The North Adams Board of Health on Thursday refused to authorize the mayor's emergency order and enforcement against Crane Stationery by failing to vote on the matter.
Board members Kevin Lamb, acting as chairman, and October Cellana spent 90 minutes debating the board's authority over what they saw as determining essential versus nonessential work before Lamb motioned for a vote — and Cellana declined to second.
Mayor Thomas Bernard repeatedly told the board during the meeting that the enforcement order was drafted by the city's legal counsel and that the city had the authority to impose fines or issue cease-and-desist orders.
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