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METERS OR NOT? PARKING PROBLEMS STILL BAFFLE PITTSFIELD OFFICIALS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 22, 2019) — One of THE PLANET‘s favorite writing gigs was a stint with comedian Henny Youngman. We helped the “King of the One Liners” with books, produced one of his shows, and even wrote a few jokes. We cannot claim credit for this one: “I figured out what to do about the parking problem. I bought a parked car.”

That joke might well have come from Pittsfield, which, for generations, have never been able to get its parking situation in order. It’s 2019. Parking once again has city officials with the meter expired. The suspension with pay of DPW supt. Dan Ostrander for reasons no one in the know will share certainly doesn’t help the parking problems. THE PLANET, by the way, is in the middle of investigating the strange situation. DPW chief David Turocy has handed in his resignation effective in October, conveniently before the November election. Is it a gettin’ out while the gettin’ is good? We hope to have a report next week.

The most recent parking dilemma began after the city tore down the Columbus Avenue parking garage and deck. Being the sentimental type, THE PLANET has to wipe away a tear from our 28 years of using the deck as parking for our offices and employees. How fondly we recall the stairway, with its smell of urine and the fresh bouquet of cooled-off bumplops. Who wouldn’t feel a bit wistful at the loss of graffiti, the drug deals, and the ever-present danger. Danger? When The Old Professor taught composition classes at BCC’s satellite campus in the Intermodal, we had to have security available to walk students from the building to the parking garage.

All that is gone. In its place, a paved parking lot. Hey, at least they didn’t tear down a classic theater (where have you gone, Palace? Our city turns its lonely eyes to you). Question is, should the city install parking meters at the Columbus-Summer Street lot or keep it free? The owner of Berkshire Nautilus wants free parking. The city wants to install meters. When the city council took up the matter, it got mired in the paving tar. Some councilors (Mazzeo, Morandi, Connell, Krol, Simonelli) want to use the issue to engage in a discussion of metered parking throughout the city. Others (Moon, White, Marchetti) want to restrict the discussion to the Columbus Avenue lot.

The matter was ultimately referred to the council’s Ordinance and Rules Committee. Peter White, O&R chair, took up the administration’s position, arguing the discussion should be restricted to the Columbus lot. His efforts to stop a debate over citywide meters reflects an administrative reluctance to examine the issue too deeply. That’s too bad, because the metered parking has been a failure.

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For the installation of 45 parking meters, the council approved mayor Linda Tyer’s request to borrow $500,000. The administration says the meters have made money, but even the city admits it’s not as much as first claimed. At that, once you add in the installation costs, maintenance fees, repairs for malfunctioning meters, software issues, and managerial oversight, the devices have cost the city, although the exact loss is difficult to figure. A reasonable guess would be a yearly loss of $500 per year per meter.

At the council meeting, meter advocates point to the city’s First Street lot, which they say is usually full. Kevin Morandi countered with the McKay Street open lot. That went from free and full to meters and empty. THE PLANET has long advocated free parking city wide, which would make it easier, not more difficult, to park downtown, an area distressed enough as it is.

If you want up-to-date information on parking in Pittsfield, don’t bother with the city’s website. It still lists Denis Guyer as director of facilities and maintenance. It also has this charming quote from mayor Tyer: “Downtown Pittsfield is a thriving downtown … [M]etered parking … is now in high demand.” Not  peep in all this from Frank Anello Jr., listed on the city’s website as “parking superintendent.”

The most trenchant comment belong to Morandi: “Maybe [the city] shouldn’t be in the parking meter business.”

There’s no maybe about it, Kev.

