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Pittsfield Licensing Board Considering New Processing Fees

The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year. The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers which are done outside of the annual renewal or up all of the annual renewal fees.

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Traffic Commission Sets Rates on Pittsfield Switch to Metered Parking

Parking on North Street will cost $1 an hour as of Nov. 1, pending City Council approval, with the implementation of metered parking. For the downtown core, the rate for the areas of North, South and Depot streets will be $1 per hour. In a secondary zone, which is the municipal lots and garages, the fees will be 50 cents an hour. And in the future, the areas around Berkshire Medical Center will jump to $3 an hour.

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North Adams Council Tosses Parking Ordinance

The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put meters in the Central Street parking lot. The vote was unanimous; Councilor Ronald Boucher was absent. The ordinance, which would have made the Center Street parking fees the same as other spaces, had already been published and passed to a second reading on a vote of 7-2 two weeks.

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Businesses, Residents Voice Opposition to Metering North Adams Parking Lot

Downtown residents and businesses were loud and clear on the idea of metered parking in the Center Street lot: Just hold off. Nearly two dozen people attended Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting to weigh in on an ordinance change that would end two-hour free parking and restore parking meters to some 60 parking spots in the Center Street lot.

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Meeting Set for Input on North Adams Parking Lot Changes

The City Council on Tuesday night passed a controversial parking ordinance to a second reading. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. The decision to move forward with changing the cost for parking in the Center Street lot and eliminating the free first two hours may still face opposition when it reappears in two weeks.

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Pittsfield Councilors Take Issue With Lack of Handicap Parking Downtown

Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell says it is a "disgrace" that there is no handicapped parking on Elm or West Street. There is only one on Tyler Street and that was only recently added. The few on North are in locations without a nearby curbcut. There isn't even one in front of a store on North Street which sells motorized wheelchairs. It's unacceptable for Connell.

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North Adams Council Wants More Data on Parking Lot Changes

An unconvinced City Council on Tuesday referred a proposal to restore parking meters to the Center Street parking lot to committee. The lot has had a parking-ticket kiosk for a number of years, but it's been broken for at least four. Police Director Michael Cozzaglio had approached the Traffic Commission about restoring the meters last month, saying it was impossible to enforce parking limits in the short- and long-term areas.

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Williams College, Chamber Discuss Downtown Parking with Selectmen

Williams College and the Chamber of Commerce believe they have solutions in place to avoid a repeat of last summer's parking woes on Spring Street, and they're asking downtown merchants to be part of the answer. In 2015, parking inventory in the Village Business District was squeezed by construction vehicles related to the college's renovation of the Log pub on Spring Street.

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Pittsfield Asking State to Release Funds for Columbus Ave. Garage Rebuild

Plans to replace the crumbling Columbus Avenue garage are "shovel" ready but the state still hasn't released more than $6 million earmarked for it. The top level of the garage has been closed since August 2014 when city officials at the time determined the concrete beams were pulling away from the supporting structure. The move reduced parking spots in the structure by 156. Earlier that year the state earmarked $6 million in a transportation bond bill and now city officials are pushing for th

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North Adams to Ticket Parking Scofflaws in Greylock Valley

Residents of Greylock Valley Apartments are being put on notice that their cars will be ticketed if they're not parked in the appropriate spots. Williams Schrade of the North Adams Housing Authority formally asked the Traffic Commission on Monday for help with policing drivers who were parking on the green space between the street and sidewalk in the housing project.

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Williams Outlines Solution to Parking Issue During Construction

Williams College and its contractor believe they have a solution to the problem of workers parking in a downtown parking lot during construction projects. The practice frustrated downtown merchants during last summer's renovation of the college's Spring Street tavern. A looming five-year project to build a new science center near the village business district has raised serious concerns among business owners.

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Williamstown Honors Retiring Town Manager With Podium

"Think of it this way. It isn't for you. It's for everyone else." — Chairwoman Jane Patton

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Williamstown Board Asked to Restrict Parking on Lee Terrace

"We're concerned about having to avoid a [motor vehicle] accident and instead hitting a child on the street." — Howard Carter

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Parking, Signage

"When you engage in community service, you get to be a part of that which holds us together." — Stanley Parese

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Lenox Officials Dismayed by Parking Vote, Move Ahead on Solar

"I think we didn't do a good enough job of selling it." — Chairman Channing Gibson

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Lenox Passes Budget, Rejects Parking Changes

"There is truly a problem with parking in Lenox, but paving over green space in a residential neighborhood is a poor solution." — Jay Baver

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Downtown Pittsfield Highlights Successes, Looks to Future

"Our entire region is only as strong as the city of Pittsfield." — Kate McGuire

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Parking Changes Spur Heated Discussion in Lenox

"I think it's going to take a village to change this." — Doris Barsauskas

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Lenox Planners Debate Specificity of New Parking Regs

"One thousand would make it so everyone in the district that we're proposing would be exempt." — Town Planner Gwen Miller

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Pittsfield Councilors Split on Increasing Parking Fines

"Before we implement the parking plan, we are hitting people with more fines, I am not in favor of that." — Councilor Jonathan Lothrop

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Hotel On North Paves Way For More Pittsfield Parking

The re-zoning proposal marks the third round of approvals secured from the board associated with the renovation of the historic Besse Clark department store building.

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