Pittsfield City Council

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The Pittsfield City Council on Tuesday approved a $151 million operating budget, the first drafted by Mayor Linda Tyer.

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The Pittsfield City Council unanimously approved borrowing nearly $121 million for the construction of a new high school Tuesday night. Those in the standing-room only crowd cheered, applauded and released balloons when the 11 yes votes came in.

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Roughly a week after nominating papers became available, four names are already being kicked around in the race for mayor of Pittsfield. Meanwhile, the city council president is aiming to clarify public comment rules following recent disruptions during meetings.

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A Pittsfield city councilor who has been known to butt heads with Mayor Dan Bianchi will not seek reelection this year.

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Concerns and complaints over road conditions following a winter storm over Presidents Day weekend came to head at Tuesday night’s Pittsfield City Council meeting.

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Pittsfield city councilors want answers on why road conditions remained poor days after the most recent weekend snow storm. The city is already a couple hundred thousand dollars over its winter storm budget.

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Members of the Pittsfield City Council and the public recently had a chance to hear plans for a new high school.

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During a busy meeting Tuesday night, the Pittsfield City Council approved pay raises for department heads, officially established a youth commission, and accepted a nearly $10 million dollar grant from Massachusetts to build an innovation center in the city.

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The latest divide among members of the Pittsfield City Council and Mayor Dan Bianchi is a standoff over a capital projects budget.

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Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi is leaving it up the city council to revive a $9.5 million capital projects budget it shot down three weeks ago.

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The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million budget for 2015, but is not seeing eye-to-eye with Mayor Dan Bianchi on capital investments.

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Pittsfield city councilors are now using tablet computers to conduct their work, in an effort to go paperless.

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The inauguration of the Pittsfield city government today involved the election of a new council president.

A standing room-only crowd of residents, family members, as well as current and former political and community leaders saw Melissa Mazzeo elected city council president. Also in attendance was former president Kevin Sherman, who did not seek reelection. But for the first time since 2002, the vote was not unanimous. Councilor John Krol nominated the most senior member of the council, Jonathan Lothrop, to take the seat.

Three fresh faces and a new president will shape the Pittsfield City Council going forward in 2014.

Two incumbent councilors have stood out as potential replacements for council president Kevin Sherman, who did not seek re-election. Councilor Melissa Mazzeo, the top vote getter  in November’s elections, is entering her third term and says she will accept a nomination if her name is put forward at the swearing-in ceremony on January 6.

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Residential and commercial property owners in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will see their taxes increase come next year.

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The food truck craze has caught on in the Berkshires, but in Pittsfield, not everyone is happy with downtown’s new menu. Even though there are only two food trucks operating in Pittsfield, they are stirring things up in the downtown area. City Councilor and Chair of the Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee, Melissa Mazzeo, says there is nothing on the city books in terms of how and where food trucks can operate, but they are increasing in popularity.