During a routine inspection, the glycol in the system was found to be in need of flushing and replacement. The material is also corroding other parts of the system but that will be addressed in a separate bid.
By a vote of 6-1, the committee rejected the low bid submitted for an athletic fields project after the price tag came in far higher than the committee expected when it authorized a request for proposals in May.
At a special afternoon meeting of the committee last week, the panel authorized architect Perkins Eastman to release bid documents with a stated budget of $2.1 million for the building, which would house the district's central administration, storage space for Mount Greylock's groundskeepers, space for the school's athletics program and, potentially, a public restroom to service the playing fields.
The upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant will cost $13 million less than expected.
The city awarded Methuen Construction a contract of $51,423,287 to make the upgrades required to comply with a U.S. EPA mandate to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum being discharged into the Housatonic River. It also includes adding a nitrogen optimization process. The City Council had previously authorized $74 million to complete the work.
The city of Pittsfield is apparently giving up its attempts to run an animal shelter on its own but a request for proposals to take over the care of strays has only elicited one bid.
Earlier this month the city issued a request for proposal for animal sheltering. The proposals were due on Monday and the Berkshire Humane Society was the only one to respond. Pittsfield officials are mum on what the organization has proposed or what the city is looking for in such a contract.
The church property was one of four parcels put out to bid in July. Mayor Thomas Bernard is asking that the council authorize him to enter into a purchase-and-sales agreement with The Square Office LLC.
Brosnan said there was a small website update 10 years ago but much of the information on the site is outdated. The website administrator in New Hampshire has to be called to make any changes on the site.