Letter: Marchetti listened, acted for West Side

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To the editor:

In August 2017, the chairperson of the West Side Neighborhood Initiative Committee, Linda M. Kelley, and I went before the Traffic Commission to request safety signage for the corners of Linden Street and Robbins Avenue. We went a second time before the commission to only receive two very inadequate signs, hardly visible and not close to the corners at issue.

We returned to the City Council on May 14 to make the request for the third time to go before the Traffic Commission for adequate safety signage. This is the same corner where Gerald Scott, 53, was killed while riding his bicycle when struck by a hit-and-run driver, leaving behind his 5-year-old daughter.

The very next day after our third request, I was contacted by Pittsfield City Council President Peter Marchetti. He offered to go with me to the Linden and Robbins corners to personally investigate the problem. He thoroughly analyzed what was needed, and within a few days, new very visible safety crossing signs were installed.

It took only a few days for Mr. Marchetti to solve a problem that burdened the West Side for almost two years. This is the corner not only where a man lost his life but also where the children of the West Side cross the streets to access Tucker Park, the Christian Center and walk to Silvio O. Conte Community School without a crossing guard.

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The West Side Neighborhood Initiative Committee wishes to thank City Council President Peter Marchetti for giving his personal time, efforts and concern to solve a very serious problem that taunted the residents of the West Side.

I strongly recommend the residents of Pittsfield to vote for Peter Marchetti in the preliminary election on Sept. 17. He doesn't look the other way when there is a problem, he acts to protect our residents.

We truly appreciate your efforts, Mr. Marchetti. Vote for Peter Marchetti for councilor at-large, a man of action!

Barbara A. Bizzi,

The writer is correspondence secretary of the West Side Neighborhood Initiative Committee of Pittsfield.


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