At issue is about $154,000 billed to the regional school district for permitting. In fact, the town is owed about $295,000, based on its standard permit fee schedule, but about half of that has been passed through to subcontractors on the school building project.
Resident Matt Sheehy asked the board to encourage the district to push for a waiver of the fees, arguing that makes fiscal sense for local taxpayers and political sense for the future of the two-town regional school district not to expect the bill to be paid.
Earlier in the day, school and town officials clarified that the issues holding up the TCO were typical for a building project of this size and in no way related to the functionality of the renovated and expanded middle-high school.
Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak told the Board of Health on Wednesday that the business storing the full dumpsters on the 115 Howland Ave. property has moved most of them to a different location it also leases.
The Selectmen received more information on membership to the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project that will be on the town meeting warrant.
Before placing and recommending all 10 special town meeting articles Monday, the board heard from Christopher Horton of the mosquito project who explained the program is aimed at monitoring the mosquito population and testing for West Nile virus.
Chairman John Duval said both the health and building inspector will visit the property after hearing complaints Wednesday from residents who demanded town action on alleged zoning and board of health violations at the 115 Howland Ave. mill.
Williamstown attorney Donald Dubendorf said his client, Vipul "Vinny" Patel, was "disappointed" with Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals decision denying him four special permits needed to develop a three-story, 77-room hotel at 562 Main St., the so-called Lehovec property.
City residents are wondering what the new owners plan to do with the former Shell Station on Elm Street.
O'Connell's had sold the gas station at auction and the new owners, S&F Investments LLC., closed the business. Then Bob's Elm Street Service vacated the property, finding a new home on Cove Street. The station hasn't been open since last July.
David Bertolozzi has managed a gas station and convenience store for 27 years and hasn't been cited for a tobacco violation.
But yet, every three years he has to pay the Tri-Town Health Department $25 to watch a lengthy video, which features information such as the anatomy of a cigarette, to be certified. All clerks are required to take the certification exam every three years.
The city is looking to raise a number of permit fees regarding water, sewer, and public services.
Commissioner of Public Utilities Bruce Collingwood brought forth a proposal to increase some two dozen fees which hadn't been changed since the 1980s. However, the City Council's Ordinance and Rules Committee felt the proposal was too aggressive and cut the increases in half.