Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer has scheduled four neighborhood meetings to further discuss her proposal to overhaul the city’s curbside trash pickup system by implementing a Toter program. IBerkshires.com reports that Tyer feels that what has been lost during the most recent debate on the issue is the direct impacts the plan will have on residents' day to day lives. The Tyer administration has provided lots of information regarding the costs, the tonnage of solid waste, contracts, and recycling numbers in regards to the proposed toter system over the span of the last 18 months, but city councilors have heard other concerns from residents including that some possibly having issues getting the toters down their driveway. Tyer says she believes that the toters will make it easier for homeowners but residents hadn't really gotten a chance to see and experience that. The first neighborhood meeting will be held on Wednesday next week at the Morningside Community School from 6 to 7:30pm.

Here is the complete schedule of neighborhood meetings from the city's website, cityofpittsfield.org:

6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.

1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North St.

6-7:30 p.m.  Thursday, Feb. 8, Conte Community School, 200 West Union St.

6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, Herberg Middle School, 501 Pomeroy Ave.


For more information, please call Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office, 413-499-9322.


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