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The biggest topic of the Tuesday evening meeting, councilors spoke about feeling compelled to act after months of hearing the community's cries for more resources and better outcomes for residents struggling with their mental health.
Verizon Wireless is asking a federal court to block the Pittsfield Board of Health from enforcing its order demanding the company defend the safety of its tower at 877 South St. Residents of the neighborhood say the 4G tower is causing health problems.
OTIS — Neighborhood fears that a new cell tower would mar sunset views for Big Pond residents appear to have been largely quieted by a recent …
Attorneys hoping to represent the Pittsfield Board of Health estimate that preparation for a show cause hearing with Verizon would cost $12,000, negotiations with the company would cost another $12,000 and a potential court case would come in around $60,000 in fees.
Members decided last week that the order would include the ability to withdraw everything without prejudice if they were "unable to obtain legal counsel prior to any administrative or judicial proceeding."
Effective immediately, the city's masking policies will follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health advisory from Feb. 15 that says that fully vaccinated people only need to wear a mask if they or a member of their household are at risk or have a weakened immune system or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
The seven-day window the Pittsfield Board of Health granted Verizon Wireless to respond to a cease-and-desist order has expired. The board is set to discuss legal action against the telecommunications giant at its Wednesday meeting.
Board of Health members clarified that currently the only "satisfactory" solution would be for Verizon Wireless to turn off the cell tower or move it.
In an eventful Board of Health meeting Wednesday, city officials discussed how the end of a state program might complicate the city's contact tracing efforts, as well as a change in response to Verizon Wireless over health issues residents have reported around a Verizon cell tower in the city.
The Pittsfield City Council voted 9-1 to ask the Attorney General's Office to step in and look at the permitting process for the Verizon Wireless cell tower on South Street. Councilors said they hope an investigation will give residents answers.