Two more homes have been added to the demolition list.
The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Avenue and 217 Robbins Avenue. The two adds to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.
Thelma Towne says one of her 87-year-old mother's few joys in life is to feed a few stray cats in the neighborhood.
But, that came to a crashing halt on March 22 when Nuisance Control Officer Stephanie Provencher paid a visit to the Brown Street home. An anonymous complaint had been phoned into the Health Department that morning saying the food for the stray cats were starting to attract rats.
In just the last few weeks there has been a 44 percent increase in flu symptoms.
Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said this year there have been 32 total cases of influenza confirmed in Pittsfield since Oct. 1. That is compared to just 15 in the same period of time last year. But the numbers had jumped in the last few weeks.
The Board of Health is considering its options to reduce the spread of tick-borne diseases.
The Health Department has been noticing a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses recently and is now wondering what options it has to help control it.
Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak told the Board of Health on Wednesday that the business storing the full dumpsters on the 115 Howland Ave. property has moved most of them to a different location it also leases.
Building, fire, and health officials have shut down an Elm Street retailer because the building had fallen into disrepair.
On Aug. 28, Building Inspectors deemed 155 Elm Street "hazardous to life and limb" and restricted public access to it. The ceiling had collapsed on one half of the structure, and inspectors say there was significant water damage. A Board of Survey tour in early October upheld the building inspector's determination, and the Health Department followed up by suspending the o
The Board of Health will inspect reported debris left at the former Curtis Paper Mill.
The board heard last week from resident and Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District Program Coordinator Linda Cernik, who had concerns over the growing amount debris at the Howland Avenue mill.
Board of Health Chairman Jay Green sees proposed changes to the city's trash collection system as a way to fight blight.
An internal working group has been working on the details of moving to an automated toter system for trash collection all summer. The plan is to provide city-issued totes - a 35-gallon one for trash and a 95-gallon one for recycling - to residents. Those totes will allow for Republic Services, the company who contracts with the city to collect the rubbish, to use trucks wit
It has been 11 months since one of the biggest fires the city has seen in decades. The sky was lit up for miles. Fire companies from all over the county descended on the scene to douse the flames towering high from the former J.B. Paper warehouse.
And today, the remains of that night are still piled high. In 11 months, there has been little to no progress toward cleaning up the mess left behind and the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Recently, the Board of Health was asked to ease the compliance standards. Currently, every three years a store clerk has to become certified, at a cost of $25, through watching 45 minutes worth of videos and taking an exam.
Chairman Jay Green said the program is working and results show that, so he'd be hard pressed to advocate to loosen the restrictions.
A Grove Street resident came to the board Wednesday with a bag full of shredded blue tarp that she dug out of her yard. She said the tarps on the roof of the old mill are shredded by the wind and litter the entire neighborhood.
Last year was the "season that never was" when it came to mosquito control.
But, this year Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project Superintendent Christopher Horton is back at it with approval for the 2017 plan from the Board of Health.
David Bertolozzi has managed a gas station and convenience store for 27 years and hasn't been cited for a tobacco violation.
But yet, every three years he has to pay the Tri-Town Health Department $25 to watch a lengthy video, which features information such as the anatomy of a cigarette, to be certified. All clerks are required to take the certification exam every three years.
The Board of Health says it will address dust issues at Pinnacle Park caused by Duke's Sand and Gravel.
Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak told the board on Wednesday that residents of the mobile home park have made multiple complaints about dust from the gravel pit.
It took seven months to make the decision but on Wednesday the Board of Health approved a needle exchange program.
The board approved the letter authorizing the state Department of Health to pursue a vendor for such a program. The state will now take over the process of funding, issuing a request for proposal, and ultimately opening a site. The issue had been before the board since August, neared a vote in December, and then was pushed until March.