Pittsfield to Shut Down COVID-19 Dashboard

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The United States Department of Health and Human Services has announced the end of the public health emergency for COVID-19 effective as of May 11, 2023. 
"The COVID-19 dashboard has been a vital tool to the City of Pittsfield over the last three years providing us with the opportunity to keep the public aware of case counts, important protocols and information for vaccinations through all stages of the pandemic," said Mayor Linda M. Tyer. 
In alignment with this announcement, the City of Pittsfield will be shutting down the COVID-19 dashboard on the city's website.
"As we transition from a public health emergency, I want to express my gratitude for the support the community provided in response to these challenging times. Moving forward, the Pittsfield Health Department will continue to be a source for information and resources regarding COVID-19," said Health Director Andy Cambi.
The COVID-19 dashboard will be removed from the city's website today.

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Pittsfield ZBA Grants Casella Permit for Waste Transfer Facility

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals calls Casella's planned redevelopment of the former trash incinerator an improvement to the site.

Last week, the panel approved a special permit to allow a waste transfer facility at the site on 500 Hubbard Ave. Casella Waste Management purchased the waste transfer facility on Hubbard Avenue from Community Eco Power LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2021 and has demolished it for redevelopment into a waste transfer station.

The owners say the trash will be brought to the facility and transferred away daily. Concerns that were voiced about the project include odor and impacts to the surrounding area but Casella says the new operation will be less of an impact than the former.

"I think this is going to be a vast improvement based upon the facility that was there previously. I know that sometimes you would get a sight of the other one, they used to dump the waste and it was laying like a floating pond," board member John Fitzgerald said.

"And since the trash is not going to be there, it's going to be in and out, I think the odor will be reduced and I think the vermin will be reduced."

It was also pointed out that the site has handled trash for 40 years.

"I think a lot of the odor before was related to burning," board member Esther Anderson "And there's not going to be burning so it it's going to be greatly reducing the amount of odor and if it's not sitting there is no place for vermin to be."

The former incinerator, including a 118-foot tall stack, has already been demolished a fabric structure is being used temporarily for waste handling.

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