The Board of Health is trying to craft rules around microblading that both ensures public safety while also not being overly restrictive.
The Health Department took up the issue in January after the city received multiple inquiries about opening a microblading practice. It's a relatively new trend similar to tattooing. It is a beauty service in which less permanent ink is injected into the skin for such things as eyebrows or eyeliner. It has been growing in popularity and when the questions a
City Council President Peter Marchetti is asking that the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project be more proactive.
The request comes after the Board of Health agreed last year to limit the number of adulticide sprayings. Marchetti particularly called for more catch basin treatments, citing that in 2014 and 2015 there were 3,922 and 3,820 catch basins treated respectfully whereas in 2017 and 2018 those numbers dropped to 3,460 and 3,407.
The Board of Health believes it needs to do more to promote public health. The county routinely ranks toward the bottom of the annual community health rankings. There are issues with a high rate of premature death, food insecurity, and children living in poverty. E-cigarette usage among teens is increasing. The rate of marijuana usage among teens is higher than most of the state. Children are more at risk for lead poisoning here than elsewhere.
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