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PITTSFIELD — Residents can head to City Hall this week and check voting in the general election off their to-do list.

Early in-person voting began Saturday at 70 Allen St., and will continue daily through Oct. 30. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and if you couldn’t make it there this weekend, early in-person voting continues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for the next two weeks.

You also can head to the polls from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25.

Another popular option this year is vote-by-mail, and mail-in ballot applications must be received by the Registrar of Voters office by 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Whatever method you choose to cast your ballot, the last day to register to vote is Oct. 24, when the Registrar of Voters office will be open at 70 Allen St. for voter registrations from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m.

City happenings

Community Preservation Act funding has been used to preserve historic sites, help Habitat for Humanity build housing and maintain integral community sites like the Berkshire Family YMCA.

Now, the city’s Community Preservation Committee is accepting Project Eligibility Applications for the next round of CPA funding, with the application window closing at 3 p.m. Nov. 6. The applications are a first step in the CPA funding process, and projects that meet the state’s criteria for funding will have to complete a more detailed application over the winter.

And on Monday, the committee will hold a virtual public hearing at 6 p.m. for members to discuss their priorities for recommending projects to receive some of the up to $500,000 in CPA money that City Planner Cornelius Hoss expects will be available this year.

It’s hard to miss the new traffic patterns the city is trying out downtown thanks to a grant received from the state’s Shared Streets and Spaces program. Some of these projects aimed to make biking more accessible — the theme of a broader city initiative underway.

The city is developing a Bicycle Facilities Master Plan toward the goal of making the city as bicycle-friendly as possible, and it wants to hear from you. A survey on the city’s website is open through Oct. 30, and there will be a public meeting on the topic at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Representatives for Allendale Pines will appear before the Mobile Home Rent Control Board at a virtual meeting Monday, after members of that committee this month asked for more information about their proposed rent increase.

And Berkshire Roots is scheduled to appear before the Community Development Board on Tuesday and the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday as it seeks approvals to build another cannabis-cultivation site on its growing Dalton Avenue campus.

Amanda Burke can be reached at, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.

Amanda Burke covers Pittsfield City Hall for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. Find her on Twitter at @amandaburkec.


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