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GUEST COMMENTARY: SOFTBALL COMPLEX DEMISE ‘A SAD TALE OF CITY INCOMPETENCE’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 26, 2021) — Today, THE PLANET presents a guest column that sheds light on the tragic demise of the once-thriving Berkshire County Softball Complex. We had the pleasure of playing on several teams there in the 80s and 90s.

Our columnist details the sad demise, eventually placing blame on the city, which once again allowed one of its gems to disintegrate to dust. Specially, the author fingers city purchasing agent Colleen Hunter-Mullet.

Enjoy this thought-provoking article.

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‘A SAD TALE OF INCOMPETENCE’

BY HENRY CALVIN

SPECIAL TO PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

In another tale of incompetence via the hands of city officials, the Berkshire County Softball Complex is sadly no more.  The property formerly located at 1789 East St, which is owned by the City of Pittsfield, was developed on a capped land fill and initially put out to bidding in 1982.

R. James Bridges, the first lease holder under the umbrella of a 501c3 non-profit organization, would spend the next 30 years operating both Men’s and Co-Ed adult recreational softball leagues, as well as regional tournaments, and a small Sunday morning fall league on the property until 2012.  The leagues prospered, revered by locals as a haven for sport and fellowship.  The property included three game fields, light banks, bleachers, and a clubhouse with kitchen, bathrooms, and a bar.  The establishment had an active liquor license and a permits for the sale of beer and malt alcoholic beverages.  During its peak, the league had an estimated 15-20 teams per league.  At one point the complex was such a local institution that PCTV broadcasted games, the Berkshire Eagle published standings, and the league operated its own website.

In late 2009, the city and Bridges agreed to a 10-year extension.  A complaint was subsequently filed with the state Inspector General’s office by a prospective ownership group consisting of Mark and Laura Montemagni, daughter Molly and her-then boyfriend (now husband) Teva Smith.  The complaint questioned the city’s decision to grant Bridges a 10-year lease and alleged a lack of transparency regarding his financials.  They argued that a new prospective ownership group could not fairly assess the operational costs and draft an adequate proposal to bring before the city council for bidding.  Due to the validity of concerns in their complaint, the city nullified Bridges’ new contract extension. Subsequently a new three-year lease was agreed upon that retained his services until the completion of the 2012 softball season.

Upon the conclusion of his lease, Bridges relocated to Florida, and a new bid for the property was put out by the city in fall 2012. , The Montemagni ownership group won a five-year agreement to operate softball leagues. However, they were only able to complete 4 seasons.

The Montemagni group first began their operations in summer 2013.  League members were initially treated to resurfaced infields with a dirt and clay base, fresh coats of paint for the facilities, a selection of craft beer on tap, and a sleek new website.  At that point, the leagues continued to thrive with 14 men’s teams and 13 co-ed league teams.  By the summer of 2016, though, those numbers had dwindled to six men’s League teams and nine co-ed.  In April 2017 a summer season was announced but ultimately not carried out.

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The Softball Complex’s demise actually begins prior to the Montemagni’s inaugural season.  Prior to their opening, Bridges sold the complex assets, including all agricultural equipment, and kitchen and bar equipment.  Rather than welcoming the Montemagni ownership group and negotiating with them to transfer valuable operational items, Bridges was by all accounts bitter towards the Montemagni group for their contention of the 2009 lease agreement. He refused to be of any assistance.  Additionally, the facilities were subject to a first known significant vandalism in winter 2013, including the destruction of a prominent road sign at its driveway on East Street.

Years later it was reported that Bridges had an Eversource electrical bill for an outstanding balance of $1701.28 that remained unpaid.  Since the Eversource account was established in city’s name with an “in-care-of” mailing to Bridges conveniently removed following the cessation of his operations, the city became liable for bill. The city settled it in 2017.  The Montemagni group was made aware of this balance when starting their operations in 2013 but rather than inheriting responsibility, they opened their own account, which was paid in full following the cessation of their operation.  Bridges simply chose to create an uphill battle for the Montemagni group.

