The City has declared a Snow Emergency from Saturday night, through Monday morning:

“Due to the impending winter storm, a snow emergency has been declared for the City of Pittsfield as of 10:00 PM, Saturday, February 21, 2015 through 7:00 AM, Monday, February 23, 2015.   

For the duration of the snow emergency, which covers the period of the storm as well as the time required for the City to clean up and sand the streets after the storm ends: 

No vehicle is permitted to be parked or to be allowed to stand unattended on any street or way required to be plowed by the City except North Street where parking is allowed between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the snow emergency.   

No vehicle is permitted to park or stand unattended on any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., so the lots may be plowed and sanded. 

Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. 

For the duration of the snow emergency, individuals who have no off-street parking available may park their cars in the three-hour public parking areas of the McKay Center and Columbus Avenue parking garages without penalty. 

City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 24 hours of the storm’s end and that it is a violation of City ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto City streets and sidewalks.  Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.”

                                                                                                                                                           

Press release authorized by: 

February 20, 2015 

Bruce I. Collingwood, PE

Commissioner of Public Works

Office: 100 North Street, Mezzinine Level

Mail: City Hall, 70 Allen Street

413-499-9330

 

Due to the current winter storm, a snow emergency has been declared for the City of Pittsfield as of 6:00 PM, Monday, February 9, 2015 through 7:00 AM, Wednesday, February 11, 2015.   

For the duration of the snow emergency, which covers the period of the storm as well as the time required for the City to clean up and sand the streets after the storm ends: 

No vehicle is permitted to be parked or to be allowed to stand unattended on any street or way required to be plowed by the City except North Street where parking is allowed between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the snow emergency.   

No vehicle is permitted to park or stand unattended on any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., so the lots may be plowed and sanded. 

Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. 

For the duration of the snow emergency, individuals who have no off-street parking available may park their cars in the three-hour public parking areas of the McKay Center and Columbus Avenue parking garages without penalty.

City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 24 hours of the storm’s end and that it is a violation of City ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto City streets and sidewalks.  Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses. 

February 9, 2015 

Bruce I. Collingwood, PE

Commissioner of Public Works

Office: 100 North Street, Mezzinine Level

Mail: City Hall, 70 Allen Street

413-499-9330

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED

Due to the current winter storm, a snow emergency is declared for the City of Pittsfield as of 6:00 PM, Monday, February 2, 2015 through 7:00 AM, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

For the duration of the snow emergency, which covers the period of the storm as well as the time required for the City to clean up and sand the streets after the storm ends:

No vehicle is permitted to be parked or to be allowed to stand unattended on any street or way required to be plowed by the City except North Street where parking is allowed between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the snow emergency.

No vehicle is permitted to park or stand unattended on any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., so the lots may be plowed and sanded.

Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

For the duration of the snow emergency, individuals who have no off-street parking available may park their cars in the three-hour public parking areas of the McKay Center and Columbus Avenue parking garages without penalty.

City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 24 hours of the storm’s end and that it is a violation of City ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto City streets and sidewalks.  Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.

                                                                                                                                                           

Press release authorized by:

February 2, 2015

Bruce I. Collingwood, PE

Commissioner of Public Works

Office: 100 North Street, Mezzinine Level

Mail: City Hall, 70 Allen Street

413-499-9330

Snow Emergency Declared

January 26, 2015

Due to the impending winter storm, a snow emergency has been declared for the City of Pittsfield as of 6:00 PM, Monday, January 26, 2015 through 7:00 AM, Thursday, January 29, 2015.   

For the duration of the snow emergency, which covers the period of the storm as well as the time required for the City to clean up and sand the streets after the storm ends: 

No vehicle is permitted to be parked or to be allowed to stand unattended on any street or way that is required to be plowed by the City except North Street where parking is allowed between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the snow emergency.   

No vehicle is permitted to park or stand unattended on any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., so the lots may be plowed and sanded. 

Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. 

For the duration of the snow emergency, individuals who have no off-street parking available may park their cars in the three-hour public parking areas of the McKay Center and Columbus Avenue parking garages without penalty. 

City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 24 hours of the storm’s end and that it is a violation of City ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto City streets and sidewalks.  Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.

                                                                                                                                                           

Press release authorized by: 

January 26, 2015 

Bruce I. Collingwood, PE

 

Please take a moment and read the following memo from MEMA and take precautions as the bitter cold will be upon us soon!

Press Release MEMA News Realease Extreme Cold Jan52015

 

 

 

Mayor Bianchi is pleased to announce that the City of Pittsfield has been awarded $133,000.00 from the Shannon Community Safety Initiative program.  This year the City has been awarded $33,000 more than last year.

