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Lanesborough Briefs: Special Town Meeting Next Week

A special town meeting will ask voters for approval to fund renovations to the police station, restore the cupola on town hall, and switch the regular town meeting to Saturday, among other topics. The special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. to vote on 10 articles. Three of the articles asks to move money around for the police station renovation, a project already done but is missing a source of funds.

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Clarksburg, Williamstown Awarded State Housing Grants

The private water district was taken over last year by the town because of the cooperative's difficulty in finding trustees and addressing the significant infrastructure upgrades required for the more than 30-year-old district.

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Lanesborough Ups Urgency In Police Station Renovations

Selectman Robert Ericson has missed the deadline given to him to complete the third phase of renovations at the police station. The retired engineer took on the project after touring it in 2014. He is part of the town's energy committee and has headed efforts with the Green Community Act. In late 2014 the town decided to install a new boiler system for the poorly heated 1800's building.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Approves Spending on Pool, Police Station

Several residents, however, had questions and concerns about the new police station on Simonds Road, and town meeting voters heard from both the town manager and the chief of police before authorizing the $5 million bond by a voice vote. This vote also wasn't unanimous.

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Williams College Donates $400K Toward Town's New Police Station

With a nod to the town's construction team, Town Manager Jason Hoch laid out a timeline that has shovels in the ground as early as June 4 and the new police station ready for occupancy in summer 2019.

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Lanesborough Considers Police Station's Future, Hinds Looking For Funds

More than a century ago, volunteers built the Police Station. Over time volunteers stepped up to renovate it. Now, Selectmen Robert Ericson has been working toward doing that again, especially in the face of the officer's union issuing multiple formal complaints about the building.

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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Police Station Plan

Town Manager Jason Hoch was in front of the board with members of the design team planning the renovation of the site, which includes a two-story addition at the back or west side of the home.

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Lanesborough Police Union: Station Is 'Unsafe and Unprofessional'

The town's police officers want an improved working environment. The police officer's union, Lanesborough Police Officers Association MassCop, Local 390, wrote to the Board of Selectmen saying the station is "unsafe and unprofessional."

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Hinds Asks State to Fund Design for New Pittsfield Police Station

State Sen. Adam Hinds is asking the state to help in designing a new city police station. A capital bond bill is currently making its way through the Legislative process and Hinds has filed an amendment for $4 million to design the new station. The city has been eying a police station for years- including hiring a consultant to perform a feasibility study was conducted to identify possible locations and craft a conceptual outline of what the building would require.

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

Voters OKd the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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Williamstown Finance Endorses Police Station, School Regionalization

The Finance Committee voted unanimously to support the plan of local school officials to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District and the proposed purchase of a Simonds Road property for a new police station questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.

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Williamstown Moves to Build Police Station on Simonds Road

The town took its first steps toward moving its police station and a non-profit recreation center received a season alcohol licence. In the case of the town, it is a planned renovation and addition to the Turner House veterans home on Simonds Road, which the board agreed on Monday to sign an option to purchase for up to $300,000.

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