The Montemagni group’s tenure was cursed from the get-go. The first sign of trouble was an incident during the fall of 2013 when a drunken player aggressively charged at an opposing team. An off-duty police officer who happened to be present subdued him until more police presence could arrive to break up the scene and arrest the player.  The ownership group was called before the  Pittsfield liquor licensing board and draft a plan to better supervise the amount of alcohol being served.  The following year, another vandalism occurred. Two individuals identified by media as players in the leagues drove through a large, concrete gate that secured the property, broke into the main building, and stole supplies.  That gate would not be replaced until years later.

These events trigged a downward spiral for the Montemagni group from which they would never recover.  League numbers and participation dwindled, and so did their neglect for the property.  By the summer of 2015, there were no longer night games, the building and access to bathrooms had been closed, and the scheduling and cancellation of games became erratic.  The final season of 2016 provided the death knell:

* The website containing schedules and standings was no longer operational
* Hosting of games continued to be spontaneous and erratic
* Fields were a mess
* Structures became blighted
* The Montemagni group was rarely on the property
* Players brought their own alcoholic beverages, which was strictly forbidden by the license
* Public urination was common.
The Montemagni ditched the final year of their lease, and no games were played following the 2016 season.
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Following the closure of the facility in 2016, there have been behind the scenes chains of events that when uncovered truly brings to light a tale of city ineptness at its finest.  Several attempts were made by various individuals to rehabilitate the property and once again operate softball leagues following Montemagni departure.  Nothing happened. In 2019 one individual hosted several one-day tournaments on the property.  I was present for two of those days. The state of despair of the facilities was appalling.  The building had been rampantly vandalized.  The walls were covered in graffiti, nearly all of the windows and doors were smashed, trash and debris including empty alcohol containers and used needles littered the grounds, and the once-pristine fields were overgrown with tall weeds.  The individual did a fine job of hosting competitive tournaments that showed a faint glimmer of hope, but ultimately my experience on the property was one of sadness and resentment. (FOR PHOTOS OF THE PROPERTY, SEE THE PLANET AUG. 7-9, 2020 EDITION in “ARCHIVES”)

There is a litany of blame that can go around — Bridges for his disdain towards the Montemagni group and the Montemagni group for their many shortcomings in operating the leagues and facilities. Ultimately, however, the majority of the blame goes towards the City of Pittsfield and purchasing agent Colleen Hunter-Mullett.  As the city purchasing agent, she is the most accountable for the management of city-owned properties that residents pay taxes on.  For several years, these once-revered and treasured grounds has been badly neglected.  That is truly shameful. How can the city hold responsibility for the upkeep and security of a property such as the complex but allow it to fall into such a blighted state?  Finally early this year, per a video shared to a private Facebook group “Berkshire Blast to the Past,” all structures at the softball complex property were demolished.  In typical Pittsfield fashion, this decision was made with no transparency whatsoever.  The project was never disclosed in the FY 2021 budget, the demolition garnered no media attention, and even city councilor Nick Caccamo, who represents Ward 3 where the property sits, was unaware this had transpired.

The demolition begs several questions: How did the city allow the Softball Complex to reach such a state of despair that it needed to be demolished? Why was the city so complacent and non-aggressive in marketing the property with hopes of finding a new lease holder?  What is the future for this now vacant lot?  A dog park, as several 2019 articles in local media hinted?  Does the softball complex shift from eating hot dogs and catching balls in the outfield to unleashed dogs fetching frisbees and balls in the outfield?

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THE PLANET thanks Mr. Calvin for his report. A reminder again: THE PLANET will consider guest columns on any topic at any time.

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“It is the disease that makes health sweet” — Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
13 days ago

I love it when blogger Dan Valenti and his guest writers publish articles about Pittsfield politics. Monday, April 26th, 2021, is when the Lovely Linda presents her fiscal year 2022 municipal budget to the Kapanski family. I wonder how much Kapanski Ka$h the Lovely Linda will spend in the new city and public school budget that begins in a little over 2 years from now on July 1st, 2021? The Lovely Linda will receive tens of millions of Biden Buck$ in direct aid to Pittsfield City Hall over the next 2 years. Matt Kerwood is sitting on a huge slush fund that is estimated at around $14 million. Will the Lovely Linda and Kufflinks still raise municipal taxes and fees on Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski? Where will all of the Kapanski Ka$h get spent on?

