It has become routine now. Nearly every two weeks the City Councilors talk and talk and talk until nearly midnight.
But that wasn't always the case. In fact, it wasn't even the case last year. According to the length of council meeting recordings done by Pittsfield Community Television, the council is meeting on average nearly twice as long as it did last year.
Councilors John Krol and Helen Moon are asking Berkshire Medical Center for $1 million.
The pair has filed a petition with the City Council asking for the sum through the execution of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement. Krol says the total is a quarter of what the hospital would have paid for all of its tax-exempt properties should those real estate holdings be taxes at the commercial rate.
Council President Peter Marchetti has handed out committee assignments to the City Council.
The president is tasked with appointing the council's six subcommittees with five members each. Marchetti, Vice President John Krol, and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Simonelli will serve on two committees each. The other councilors will serve on three and of those, all but the two newest councilors will have chairmanships.
How can we?
That's the question Mayor Linda Tyer posed to the new City Council and School Committee on Tuesday. Tyer is midway through her four-year term, the first four-year term in the city's history, and welcomed on Tuesday a City Council and new School Committee.
Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi says with the city approaching the tax levy limit, experience matters.
"Now more than ever we need experienced leadership, one who know budgets," Morandi said, emphasizing that he's gone through six budget cycles and six tax classification hearing.