You know where you stand with the residents of Berkshiretown. They tell is like it is. You know when they like what you’re doing, and they really tell you when they don’t.
The lively discussions with the seniors there are something I look forward to. With the kind support of one of the residents there, I’m always included in the discussion with various individuals in the community. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking and introducing everyone from the police and fire chiefs, mayor, a representative of our local hospital, the founder of First Fridays ArtsWalk in Pittsfield – and maybe a few others that have slipped my mind.
Today, it was State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. As usual I gave my normal updates about the latest in the ward, my thoughts on food trucks, the recent work we had done to the driveway and sidewalks around Berkshiretown – and yes – I’m running for re-election. I was happy to receive a very warm reception for the latter!
With Rep. Farley-Bouvier speaking, I was pleased to be able to learn along with everyone else the latest on Beacon Hill. We heard about the recent transportation bill, changes to tolls on the turnpike, the cigarette tax and more. The most important issue for me, and for many of us in Pittsfield, is the status of the process to build new or renovate Taconic HIgh School. Even as a member of the School Building Needs Commission, the actual details of where we are in the process are often murky. What’s also frustrating is seeing our neighbors to the south be able to secure a $25 million project to renovate Monument Mountain Regional High School in an 18-month period. Part of that was a focus locally on a clear vision. Part of the election process (with contested school committee, at-large and a couple of the ward seats) ought to include a dialogue on how to get this project going – no more delays, no more hold-ups – let’s make decisions and move forward.