The Berkshire County Softball Complex is yet another illustration of how Pittsfield politics screws over the Kapanskis. I wonder what the Lovely Linda will do with the property? PEDA’s vacant and polluted so-called business park will turn 23 years old this summer. PEDA is sitting on millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, and I heard that Jimmy Ruberto’s Rolodex is sitting at the bottom of Silver Lake. Pittsfield state and local politicians recently said that PEDA looks like the surface of the Moon. Post industrial Pittsfield is viewed in large photographs by Gregory Crewdson in upscale art studios and museums in London, NYC and L.A. Thousands of Pittsfield residents are living in poverty, while Pittsfield politics is ran by out of touch millionaires who give millions of dollars of Kapanski Ka$h to special interests that only benefit the wealthy few.

Pittsfield’s inner city public schools are rated as level 5 (or failing) by the state government. Yet, Pittsfield politicians always justify annual tax hikes by saying that “it is for the children”. Pittsfield’s divided school committee just voted 4 to 3 for a career bureaucrat named Joe Curtis who has worked for the Pittsfield public school system since 1994 – or for the past 27 years. Dennis Powell resigned from the school committee in protest. Critics said that “it is always business as usual” in Pittsfield politics that is still ran by the corrupt insider Good Old Boys club that has ran the city into the proverbial ditch.

Pittsfield is one of the most economically unequal areas of the state and nation because there are no living wage jobs left for the average working family. Dangerous downtown Pittsfield – where a 39 year old man was recently shot in broad daylight – is called “Social Services Alley” because thousands of local residents rely on public assistance programs to subsist. There are dozens of empty storefronts on North Street, which most people avoid for their own personal safety. The Lovely Linda & her millionaire accountant husband Barry Clairmont live in a wealthy gated community that borders Hancock. Wealthy Ward 4 decides all of Pittsfield citywide elections. A working class or average Pittsfield resident with the proverbial last name of Kapanski has no chance of being elected Mayor or At Large City Councilor.

Working class neighborhoods that abut Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield complain of skunk-like odors from the pot growing operation there. If it wasn’t a politically-connected marijuana business, they would not get away with stinking up those captive residential neighborhoods. But that is how Pittsfield politics operates. If you are not politically-connected, then you are a Kapanski who has to assume the position and always get screwed over by Pittsfield’s state and local politicians who only do disservice after disservice to the general public.

Refrid Gerrated
Refrid Gerrated
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
13 days ago

Ineffective Leadership reigns Jon. The water sewer update could have saved tens of millions and most communities would have and a more inclusive discussion than the deal that was brokered, with city councilors hand picked and tthe state? The change orders at the sewer plant are-running amuck and the consultants are naming they’re price.

Let’s see what happens to the water plant going forward and why are they waiting? Water updates should be in critical mode as they are all over the Country. We need not burden our grand and great grand children and the current taxpayer. Get with it Pittsfield!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Refrid Gerrated
13 days ago

Would someone please post the link to the Lovely Linda’s fiscal year 2022 municipal budget that she will be presenting to the public tonight? Thank you.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
13 days ago

Which version will the public be getting? And will it be followed up by the long overdue forensic audit?

Trick Or Treet
Trick Or Treet
Reply to  Annulgas
13 days ago

Kufflinks budget doesn’t warrant any rush Jonny.they never spend what they’re supposed to the money rests in perpetuity, free cash is use-D exclusively for the tremendous bond rating etc….

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Annulgas
12 days ago

Citizens will be getting the Fudge Budget version.

ShirlYNuts
ShirlYNuts
13 days ago

It would be a good study on how one of the good things the city had for its residents to have good clean fun just went back to being a dump. This just shows how governments do not know how to operate businesses. Another question is how did the complex have work done on it without the city council knowing, what else is going on?

Lenny
Lenny
13 days ago

Wouldn’t bids for demolition have to be solicited by the city? Why didn’t the city councilors know about it?

