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Adams Board of Health Updates Fee Schedule

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health accepted a revised fee schedule that adds a cost for additional visits from the code enforcement officer.

The board last week approved some revisions to the fee schedule, originally accepted in 2016, that would bring the schedule in line with the scheduling system shared with nine communities. 
One more substantial change: Code Enforcement Officer Mark Blaisdell included a Code Enforcement Compliance Reinspection fee of $20 after the third and subsequent visits.
"There are instances when I have to go out to a residence or business after an issuance on multiple occasions so it makes sense," he said. "In other communities, we charged for three or more."
He said he has included these consequences on orders to encourage compliance in his past positions.
"The hope is compliance will occur sooner if there are fines or fees with further visits," he said. 
Chairman David Rhoads felt the change was a good thing that would create consistency across the schedule.
"It brings the inspections in harmony with the rentals," he said.
The full schedule can be found here.
In other business, Rhoads gave a COVID-19 update. With cases rising in the Berkshires, he urged residents to continue to practice caution.
"I think everybody knows that we are in dire straits. The governor has ramped us back," he said. "Numbers were looking bad last month, and now they are looking absolutely terrible."
Rhoads said by his research, the majority of cases seemed to be stemming more from nursing homes and allowable indoor dining.
"Please keep your distance, use all of the proper hygiene techniques, and please wear a mask," he said. "As we go into the indoor seasons, stricter adherence is really called for."

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