Cable Advisory Committee to Hold Public Hearings

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield's Cable Advisory Committee will be hosting two public hearings. 
 
The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00p.m. and will take place at City Hall in the Council Chambers located at 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield.
 
The second hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. and will take place via zoom.
 
To participate in the March 8 meeting, participants will need to register in advance using this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WJPBhDNqRaKd5KgdUMw7ig.
 
After registering, they will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
At these hearings, the Committee plans to gather insight and feedback from city residents and Charter Spectrum Cable subscribers about the quality of their cable service. The format for these public hearings will be structured to allow residents to share comments to be entered into the record. These hearings will not provide an opportunity for back-and-forth questions and answers with the committee or with the cable company.
 
The Cable Advisory Committee will use the comments and feedback as part of the upcoming negotiations with the cable company for the next ten-year license, which will start on Oct. 1,
2024.
 
Those unable to attend either session, the Cable Advisory Committee encourages the public to write letters or email their comments on their cable service and/or Public, Education and Government (PEG) access television in the city. Letters can be mailed to the Cable Advisory Committee, c/o Mayor's Office, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 and emails can be sent to the Committee Clerk, Heather Grunin at hgrunin@cityofpittsfield.org.
 
Any comments received via mail or email will be included in the recommendations in the report from the Cable Advisory Committee.
 
The Cable Advisory Committee is also conducting an online survey to gain even more insight into residents' experience with Spectrum Cable and their viewing habits of PEG Access television, as provided by Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV). The survey is available at: http://bit.ly/4bDtXiA.

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West Side Residents Build Ideal Neighborhood At Zoning Session

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Program manager James McGrath opens the session at Conte Community School.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents mapped out a West Side they would like to see during an input session this week, utilizing multi-use properties to create robust density.

Held at Conte Community School on Monday, this was the second meeting of a project to examine zoning in the neighborhood. The Department of Community Development, in partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, has been working with an urban planning and design consulting team on the effort that will conclude on June 30.

"This is a really important project for your neighborhood," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

Multifamily houses with spaces to accommodate a small business were popular. A community center, church, year-round farmer's market, and even a place to draw in commerce appeared as elements on the tabletop street.

An emphasis was also placed on the amount of immigrants coming to the area in need of housing.

Max Douhoure, community outreach coordinator for Habitat, explained that he grew up in Africa where people liked to live together, which his build reflected.

"I wanted to improve their conditions," he said. "That’s what I did."

During the first meeting in November, the team heard desires for businesses and commercial uses — including a need for small, family-owned business support. The session provided an overview of what zoning is, what zoning can and can't do, how zoning can improve the community, and the impact on residents.

"Today's exercise is really about creating spaces in buildings and on properties to do a combination of residential [uses] that meet the needs and commercial uses that meet the needs of the neighborhood,"  Emily Keys Innes, principal of Innes Associates explained.

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