It’s really a shame especially since Larry Bossidy gave Pittsfield a large monetary gift specifically for parks.

Trick Or Treet
Trick Or Treet
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

Isn’t a new public works or police station a capital Project? Better get the Defunders to stop that. Should Kufflinks stash to go for that.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

It was disgusting with how they handled the money Bossidy so graciously gave.The justification of how and where the money was spent by those in charge of it, was sickening.

Annulgas
Annulgas
13 days ago

The city has probably spent 5 million or more on parks in the last ten years. Another bundle now being spent on the skateboard park next to PHS. Who has that contract by the way?? See lots of worker vehicles there with out of state plates.

SleepyJoe
SleepyJoe
Reply to  Annulgas
13 days ago

Ah come on man! It’s for the children

Berry
Berry
Reply to  SleepyJoe
12 days ago

Barry likes to board there at 3am

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Annulgas
13 days ago

Those are drug customers.

Trick Or Treet
Trick Or Treet
Reply to  LegalEagle
13 days ago

This oughta be interesting doing a zoom budget. Numbers should be easy to read.

Units Responding
Units Responding
Reply to  Trick Or Treet
13 days ago

Free, cash,bond ratings,cpa tax, salt expenditure and grants.
Pittsfield is certainly is Driven by Debt. Let’s hear the O P E B situation,ha! When isvYukieshearing? We need our next Mayor to be focused on this budget.

Debb Buhnnaire
Debb Buhnnaire
Reply to  LegalEagle
13 days ago

License Board meets at 330 today pctv channel 1303

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Annulgas
12 days ago

Skateboard parks are what people want.This board hate everything and everybody.If Trump/ Fox is not ok with it the its bad.Please people try to open your mind.We need a new police station on the old jail property on 2nd street.It would be a great addion to the hood.Yuki can never open again.He clients dont want in to change so how does Campoli ever let her open knowing that if she has another problem its on the licensing board.Shes done.
Pittsfield squandered an opertunity to have a bilingual Superintendent. School board is old and beholding to familiarity at the expense of qualified. Curtis and his little minions all move up one level and become the Pittsfield Peter principle administration.Pittsfield schools have no plan except spend money and call the DATA improving.No propram shoul be allowed to change its name in the schools only to divert the committee from Curtis failure.

Roberto Del Halitoso
Roberto Del Halitoso
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

It’s all Trump’s fault

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Roberto Del Halitoso
12 days ago

Only the racism fascism and Oligarchy form of government.

Berry
Berry
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

You are brilliant. A true genius.

Hell'n Moon
Hell'n Moon
13 days ago

are we really surprised Caccamo had no clue what was going on?

it’s not one of his pet projects like the bike lanes on Elm St. He is useless and it’s time for someone new. THank GOD

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Hell'n Moon
13 days ago

Legal weed and confusing bike lanes, what could possibly go wrong?

Debb Buhnnaire
Debb Buhnnaire
Reply to  LegalEagle
13 days ago

So here is Pittsfield fiscal strategy of economics and screwing Kapanski. You overfund the budget,increase assessments on business and homes and that goes into Free Cash as the surplus? That’s what they’ve done to us for years and have gotten away with it.

Reel Itin
Reel Itin
Reply to  LegalEagle
13 days ago

What we really want to know is who the hell gave the Link a presentation award? Not going by tonight’s farce I hope.

Thee Ohio Knatt
Thee Ohio Knatt
Reply to  Hell'n Moon
12 days ago

Way overrated is Caccamo. Stick to teaching.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
12 days ago

