PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Department of Community Development is sponsoring two public input sessions this year to prepare for its 2014 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. The purpose of the public input sessions is to obtain public comments and suggestions on how the city's federal Community Development Block Grant funds should be used to improve the quality of life in our community.
The first public input session will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at Morningside Community School's community room, located at 100 Burbank St. The second public input session will be held on Monday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Conte Community School's community room, located at 200 West Union St. The public is also encouraged to attend the Neighborhood Initiative Steering Committee meetings that will be held immediately following each of the public input sessions.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the city to prepare a Consolidated Annual Action Plan each year. Funded projects included in the Consolidated Annual Action Plan are required to benefit low- and moderate-income people or eliminate slums and blight.
Everyone who attends this public input session will be given the opportunity to speak on what community issues are important to them, such as housing, public facilities, job opportunities, drug and alcohol abuse, childcare, domestic violence, handicapped services and elderly services.
The Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be available in draft form in mid-April for the public to review and comment. It will also undergo a formal adoption process, including a formal public hearing. The plan will be completed and approved by the middle of May and is due at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shortly after.
If residents are unable to attend the public input sessions, they can submit their comments, written or orally, to the Pittsfield Department of Community Development in room 205 of City Hall, located at 70 Allen St. or at 413-499-9368. People with special needs should contact the Pittsfield Department of Community Development and every effort will be made to accommodate their requests.