Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.
The spending plan includes a one-time payment to North Adams for emergency budget relief.
State lawmakers agreed to send $750,000 to the city of North Adams to support its $37.7 million budget approved by city councilors last week. The plan took nearly 20 people off the payroll across school and city departments.
Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.
The Pittsfield City Council will vote on Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.
There will be dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite Red Baraat (who will be featured on our show tomorrow), fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, beer and creative cocktails, and a champagne toast.
Here to tell us more are our pals– MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and their Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph.
The duo Honeyhoney - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.
On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at Mt. Greylock Regional High School where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is in North Adams, talking about ongoing plans for North Adams Regional Hospital, closed since Friday afternoon.
Governor Patrick is still meeting with local lawmakers and leaders from the state’s public health department and Berkshire Medical Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Patrick says BMC has signed an application allowing the Pittsfield-based healthcare company to operate a satellite emergency facility at North Adams Regional Hospital.
City officials say emergency service has been restored to the western Massachusetts town of North Adams approximately 11 hours after cell phone and Internet service was knocked out when radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed amid high winds and heavy rain.
The North Adams Department of Public Safety released the following statement Sunday morning.
"Due to high winds and heavy rain throughout the night, the radio towers on top of Florida Mountain have collapsed. This has resulted in the loss or significant interruption of cell and internet services in the North Adams area.
If you need assistance and have no cell service, please use your home phone to make any calls.