NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday night will be asked to authorize borrowing $2.2 million to pay for damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
According to a communication from Mayor Richard Alcombright, the city will be responsible for 25 percent of the cost, or $550,000. He said 75 percent of the reimbursements from federal and state agencies have been acquired and much of the work has been done or started.
The council will be asked to authorize deficit spending (along with a retroactive approval of the state of emergency declared when the storm hit at the end of August) for disaster-related expenses.
The council will also be asked to approve expanding the veterans service district to include Clarksburg and Florida, pending approval by the boards of those towns. The city's veterans agent is already shared with Adams and Williamstown. The city is reimbursed for services provided to the towns.
Also on the agenda is a request for a 2 percent raise for non-union city employees who have gone without a raise for three cycles. The cost would be $24,000 and would not be retroactive. The mayor said he is still negotiating with police and fire.
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It called mother nature. Are you going to hold her accountable too! We have a devastating storm with incredible damage and we should what, not fix anything, really? Oh I get it we should maybe require all children to be home schooled and we can get rid of all schools; don't repair or plow roads; close the library; shut off the street lights; anything else you can think of lowertaxes? I understand now, you don't mind living in a third world-type city as long as it doesn't cost you a dime. Ridiculous.