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Many times man lives and dies / Between his two eternities, / That of race and that of soul” — William Butler Yeats, from “Under Ben Bulban.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I am disappointed with the lovely Linda Tyer for presenting a bloated municipal budget. It makes no sense to me because Pittsfield politics’ distressed and constrained tax base is shrinking due to losses in population and jobs. There is no sense of reality to Pittsfield politics’ financial management! I think Melissa Mazzeo should speak out against her mayoral opponent’s budget proposal. – Jonathan Melle “Mayor Tyer presents $175.5M operating budget to Pittsfield City Council” By Amanda Drane , The Berkshire Eagle, May 21, 2019 Pittsfield — Mayor Linda Tyer presented her $175.5 million operating budget to city councilors on Tuesday in the first budget hearing of the season. The proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $63.5 million for city schools, $25.4 million in health insurance for municipal employees and $19.3 million for police and fire services. It reflects an increase of 3… Read more »

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Nothing should be free in Pittsfield. If you have ever been to Las Vegas you know that the theme is to gouge every last dime out of the visitor. With all Pittsfield has to offer as a northeast cultural landing point I do not see why they should not do the same. And I would like to commend the mayor for nailing the taxpayers to the wall once again as it takes courage to bilk an aging population while at the same time shorting them on basic services.

MPGA

The school committee
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The school committee

New tax revenue is called raising taxes on poor people.Tough choices sounds like a college student getting 3% mor cash from mommy and daddy struggling over where to spend it.Dan is right,free parking everywhere and just deal with the problems of free parking.Consoldate and simplify Ex Mayor will wish she stopped spending daddy’s money and simplified her goverment.The new Mayor Mazzeo will tacking this problem.Mazzeo is smart and she asks questions.

Drew Itz
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Drew Itz

Mazzeo cannot do anything unless she can REDUCE. And that isn’t possible. The four year plan was insane. We need to have discussion for a City Manager,immediately,or elect a Lone Wolf candidate which would be the right thing to do, to REDUCE.

The current BUDGET trend is unsustainable, and if great services include a pot hole on every corner, then you are fooling yourself.

The old dude shouted incompetency with both DPW Commissioners and many others. He was right.

B. Clairmont
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B. Clairmont

Dan, I would like to correct some of the information presented. I was on the Council when the $500,000 was approved for the meters. So it wasn’t Mayor Tyer that requested the money. The money was requested by Mayor Bianchi. Bianchi purchased the meters in 2015 and let them sit in a warehouse for over a year. It was an election year and he didn’t have the guts to implement the parking plan that was designed by his administration. The projections were prepared by Bruce Collingwood. I’m not surprised that they were off. He is no longer with the City. There is a separate fund that the parking revenue goes into. All the expenses are paid from that fund. The meters are NOT losing money. However, they are not making the money projected, which doesn’t surprise me given the administration that made those projections.… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Barry,
You approved the meters, Linda installed them ….. this is your baby!
Is Dan close to being correct about each meter losing $500 per year?

B. Clairmont
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B. Clairmont

Fritz, The meters either had to be approved, or NEVER receive a cent from the state again for garages. That was the deal struck by then Mayor Ruberto. The state insisted we have metered parking in exchange for the McKay street garage grant. So yes, I voted for the meters, just like the rest of the Council did. Did I like it? No. But I did the responsible thing, whether you like it or not. Dan is wrong about the meters losing money. They are making money, just not as much as the Bianchi administration sold to the public. And yes, my wife was the one left to implement the plan. Bianchi didn’t have the guts to install them in an election year. He should have waited and bought them a year later and save the taxpayers money if he wasn’t going to install… Read more »

Flogging Molly
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Flogging Molly

What the hell kind of logic is that????

Spider
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Spider

Barry – Regardless of whether the meters are making or losing money, the fact remains that businesses are LEAVING North St. and people are refusing to go to North St. because of them.

PERIOD

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Are we considering the salaries and benefits for all city employees associated parking enforcement? What about the money paid yearly to maintain the system and the app? The cost of vehicles and fuel? If all of this is factored in I doubt we are making much if anything. Dan maybe you can get all the numbers. As for Bianchi’s part in all of this….I don’t give a crap. If it’s wasting money. Bad tyeranchi idea.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

Tyer just likes to blame Bianchi. She says it’s his fault that we got ripped of by the sewer upgrades and she didn’t do one damn thing to try to find a cheaper system even though a cheaper superior system was laid at her feet. How stupid. She doesn’t give a FLICK about taxpayers. She’s a phony.

