Working within the constraints of what is allowed on the site, the town has been able to make modifications to make the acreage friendlier for hikers, bird-watchers and dog walkers while also managing it in a manner that encourages pollinator activity on the property, Public Works Director Tim Kaiser told the committee.
Members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday encouraged Mount Greylock's Regional District Amendment Committee to look more deeply at the impacts of full regionalization or keeping the status quo of the current Tri-District agreement.
The Spruces Land Use Committee heard a presentation from local engineering firm Guntlow & Associates about what amenities could be installed at the site and speculation about how much the improvements might cost.
The board held its final vote on a weeks-long process that began with the development of a comprehensive technique for performing the evaluation and ended in a 5-0 decision to approve a report that found Hoch, "has shown himself to be a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate manager who comes with significant expertise in his field and the ability to learn quickly as new issues arise."
When the town acquired the former Spruces Mobile Home Park, it got more than just the 100-plus acres of land.
It also got the lions.
The two sculptured sentries who guarded the entrance to the former mobile home park, which opened in 1954, have become something of a Williamstown institution.
Lauren Stevens of the Hoosic River Watershed Association said not worry. The blue tubes sticking out of the ground aren't from outer space but more importantly are not permanent.
"People heard there was planting going on but all they see are these blue alien tubes but these should be gone in a year so," Stevens said. "There are plants inside of them and the tubes are just here to keep the deer, mice, moles or any other little critters that might want to chew on them out."
The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1.
And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.
After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational.
Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.
The Spruces Land Use Committee on Wednesday selected Guntlow and Associates to do a wetland delineation and conceptual design for utilizing 42 acres of the former mobile home park on Main Street.
The committee received two bids for the work, which is being funded from Community Preservation Act funds awarded at May's annual town meeting.
The Spruces Land Use Committee this month moved forward with hiring an engineer to work on plans for converting the former mobile home park to a community amenity.
At its June 15 meeting, the committee agreed to send a request for proposals to three firms. It's looking for help with wetlands delineation and a conceptual design for playing fields, a community garden, a bicycle loop and or any other items that might fit on 42 acres of the former Spruces property.
The Planning Board on Monday morning unanimously voted that it found no violation of the Open Meeting Law by three of its members in regard to its May 4 meeting.
On May 8, two days before the recent town election, Luce Road resident David Leja filed the OML complaint alleging improper communication between three members of the five-person board.
With nearly 100 units of income-sensitive housing in various stages of development in town, the Affordable Housing Committee wants to focus on the broader issue of addressing the town's complete housing needs.
The Community Preservation Committee has recommended that town meeting fund six projects to the tune of $154,421.
The committee at its Feb. 23 meeting voted to send just six of nine active applications for Community Preservation Act funds to May's annual town meeting.
The town's new senior housing project threw open its doors on Friday to current and former town officials who helped make the project a reality.
On Tuesday, it begins welcoming its first crop of residents.
Plans to create a dog park in South Williamstown continued to draw fire at Wednesday's meeting of the Community Preservation Committee.
The South Williamstown Community Association is seeking $3,500 from Community Preservation Act funds to help build a fence for a dog park in the yard behind the South Center School near the junctions of Routes 7 and 43.
The Williamstown Historical Museum found itself at odds with a group of residents who are looking to create a dog park at the South Williamstown site the museum expects soon to call home.
The museum was before the Community Preservation Committee in search of nearly $15,000 for a historic preservation project unrelated to its upcoming move. The South Williamstown Community Association is looking for $3,500 in Community Preservation Act funds to help build the dog park.
Ten projects totaling more than $293,000 will be on the agenda when the Community Preservation Committee holds its first 2016 meeting on Wednesday evening at Town Hall.
The money in that $284,000 pot is generated by a combination of state support and r