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Early morning work in Williamstown's Spring Street parking lot on Wednesday.

Williams College Redoes Section of Pavement in Spring Street Lot

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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Workers remove pavement in preparation for repaving in a small section of the lot.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Repaving work in the Spring Street parking lot was isolated to a small section at the east end of the lot and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the day on Wednesday.
 
The college's senior project manager Wednesday morning characterized the project as "punch list work" on a multiphase rebuild of the parking lot that was completed last year.
 
"It's just one section of pavement that, when we paved last fall, did not come out well due to cold temperatures," Jason Moran said.
 
Early Wednesday morning, personnel from Pittsfield's J.H. Maxymillian Inc. were on the site stripping pavement from about 10 parking spots. In addition to the heavy equipment needed for the job, about one full row of the lot — one quarter of the spots — was tied up with the project.
 
However, the "auxiliary" parking bay to the south of the main lot was open to the public. The smaller lot, about half as big as the main lot, is designated for use by the recently opened Williams Inn during periods of high demand.
 
When the inn needs the extra parking, the south lot will be accessible only by key card. But since the inn opened earlier this month, there has been no reason to keep the gates to the smaller lot closed, Moran said. And Wednesday's work was scheduled for a time when the college knew the inn's spaces would be open to the public.
 
Williams College owns the entire parking lot and keeps the majority of it open the public 365 days a year.
 
By Thursday, Moran said, the lot should be back to normal with no visible sign of Wednesday's pavement work.

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Williamstown's Net Zero Effort to Be Subject of Panel Discussion

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board took a pause Monday from talking about local crises to discuss a global crisis.
 
Included on the warrant for June's annual meeting is a resolution calling on the town to commit to pursuing a net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal.
 
Members of the town's Carbon Dioxide Lowering (COOL) Committee, which drafted the resolution, first presented the idea to the board last month. On Monday, the Select Board discussed the proposal during a review of the warrant's first draft. And next week, the whole town is invited to a virtual panel discussion on the initiative with state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield.
 
"This basically says that Williamstown should pursue a net zero goal consistent with the limits established by the commonwealth," Town Manager Jason Hoch advised the board. "The intent here is to actually do the local plan rather than having something foisted on us by the state.
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