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7-07-2019

Hey there, readers.  Looks like a relatively quiet week ahead.

The city nails down a new building commissioner this week after more than three months without one.

From enforcing state codes to issuing certificates of occupancy, the city’s building commissioner decides if the city’s structures are safe and sound.

Jeff Clemons, a building inspector in Lenox and Lee, will assume the Pittsfield the role. Clemons has worked as a building official in Berkshire County since 2012.
Gerald Garner served as the city’s building commissioner for more than a decade before leaving in March to work for the town of Adams. Mayor Linda Tyer had said that the vacancy put "quite a strain on the department."

On Tuesday, the full City Council will consider a petition from Councilor John Krol on behalf of Berkshire Nautilus owner Jim Ramondetta, who asks the city to nix parking meters at the newly finished Summer Street lot.

The measure didn’t win much support from the city’s Traffic Commission last month, but several city councilors had signaled a desire to reconsider downtown parking meters when Ramondetta first broached the issue.

Another fiery matter comes before the council’s Public Works Committee, which meets 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers. In the wake of a non-working fire hydrant at the scene of a recent Tyler Street blaze, councilors will vet a petition from Councilor Kevin Morandi that calls on the city to take stock of its fire hydrants.

Though the dysfunctional hydrant already prompted a policy change, Morandi said the most recent incident wasn’t the first and he fears more must be done.

A large-scale solar project planned for Barker Road again makes an appearance 6 p.m. Monday during a meeting of the Community Development Board, though no formal decisions on the project are planned for this week.

The proposed 4-megawatt solar facility has ruffled neighborhood feathers for months. The city recently banned large-scale solar developments in residential districts in light of recent pushback, but not before Cypress Creek Renewables set company sights on the property.

The board is also scheduled to consider plans for an outdoor marijuana cultivation facility on Barker Road. EOS Farms LLC is behind the proposed facility, which would be located at 973 Barker Road.

Heads up

The Berkshire Museum hosts a free community science night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Families are invited to explore “Grossology,” discover the brain, become a germ and follow the life of a sneeze.

Award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson and the Brooklyn-based Fist and Heel Performance Group will lead a community circle 7 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church. The free event invites participants to explore African tales, songs and movements.

The city’s summer playground program also kicks off Monday, with free playground activities planned for weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The drop-in program is designed for kids ages 6 to 13 and is located at The Common, Durant Park, and Springside Park at Springside Avenue.

And road reconstruction continues this week, with work planned for Hull, Pontoosuc, Glenwood and Stoddard avenues, Grove, Pleasant, Pine and Doreen streets, as well as Juliana Drive, Andrea Drive, Birch Drive and Maple Grove Drive.

What’s up in Pittsfield? Tell me via email at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, or by phone at 413-496-6296. Follow me on Twitter @amandadrane.

 
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