Letter: New Fire Station

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To the Editor:

I support our Fire Department as well as our Police Department. The proposal to spend $25 million is not unreasonable for what is being proposed.

However, the primary reason we need a new fire station is the requirement to have big fire trunks with long ladders to protect Williams College's tall buildings for which the college pays no taxes. While Williams has it's own security police department it does not have its own fire department.

It is true that they support Fire Department volunteers, which is good. Thus, the college should contribute $10 million up front toward the new fire station and voters should be asked to vote to approve $15 million toward a new fire station. How about it Williams? Pony up! Common sense!

Ken Swiatek
Williamstown, mass.




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Four Running for Two Seats on Williamstown Select Board

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four candidates have returned papers for two Select Board seats that will will be filled at May's annual town election.
Incumbent Andrew Hogeland and newcomers Stephanie Boyd, Andrea Bryant and Paul Harsch each completed papers with the required number of signatures before Tuesday's deadline.
The town clerk and board of registrars now have to certify the signatures on the nomination papers. And candidates have until Thursday, April 6, to withdraw their names before they are placed on the ballot.
The other three elected offices on the ballot for May have no contested races.
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