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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented the scale of their flood risk management study along the Hoosic River, as shown by their map above. 
(Beatrice Larzul/The Williams Record)

City of North Adams, Army Corps of Engineers consider flood risk management plans for the Hoosic River

Beatrice Larzul November 8, 2023

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the city of North Adams hosted a public listening session on Nov. 2 on the Corps’ plans to reduce flood risks from the Hoosic River to the city’s...

The new facility will be completed by spring 2025. (Photo courtesy of Mount Greylock Regional School Committee)

Mount Greylock Regional School to build $3.5 million track facility

Max Billick November 8, 2023
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to accept a $3.5 million bid by construction firm William J. Keller & Sons to build a new track and field facility at Mount Greylock Regional School (MGRS), pending the successful completion of negotiations. 
An illustration of a typical cottage court shown in a Planning Board presentation. (Photo courtesy of the City Council of Ashland, Ore.)

Planning Board considers cottage court bylaw to increase housing supply

Max Billick and Alina Ramirez October 25, 2023
The Williamstown Planning Board is continuing to draft a warrant article for Town Meeting this spring that would allow for the construction of denser and more affordable housing as part of “cottage court” developments, which would consist of four to 12 buildings, the majority of which would be single-family homes, built around one common area. Under the bylaw, developers would be able to build “cottage court” developments in the Town’s general residence district “by right,” without any special approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Residents will have the chance to vote on the bylaw’s adoption at Town Meeting. 
Rhiana Gunn-Wright, a climate activist, holds a lecture on the Green New Deal.

Town releases CARES report on residents’ sense of safety, wellbeing

Julia Goldberg October 24, 2023
The Williamstown Community Assessment Research (CARES) team published a qualitative report on Oct. 16 exploring Williamstown residents’ perceptions of their wellbeing and safety. The report sets forth concrete recommendations for the Town — though lead researchers expressed uncertainty that their initiatives would actually be implemented.
(Beatrice Larzul/The Williams Record)
The comprehensive plan charts a course for Williamstown development.

Town releases draft of Comprehensive Plan

Beatrice Larzul and Alina Ramirez October 3, 2023

The Williamstown Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee released a draft of Envisioning Williamstown 2035, a plan that outlines the next decade of the Town’s physical development. Two overarching themes...

The Select Board unanimously voted not to implement the Residential Tax Exemption for this fiscal year. (Noor Naseer/The Williams Record)

Select Board rejects changes to property taxes for new fiscal year

Max Billick September 19, 2023
At its annual tax classification hearing on Sept. 11, the Williamstown Select Board voted unanimously not to adopt the residential tax exemption (RTE) proposed by recently elected Select Board member Stephanie Boyd. Select Board members left open the possibility of adopting the RTE at next year’s tax classification hearing.
Representatives from MassDOT, the Select Board, state legislature, and the Williamstown community spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Mohican Trail. (Lindsay Wang/The Williams Record)

Town hosts ceremony to celebrate completion of Mohican Trail

Lindsay Wang September 19, 2023

After over two decades of advocacy by Berkshire residents, members of the community gathered to celebrate the completion of the Mohican Trail, a 2.5-mile multi-use recreational trail running from Route...

The portion of Route 7 north of the Field Park traffic circle was still blocked as of Wednesday night. (Max Billick/The Williams Record)

Breaking: Greylock Quad residents lose water supply following Route 7 water main break

Max Billick September 6, 2023
A water main break on Route 7 left residential buildings in Greylock Quad without running water on Wednesday and closed a portion of the road. 
(Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Hogeland, Boyd win Williamstown Select Board election

Julia Goldberg and Lena Kerest May 9, 2023
Andrew Hogeland ’76 and Stephanie Boyd defeated Andi Bryant and Paul Harsch ’69 for two seats on the Select Board in yesterday’s Town election.
The Select Board acts as the executive branch of the Towns government. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Boyd, Harsch, Hogeland vie for two seats on Select Board

Max Billick and Lena Kerest May 2, 2023
Incumbent Andy Hogeland ’76 will seek reelection for his seat, while Stephanie Boyd, a current member of the Town’s Planning Board, and Paul Harsch ’69, a real estate agent, are running to serve on the Board for the first time. 
Hot tomatoes is closing after 29 years in business (Bellamy Richardson/The Williams Record.)

Hot Tomatoes closes after 29 years

Tali Natter May 2, 2023
The family-owned pizzeria Hot Tomatoes closed permanently on April 24 after nearly 30 years of service on Water Street. According to a Facebook post by the restaurant’s owner Angelina England, the former Hot Tomatoes building is currently for sale, and, if interested, the new owners of the building can continue the Hot Tomatoes brand. 
(Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Williamstown to vote on adopting ranked choice voting system

Ella Marx and Grady Yuthok Short April 18, 2023
At this year’s Town Meeting, Williamstown voters will determine whether the Town should move away from its current voting system. A warrant article backed by the nonprofit Voter Choice Massachusetts would implement ranked choice elections for Town offices.
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