Pittsfield Closes City Hall, Cancels All Public Meetings

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield municipal offices and buildings will be closed to the public and non-emergency personnel effective Monday, March 16.
 
This change follows emergency orders issued by Gov. Charlie Baker late Sunday prohibiting any public or civic gatherings of more than 25.
 
Employees exempted from this policy change include the Departments of Police, Fire and Health, selected Department of Public Services and Public Utilities employees, and employees essential to the city's COVID-19 response team.
 
This amendment rescinds an earlier notification from the city that was shared on Sunday morning asking citizens to limit their interactions with municipal employees as much as possible and to use phone or online resources.
 
Additionally, all Pittsfield public meetings are canceled until April 7. This time frame also applies to Pittsfield Public Schools.
 
The city's mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 includes reducing the gathering of individuals in public settings. 
 
"These new changes announced today by Gov. Baker demonstrate the seriousness of the commonwealth's response to COVID-19. The City of Pittsfield's action plan is specifically designed to adjust as necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "As we embark on these significant steps ahead for our municipal operations, I want to assure Pittsfielders that we will continue to do all that we can to meet their needs while ensuring the health and well-being of our community."
 
Residents are asked to use the website, www.cityofpittsfield.org, to conduct business or by phone, 413-449-5600.

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Pittsfield Budget Hearings Begin Next Week

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will begin a review of the proposed $169,537,880 fiscal 2021 operational budget in early June.
 
The council referred the bulk of Tuesday night's agenda to the Committee of the Whole and Council President Peter Marchetti said some, if not all, of these meetings will take place remotely.
 
"At the moment, the meetings of June 2 and June 4 will be via Zoom and we will let folks know about the other three," Marchetti said. "But I would plan on having them all be Zoom meetings."
 
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