Robocall irks residents, prompts posting by mayor

An evening robocall March 4, regarding dog licenses, irked some city residents this week.

The call, using the city's CodeRED notification system, which sends out emergency information and general community notices, requested that residents who have not already licensed their dogs do so.

Mayor Thomas Bernard acknowledged the frustration in a Facebook post.

"Going forward I will work with staff to review and approve the purpose, content, and timing of these messages in a more deliberate fashion before they get sent," Bernard wrote.

Bernard also noted that residents can opt out of the community notices and only receive emergency alerts, and will work to update the city's website with clearer instructions on how to do so.

Applications for a dog license can be obtained from the city clerk's office.

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Housing authority given high marks

The North Adams Housing Authority has again received high marks from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city's public housing agency received a score of 94 out of 100 possible points in HUD's annual Assessment Status Report of the most recent fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.

The score puts the housing authority in the category of a "high performer."

The report included perfect scores in the management and capital fund categories. It received 36 out of 40 possible points for its physical condition and 23 out of 25 points in the financial category.