UAlbany
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UAlbany

I’m surprised Barry and Linda don’t blame Bianchi for their grades in high school.

B. Clairmont
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B. Clairmont

My grades were good. I’ll take credit. ;-))

Facts are facts.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Grades might have been good, but is the hair still real? 😉

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Ohhh Barry is quite the teller of tall tales… quite the liar of lies

The meter money goes into a fund but that fund doesn’t nearly cover the costs of administration, repairs, contracts, long term sustainability, software…. and there are a number of things that were added by the Tyer administration that has INCREASED the costs and those increases are hidden in other budgets.
The other hidden cost, the cost of the loan and how Cufflinks Kerwood (a Tyer lap dog) structured the refi on the bond. Kerwood structured the bond financing to hit higher (4x higher) after the next election. That little move alone added $80k to the cost of the loan. Look it up, run the amortization.
Anything Tyer touches is a failure.

Where the meters are making money is in the ticket department.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Great column, Dan.
This city has done a great job over the years in working against its small business owners. C’mon city officials – throw the citizens a bone and make the Columbus lot a free parking zone. Metered parking may work in bustling cities, but not here where the downtown businesses are struggling and the city population wrestles with making ends meet. Perhaps the next administration should audit the parking meter books and decide whether or not the program should be discontinued.

And citizens of Pittsfield – unless you vote out the communists running your city, schools and DA’s office – a Pittsfield renaissance will never occur.

The school committee
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The school committee

Yes ,install everyone from the regressives.Lets just use common sense when spending poor people of povertys cash.Republicans use to be SLOW to spend.Now they raid the economy every 8 years and Demcrats will put it back together for the next heist…the ex mayor needs to respond to how much of my neighbors 1600 a month check she needs.Right now hes giving 500 to Tyer this year every month.Ex Mayor Tyer has no compassion for the poor.

Don Chopard
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Don Chopard

Rumor in day was that previous administration used to collect free m the old meters unaccounted, and there was no accounting, period. Talking many years ago when the disgraced City Finance Director was here.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

Well when Pittsfield made the change from horse and buggy to automobiles, the guy that cleaned up all the horseshit in the roads lost his job. Only now with automobiles the horseshit is still in the roads.

Herb Pease
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Herb Pease

Let me correct you. He used all the horse shit to enter politics.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

If you don’t like Mayor Tyer’s service-oriented budget, perhaps you should consider moving up north to Lanesborough. A town where its main hub, town hall, in open less than 20-hours per week. A town where’s there’s no economic activity other than a police department brow-beating elected officials into spending over a quarter million dollars on a senseless feasibility study, to build a million cop shop we don’t need (and most don’t want); a mall that’s falling into disarray as each days passes by; no viable economic activity to brag about; a volunteer fire department; a million dollar police department we don’t need; property owned septic; property owners responsible for garbage pickups. And that’s just the short list. So, again, if you don’t like Mayor Tyer’s service-oriented budget, pack your bags, buy a house in Lanesborough, so you can pay the town all that tax… Read more »

EddieP
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EddieP

The real bottom line is..if you don’t pay, they take your house.

Lenny
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Lenny

So the question that begs to be asked, Brian, is why don’t you move?

Herb Pease
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Herb Pease

I think the guy just likes to complain. If you paid all his bills he still wouldn’t be happy.

Blare
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Blare

The feasibility study is costing $25k. Where on earth did you hear $250k?

Van Dussen Charm
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Van Dussen Charm

The Lanesborough median income is fifty g. Lanesboro should have volunteers fix new police station. It wasn’t to long ago Pittsfield taxpayers got water regularly from the Lanesborough spring. Why would you compare a small town to Pittsfield?

