Proposals for how to use the cannabis revenue windfall will be discussed by the selectboard and the finance committee in the upcoming deliberations for next year’s budget, with voters having the final say on how to spend free cash at the annual town meeting in May.
“I have no idea how this election will turn out. I put signs up this weekend. I asked some people to put up signs and they said no. They liked everybody.”
— Great Barrington Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon
“The work I do provides me with unique insights into how Great Barrington might better leverage state and federal monies, pursue shared services, and develop creative partnerships which would help to strengthen and sustain our community.”
— Great Barrington Selectboard candidate Leigh Davis
The accusations came to a head earlier this month when the selectboard held a hearing to consider calls for her removal from the housing authority. Some witnesses vouched for Smith’s integrity and hard work but others accused her of practicing nepotism, creating an environment of “toxicity,” and exhibiting “aggressive and hostile behavior.”
The current membership is dedicated and effective. Their effectiveness is especially remarkable given that the town faces “diverse risks over a large geography.” Burger does a commendable job of collecting and managing data.
During deliberations in the U.S. Senate, the chamber’s parliamentarian blocked language that would have repealed the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the current U.S. tax code that prohibits charitable organizations from endorsing candidates for political office.
The meeting was a window into what it’s like to run multiple low income housing complexes with limited resources under state oversight by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
In Housatonic Flag Rock resident Ariane Blanchard and her neighbor say systemic mold infestation has created a toxic building syndrome that has made them sick. Remedies ordered by the Board of Health can’t be used because, her physician says, they will increase airborne mold.
The solar field below the Rising Paper Mill in Housatonic, built last year on a brownfield, is saving the town and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District each between $70,000 and $90,000 in annual electricity costs.