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North Adams Board of Health Condemns Three Houses

The Board of Health last week issued emergency condemnations of three residential buildings, two of which had been damaged by fires within the last few months.

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Adams Board of Health Wants to Better Emergency Communication

The Board of Health wants to establish a clearer communication protocol for local emergencies, such as the boil water order issued nearly three weeks ago.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Uphold Demolition Order; Tobacco License Suspension

The Board of Health upheld both a demolition order on a multi-unit building on John Street and a suspension of Thing or Two's tobacco license. Thing or Two Variety on Francis Avenue will have its tobacco licenses suspended for seven days following a number of violations. Health Director Gina Armstrong said on May 10, inspectors from the Tri-Town Health Department found flavored tobacco products in stock. Such products were banned dating back to sweeping new tobacco regulations crafted in 2014

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Adams Secondary Reservoir Officially Out of Service

Earlier in the meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak went over a few reports of rat issues in town. He said they seem to be focused in the Howland Avenue and Commercial Street areas.

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Board Of Health Can Not Yet Inspect Curtis Paper

The town began the process of taking the property last year from MJD Real Estate, which owes more than $450,000 in property taxes.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Back Trash Collection Changes

Health Director Gina Armstrong doesn't see the enforcement of new trash regulations becoming a difficult task. The Board of Health is currently in charge of enforcing nuisance issues regarding trash already. Armstrong brought up some areas of concern about the proposed toter system regulations, but overall said it will keep the city cleaner.

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Enrollment Growing In Pittsfield Needle Exchange Program

Already 31 people have enrolled in the local needle exchange program. The state Department of Health allocated grant funds earlier this year to bring a syringe exchange program to the area through Berkshire Health Systems at 510 North Street. The intent is to reduce harm to those using intervenous drugs. The program opened on Sept. 4 and enrollment has been growing ever since.

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