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Only 180 voters cast ballots in the Prudential Committee election on Tuesday, held in the Williamstown Elementary School cafeteria.

Williamstown Fire District Voters Choose Moresi, Reynolds

By Rebecca DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN — Voters on Tuesday chose David Moresi for an 18-month term on the Prudential Committee and Richard Reynolds for a 30-month term.

Only 180 ballots were cast out of about 4,800 registered voters in town, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy said, or barely 4 percent.

Moresi received 137 votes to the 39 received by his opponent, Gerald Smith. Reynolds notched 114 votes to the 64 votes of his opponent, Bruce MacDonald.

Eventually, the two new seats on the expanding committee will be three-year terms, like the current three spots on the committee, which oversees the Williamstown Fire Department

Moresi and Reynolds join incumbents John Notsley, Ed McGowan and Ed Briggs on the Prudential Committee. One of the big near-term challenges for the town's Fire Department is a pending project to build a new station on a Main Street parcel district voters agreed to purchase in 2017.

Moresi is the principal of Moresi & Associates, a North Adams-based real estate development firm; among its highest profile projects are 296 Main St. in Williamstown, a site once eyed by the town as a potential public safety building location. Reynolds, is a program manager at Hewlett Packard with a track record as a volunteer firefighter as an undergraduate at Rutgers University.


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Photech Mill Housing Project Could Break Ground in Spring

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing addresses the Select Board on Monday evening.
 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The former Photech mill building on Cole Avenue could be used for housing as early as summer 2021.
 
On Monday, the Select Board heard from the president and CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp., who said the Pittsfield-based non-profit was close to finalizing funding for the $16 million project that will utilize the existing mill building and build townhouses at 330 Cole Ave., creating 41 units of affordable housing.
 
"Last week, we had a call with the state folks who are behind tax credits and soft debt, and we mutually agreed to try to close the deal in February or March," Elton Ogden said. "That aligns with the construction season. We have a little bit more asbestos abatement to be done … and we would anticipate about a 14-month construction schedule, which, again, would line up nicely.
 
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