Dalton Town Hall Renovations On Time, On Budget

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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DALTON, Mass.—The renovation off Town Hall is running on time and on budget, Building Grounds Superintendent Patrick Pettit told the Select Board on Monday night. 
The construction team did have to shut down for a day because of last week's storm. 
The building was expected to be completely sealed by this past Tuesday and workers will also be setting up the staging in the opera house, or attic area, to commence work there. 
The remainder of the week will consist of removing all of the ceiling tiles, installation, and lights.
Next week, crews will start removing the plaster in the opera house. The drywall contractor was in Town Hall on Monday to assess the work. 
"Everybody's showing up like they're supposed to and as far as I can see everything is in place. There's just the prints with Cape Cod Builders, they just had to submit some drawings and their scope and now their permit. So, we've met all the permits, everything is in place and everything's moving on as scheduled," Pettit said. 
The project has not yet had any major surprises so is currently on time with the budget. 
If everything continues to go smoothly, the hope is that the clerk's office can be moved back in by July. The office gave the state the date July 22. 
All the offices should be moved back in by mid-July or early September.
Project Background: 
Two years, ago the town approved a $500,000 renovation that would improve the 1893 building's structure, electricity, and asbestos abatement, as well as other aspects of the building. 
Over the years the scope of the renovation had increased to include structural restoration that would create more office space in the attic for storage or additional offices.
The project underwent multiple visionings to determine what should be done during the renovation, including the consideration of an elevator to make the building handicap accessible. 
It was then discovered that if the town were to go through with creating more office space, it would also be required to make the entire building accessible.
As the project grew so did the costs. With the additional costs and the uncertainty of what would arise during the renovation the Select Board decided to "tap the brakes' on the project. 
The board decided it would be more cost-effective to carry on with the original renovation plan that would solely focus on abating the asbestos to make the building safe for employees and visitors.

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EforAll Showcase and Gala at Hot Plate Brewing Company

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All Berkshire County will celebrate the nine graduates of the 2023 Spring Accelerator Program and award nearly $7,000 in seed capital at their Showcase and Gala at Hot Plate Brewing Company on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30pm.
Entrepreneurship for All Berkshire County (EforAll) began its seventh Accelerator in February 2023 and will celebrate the nine businesses who have completed this intensive program. They spent 12 weeks learning from experts on a variety of topics about business. With the help of 27 volunteer mentors, the entrepreneurs have developed their plans to build and sustain their businesses. 
The ceremony will feature pitches from nine graduates, a speech presented by one of the graduating cohort members, and distribution of the $7,000 prize pool. Prior to the ceremony, the graduates have been invited to table and showcase their businesses as well as sell goods between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. The ceremony will begin at 6:30pm. 
The event will begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, June 8.
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