Snow Emergency In Pittsfield

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Pittsfield - Due to the impending winter storm, a snow emergency has been declared for the City of Pittsfield as of 7 p.m., Friday, March 16, through 7 a.m., Sun., March 18. For the duration of the snow emergency, which covers the period of the storm as well as the time required for the City to clean up and sand the streets after the storm ends: No vehicle is permitted to be parked or to be allowed to stand unattended on any street or way that is required to be plowed by the City except North Street where parking is allowed between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the snow emergency. No vehicle is permitted to park or stand unattended on any open municipal parking lot between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m., so the lots may be plowed and sanded. Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. For the duration of the snow emergency, individuals who have no off-street parking available may park their cars in the three-hour public parking areas of the McKay Center and Columbus Avenue parking garages without penalty. City residents are encouraged to clear snow from the sidewalks abutting their property and around fire hydrants located near their houses. It is a violation of city ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow onto city streets.
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Pittsfield Receives Insurance Grant to Inspect Parks

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

City Council accepted a number of grants and referred several matters to the Finance Subcommittee. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association to inspect all playgrounds and provide inspection trainings.
The City Council accepted the $10,000 grant Tuesday. Superintendent of Parks Chris Evangelisto told the council that it will allow the city to inspect its own parks instead of outsourcing the service.
"Previously MIIA had a risk assessor they would send out. They haven't done it in three-plus years but that is why we went after this grant," Evangelisto said. "To get an unbiased inspection by a third party and have the ability to do that in house."    
The initial inspection would allow for a comprehensive safety inspection of all playgrounds and playground equipment.
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