Mayor Linda Tyer originally announced her “At Home in Pittsfield” plan to the City Council February 20, 2019. Now Tyer is going back to the council — which features several different faces from the last time — for approval on a revamped version of her plan. The City Council will hear about the program during Tuesday’s virtual meeting. EAGLE FILE PHOTOs
Will Mayor Linda Tyer’s revamped housing loan program have better luck this time?
Tyer’s “At Home in Pittsfield” zero-interest loan program will hit the virtual City Council floor on Tuesday. Last year, some councilors were vehemently opposed to the funding source for the program — the General Electric Co. Economic Development Fund.
But there are some new faces on the City Council, and Tyer still maintains that the goal of giving forgivable, zero-interest loans for exterior home improvements fits squarely in line with the fund’s mission.
This time around, Tyer’s asking for councilors’ blessing to put $500,000 behind the program called At Home in Pittsfield — twice the funding level she proposed last year. We can expect councilors on Tuesday will refer Tyer’s housing loan funding request to the subcommittee for Community and Economic Development for debate and discussion.
Tyer also sent an order to the City Council requesting authorization to extend an incentive package worth $300,000 to United Aircraft Technologies, Inc. to support the Troy, N.Y. company’s relocation to Pittsfield. For this initiative too, she proposed the Economic Development Fund as the funding source.
Founded by veteran and aircraft mechanic Daryian Rhysing, United Aircraft Technologies manufactures military-grade thermoplastic clamps and has leased space at 273 Newell St. The package would support the company’s relocation of five jobs to the city, the creation of three to eight new jobs over five years and a new internship program.
Councilors on Tuesday evening will also get an update from the city’s Chief Information Officer Michael Steben, who will present the findings of the feasibility study that looked at whether the city should become its own internet service provider.
It’s been a trying time for students and school personnel, but the efforts of three school members will be recognized at a virtual meeting of the Pittsfield School Committee on Wednesday.
Pittsfield High School Students Alexandra Swanson and Taconic High School student Benjamin Vengalil will each be presented with a certificate of academic excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and Kristen Behnke, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and finance, will receive the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials.
The city has discouraged residents from taking part in traditional Halloween trick-or-treating this year. One pandemic-friendly way to celebrate the spooky season this year is Trunk Or Treat, coming to four communities at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.
Kids and families can head to one of four Carr Hardware locations in either Pittsfield, North Adams, Lenox and Great Barrington for COVID-19 safe candy and fun during events also sponsored by The Berkshire Eagle, Animal Inn, The Berkshire Dog, Lee Bank and Whitney’s Farm.