City Council Agenda Petitions, Tuesday, September 27
Council Resolution: Bind City Funding Requests To Departmental Performance
Springside Park is in such a degraded state due to the damage caused by homeless camps which endanger abutting properties, present grave health risks, and make the park completely inhospitable to the taxpayers who are the lawful owners of the Park.
Therefore, I request the City Council pass the following resolution to serve as a guide for funding requests:
City Council shall postpone all future funding requests and grant approval by the Parks Department until the Park Manager enforces all rules prohibiting camps, destruction of nature, fires, drug and alcohol use. This prohibition may be waived for emergencies.
Requests For Progress Report From Homeless Advisory Committee
Report shall cover the following:
- Demographics on the homeless population for 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022
- Health status, eg. drug use, mental health
- Employment status, eg. not looking, employed, seeking employment
- Marital status
- Geographic distribution
- What plan has the HAC developed to provide shelter and services for upcoming fall.
- How many can be housed?
- Where do we plan to provide shelter?
- Status of St. Joseph shelter?
- Plan to distinguish accommodations for stable individuals vs. unstable
- Plan to provide security for homeless in shelters
- Plan to provide shelter from elements during 24 hour day
- By what date has the City chosen to relocate those who are willing to accept City services and to where will those who will not accept be directed?
Public Hearing Request: Tent Cities
The undersigned respectfully requests a Council of the Whole public hearing scheduled for a day certain to address the universal decline in neighborhoods, houses of worship and businesses because of the proliferation of homeless tent cities. Residents and business owners are demanding from the Ward 2 Councilor that we as a council act. The camps extend far beyond Springside Park. They are in Morningside – specifically the Carbulance property. They are in business lots on North Street. They exist on church properties, notably the Church of Christian Science. People from all three demand action.
The Health Department informs me that they will not respond to complaints. 1hey will not penalize property owners who tolerate unlawful occupation of their lots nor request law enforcement intervention to clearthem. The lack of response leaves residents, businesses, and home of worship one acceptable option which is to leave town for a better place where these camps are forbidden. The tents cities are a direct hazard to Pittsfield’s communities. They present the following:
• Public restrooms
• Open trash, unlawful trash dumping, and discarded food which attract rodents and are otherwise disgusting
• Drug paraphernalia and medical waste (discarded needles)
• Public bonfires
• Utility theft
• Aggressive behavior from tent occupants
Injury to the public goes beyond aesthetic and children have handled waste from these camps requiring medical care. The solution to these encampments is practical and the same as is imposed on all residents who do not comply with city codes: fine property owners who host parties that violate codes, enforce no-trespassing orders by removal of people from property they have no right to occupy. The goal of this petition is two-fold.
- Provide an opportunity for the public to petition their elected representatives directly on this issue.
- Call for a strategy to compel the City to exercise its authority and protect our residents.
This is a code and a law enforcement problem that has been created by the City, and we as a Council must demand
it be corrected.
Signed: Charles Kronick, Councilor Ward 2. September 7. 2022
Wahconah Park Restoration Committee: 7/28/2022
Council Meeting: 4/26/22
- PEDA Cash $125,000 plus Tax Increment forgiveness for SolaBlock
- Waste Water/Sewer deficit to be covered by cash draw from the Enterprise Fund.
- PPD Business: Body Cam Petitions. New officer appointment from prior week.
- Verizon Tower: Board of Health Requesting $85,000 to defend Cease & Desist Order
Council Meeting, 4/12/22
- Petition to Address Underserving Ward 2 State Allotment State Funds for Road Repaving
- Opposition and Challenge to Mayoral appointments to City committees
- PPD appointments – tabled
- $500,000 North Street Roadword Proposal with $130,000 city portion
City Council Meeting, Tuesday, February 22. 6:00 pm City Hall. Water/Sewer Rates, appointments to Veteran Services, and local petitions to make our roads better. Below: the proposed Water Sewer rates going up 2022 and 2023.
Exercise your right to petition your representatives and speak at the open mic. Your representatives are only as strong as you! If you have specific concerns about this rate hike, let us know.
My objective: we must maintain adequate funding for the water wastewater infrastructure. However, the financial hardships caused by Covid-19 including loss of work, reduction of health care services combined with radical increases in cost of living means we must creatively discover and implement along with the increases relief for the most vulnerable. Protecting those who are most likely to lose their homes or shortchange necessities is possible.
Read the Agenda here: PDF Agenda