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|Williamstown Voters to Face Spending, Land Issues
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Mount Greylock Regional High School.
Williamstown Agrees to Accept FEMA Grant
"At some point, they're going to ask us, 'Where is it? We sent you a document worth $6 million, and you haven't returned it.' " — Peter Fohlin 4 Comments
Williamstown Conservation Panel Repeats Support of 'Timeout'
"By taking no action, we don't send a clear message." — Sarah Gardner 2 Comments
Letters: Reconsider Trading Farmland for Housing
We should not destroy one community asset — open space and agricultural land — in favor of creating another community asset — housing.
FAQs About Williamstown's FEMA Grant
The distribution of that money is complicated, and there are a few aspects of the program that town officials will continue to learn in the months ahead.
Letters: Vote on April 24 & Make Your Voice Heard
Are we going to allow the additional sacrifices of the Spruces residents to go unnoticed by removing options for development from the table? 1 Comment
Emotions Run High at Williamstown TV Forum
"I'm sorry it's caused so much tragedy for you all that you have to think about, 'I don't want to lose 10 acres,' or 'I want to hay there.'" — Tremus Thompson 2 Comments
Swiatek, Spruces Group Seek Town Funds to Help Buy Park
"We're just trying to have a better discussion and offer options to people." — Kenneth Swiatek 13 Comments
Williamstown Awarded Grant to Demolish Spruces
"It was in my mailbox yesterday morning." — Peter Fohlin 13 Comments
Letters: Conserved Lands Needs Advocates
Someone recently remarked to me, angrily, "We have too much conservation land in this town!" 1 Comment
Williamstown Board Delays Approval on Land Conservation
"... I recommend drawing a line in the sand and not approving another conservation restriction until we have a communitywide conversation." — Selectwoman Jane Allen
Residents Divided Over Future of Spruces Mobile Home Park
"Sometimes, you have to stop and think, logically, and realize the Spruces was a great place, but it's never going to be that again." — Carol Zingarelli 2 Comments
Williamstown Selectmen Press State on Emergency Ramp
"For the love of God, just change the alignment." — Selectman Tom Costley 1 Comment
Letters: Why Not a New Spruces?
My idea: Construct new homes on the Spruces site with elevated concrete and steel reinforced 7- or 8-foot high open air foundations
Williamstown Ag Panel: Housing Talk Premature
"We don't know if the grant will come through. And we don't know if the townspeople will release the land from conservation." — Kim Wells 4 Comments
Williamstown Planners See Options for Affordable Housing
"We have a group opinion that there is a need for affordable housing. As for endorsing specific sites ... we're not there yet." — Ann K. McCallum 4 Comments
Spruces Sales Negotiation Sparks Open Meeting Complaint
It was within the context of how we can do something to get these people out of harm's way." — Selectman David Rempell 3 Comments
Letters: Consider Other Options to Protect Spruces
The Spruces might yet have a future were it possible to protect the park from future flooding. 4 Comments
Letters: HooRWA Supports Spruces Purchase
Benign uses for The Spruces flood plain include those sought by the town: "agriculture, active and passive recreation, sports fields, a bicycle path and conservation land."
Williamstown Board Hears Emotional Pleas For Spruces
"Everyone in the Spruces takes good care of our homes. The majority of us want to stay." — Linda Bell 1 Comment
Letters: Spruces Residents Given 'Hobson's Choice'
That choice which the town offers is vacating the groundbreaking, unique model Spruces Park and moving elsewhere. 1 Comment
Williamstown Housing Trust Supports Spruces Plan
"At some point, we need to take a stand as a committee." — Stanley Parese 2 Comments
'Save the Spruces' Group Dominates Conservation Meeting
"We want to remain in the Spruces." — Linda Bell 6 Comments
Spruces Residents Worried About Their Unknown Future
"I'm overwhelmed. I don't know what to do." — Donna Bishop
Williamstown Faces Question of Priorities
"What just happened with Hurricane Sandy highlights the fact that we still have people living in harm's way." — Catherine Yamamoto 4 Comments
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