The city has passed the 75 percent design milestone on the extension of the Ashulwilticook Rail Trail and is now starting the permitting process.
"The bike path is on schedule and on budget. We are at the 75 percent design phase for the project, which is a required milestone in the process. We just recently saw a draft of a notice of intent for the wetland permit, which is required for the project," Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath said.
According to Mark Moore, of MassDOT District 1, negotiations with landowners have reached a roadblock and now designers have to go back to the drawing board to find a new way to bring the trail farther north.
Town officials, state representatives and those who played a critical role in the development of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail attended an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of its latest extension.
Cyclists rolled into the Adams station Friday afternoon from all directions to celebrate the official opening of the 1.2 mile extension of the rail trail that goes from Hoosac St to Lime St.
The town will hold a ceremony on May 12 to mark the official opening of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension.
Although many have been using the 1.2 mile extension from Hoosac St. to Lime St, former selectman Arthur "Skip" Harington came before the board of selectmen Wednesday and asked permission to hold an opening ceremony May 12 at 2:00 at the Adams Station.
The Cheshire Community Association has joined the Adams Arts Advisory Group's efforts to install public art along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.
John Tremblay of the association said the Massachusetts Cultural Council has granted the group funds to install a piece of art.
The extension of the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail to Crane Avenue needs to be redesigned to alleviate safety concerns while cutting through Unistress property.
The city has already spent a quarter of a million dollars designing the extension in preparation to receive $2.5 million in federal highway funds for the construction. Now, after a 25 percent design hearing, the state is asking for a redesign to circumvent the Unistress property.
Because of all of the work done already to bring the Berkshire Scenic Railway to Hoosac Street in Adams, BRPC says only one environmental review is needed.
The Berkshire Scenic Railway is already operating on tracks between Renfrew Street and North Adams and the plans have been to continue that all the way to Hoosac Street, less than a mile away. But, the initial round of funding didn't support building out the new tracks to get there.
The town is looking for ways to cut its sludge budget because of rising removal costs.
The solids are leftover from the processing at the waste-water treatment plant.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen on Wednesday that the town's sludge hauler has increased costs by 20 percent.
The Selectmen on Wednesday approved a revamped one-day liquor-license application form that will simplify the application process.
Selectman Arthur "Skip" Harrington presented the new two-page one-day application that was developed by the Licensing Subcommittee.
The Selectmen on Tuesday rejected a letter request to stop plowing and maintaining private roads.
But Chairman Paul Astorino said the plowing and minor maintenance will continue unless town meeting votes against it.
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail extension from Hoosac Street to Lime Street should be complete by the end of the month.
"Almost all of the paving is done except for some of the tight things they need to fix up and there is a lot of landscaping to be done," Selectman Arthur Harrington told the Selectmen Wednesday. "But basically they are looking to have it done soon which is great."