Why don’t you compare it to n y, that would be a better narrative,nway our rates are going up. School tax in NY is thousands, tax is way more than us. But that’s still not being fiduciarily responsible with needless spending during our current economic climate.We are a poor Community.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Parking meters? Take a trip north to Adams. Good luck finding a working electronic meter that isn’t jammed. North Adams? The revenue comes from ticketing people behind 85 Main for crossing the imaginary line between short and long-term permit parking. Side note, the imaginary line is set by a sign on a pole. Amazingly, the parking spaces straddle said line, so are you simply mid-term parking?! The only municipality that really has it’s act together with regard to parking seems to be Northampton. Working meters. A parking lot wherein you buy a ticket to leave on your dash along with a municipal parking garage that is well kept. Strict ticketing and enforcement. Whenever we go to shop or eat in Northampton, we’re very well aware of making sure we have enough time or are prepared to pay a ticket. Pittsfield’s solution seems to be… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Truthsayer, in Northampton no credit card needed for meters and it is not necessary to give them your license plate number. They collect no information about you.
I have not used the meters in Pittsfield and never will.

Spagirl
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Spagirl

Paul,
I have never used the meters and never will either. Never.

Shakes
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Shakes

The City should remove the parking decks. They are corporate welfare that encourage commuting rather than reinvestment in the City.

Crying about the meters is a drop in the bucket compared to the parking deck debacles.

Loucy Goucy
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Loucy Goucy

Corporate welfare is in nowadays.

Barbados
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Barbados

Great column DV. I hope the city keeps the Columbus lot free but doesn’t stop there. Free up all parking as stimulus to downtown business. Ive contacted my councilor and hope the mayor reads this.

Trump Train
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Trump Train

Regarding the budget…while it is interesting to see the total amount the city spends on health insurance….

The health insurance should be part of the school budget total, ditto for police & fire. After all, this is going to the compensation packages, and employee payroll costs are a huge part of these organizations.

Doing it this way, understates the budget impact of the school department operations.

If the mayor wanted to highlight this cost, that could be a factoid…within the total for each department’s budget, health insurance represents a grand total of $$$.

Just another way to watch the slippery way budgets are portrayed.

Trump Train
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Trump Train

I agree, cancel the parking meters. Pittsfield probably already received any grants from the state for a garage(s). So nothing should be in jeopardy. Never heard of the state recalling funds.

Just say the meter program did not work out. Sell off the meters on eBay to some other city that can use them, recover some investment.

Also, by allowing free parking, no need for a parking supt’d, meter maids, little cars running around with tickets, etc. This would be additional savings.

If downtown merchants are too foolish to park on North Street (or their employees are as well without being fired), then they get what they deserve…no customers.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

The smartest people in this city are the ones who realize that it doesn’t matter if there is paid parking or free parking. NORTH STREET IS DEAD. Yes, free parking would certainly be a step in the right direction to further itself from its demise, but it won’t bring anyone back. Although along that same vein, paid parking certainly deters interest. Pittsfield needs to step out of the 20th century and get with the times. This city is trapped in the past. North Street is a lost cause without an infusion of serious money/investment. And no one wants to invest in a city that is crumbling. The roads are awful. The government can’t get out of its own way. Taxes are high for zero return. And while we’re at it, if the recent announcement of the closure of the Tyler and Pine Bakery is… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

We wanted a Super Walmart so badly for Tyler Street, but Mazzeo and fellow progressives hate Walmarts so they killed that deal. Instead they keep bringing in these little high price shops like we are Northampton Main Street and they inevitably fail because, yes, Tyler Street is a working class neighborhood. Until local politicians recognize that fact, things will never change in that area or in this city. We are a working class city.

The high paid school personnel are not enough to keep these pricey stores in business. We know that Pittsfield school employees want to believe that they are living in Boston.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

They don’t live in Boston but many of them don’t live in Pittsfield either.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

When all else fails blame the teachers.

Reignbow
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Reignbow

I agree with two above posts,great column Dan. One is the meters jamming in N A. How much money is transferred on the built in cost for fixing meter glitches? You don’t know….hell you could create a glitch……

The other is candidates for Mayor. Dump White, Moon and Rivers, for starters. For Mayor, ask yourself, who is really for the taxpayer,not the Voter.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

I’m told Pittsfield is searching for a Parking Control Officer. Any takers?

