Benjamin Lamb seeks third term on North Adams City Council

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NORTH ADAMS — Benjamin Lamb is looking to build on the work he has done in his first two terms as a city councilor.

Lamb is seeking a third term on the council in the Nov. 7 election, in which the top nine vote-getters out of 16 candidates will win a two-year term on the City Council.

"I'm running to continue working for this city's residents and to help forge the best future possible," said Lamb, a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts graduate who chose the city as a place to begin a family.

Lamb was first elected in 2013, and in his second term, he has served as the City Council president.

"While we've done a lot of great work, there is certainly always more to do, and I look forward to hopefully playing a continued role to get that work done," Lamb said.

In its next term, Lamb said, the city needs to focus on public safety by implementing retention strategies for police officers, creating plans for a new public safety facility, and advocate for a drug court in North Adams.

Lamb said he also wants to see the city act on its water infrastructure.

"This will mean helping City Hall advocate to the state in concert with our Berkshire delegation, and thoroughly vetting any plans for obtaining the funds needed to start the actual work on a full overhaul," Lamb said.

The city should also work to lower the barrier to entry for small businesses, Lamb said.

"This will need to include a number of partners, but the end result should be something that is easy to find, consistently applied, and offers creative measures to create new economic growth for both existing and new business ventures," Lamb said.

The council also needs to do a better job at publicly tracking the progress it has made on the initiatives started by the city and by the council — for example, announcing when a recently approved new computer system at the city's water treatment facility comes online.

"It's one thing to start something, but it's a completely different thing to actually achieve goals and show proof of concept and purpose," Lamb said.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter or at 413-496-6376.


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