Bianchi stated, “The Shannon Grant is making a huge difference in our community. It has allowed us to coordinate community conversation and develop programs to reach out to young people who might otherwise choose a less desirable path. Last year we took on two mentors who have been in our schools, on our playgrounds, and have had meaningful connections with young people in the city. The process of affecting change in the lives of children that might be considered ‘at-risk’ is one that takes time and commitment. The Shannon Grant is allowing us to do that and we are appreciative of the State’s initiative.

He added, “We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Adam Hinds to coordinate these efforts.  In years to come we will recognize the establishment of a Shannon Grant program in the city as having been a significant milestone for us.”

The Shannon Grant provides funding to stimulate multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention. In Pittsfield it has been used to promote Pittsfield Community Connection, a program aimed at individual intervention with high-risk youth and neighborhood prevention through Mom’s Support Groups.

Program Coordinator Adam Hinds said “The allocation is one-third larger than last year, reflecting continued growth. In fact, our program is expanding to such a degree that we continue to look for partnerships in the community. During 2014 we witnessed several violent events involving youth that drove elevated community involvement. Our work in 2015 will utilize that strong community involvement to directly lift youth and caregivers facing difficult circumstances.”

Missing Person

December 5, 2014

purcell

 

NAME: JAMES R PURCELL

 Age:  30       Sex: Male

Race: Black

Height: 510   Weight:165 

James Purcell may be operating his gray 2008 ToyotaRav4 – MA registration 828-EN8.

Purcell was last seen on or about November14th,2014 in Pittsfield,MA.

Anyone with any information, please contact the Pittsfield Police Department’s

Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

 

 

Winter Parking Restrictions

December 1, 2014

Winter Parking 2014

Press Release from the Mayor’s Office

Date: 11/26/14

Contact: Julia Sabourin 413 822-8202 or jsabourin@pittsfieldch.com

The Michael Brown case has acted as a catalyst for discussion across our entire country. It is important that we are retrospective and honest and examine our own city and community.  My Office, along with Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn and Shannon Grant Coordinator Adam Hinds, will be working with Executive Director Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE to take steps forward as a City and a County.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has provided communities with resources in light of recent events. I have read through them and highly recommend them for consideration.  

Chief Wynn stated, “The IACP, together with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Police Executive Research Forum, have communicated to all of their member agencies, including the Pittsfield Police Department, the critical importance of open communication and cooperation with residents and community groups.  Working through the Mayor’s Office and the Pittsfield Community Connection, PPD will be exploring these resources and sharing them with our community.”

-Mayor Daniel Bianchi, Chief Michael Wynn, Gwendolyn VanSant- Executive Director of Multicultural BRIDGE, Shannon Grant Coordinator Adam Hinds

Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
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Statement of IACP President Richard Beary

“At this crucial time, it is imperative that law enforcement and community leaders, both in Missouri and throughout the United States, make every effort to reduce tensions and ensure a peaceful and lawful response to today’s decision.

Only by working together to create a constructive dialogue can law enforcement and community leaders establish effective police-community partnerships that are at the heart of safe communities.

To assist in this effort, the IACP has created an online resource for building sustainable community trust. I urge both law enforcement and community leaders to take advantage of these resources as they strive to reduce tensions and work together to build strong police-community partnerships.”

The IACP Resource Page can be found here:
http://www.theiacp.org/CommunityPoliceRelations

Press Release

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Julia Sabourin, 499-9322

Date: 10/30/14  

Pittsfield Public School families were recently notified of an incident that occurred at Taconic High School this morning. A student was arrested for creating a disturbance at the school due to insubordination. Upon being brought into custody by the police, a search of his property at the police station revealed a weapon. At no point was the weapon made visible to any student or staff member at Taconic.  

The Taconic administration is working with the Pittsfield Police Department to further investigate the matter.  The safety and concern of our students is the highest priority. All schools in the district have safety response protocols and procedures in place. Families are encouraged to partner with the school administration regarding any information that could be of assistance to help continue to maintain a safe and secure environment.   

Daniel Bianchi, Mayor of Pittsfield: “Principal Vosburgh and his staff followed Pittsfield Public School safety protocol to the letter.  School administration and Pittsfield Police effectively took all appropriate measures to efficiently address the situation and safeguard the school community. I am confident in Dr. McCandless’s leadership and the professionalism of school staff as we continue to collaborate with community partners.” 

Dr. Jason McCandless, Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent: “We have safety protocols in place at all schools and practice them regularly. As always we are collaborating with the Pittsfield Police. We are thankful for our strong relationship and support from Pittsfield families and will continue to keep them informed.” 

Michael Wynn, Chief of the Pittsfield Police Department: “The strong, existing relationship between the District and the Department led to quick law enforcement intervention. Through the efforts of the Investigative and Intelligence resources, additional information was generated. As always, we appreciate public cooperation with ongoing investigations and encourage residents to report any suspicious or concerning information.”