Mazzeo Presses Tyer On Capital Projects Never Completed

iBerkshires: The cracked and worn steps to City Hall stood between two mayoral candidates Tuesday night.

Councilor at Large and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Linda Tyer sparred during the City Council meeting over the lack of repairs to those steps. In 2015, a storm led to significant flooding in the basement of City Hall and damaged records.

The council then approved a borrowing of up to $100,000 to fix the steps and the foundation at City Hall to prevent more damage.

The work was never done. On Tuesday, the administration brought forth an order to rescind what is left of that authorization -- $91,000 -- because it will take more than that to ultimately do that work.

"The stairs are a disaster out there, why are we not going to do it?" Mazzeo pointedly asked Tyer suggesting the administration should have at least made some repairs to halt the flooding risk.

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Melissa Mazzeo