Good luck!!

JoePesci
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JoePesci

Perhaps you should apply.

You speak highly of the mayor on here and I hear you are a Williams grad and city likes to hire Williams grads. You could move up, learn the ropes, and perhaps even be mayor one day.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pittsfield has a problem called consolidation to save multimillions of dollars.We in Pittsfield get free lunches for students based on poverty. Lanesbourogh does not have poverty.As taxes and fees go up ex mayor Tyer is creating more poverty.This mayor has a crumbling school philosophy that is removing student from our system.School choice must go.It does not work.Pittsfield wants to charge you to go to North street.I don’t go,it just to hard to spend money downtown.With all the stores closing at the mall why wont ex Mayor Tyer call old navy,Xmas tree store,to see if the will go down town.

Pat
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Pat

Progressives are creating more poverty. Since they took over in this area, the local economy is the worst I have ever seen it.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Because stores are leaving North street for a reason and Old Navy and the rest of them want no part of the mayors North street for obvious reasons. When Stanley left he left a message behind, and that was “Get out while you can” (and hope the city compensates you for your losses) Nobody wants North street any more than they want the PEDA site. Millions of dollars of bright red lipstick and the place still is haunted by the ghosts of political malfeasance.

The school committee
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The school committee

North street needs better lighting by business and street lights ,light it up.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

If someone offered me one million dollars to walk up and down North Street at night, I would respectfully decline their generous offer for my personal safety. If I took the money, I would poop my pants in fear and anxiety! The point is that North Street in not a nice place, especially after hours. One of my biggest fears in my life would be me ending up on or near North Street due to me being jobless or in trouble. Thankfully, after years of anxiety, I did not end up on or near North Street. My parents retired in 2002 and 2003, and then my family relocated to Southern New Hampshire. Pittsfield politics is ran by the Good Old Boys, and they disliked me for speaking out against them. If one wants to be taken care of in Pittsfield, then you have to… Read more »

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Jonathan you don’t have to worry about pooping your pants on North Street because most of the people that hang on North Street poop their pants every day. Wondering why the Dynamic Vibrant Mayor and Bowtie Kerwood can’t seem to give the taxpayers a straight answer on what the City is taking in from the meters. Also, the Dynamic Vibrant Mayor’s meter maids do nothing but bottleneck traffic on North Street. They are also very rude but of course they were most likely taught by our very rude Mayor. Anyone know why the Mayor’s friend is selling her bakery on the great Tyer Tyler Street?

Pat
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Pat

The bakery is too expensive for working class Tyler Street.

The school committee
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The school committee

Turn on the lights,install lights. Its as if people never understand what lighting does.The downtown ink must have this conversation.

Ann Dromoduss
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Ann Dromoduss

Wayfair.

Ron Kitterman
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Ron Kitterman

Valet parking for the Columbus lot. We should be looking for problem solvers not problem creators with these elected positions, mayor, councilors, School Committee etc. to my knowledge we’re not sh**tin on the sidewalks like San Francisco yet but the downtown has a lot of potential yet. If we could just get a grant for a new deck doesn’t seem to be working out.

Kerry Mathusen
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Kerry Mathusen

News hour on pct tonight was pretty good show,many laudits to the Planet.

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

In a post way above Barry says one could do a public records request for information regarding parking meter receipts etc. So I am wondering if that is a viable option as to finding out what business s are now or have in the past received tax breaks, waivers or reductions. It would be great if the mayor would just put that info on the city website as it seems like something the public should be entitled to without having to get legal on it. Hoping Barry would give his thoughts on this.

The school committee
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The school committee

Why are Poor Pittsfield taxpayers giving the School department head 3 million more dollars when his philosophy wont protect teachers and other students from student verbal violence?Why will Marchetti OK this philosophy. Why do we keep electing councilors who ok this abuse of teachers?We are losing hundreds of students to this philosophy of keeping abusers in school for MCAS reasons,for testing.The student know this.

