Adams Receives Paving Bids

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received two bids for the substantial street resurfacing and sidewalk reconstruction to take place this summer.

The two bids opened on Thursday were: a base bid of $707,088.46 from J.H. Maxymillian and a base bid of $994,323.80 from Lane Construction.

Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said the town anticipates resurfacing work on portions of Bellevue Avenue, Glenn Street, East Orchard Terrace, Temple Street, Pearl Street, Hoosac Street, Cook Street and Albert Street and Arnold Avenue in their entirety.

As for sidewalk work, the town anticipates reconstruction on Pearl Street, Country Club Avenue, Bob's Hill and Melrose.

Cesan noted that some items on this working list may be adjusted depending on the prices the town receives.   

After the bid is awarded, work is likely to begin in mid- to late July and wrap up at the end of the calendar year.

The bids were originally due Thursday, May 31, but the town extended the date to June 7.

The resurfacing and reconstruction will be funded through state Chapter 90 road funds.


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Three Berkshires Women Named 'Unsung Heroines'


Liz Mitchell and state Rep. John Barrett III at Tuesday's 2019 Unsung Heroine ceremony at the State House. 

BOSTON — Three Berkshires women were named Unsung Heroines for 2019 during a State House ceremony on Tuesday.

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds nominated Donna Cesan for this recognition because of her dedication to community, having served as Community Development Director and interim Town Administrator for the town of Adams for 19 years.

Elizabeth "Liz" Mitchell, a North Adams resident and advocate for domestic violance victims with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, was nominated by state Rep. John Barrett III and Marie Richardson of Pittsfield, a caseworker in the Pittsfield Public Schools, was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

"Donna has selflessly given countless hours of her time to ensure Adams is moving in the right direction," said Hinds. "She is well-respected in her hometown of Lanesborough, and the town of Adams is well-served by her. She is absolutely an Unsung Heroine for her dedication to our region and her professionalism, which is effortlessly showcased in all of her projects."

Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually celebrates "unsung heroines" who don't always make the news, but who make a difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.   

Hinds said Cesan has dedicated her career to public service. As the director of community development, she has spearheaded economic development projects with big impact, like the construction of a platform for the Adams terminus of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service, the renovation of the Adams Visitor Center parking lot and implementing the community's vision for the Greylock Glen. Since 2014, she has been asked twice by the Board of Selectmen to also serve as interim town administrator, managing every aspect of municipal government for months, while also promoting community development initiatives in town.
 
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