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Williamstown Officials Confront Issues Related to Off-Campus Parties

In response to reports by a local resident about past issues related to the event, board members Jane Patton and Andrew Hogeland voted against authorizing the closure.

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Pittsfield Continues to Stumble Over Trash Ordinance

Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly. That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on the amount of trash nor does it require a toter or special bags after both had been harshly opposed by residents.

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Pittsfield Seeks to Increase Recycling, Trash Hauler Responds to Complaints

Just before the start of Third Thursday a city truck rolled onto North Street loaded with recycling bins. It was a new addition to the event and it is part of the city's new focus on increasing recycling. In the wake of the City Council rejecting Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to switch to a toter plan for residential trash pick up - a move eyed to dramatically increase recycling and the cost the city pays to collect and dispose of refuse - a number of people are now increasing its own recycling ef

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Pittsfield Briefs: Trash Hauling Contract Extended, Parking Meters Moving

The mayor has signed a five-year agreement with Republic Services, circumventing the City Council's wishes to have the contract go to bid. The new contract had already been basically agreed to before the City Council urged the mayor to put the contract to bid. Nonetheless, city councilors were surprised to learn on Tuesday that the agreement had been signed after advocating for the contract to be publicly bid.

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Pittsfield Councilors Told Trash Hauler Started Enforcement On Its Own

The mayor says the city's trash hauler went rouge by halting trash pickup in some cases and placing violation stickers on bins and bag throughout the city. Recently, Republic Services, the city's trash hauler, began what city hall is calling "soft enforcement" of the city's current trash ordinances. The workers started placing violation stickers on resident's trash bins if they did not comply with the standards and in some cases refused to collect trash or recycling because of the non-complia

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Pittsfield Reconvenes Resource Recovery As Trash Talk Starts Over

The city's Resource Recovery Commission has reconvened after its toter plan was rejected by the City Council. The committee had come together in September of 2016 and for more than a year completed an analysis of the city's curbside trash collection. It settled on a plan to overhaul the trash collection with a toter system eyed to decrease the $3 million cost the city pays for trash disposal, increase the 11 percent recycling rate, and combat blight.

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Pittsfield Councilors Continue Efforts to Overhaul Trash Pickup

The Health Department is recommending the city ramp up education and enforcement of the current waste removal laws. In the wake of the City Council rejecting a plan to provider 45-gallon and 96-gallon toters to residents to limit trash disposal, the council is now continuing that conversation by looking at the current laws on the books. On Monday, the Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee heard from Health Director Gina Armstrong on the existing laws and ways to better seek compliance from residen

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Pittsfield Council Looks to Restart Committee on Homelessness

The City Council is looking to reestablish a committee to address homelessness. City Councilors Melissa Mazzeo, Helen Moon, and former council candidate Edward Carmel have petitioned to update the rules establishing such a committee in 1989.

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Tyer Trashes Toter Plan

The mayor released a statement on Tuesday saying the city will not long be pursuing an overhaul to the curbside trash pick up through the implementation of a toter system.

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Tyer Doubles Down On Toters, Krol Pushes Alternatives

Mayor Linda Tyer believes in the proposed toter system for trash collection. But some city councilors have other ideas.

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Tyer Rolls Out Toter Program at Public Meetings

Tyer says, currently, the city spends $3 million per year to dispose of trash. With the program, Pittsfield would save between $89,000 and $225,000 depending on the level of trash reduction.

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Tyer Holding Public Meetings On Toter Proposal

Mayor Linda Tyer is taking the toters to the street. The mayor has scheduled four neighborhood meetings to further discuss the proposal to overhaul curbside trash pickup by implementing a toter program. The mayor feels that what has been lost during the most recent debate on the issue is the direct impacts the plan will have on the resident's day to day life.

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Tired of Trash Talk, Council Returns Toters to Tyer

After a year and a half and a dozen or so meetings later, the mayor's trash proposal is basically back where it started. The City Council returned the proposal to overhaul the garbage collection system back to Mayor Linda Tyer, asking for a revised plan. The proposal was crafted through the Resource Recovery Commission, which first met back to September of 2016, and after three lengthy meetings at the City Council, the councilors felt it was too flawed to be saved.

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Pittsfield Council Critical of Trash Pickup Plan

Many city councilors are critical of implementing a new trash collection program. The council debated the issue for a second lengthy meeting on Tuesday. The City Council first fielded the switch from the current curbside trash collection program to a toter system, which the administration says will help lower annual operating costs for garbage collection, at a committee of the whole meeting a month ago.

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Board Of Health Can Not Yet Inspect Curtis Paper

The town began the process of taking the property last year from MJD Real Estate, which owes more than $450,000 in property taxes.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Back Trash Collection Changes

Health Director Gina Armstrong doesn't see the enforcement of new trash regulations becoming a difficult task. The Board of Health is currently in charge of enforcing nuisance issues regarding trash already. Armstrong brought up some areas of concern about the proposed toter system regulations, but overall said it will keep the city cleaner.

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Changes To Curbside Trash Pick Up On City Council Agenda

A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council. Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon On Trash Cans For Tyler Street

There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along Tyler Street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.

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Pittsfield Board of Health Gets Update On Toter System Plan

Board of Health Chairman Jay Green sees proposed changes to the city's trash collection system as a way to fight blight. An internal working group has been working on the details of moving to an automated toter system for trash collection all summer. The plan is to provide city-issued totes - a 35-gallon one for trash and a 95-gallon one for recycling - to residents. Those totes will allow for Republic Services, the company who contracts with the city to collect the rubbish, to use trucks wit

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Adams Board of Health Wants to Clean Up Town

The Board of Health thinks a community cleanup campaign will renew a sense of pride in the town. Member Bruce Shepley said in his own neighborhood, he took it upon himself to mow unsightly properties and alert the authorities when late-night loitering becomes a nuisance.

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Pittsfield Ironing Out Details of New Trash Pickup System

The city's proposed budget does not include changes to the trash pickup system. But, Mayor Linda Tyer has identified it as a priority. In February the Resource and Recovery Commission endorsed a plan to give households a 35-gallon tote for trash and as much as a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes will then allow Republic Services to switch to automated trash pickup. It would be the third time the City Council has attempted to make such a switch, both times in the passed it failed to ga

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Cheshire Wants to Brighten Up DPW Garage

The town will consider installing LED lights in the Town Garage to help save money and actually light up the facility. Newly hired Director Blair Crane said the situation is grimmer than just having efficient lighting and out of the building's 32 fixtures, only 20 operate correctly.

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New Trash Pickup Plan Heads to Pittsfield City Council

A proposal to change the way residential trash is collected is heading to the City Council. The Resource and Recovery Committee on Wednesday passed a favorable recommendation on Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo's petition to switch to a totter system. The committee's plan is to give all households a 35-gallon tote for trash and as much as a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes will then allow Republic Services to switch to automated trash pickup.

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Adams Board Of Health To Crack Down On Uncovered Trash Haulers

The Board of Health has agreed to crackdown on commercial trash haulers operating incorrectly or without a permit. After board members aired concerns Wednesday about haulers operating without permits and driving with uncovered loads, Chairman Bruce Shepley said he would follow up with the Police Department and explain the board's grievances.

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Cheshire Looks to Fill DPW Director Position By New Year

The Selectmen would like to hire a new Department of Public Works director by the first of the year. On Tuesday, they approved a new job description to begin advertising the position as soon as possible with the goal of bringing someone on board who can understudy current director Peter LeFebvre, who plans to retire in April.

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