Springfield City Hall

Springfield is considering adopting a Massachusetts law that allows for a property tax surcharge to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and supporting affordable housing.

WAMC

One of the busiest city clerk’s offices in New England will be under new leadership after the first of the year.

Springfield, Massachusetts City Clerk Wayman Lee, who was the first black to serve as city clerk when he was appointed in 2006, is retiring after a municipal government career that started in 1988 when he began working for the city as an associate city solicitor.

" It has been a great run,"  Lee said. " I love this city."

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said Lee has done an outstanding job and has been a “tested and true” city employee. 

Mass. To Hold More Hearings On Electronic Tolls

Aug 19, 2013
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State transportation officials are holding two more public hearings on plans to switch to an all-electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Drivers would no longer be able to stop at toll booths and pay cash, under the proposal.

Tolls instead would be collected electronically through a driver's E-ZPass or by a new system that records license plate numbers and sends a bill to vehicle owners.

Officials are planning a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Worcester City Hall, followed by another public meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at Springfield City Hall.

WAMC

Kwanzaa, the seven day African American cultural celebration is underway. The city of Springfield Massachusetts Friday held its third annual official observance at city hall.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Leaders of Springfield’s African American community stressed the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa  and the significance of each principle in building a stronger family and city. The audience, which included about 50 young children were encouraged to continue, or in some cases, begin a tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa at home.