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.
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.
Last week, Chairman Bruce Shepley provided board members with a spreadsheet of fees from surrounding communities.
"I would like us to read this over and look at the different communities," Shepley said. "I made some calls and got information from six or seven towns."
The Board of Health made a decision it didn't want to make. It approved the transfer of a tobacco retail permit to a location it tried so hard to disallow.
On Wednesday, the board approved the transfer of Rina Shah's tobacco permit to 730 East Street, a space being leased Naveed Asif and Zameer Alhaq, a pair who had been denied a permit for the exact location. The pair had purchased the former O'Connell's and intended to open Gas Man but only late into the process, after spending hundreds of
The Board of Health has banned the selling of tobacco products to those under the age of 21 in town and updated its regulations.
The board heard no opposition to its proposals during a public hearing on Tuesday night and voted to put the new regulations in effect on Feb. 1, 2017.
The Board of Health set the public hearing on raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon board member Bruce Shepley updated the Board of Health on some lingering questions they had on the new regulations and the board agreed it was time to move toward adoption.
The Board of Health has a few final questions and changes to make to its draft of Tobacco 21 regulations and plans to hold a public hearing in October.
The new regulations provided by Tri-Town Health were reviewed last week to eliminate redundancies already in the Adams regulations. The board also tweaked the draft regulations, and made a list of questions to ask Tri-Town.
Economic development and health went head to head Tuesday night as members of the City Council pushed back against unwavering health officials.
For more than two hours the City Council peppered local and state health officials about tobacco regulations which were implemented in 2014. The issue came to a head now, months after a business was denied a tobacco retailer permit because the regulations limit the number of establishments selling the products.
The Board of Health levied stiff penalties for a business owner who did not comply with tobacco permitting regulations and denied a new business the chance.
A week after hearing testimony from the owner of Zuke's Soups and Variety on West Street and the proprietors of Gas Man on East Street, the board on Wednesday handed out the decisions. Zuke's is facing a 90-day suspension and a $500 fine for being late in renewing the application and Gas Man was denied a permit, despite investing some $40
In July 2014, the Board of Health adopted a cap on the number of permits at 25 as part of sweeping changes to the tobacco laws.
There are currently 51 permits issued, so Zuke's Variety can't apply for another one. Nor can any other entity looking to open a store sell tobacco products.
The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December.
The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials.
The Board of Health agreed to update all tobacco regulations during the process of increase the legal age of buying tobacco from 18 to 21.
The Board of Health decided Tuesday at a workshop meeting that the tobacco age increase would not be a new regulation, but an amendment. However, while working with Tri-Town Health Department it may be a chance to make sure all of their tobacco regulations are up to date.
Scott Koczela told the Board of Health on Wednesday that he will be working for the state Department of Public Health in Northampton starting the Jan. 25.
Koczela thanked the board members and said he will miss working for the town.
"This is my home town where I grew up and lived in for most of my life," he said. "I care a lot about it and I just wanted it to succeed, see it get better, and protect it from people that were here to exploit it ... I enjoyed working here for most of my 10 yea
In July of 2014, the Board of Health capped the number of permits to sell tobacco permits at 25, less than the city currently has issued.
The goal was to reduce the number of stores selling the products over time. However, there has yet to be a reduction in permits and the board has found areas in the language that need buttoning up.