Letter: Give One Vote to Harpin

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To the Editor:

Local government to me is very important. We live in trying times and all of us want to live in a healthy, safe and economically stable area of residence. I am lucky to have grown up in North Adams and have been fortunate to be a part of this great Berkshire County community. We are fortunate to have excellent services in the area including a strong police force and top-notch fire department.

With that, our school system is filled with many great educators and terrific schools that both my wife and children have attended. I would like to see the groups mentioned and many others to flourish and survive these tough economic times.

Decisions will have to be made by this City Council and will face many challenges over the next couple years. I am writing this letter to endorse Marie Harpin for City Council because I feel she will best represent tough decisions that will have to be made with the residents in mind. She also will work with our next mayor and City Council to bring new ideas and energy to the table.

Marie has been a life-long resident of North Adams and she knows how important services are to the taxpayers of the city. Street sweeping to keep our streets clean, snow removal so we can get to school and work, clean and safe water, good education for our children, maintaining and improving our infrastructure, supporting our local arts community and Mass Moca, supporting MCLA, researching and marketing the city to attract small businesses to the area like biotech and other rising industries.

I believe Marie will also fight to keep taxes as low as possible for both the commercial and residential side. People for the most part are willing to pay taxes if services and safety are maintained in the best interest of its citizens.

We all realize the area has an increased elderly population and this city council needs to make sure they are taken care of by making it affordable for them to not only live, but to enjoy their retirement life. With that, this council also needs to try to lure young, educated and hardworking people to the area by expanding and supporting the ever growing tourist destination the area is evolving into.

I am really impressed with the pool of candidates this year and hope that all that are running continue to stay involved in city government in some manner even if they don't get elected. For me, Marie will be transparent, hardworking, honest and a leader for our community.

Please join me in saving one vote for Marie Harpin for North Adams City Council.

Tom McDonough
North Adams, Mass.



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Plans presented to the Planning Board in 2018.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McDonald's on Union Street is in the process of being renovated inside and out with a more contemporary look. 
The plans were approved in November 2018 by the Planning Board and include the removal of the mansard roof and construction of a new patio area in the front. 
The fast-food burger chain launched the new look two years ago with plans to invest $6 billion to renovate most of its 14,000 locations by the end of 2020.
Changes include modernized dining areas with new furniture and "globally and locally inspired décor," according the release announcing the building overhauls in 2018. 
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