The engineers promised to take into consideration all of the feedback as they go through a design process that is still in its early stages; the best-case scenario for putting the Latham-to-Hopper job out to bid is December 2020, MassDOT project manager John Gendall said after the forum.
Many of the arguments at the state Department of Transportation public hearing were repeats from past hearings during which abutters on Chenaille Terrace had asserted the bike path on city land would be detrimental to their neighborhood.
BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is holding a visit, which includes a public forum, on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled including from 1:45 until 2:45 hearing from the public any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.
The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
The BRTA, the main public transportation unit serving the Berkshires, is facing an operational budget deficit of $378,400 for the upcoming fiscal year. Transit officials statewide say $88 million is needed to properly fund RTAs after four years of nearly level funding.
The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it was found to be structurally deficient. The 1936 span shows significant corrosion, spalling of the concrete, and severe deterioration of its steel girders, which caused the bridge to be load-restricted. A temporary, one-lane steel bridge was installed over the older bridge, with stop signs on each end.
These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman asked how many people get their health insurance through Tufts.
And nearly all of the 50 or so state employees in the audience at the Berkshire Athaenium Wednesday morning raised their hands. But Tufts is one of the three companies planned to be eliminated as an option for hundreds of thousands of employees through the commonwealth.
The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January.
The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation.
The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.
State Sen. Adam Hinds knows the Berkshires has problems and he sought office in order to help "right the ship." But, he says Eversource's proposed rate increase threatens the county's economic stability.
"We struggle with the impact of population decline every single day. We have schools that are closing now because of the lack of student enrollment. We have towns fighting about budgets and the tax burden continues to shift to the people who are staying. The median household income is in most