Bona Readies For The 2nd Year As President

Keith Bona is poised for a second consecutive year as president of the North Adams City Council. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Bona, who was first elected in 1993 and is 10 years into his second stint on the council, was unanimously voted as president, again, by his fellow councilor’s during last week’s annual organization of government.

North Adams To Get A New City Clerk Tuesday

The North Adams City Council is expected to formally appoint a new City Clerk tomorrow. The Berkshire Eagle reports that at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday the council will formally vote on a recommended replacement for outgoing City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau. Assistant City Clerk Deborah Pedercini, a veteran of City Hall with 30 years of experience in the community development office, won the recommendation of an ad hoc committee formed to find Gomeau’s replacement last December.

Upon her official confirmation tomorrow, her three-year term will begin Jan. 28th and expire in 2022.

First Significant Snow In The Berkshires

The Berkshires saw its first significant snowfall of the season yesterday. The National Weather Service, up to 12 inches of snow landed in the Northern Berkshires. In south county, where there was more freezing rain and sleet, the snow total was about 8 inches. Higher elevations probably saw a bit more snow from the storm. The concern now is on the falling temperatures. Forecasters say that a dangerously cold air mass moved into the region yesterday and as a result we have temperatures to only making it into the low single digits at best. Wind chill is making things feel much colder.

The Traffic Commission Is Recommending The City Raise Its Parking Permit Fees For The Center Street Lot For The First Time In 10 Years.

Iberkshires.com reports that the permits are currently $30 a month for parking from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days a week; parking is free on Sunday. The overnight permits are $35 and also include daytime parking.

The commission is recommending a price of $40 for days and $45 for overnights with an effective date of July 1 to give the council time to refer to the Public Safety Committee and an enact the ordinance, should it agree to the change.
A discussion of rate changes for the St. Anthony Municipal Lot are expected to be brought up at the next meeting because it was not on the agenda for January.  Headway is being made for lot permits to be sold online,  the city has been working with its online payment provider, Unibank, to have a new system up and running soon.
The Police Department has been helping by issuing permits paid by check on the weekends.