ready to eat foods, gloves are needed, but once its cooked gloves are not necessary.
Reports include the last 2 months
Housing Court 3/29 (516-518 Union Street & 105 Beaver Street)
Both were issued capias warrants.
The next Meeting will be April 19, 2017.
Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm.
Melissa J. Martin