image description

School Changes to Have Little Impact On Lanesborough's Management

Town Manager Paul Sieloff doesn't expect much to change with the elementary school transitioning to the Mount Greylock Regional School District. Sieloff said in July, the employee's contracts will all be in the district budget. The transition team will be merging union contracts, bringing all the workers under the same system. But, the school district will be billing the town for those services.

image description

Adams Selectmen Unsettled By Regional School District Amendment

The vagueness of an amendment pushed by Cheshire citizens to amend the regional school district as a way to keep their school open has Adams officials wary of the fall out. The Selectmen have added the amendment to the annual town meeting warrant but wanted to make it clear that it could have a financial impact in Adams. The amendment would purportedly allow Cheshire to spend more on its school without triggering proportional spending by Adams.

image description

Pot & Pollinators on Williamstown Town Meeting Agenda

This year's annual town meeting is all about weed and weeds. The two articles that may generate the most discussion at the Tuesday evening meeting come near the end of the agenda: Articles 36 and 39 on a 40-article warrant.

image description

More Concerns Over Cheshire Town Meeting Articles

Cheshire may have to hit the brakes on road maintenance and marijuana town meeting articles. After whittling down the town meeting warrant this past Tuesday and going over articles connected with Cheshire Elementary School, Town Counsel Edmund St. John III said the town may not be able to codify a longtime policy to maintain private roads.

image description

Clarksburg Sets Budget, Warrant Articles for Town Meeting

Voters on May 24 will be asked to approve a barebones budget for fiscal 2018 budget that's been slashed by more than $124,000. The budget approved for the closing of the town meeting warrant on Wednesday is $4,224,710.81, a 3 percent reduction over this year. Some $43,534.23 was trimmed from the town side and $80,882 from the school side.

image description

Petition Articles Ask Cheshire to Raid Reserves to Fund School

Cheshire School advocates want town meeting to allocate some $300,000 to fund the operation of the elementary school for a year. Resident Michelle Whitney's presented the citizens' petitions to the Selectmen on Tuesday with the muscle of more than 231 signatures behind them asking to pull $300,000 from stabilization and free cash.

image description

Williamstown Selectmen: Pot Bylaw a 'Defensive Step'

A divided and conflicted Board of Selectmen on Monday voted its recommendations on a 40-article warrant to be presented to next month's annual town meeting. The four selectmen in attendance made short work of most of the financial warrant articles, though a couple of the Community Preservation Act allocations generated some discussion.

image description

Lanesborough Sets 2016 Town Meeting Warrant

Town meeting will be asked to approve a $10.9 million operating budget as part of a 19-article warrant. Town meeting is scheduled for June 14 at Lanesborough Elementary School starting at 6 p.m. The town election is scheduled a week later on June 21. The warrant for town meeting ranges in topics from the budget, to capital expenses, to a new bylaw imposing fines for false fire and security alarms.

image description

Cheshire Selectmen See Complete Town Warrant

The selectmen signed and reviewed the final draft of the 15-article warrant for the June 13 annual town meeting. Town Administrator Mark Webber went through the questions at Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting and pointed out finer details not standard to an annual town meeting warrant. That includes a number of articles to adopt Massachusetts General Laws for town meeting and function purposes.

image description

Cheshire Selectmen Close Town Warrant

The Selectmen closed the warrant for town meeting on Tuesday after adding in two last-minute debt exclusion items. The annual town meeting is set for Tuesday, June 7, and will include requests for a new police cruiser and a Department of Public Works truck. The new cruiser is estimated at $40,000 while the DPW truck will run nearly $125,000.

image description

Lanesborough Looks to Join Berkshire Mosquito Control Project

Voters will be asked to join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at town meeting. The Board of Selectmen voted to add a warrant article asking voters to join the efforts to control mosquito populations after meeting with project Superintendent Christopher Horton. The project is state run and so far eight other Berkshire towns are part of the local effort - those are Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham.

image description

Adams Finance Committee Approves 2016 Town Warrant

The Finance Committee last week approved the town warrant but expressed some concern over articles that would appropriate money for the Adams Agricultural Fair and to make repairs to C.T. Plunkett School. The committee flew through most articles Thursday during its review of the budget hesitated on recommending an article that would appropriate up to $130,000 to make repairs to Plunkett's boiler room roof.

image description

Clarksburg Town Meeting, Election Set

Voters on Wednesday night will decide a $4.3 million total budget for fiscal 2017 and whether to institute two new zoning bylaws. Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the elementary school. The annual town election will be held Tuesday, May 24, from noon to 7 at the Clarksburg Senior Center. The full warrant and budget is posted below.

image description

Adams Selectmen Review Town Meeting Warrant

Town meeting members will decide 26 articles at the annual town meeting in June, including allocating funds for repairs at C.T. Plunkett School. The first 19 articles are standard annual town meeting articles, he said, but Article 20 asks to appropriate $100,000 from free cash to replace Plunkett's boiler-room roof that is in disrepair.

More Stories