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Williamstown Sails Through Audit, Receives High Bond Rating

David Irwin from Pittsfield's Adelson and Company reported on the town's fiscal 2017 audit, taking the board through the highlights of his firm's analysis of the town's books. The bottom line was a clean or "unmodified" opinion, Irwin told the board.

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Pittsfield Approves $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

Begrudgingly, the City Council approved a $74 million upgrade to the wastewater system, which is estimated to more than double sewer bills within the next three years. The city has been under an administrative order form the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum in the water coming out of the plant. The project proposed by the consultants, Kleinfelder, also called for a nitrogen optimization process as well.

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Pittsfield Votes Down $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

The City Council rejected a $74 million capital request to renovate the wastewater treatment center in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Shortly before 12:30 a.m. the request from Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow for upgrades to the plant fell one vote short of the supermajority needed. Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Donna Todd Rivers all voted down the project.

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Pittsfield Continues Process of Cleaning Up Old Debt

The city's Finance Department is continuing its efforts to clean up old debt authorizations. On Wednesday the City Council's Finance Committee approved rescinding $227,403 worth of authorized but unissued debt from the three prior fiscal years.

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Vote Delayed On Pittsfield's $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

The administration is seeking authority to borrow the $74 million in an effort to comply with an EPA administrative order, which calls for significantly decreasing the amount of phosphorus, and aluminum treatment, released into the Housatonic River. The plan developed in consultation with Klienfelder also calls for a nitrogen optimization process.

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Pittsfield Finance Panel Is No on $74M Wastewater Project

The City Council's finance subcommittee is recommending that the city hold off on borrowing $74 million to make major repairs to the wastewater system.

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Pittsfield Council Wants More Details on $74M Wastewater Project

The City Council doesn't want to rush into making a $74 million decision. Mayor Linda Tyer had put forth a petition calling for the borrowing of $74 million for a massive project with the wastewater system. The city is under an administrative order from the Environmental Protection Agency holding the system to higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal. The project has been in design for about a year, coming after years of ultimately losing appeals in federal cou

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$74 Million Wastewater Plant Upgrades Heads to City Council

The mayor is asking for the authority to borrow $74 million for a major upgrade of the city's wastewater treatment center. The expense has been a long time coming, starting with the city seeking to renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in 2005. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees those permits in an effort to keep waterways clean and had issued a permit in 2008 requiring significantly higher standards of phosphorus, aluminum treatment, and nitrogen removal.

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North Adams Councils Approves $800K in Capital Borrowing

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized a borrowing of $783,910 for a number of infrastructure upgrades, including an engineering study of the city's two reservoir dams. Mayor Richard Alcombright said the borrowing will be rolled into a long-term bond in the next couple years. The ability to borrow at this point comes from the stabilization of the city's finances because reserves are up and a significant amount of debt is falling off.

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North Adams Council Looks at Borrowing for Water System Upgrades

The City Council on Tuesday will be asked to authorize a borrowing of $783,910 for a number of upgrades, including an engineering study of the city's two reservoirs.

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Pittsfield Approves New Fire Truck But Questions Police Station Future

The City Council authorizing the purchase of a new ladder truck. But, some councilors are wondering what that'll mean for the future of the police station. The city has been without a ladder truck for some six weeks after its front-line piece was in need of repair and the reserve was taken out of service. The City Council on Tuesday approved taking $200,000 from a bond authorization for engineering on a new police station and put it toward the purchase of a new truck instead.

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North Adams Council Gives Final OK on DPW Building Borrowing

The City Council on Tuesday approved the final reading to authorize borrowing of $1,498,550 to purchase and renovate the former Berkshire Anodizing building on Hodges Cross Road as a public service building. The borrowing covers about $1 million for the property outright and another half-million for upgrades and interior construction to make the wide-open plant suitable for different departments.

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North Adams Council OKs Borrowing to Buy Anodizing Building

The City Council on Tuesday approved the borrowing of $1,498,550 to purchase and renovate the former Berkshire Anodizing building on Hodges Cross Road. The vote to move to a second reading and publish as required by law was 8-1, with Councilor Robert M. Moulton Jr. casting the lone nay vote. Moulton expressed his concern at previous meetings of taking a commercial site off the city's tax rolls.

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