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As Mayor Linda Tyer enters into the last two years of her second term, several of the new City Councilors could make impacts on Tyer's plans for Pittsfield. This week, we're looking back to give you insight on the new faces that will be joining the council in January.
Senate leaders this week will propose investing $250 million in federal relief money to begin to restructure public health infrastructure in a way top lawmakers and advocates hope will ensure cities and towns are better prepared for the next health crisis.
The At Home in Pittsfield program is set to cover the cost of exterior renovations at 19 homes — three of which already are complete. Mayor Linda Tyer is convinced of the program's success and is setting aside $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money for a second round of the program.
Officials now know how they'd like to spend $5.6 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money: Infrastructure projects that improve public health in city buildings, two new public health positions and support for daycare programs, the Fenn Street Shelter and another round of grants for homeowner projects.
Last week the City Council signed off on the creation of several important city positions, okaying six figure salaries for the future head of the office of diversity, equity and inclusion and city manager of American Rescue Plan money. This week many of the city councilors will hit the debate stage.
This week, the City Council will return to a proposal from Lee Bank for a new location on South Street, consider a new ward map and decide whether to sign off on the creation of an "ARPA quarterback" and chief diversity officer. The School Committee will return to the subject of school safety at its upcoming meeting.
Infrastructure projects and an economic recovery fund are Mayor Tom Bernard's top priorities for the funds.
The majority of people who took a city survey on how to spend ARPA money coming want the city to use the money for economic assistance and are least interested in backfilling lost city revenue related to the pandemic.
Senior activists clad in hospital gowns crowded the Statehouse steps Monday and parted their johnnies to expose false rubber buttocks — in the hopes of drawing attention to a "gap" in health care assistance for low-income seniors.
PITTSFIELD — Residents have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to fill out the citywide survey that will let city officials know how Pittsfield should spe…