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North Adams Airport Receives Grant for Diesel Tank

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission has accepted a state grant to purchase a diesel fuel tank to improve safety at the airport.
 
"This is 100 percent paid for by the state," Chairman Jeffrey Naughton said Tuesday at the commission's monthly meeting. "Basically it isn't going to cost the city anything."
 
Naughton said the airport needs diesel fuel on site to run equipment. The current arrangement is not optimal, and the airport operator uses his own truck to fill 5-gallon tanks that he transports back to the airport for use.
 
"It is important from an efficiency and operational standpoint," he said. "But more importantly, a safety standpoint." 
 
The grant is from the state Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Division.
 
The meeting took less than 5 minutes with the only other bit of business being to approve warrants.
 
There was not an airport projects update because the airport's Stantec engineer was unable to attend the virtual meeting.
 
Naughton did say the engineer provided a written update for the commissioners to review.
 
"He did send a report, and I hope you were all able to read it," Naughton said. "He will be unable to join us today."
 

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North Adams Vaccine Clinic Passes 16,000 Doses Given

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 16,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered through the Northern Berkshire vaccine clinic.
 
Board of Health Chairman John Meaney, who as general manager of Northern Berkshire EMS has been part of the group operating the clinic, said it wasn't clear how many North Adams residents that included. 
 
As of last week, more than 5,000 residents in North Adams and Clarksburg had received at least one dose. The state tracks inoculations by ZIP code, which the city and town share, and may also include the town of Florida. The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative is open to any Massachusetts residents and those who work or attend school here but reside in other states.
 
The clinic has been able to administer double the number of doses when it first opened, with more than 1,500 per clinic last week. But the number is dependent on the doses the collaborative gets from the state.
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