The school committee
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The school committee

The ex mayor Tyer does not support safe schools.Yon and Marchetti do not support safe working conditions for teachers.The CC supports verbal abuse of City employees.Pittsfield schools are a unsafe work enviroment for teachers.Who will stand up to the kids?

Lenny
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Lenny

Almost everyone at City Hall is getting a raise – check out the facts at iberkshires.com!

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

Will they be getting the huge increase that those of us on social Security got? I am sure she takes into consideration that not everyone in her city have big bucks.

ha ha

Lenny
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Lenny

Of course, this being an election year – the school budget will be increased over last year, despite extra state aid!
Every other school district is CONSOLIDATING!
Enrollment continues to DECLINE!

Con Sequints
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Con Sequints

Yes Lenny, the Stooge has wheels in motion with Candy and some other guest this morning on his propaganda hour. No,I wasn’t watching or flipping channels. Stooges preamble,beside illegal commercials on the taxpayer funded tbr- school sponsored show,go figure, mentioned the great Paul Dowd, calling him great.

Wasn’t Dowd the one who put a choke hold on the Planets neck years ago.

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

If you have any loose change in your pocket ya better be hiding it. The mayor is upping the ante…again.

Shaun
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Shaun

In regards to the Columbus lot. I have known Gym Ramondetta for over 30 years, and I can tell you the man has more integrity in his pinky then most do in the their entire body. All he is asking for is that the 25 or so “free” spaces remain in the new lot. It does not sound like a big deal to me nor should it be questioned. For the mayor’s office to make a statement that conversations took place with Gym Ramondetta and he was aware of the plans moving forward(metered lot) are simply false. She either is lying or has surrounded herself with people that do not tell the truth, either way I find it troubling moving forward with the current administration.

Juicy Lucy
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Juicy Lucy

Laissez-faire Leadership.

Sutter
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Sutter

Mayor was only being fair.

The school committee
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The school committee

So if you take care of teacher raises Teacher Union President She ran will not stand up for his membership.Again,where are the leaders in a city the treads water.WHat Jobs has Coakly brought to Pittsfield?Dont say Wayfair as that was a agreement to put low wages somewhere in the commonwealth.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

house fire on Tyler..problem with water cut off to hyrants

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Looks good on Tyer resume

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Parking is one thing, but how about the people/things that are moving, such as in or not or around or nowhere near a crosswalk downtown?

Let me understand, the green light means that the cars go and the pedestrians stop?

Do I have that right?

If so, am I the only one?

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

If you are paying attention to the color of the traffic lights in Pittsfield you are one of just a few. Most people just look straight ahead and go for it. If you file a public information request you might be able to find out how many traffic accidents there have been in Pittsfield at intersections where people ignored the pretty green, red and yellow lights. Not sure why they are even there. Maybe left over from the Christmas decorations?

The school committee
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The school committee

The Schools department head wags the city .Mccandless ,Yon ,Marchetti are abusing the cities poorest home owners.Who will emerge to stop this irresponsible use of realestate tax cash……show some disipline.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

show some compassion

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Bad fire on Tyler Street. PFD showed up only to find that hydrants were out of service. Fire and Police had to run up streets carrying hoses to try to find working hydrants. How many other hydrants in Pittsfield are not working? The Mayor’s office is saying they were aware of the broken hydrants and they are working on it!? Little late! What will be the Mayor’s and Turocy’s latest excuse? Animals were killed in this fire, which is very sad, luckily no people were killed. Why are hydrants not marked if they are not working? Why did the City Water Department not make the Pittsfield Fire & Police departments aware of this dangerous situation? As a taxpayer I would like to know if the hydrant on my street is working. This City is really in a pathetic state of affairs under this administration!

Gobsig
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Gobsig

Tyer rhymes with fire.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I scanned through the lovely Linda Tyer’s budget proposal.

https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/finance_and_treasurer/uploads/Pittsfield%20FY2020%20Budget%20FINAL-web%20version.pdf

Mayor Linda Tyer’s budget will go up by 3.9 percent!

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