Weighing in on the “Pump Park” @ Springside.Park:
After A LOT of investigation, it appears that these bike people are gaining a lot of political clout in the US. Just look at your North Street; look at Northampton. In most cities large and small they are caving to the few cyclists and creating chaos.
In my City, they lobbied for bike stands at every retail establishment! The City caved and there are multi hundred dollar bike stands outside of grocery and hardware stores.
Who in the hell is going to bike to a store and buy lumber or perishables?
As we speak, the City of Tucson is dismantling a “homeless park” @ Aviation Pkwy Bike Pump Path; unused for years.
BUT, these prima donna cyclists w/their multi buck 2 wheelers are not using the bike stands; they are bringing the bikes into the stores and locking them so they won’t be stolen!
AND, there are more “White Bicycles” on the side of the road than ever before indicating dead cyclists
But back to the local pump park.
Like any other attraction that has been established at Springside Park, it will be decimated by the local ‘yutes’ (youths). Remember when they had a zoo out near NJHS back in the 60’s? The animals were killed and tortured. Ever tried to take a tranquil “walk in the park” and not been buzzed by motorized dirt bikes or ATV’s?
Since my introduction to Springside Park in the late ’50’s, it was both a joy and abomination.
I loved catching frogs, golden carp and turtles and then letting them go. I loved the pool, having my first kiss underwater,
I remember a thug grabbing a painted turtle from me and stuffing a lit cigarette into it’s mouth.
My siblings were “flashed” by a naked pervert & I was personally assaulted w/a rock by a fellow NJH student just for walking home from school.
In my older years, I rode the trails in the park on my small motorcycle, up to and out of Brown St, Garland Ave & Lafayette St all the way to the old CD tower and the underground GE reservoir up to Benedict Road, trails that has already been blazed.
During the winter, the “warming room” was a shake down artist’s dream; shaking down the meek into coughing up their cash for hot chocolate.
So, what is going to happen to the so-called pump park?
It will be decimated by the local genre’ and the cost of repair and damage to the eco system will be astronomical. Who is going to foot the bill? Not Volunteers!
Leave the park alone.
Let it be for relaxing and ball playing and walking. It’s already been chopped up by the “new” roadway, leave it be!
This will be a new an increased area of concern for the PPD which is already stressed out wit areas of “quality of life” complaints!

Tide Pod
Tide Pod
Reply to  Ghost Rider
12 days ago

Springside park was always sketchy?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
12 days ago

Berkshire Eagle journalist Amanda Burke’s news article about Matt Kerwood’s Pittsfield politics’ fiscal year 2022 pending municipal budget proposal on behalf of the Lovely Linda states the following facts:
– Monday (April 26th, 2021) night’s presentation by Matt Kerwood to the Pittsfield City Council and School Committee will see inflation-adjusted increases in funding to unrestricted local aid and and school aid from Beacon Hill. Please note that Beacon Hill has yet to begin to negotiate and pass the fiscal year 2022 state budget, which means that Matt Kerwood is guessing at what state funding will be to Pittsfield’s coffers.
– A few municipal revenue sources declined during the Covid-19 global pandemic, while pot and building permits increased.
– Pittsfield will receive at least $34 million in Biden Buck$ direct aid over the next 2 years, which will make up for budget line item shortfalls. I previously read that Pittsfield will receive $41.6 million in Biden Buck$, but I assume that around $7.6 million of the $34 million will go to the School Committee.
– Growth in the city residential and commercial valuation declined over past years, but still increased by 1 percent. The total city valuation is $3.9 billion.
– CPA Tom Conlon said the city’s levy capacity is better than last year, but the city’s pension liabilities need attention. Matt Kerwood said the city can raise $97.4 million in municipal taxes.
– Matt Kerwood is planning on proposing a $172.1 million municipal budget, which is an increase of about $3.6 million from fiscal year 2021, or an inflation-adjusted increase of 2.2 percent. The Lovely Linda’s fiscal year 2022 municipal budget proposal will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. City Council hearings will then take place in May and June. The fiscal year 2022 municipal budget will run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
– The spending plan will include new positions and the creation of a municipal Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. It also forecasts rising pension obligations and solid waste disposal costs.
– The Lovely Linda’s budget proposal will propose to expand prekindergarten into every elementary school building in the district, calling it a “significant investment in early childhood education” that she supports.

