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Williamstown Con Comm Seeks Specifics on Spruces Plantings

The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1. And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.

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Pittsfield City Councils Votes to Put CPA on November Ballot

Voters will be asked for a second time whether or not the city wants to adopt the Community Preservation Act. The state law allows for communities to add a surcharge to property tax bills to pay for parks, open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. The state divvies up fees collected from deed transfers with real estate sales and matches on a percentage basis.

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Williamstown's Spruces Committee Picks Guntlow for Engineering Work

The Spruces Land Use Committee on Wednesday selected Guntlow and Associates to do a wetland delineation and conceptual design for utilizing 42 acres of the former mobile home park on Main Street. The committee received two bids for the work, which is being funded from Community Preservation Act funds awarded at May's annual town meeting.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Panel Finalizes Warrant Articles

The Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday approved the warrant articles it recommends for approval at May's annual town meeting. The CPC is recommending the town fund six new requests with funds generated from the Community Preservation Act surcharge on local property taxes.

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Williamstown Officials Stay Course on Community Preservation Act

The Board of Selectmen on Monday declined to ask voters whether the town should continue participation in the Community Preservation Act. In 2002, Williamstown voted to add a 2 percent surcharge on property valued at more than $100,000. The funds are granted each year by annual town meeting to support projects in one of three areas: historic preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Rejects 3 Projects

The Community Preservation Committee has recommended that town meeting fund six projects to the tune of $154,421. The committee at its Feb. 23 meeting voted to send just six of nine active applications for Community Preservation Act funds to May's annual town meeting.

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Williamstown Dog Park Proponents Withdraw Proposal

The Board of Selectmen on Monday opened its meeting by announcing the close of a debate that has snarled another town body this winter. "Several things here, not the least of which is the South Williamstown Community Association has graciously decided to withdraw its proposal for a dog park at [the former Little Red Schoolhouse]," Chairwoman Jane Patton said.

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Dog Park Request Criticized at Williamstown Meeting

Plans to create a dog park in South Williamstown continued to draw fire at Wednesday's meeting of the Community Preservation Committee. The South Williamstown Community Association is seeking $3,500 from Community Preservation Act funds to help build a fence for a dog park in the yard behind the South Center School near the junctions of Routes 7 and 43.

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Williamstown Dog Park Proposal Raises Concerns at CPC Meeting

The Williamstown Historical Museum found itself at odds with a group of residents who are looking to create a dog park at the South Williamstown site the museum expects soon to call home. The museum was before the Community Preservation Committee in search of nearly $15,000 for a historic preservation project unrelated to its upcoming move. The South Williamstown Community Association is looking for $3,500 in Community Preservation Act funds to help build the dog park.

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has 10 Applications

Ten projects totaling more than $293,000 will be on the agenda when the Community Preservation Committee holds its first 2016 meeting on Wednesday evening at Town Hall. The money in that $284,000 pot is generated by a combination of state support and r

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Adams Selectmen Review Potential Tax, Fee Hikes

"We are losing out on $70,000 to $80,000 a year. It's not a lot of cash but it is additional money we don't have to put on the tax roll." — Skip Harrington

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Williamstown CPC Recommends Requests to Town Meeting

"It's my observation of how this committee operates that it's easier to fund projects than not to fund them." — Jeffrey Thomas

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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Queries 2015 Applicants

"We always know what's being promised to be delivered. We're not getting that in this application." — Peter Fohlin

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Williamstown CPC Fails in Bid to Lower Cable Mills Bond

"If there is any chance that those commitments will not be made and there's not a legal recourse to get them, the deal won't close." — David Traggorth

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Williamstown Housing Trust Asked to Help With Cable Mills Bond

"We have a bunch of unknowns at this point."— Thomas Sheldon

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Pittsfield Historical Commission Considers Expanded Role

"I think it's important for the Historical Commission to respond to the interest that has been expressed in the community." — John Dickson.

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Cable Mills Developer Pushing for December 2015 Occupancy

"And we'll work right through the winter. ... We will have temporary heating and doing everything we can to keep things moving." — David Traggorth

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