Clarksburg Looking to Create Safe Walking Routes To School

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The Board of Selectmen opted to move forward with the Safe Routes To School Program on Wednesday night.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are taking the first steps toward creating walking paths around the elementary school.

Because of Clarksburg’s affiliation with Mass In Motion, a state-wide program that provides grants to promote healthier eating and healthier activity, town officials can fill out an application that will allow a free assessment of the land around the school through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Safe Routes Program.

The state will assess the land to see if some type of walking route is possible and what it would cost to install. The goal of the program is to construct safer walking and biking routes for the students to get to school. The program would build new sidewalks and walking paths.

Amanda Chilson, the local Mass in Motion project coordinator, said she will help fill out the paperwork.

“Our affiliation with that [Mass in Motion] has brought Amanda Chilson into our lives, and she has been a wonderful resource in the schools and in the towns,” Selectwomen Linda Reardon said.

Robin Simonetti with Berkshire County Workers Benefit Council also approached the board to see if Clarksburg would send a letter of resolution to state officials and the governor asking if they will support the return of a full service hospital in North Adams. Berkshire County Workers Benefit Council has approached many municipalities in Northern Berkshire with the same request.

“I appreciate your hard work and your effort to continue this going,” Selectman William Schrade Jr said. "This has been a long battle, and the journey is not getting any shorter, but your tireless efforts should be truly commended."

Clarksburg’s Building Inspector William Miranti officially resigned from his post. The board accepted his resignation and appointed Kenneth Brooks as the new Building Inspector and Zoning Inspector. Brooks will start work Thursday June 12. 

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