My take on Matt Kerwood’s budget schemes is that there are no cuts to Pittsfield politics’ planned $172.1 million municipal budget. Moreover, there are new bureaucracies and programs, along with rising municipal costs, debts and other liabilities. Pittsfield’s public finances take place in a multi-decades-long distressed local economy. The working class is struggling to stay financially afloat, while Pittsfield’s growing underclass is being subsidized by taxpayers. The proverbial Kapanski family has a right to know how much of their hard-earned municipal tax dollars Matt Kerwood is stashing away in his slush fund city accounts. I wonder if Matt Kerwood’s financial management schemes are deferring Pittsfield’s huge public debts and hidden liabilities decades off into the future? My guess is that Matt Kerwood is using creative accounting schemes to make Pittsfield’s constrained public finances look good on paper, while Pittsfield is really on the road to future insolvency. Lastly, I agree with the public sentiment that Matt Kerwood is shuffling Kapanski Ka$h around various city account and playing the old shell game to make the Lovely Linda look like a financial pseudo-genius.

– Jonathan Melle

ShirlYNuts
ShirlYNuts
12 days ago

Just read the hate rag and low and behold not much in there about the budget meeting. Nothing like keeping the people informed! There was a nice long article on how people who haven’t paid their bills even though receiving stimulus money over the last year may be evicted. Imagine that people have to be responsible! Now if we could only evict the city government because they can’t meet in chambers even though the kids can go to school!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  ShirlYNuts
12 days ago

People don’t need to be responsible. They can attack police and get away with it. Today it was caught on camera where a young man hits a police officer really hard with a stick and then runs off. The police officer was just standing in the street. This is happening across the country. No word from our fearless leaders Biden/Harris about how it’s wrong to attack the police so obviously we must assume that they think it’s just fine. There is so much corruption from this Biden/Harris administration.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  ShirlYNuts
12 days ago

Open City Hall!
Resume in-person meetings!

Statick Kling
Statick Kling
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

Check out stooges interview with the d a. He is a real Bootlicker and embarrassment to veterans.. He should he be coaching poor Matt on what to do when he gets to cedars junction.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Statick Kling
12 days ago

very sad to watch him. very embarrassing.

Lazynaidos
Lazynaidos
Reply to  Hung Wang
12 days ago

Well it shows how stupid his guests are. Are they doing this buffoon a favor? For what?

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

She opened up the resturants and schools but THEY cannot meet? What a bunch of self serving chicken shit. But is anyone really surprised that this mayor or this council would take the easiest way out for themselves? NO. No one is surprised in the slightest. This speaks volumes as to their lack of dedication to the positions they were elected. One more huge embarrassment for Pittsfield.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  ShirlYNuts
12 days ago

The rag is not concerned about informing the public,it is about protecting the public from information that might
reflect badly on those in charge.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  ShirlYNuts
12 days ago

I’ll try this again with a word
change to see if it goes through.

The local paper isn’t concerned about informing the public,it is concerned about protecting the public from information that might reflect badly on those in charge.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
12 days ago

So here we go again. Another year of the Mayor and her handpicked City Clownsil (except two), hiding from the hardworking taxpayers during budget season. When everything around the Country is opening up, how convenient that our Mayor and City Clownsil is still hiding in their attics or basements. Amazing how these officials can come out of hiding for photo ops though. Then again, long before COVID, the Mayor and City Clownsil were not accessible to the taxpayers. If taxpayers were able to voice their concerns, it did not matter because these useless elected officials did not listen anyway. As long as they make Linda and Bare Bare happy they could care less about taxpayers, forgetting they were elected by the taxpayers. A few questions come to mind especially about the Police and Fire budget, of course these questions will never be answered. A simple spreadsheet created by the City could answer these questions.

. When the Brien Center constantly relies on the Pittsfield Police to “standby” at one of their treatment centers for an unruly client, do they reimburse the City? These officers could be doing traffic control or patrolling the City rather than “babysitting” a Brien Center client. Why does the Brien Center not have security guards?

. When someone falls at the entrance of Berkshire Medical Center and they call the Pittsfield Fire Department to pick up this person, does BMC reimburse the City?

, When residents fall at local nursing homes, why are they calling the Fire Department for lift assists, why are their own employees not doing this task? Once again does the nursing home reimburse the City?

. When Pittsfield Police are constantly called to Hillcrest Commons to break up patient fights, does Berkshire Health Systems reimburse the City? Why are they not hiring their own security?

