The adoption was prompted by the announced retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, who has been in his post for 15 years. However, the changes have been discussed off and on after the past administration abandoned attempts to fill the commissioner of public safety post six years ago.
The city's firefighters are helping to provide a good Christmas to children in DCF care.
The firefighters union continued its annual holiday tradition of buying gifts for more than two dozen local children involved with the Department of Children and Families. The firefighters had taken the names of 25 children, what they'd like for Christmas, and then headed out to shop for them.
The annual meeting included a marketplace of members showing off their wares — from educational institutions to chocolatiers — and a breakdown of the initiatives and events of the past year, along with a reorganization of officers.
How do you handle negativity? That's what seventh-grader Ella asked Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday afternoon.
The mayor responded:
"I make a choice - and this is important for leadership - to approach my work with an attitude of optimism. If I felt negative about everything, I would just be stuck. I wouldn't be able to think clearly or view my city with a positive lens.
What I think is that people in our city work really hard, everyone does their very best, you come to school or parents go
After six hours spanning two nights, the City Council opted not to ask the mayor to hold off on the $74 million wastewater treatment project.
The City Council had given the OK earlier this year for the mayor to borrow up to $74 million for significant upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant
The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.
District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more to her leadership team on Tuesday.
Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years.
The School Committee unanimously voted Monday to adopt the new agreement that not only lays out changes in the two towns' relationship but would also change the district's name to the Hoosac Valley Regional School District.
Seven members of the Police Department were recognized for earning promotions.
Michael Grady and Matthew Kirchner were promoted to captain; Thomas Dawley, Glen Decker, and John Soules were promoted to lieutenant, and James Parise and Ryan Williams were promoted to sergeant.
The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.
The Board of Health asked to be notified about activities held at Bowe Field.
The board met with Agricultural Fair organizers Charles Felix and Patricia Wojcik on Wednesday to discuss camping on the grounds and Felix said it would not be an issue to include the Board in their notice to other town departments.
BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often.
The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street. In that long-awaited project, the state did not require an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power to be explored.