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Dumpsters Being Removed From Former Adams Paper Mill

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.

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Lanesborough Hears More About Mosquito Spray Program

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.

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Adams Investigating Operations at Former Curtis Paper

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.

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Failed Williamstown Hotel Applicant Weighs Legal Options

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.

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Residents Wonder What'll Happen With Elm Street Shell Station

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.

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Pittsfield Health Board Asked to Ease Tobacco Retailer Certification

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.

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Pittsfield Considers Raising Public Services, Utilities Permit Fees

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.

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Adams Increases Permit, Parking Fees

The Selectmen voted to increase building inspection fees, parking fees and town clerk fees. The vote on Wednesday was to update fees throughout town after reviewing and comparing them to other communities last month.

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Adams Looks to Revamp Permitting Fees for Buildings

The town has undergone a department-wide fee update that includes an overhaul of the building fee model. Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen on Wednesday that the building permit fees have not been updated since 2004 and prices need to be adjusted to become cost neutral.

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Cheshire Planning Board Approves Dollar General Plans

Dollar General was cleared for a new store after more than two years of vocal opposition and a change of location. The Planning Board on Monday approved the discount chain store's request for special permits for signage, the building application and a site plan that included minor changes.

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Pittsfield Council Voices Opposition to Tobacco Regulations

Economic development and health went head to head Tuesday night as members of the City Council pushed back against unwavering health officials. For more than two hours the City Council peppered local and state health officials about tobacco regulations which were implemented in 2014. The issue came to a head now, months after a business was denied a tobacco retailer permit because the regulations limit the number of establishments selling the products.

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