On Wednesday, Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said he wants anyone with interest to contact his office because showing the interest will help the town's chances at being accepted into the program.
"We'd like to begin to engage more people in the town," Butler said on Wednesday.
Town staff is on a good pace to file the application before the Oct. 22 deadline, Butler said, but the town needs to be invited into the program before the group sales start. The "nuts and bolts" can be sorted out if the town is accepted and now it is just a matter of showing the interest, he said.
Selectman Joseph Nowak echoed Butler's sentiments about engaging the community more.
"We'd like to hear from you on some of your thoughts and questions," he said. "The more people we can get involved, the better chances we have to get the grant."
In other business, Butler reported that the town received three proposals for the Memorial Middle School roof project and the town should sign a contract with a company in the next week. The project is expected to take two months and will begin in the late winter, early spring.
Hand rails on the bleachers at Renfrew Park have been installed after Parks Commissioner Barbara Meczywor twice approached the Selectmen asking for them. Butler said the Department of Public Works did the work and it has been completed.
Butler reported that he had many questions posed to him about the state's project on the Grove Street bridge. The work had stalled raising concern from residents. Butler said he was told by the Department of Transportation that the workers found additional steel sections that needed to be replace and that had to be ordered. MassDOT expects the project to be completed before the winter, he said.
Butler also said the state has contracted with engineers to continue the Route 8 roundabout project. The engineers are doing more analysis on a box culvert on Columbia Street but the project is still scheduled to be funded in 2014 — meaning the construction will begin in 2014 or 2015, Butler said.
Selectman Arthur "Skip" Harrington also reported that the Berkshire Bike Path Council is looking for residents in the Adams and Cheshire area to identify bicycling routes. Harrington asked that anyone who is interested in helping that project call the town offices to be put in touch with the right people.
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