. When a patient is leaving Berkshire Medical Center by ambulance and they call the Pittsfield Fire Department to put the patient in ambulance, does the City get reimbursed?
Also, wonder how many fire fighters are out on sick leave due to bad backs?

Bottom line, how much taxpayers money is being spent on these duties that should be the responsibility of other companies?

Believe me I am a compassionate person and don’t mean to sound harsh, but I am also a very fed up Pittsfield taxpayers and feel that we are in need of a major forensic audit and major answers from this Administration. Basically, I have yet to figure out where my rising taxes are being spent. Certainly not on pothole ridden roads, needle filled parks, garbage filled streets, lack of traffic control, and a drug and crime ridden City. Wonder how much she is going to rob us this year!

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Merry & Bright
12 days ago

Heard one the other morn..Police called to home to deal with unruly ten year old boy? It’s become an insane world out there.

Lazynaidos
Lazynaidos
Reply to  OhMyGod
12 days ago

I can trump that,(pun intended). Police just called to Onota st. So a taxpayer can install a stove? Don’t ask me? That’s what I heard.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Reply to  Lazynaidos
12 days ago

This is the problem with hiring civilians to do dispatch! They are not allowed to make a decision; just send a car, Fire or Ambulance. A complete waste of resources, BUT, it increases calls for services which increase the need for more coppers. They have no knowledge of the dangers that exist, let alone the lay out of the City!
The simple answer is “Call the Bldg Inspector.” A beat cop is going to say the same thing, if they are self informed. Coppers don’t know building codes (but should at least have a working knowledge of their powers and jurisdiction).
THIS is the #1 reason to have a fully trained, AND KNOWLEDEABLE Officer available to Dispatch, 24/7. Doesn’t need to be a Sgt or above, Waste of resources; just a Cop with a working knowledge of the “system.” Whether the “system” responds is now off the PD’s shoulders.
Dispatch in a Police agency has historically been the downfall of any Dept; the weakest link, the place to hide a bad or IOD (Injured On Duty) cops.
I called PPD one morning back in the early 70’s to get a feel for the traffic conditions downtown (when a down town existed) during a Nor’ Easter. The Desk Sgt told me the roads were “dry & dusty” and hung up!
I called one night when they had the “U.F,O,’s”, excuse me, the C.S.O’s (Community Service Officers) were dispatching and I asked if any of the North Street theatres were open. The kid said to me, “How the hell would I know that?” Nice! What if I had asked for a pharmacy open for an emergency refill? How about “Hdqrts to North Street units, any theaters open?” NO, y’know why, they were pulled off the beat, assigned to a 2 man car or allowed to take a 10-7 (out of service) upstairs in the Juvie/Female lock up!
This isn’t a local problem, either. Call any “Certified” Police agency and you will get, maybe, just a phone call. to handle your problem.. God Forbid you live in Northampton and the response will be an EMT & a Social Worker.

Stooge Begone
Stooge Begone
Reply to  OhMyGod
12 days ago

Looks like Councilor Morandi is going out in style. A petition by him to ban chickens in neighborhoods roaming free.. Talk about chicken shit? And Free Range Chickens.

Youtee Anthubeast
Youtee Anthubeast
Reply to  OhMyGod
12 days ago

Wow mayor didn’t know the answer to the question of current Covid numbers In the schools?

Faree Rains
Faree Rains
Reply to  OhMyGod
12 days ago

Current resignations requested. Tyer,Morales,Kerwood, Armstrong,Cohen, Lampiasi, Moon, Stockwell

Lazynaidos
Lazynaidos
Reply to  Merry & Bright
12 days ago

Reimbursements? How about giving that finance director the control over our hard earned tax dollars. Now that’s insanity. And these city councilors approving everything?

Youtee Anthubeast
Youtee Anthubeast
Reply to  Merry & Bright
12 days ago

Why hasn’t Yuki resigned from the city council? I assume its ok for a official to break laws and still keep her Council Seat?.

Bill W
Bill W
12 days ago

Dan – will you be doing any follow up on paper trail for the complex demo? I played there for many great years a damn shame this was done and nobody knew about it.. total BS

Last edited 12 days ago by Bill W