The first two weeks of November saw the first snowfall and coating of ice over Berkshire County and the City of Pittsfield is providing citizens with sand free of charge for residential use.

According to City Hall, the Department of Public Services announces that sand piles have been placed at three locations around the city: Barker Road Fire Station, Peck’s Road Fire Station, and 37 Elm Street (at the intersection of Deming and Elm).

Sand will be available for pickup by Pittsfield residents for their own personal use throughout the winter season. Residents are requested to limit their pickups to 50 pounds (one 5-gallon pail) per visit.

Users of these piles are requested to report suspected abuse (loading of pickup trucks, etc.) to the DPS Highway Division office at 499-9314.