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In December, the Springfield City Council unanimously approved an order objecting to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s proposed design for rebuilding a critical intersection known as “The X.”     

    The largest city in western Massachusetts is making a change in its recycling program. It could have a ripple effect in other municipalities in the region. 

  Buried under by complaints about the plowing of city streets during a 19-inch snow storm in early December, officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have made changes and are contemplating more.

  After the first snowstorm of the season, snow removal is in the spotlight in the largest city in western Massachusetts.  People came to City Hall to complain and the mayor apologized.

For the first time, a city in western Massachusetts will deploy special police officers. It is a unique public safety plan that required a special act of the state legislature and the approval of the governor.           


     With landfill space become scarcer in Massachusetts, municipalities are looking for ways to reduce the tons of trash carted off to the dumps.

     In the face of criticism from elected officials and residents, the head of the department of public works in the largest city in western Massachusetts is defending the efforts to clear the streets of snow after last week’s big storm. 


      Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are preparing for two feet of snow to fall on the city, at times rapidly, and caution cleanup could take several days.

     Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, following a mid-morning briefing with public safety, public health, DPW, transportation, and power company officials, urged people to stay indoors during Tuesday morning, the time when the storm is expected to be at its most fierce.

    "Stay off the roads," said Sarno. " Be home, be safe with your family, and make sure you check on your neighbors."

Recycling containers

The  city of Springfield, which pioneered single-stream recycling in Massachusetts, has launched an education and enforcement campaign in an effort to keep recycling rates up and trash disposal costs down.

The Springfield Department of Public Works said an unacceptable amount of trash and other prohibited items have been turning up lately in the recycling containers people put out for curbside pick-up. Some contamination of the recyclables is allowed, but if it exceeds ten percent the city faces fines, according to Springfield’s recycling coordinator Greg Superneau.


The longest serving director of public works in Springfield, Massachusetts is calling it a career. The city’s mayor has announced plans for a smooth transition in a department responsible for many essential city services.