Great Barrington: Petitions due; library work; affordable housing; parking woes

This file has been updated to add the cost of the library floor finishing.
Citizen petitions due Jan. 31

The deadline for citizens' petitions for annual town meeting warrant items is Jan. 31, 4 p.m. Petitions require 10 or more certified signatures with a full printed name and street address. For more information call Town Clerk Marie Ryan at 413-528-1619.

Housatonic library closing for two weeks

The Ramsdell Library in Housatonic will be closed from Feb. 5 to Feb. 20 for floor finishing. The $10,880 cost will be paid from money leftover from an earlier Mason Library renovation in Great Barrington. Residents last year voted to appropriate the funds for future repairs or remodeling at either library. On the two Sundays during the closure — Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 — Friends of Great Barrington Libraries will offer computers, newspapers, refreshments and programming from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. in the social room at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire next door. Programming will include: making political buttons, using a vinyl trimmer, and possibly an art and cooking class. The children's area will be available. And residents will be able to return books.

Board takes action on affordable housing

The town Select Board approved a formal declaration for the town's new Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which will allow the town to buy and sell property to make more low to moderate income residences available.

Parking ban under scrutiny

The Select Board will address the winter parking ban at its next meeting, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Several residents who live downtown have complained that the ban policy, which restricts parking on any street in town between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during a snowstorm, is inconsistent and confusing, and that downtown parking is limited. One resident complained to the board Monday of having been unfairly towed during a snowstorm, and board Chairman Sean Stanton agreed that the policy should be reviewed and possibly overhauled.

Heather Bellow can be reached at or on Twitter at @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871


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