BCC to Offer CDL License Training

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — According to an American Trucking Association survey, more than 400,000 new truck drivers are needed every year. 
The Workforce Development and Community Education Department at Berkshire Community College (BCC), in partnership with United Tractor Trailer School of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is helping to fill this need by offering two sessions of Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training.  
Professional instructors help students gain the skills necessary to enter the rapidly growing industry of trucking, in a highly motivated and positive hands-on atmosphere. Training comprises a total of 60 hours of instruction in the classroom, the field and on the road. A road test will be conducted at the end of the training session.  
Session 1: Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24, 8 am – 5 pm. This session is free for students who qualify for a scholarship. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, email
workforce@berkshirecc.edu. This class is expected to fill quickly.  
Session 2: Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7, 8 am –5 pm. The fee for this session is $3,600, plus $150 for the road test. For more information or to register, email workforce@berkshirecc.edu
Training sessions will be held at the Berkshire Mall parking lot in Lanesborough, with the exception of the first class, which will take place in a classroom at BCC. 
Students must be Massachusetts residents who are 18 years or older with a valid driver's license. In addition, students must have both a learner's permit and a Department of Transportation physical prior to class start date. 

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Dalton Planning Board Works to Update Special Permit Fees

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The Planning Board is navigating how to update its special permit fees to bring them up to date with the current costs of services. 
During the board meeting last week, Town Planner Janko Tomasic said the cost of completing the services is higher than what it costs to take action on the application.
The current application fee charged by the Board of Appeals and the Planning Board is $375. 
This fee is intended to cover the cost of labor, time, materials, postage for the certified abutters list for abutter notification, postage for the certified mail for the notice of the decision, and two Berkshire Eagle legal advertisements for the public hearing.
"According to the data, the base cost for a permit application is barely enough to cover the cost of the application process," according to Tomasic's special-permit costs breakdown. 
Based on the last six permits, the least expensive permit is $414 to complete because of the increase in cost for the steps in the permit process.   
The flat certified mail fee for eight letters is $69.52, which covers the cost of certified mail to abutting towns, the applicant, and notice of the decision to the applicant
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