The Board of Health's new rule barring name-calling appears to be working, chairwoman Anita Ballesteros said.
Tensions on the three-member board have sometimes run high, leading Ballesteros to introduce a rule last month that calls for a five-minute recess when one member makes a personal attack on another.
"I think everyone's been much more respectful, and everyone's been calmer," she said.
So far, Ballesteros said, she has only had to call for one time out. Board members have also attended two team-building sessions and are considering attending more, she added.
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