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Economic Development Survey

By admin | March 17, 2015

Williamstown Economic Development Committee is developing an economic development plan and seeks your input on steps that might be taken to improve the economic strength of our community. Paper copies of your responses can be returned to Town Hall with your tax payment. We prefer that you click here to complete the online survey on SurveyMonkey. Please submit your responses by May 1, 2015. Thank you for your participation.

You may also provide your input at two Public Forums on Economic Development. Both will be at the Williams Inn on Wednesday, April 29. One forum is 7:45 – 9:00am and the other is 5:30 – 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Topics: Economic Development Committee

Moody’s upgrades town’s bond rating to Aa1

By admin | March 12, 2015

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the town’s General Obligation bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1 Monday on the strength of Williams College (Aa1) and “the town’s moderate tax base with above average wealth levels, stable financial position with healthy reserves and manageable debt and pension liabilities.” Having been for many years one of three communities in Berkshire County with Aa2 rating (with Lenox and Great Barrington), we are now the only community in the county with Aa1 rating and the only community of our size in the state with Aa1 rating.

Topics: Town Manager 458-3500

Scarborough Community Service Award nominations

By admin | March 9, 2015

The Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 34th annual award. The committee will select a citizen who has demonstrated integrity, excellence, and dedication in community service. The award will be presented at town meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at Williamstown Elementary School. The deadline for nominations is April 10. Nominations should be emailed to the town moderator, Adam Filson, at afilson@williamstown.net.

Topics: Moderator Adam Filson afilson@williamstown.net

Nomination papers available for May 12 election

By admin | February 25, 2015

Nomination papers for the May 12 Annual Town Election are available in the town clerk’s office. The filing deadline is March 24. Seven offices will be on the ballot: Selectman, one for three years. Elementary School Committee, two for three years. Library Trustees, one for three years and one for two years. Housing Authority, one for five years. Planning Board one for five years. Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (McCann), one for three years. The deadline to submit warrant articles for the Annual Town Meeting is Monday, March 30.

Topics: Town Clerk Mary Courtney Kennedy 458-9341

Use extreme caution driving

By admin | February 15, 2015

Williamstown and other Berkshire County towns have run out of road salt due to supply constraints. Use extra caution and re-kindle those old time driving skills.

Topics: Town Manager 458-3500

Snow Emergency? Parking ban?

By admin | February 9, 2015

We do not declare “snow emergencies” in Williamstown. We figure our residents are smart enough to stay off the roads when prudent. The only practical effect would be to ban parking on Spring Street. It’s hard enough for small business to compete in today’s economy without a parking ban. So please be patient as you crawl over snowbanks on Spring Street and elsewhere. Our boys (and Kirby) are working day and night to keep up with the storms and clean up afterward.

Topics: Town Manager 458-3500

Spring Street snow cleanup

By admin | February 5, 2015

Scheduled for 3:00 a.m. Friday morning. Cleanup was delayed by the snow storm Wednesday night into Thursday. Additional snow forecast Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Reminder: No overnight parking all streets year around.

Topics: Public Works 458-9345, Town Manager 458-3500


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