Community Recreation Center Holding a Pet Food Drive

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DALTON, Mass. — The CRA is holding a pet food and supplies drive to support local animal shelters that are in need. 
 
Collection will take place at the Community House, 400 Main Street in Dalton, through Saturday, May 1. Donations collected will support the Berkshire Humane Society and the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter.
 
Most requested items include pet food, cat litter, paper towels, and pet store gift cards.
 
For more information, please contact the CRA at 684-0260 or visit daltoncra.org

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Dalton Traffic Commission Adds Support to Infrastructure Ask

By Joe DurwiniBerkshires Staff

DALTON, Mass. — The town's Traffic Commission fully supports a proposal by Select Board member John Boyle to try to advance a walkway project for the Housatonic Street bridge for possible funding under the anticipated federal infrastructure bill.

The project had been fully engineered and slated to be part of a previous federal road project completed in 2018, but was deleted from the final draft. Boyle has pointed out that the way the current sidewalk ends at the bridge is unsafe for pedestrians.

Based on most recent engineering, the estimated cost for the walkway would be around $3 million.

"Which is chicken feed, when you're talking about federal funds and billions of dollars in construction," Boyle told the Select Board, adding that U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's office believes it to be "a worthy project, easily fundable."

Dalton's Traffic Commission has now voted unanimously in favor of the plan, and pledged to write a letter of support to Neal's office, new Town Manager Tom Hutchinson reported on Monday.

"Everything is based on an infrastructure plan being approved by the U.S. Government, and [this] funding becoming available to communities," said Hutchinson.

In other town business:

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