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Lanesborough To Offer Town Administrator Job To Sieloff

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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Updated: Tuesday, August 28 at 7:45 p.m.
According to Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach, Sieloff has accepted the offer to enter into negotiations. The board and Sieloff will now attempt to reach agreement on a contract.

Sieloff was one of three candidates who interviewed with the Board of Selectmen last Wednesday.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Wellfleet's Town Administrator Paul Sieloff will be offered the same post in Lanesborough.

The Board of Selectmen agreed to hire Sieloff as the town's first full-time town administrator pending negotiations and a background check. The board interviewed three candidates last week but unanimously agreed on Sieloff Monday night.

"I ranked them in terms of my favorite and they were all very close. Even the one at the bottom of my list would make a very good town administrator," Selectman William Prendergast said.

Sieloff has been Wellfleet's town administrator since 2008. He was hired to work three days a week while commuting from his Albany, N.Y., home but that grew to four days a week. Earlier this year, he announced he was leaving Wellfleet to avoid the lengthy commute.

His resume includes working as a budget analyst with the Albany County Office of Budget Analysis, village manager in Northport, N.Y., and Valley Stream, N.Y. Sieloff is a a licensed attorney in New York and has a master's degree in political science with a concentration on state and local government.

Sieloff was the unanimous pick of the board. Selectman Robert Barton said he contacted references and did a background check and all three candidates were consistent.

Sieloff was up against Ashland's Director of Community Development Matthew Selby and former West Springfield Mayor Edward Gibson. The town has budgeted between $60,000 and $70,000 for the position.

"The other two candidates were very strong," Barton said.

Interim Town Administrator Joseph Kellogg said he will be available to help Sieloff transition into the position.

The board also had his praise for his work on the search committee that narrowed 41 applications down to the final three candidates.

"The process was absolutely fantastic. Some of the questions they came up with blew my mind," Prendergast said.

The town's last administrator, Paul Boudreau, was part time and resigned after 13 years earlier this year. Kellogg was appointed on a part-time interim basis. After a committee examined the town's needs, the group suggested bumping the position up to full time. Voter approved the full-time position at a special town meeting in July.

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Lanesborough to Fund Repairs at Town Hall, Elementary School

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Kim Grady kicked off the Selectmen's meeting Tuesday night seeking funds to pay for repairs to the heating system at Lanesborough Elementary School.
During a routine inspection, the glycol in the system was found to be in need of flushing and replacement. The material is also corroding other parts of the system but that will be addressed in a separate bid. 
"When we had some heating issues last year, Barclay Inc. provided the report. We started the process on it," the Mount Greylock Regional superintendent said. "The freeze point on it was 10 degrees above (zero Fahrenheit) which is not good in the Berkshires. We put a scope of work out that went out to bid in July. We called several different companies and struggled to get three proposals."
The district requires that school heating systems must be on and operational by Oct. 15 of any given year. This forced the hand of the district to perform the minimum amount of repairs to get the system up and running safely.
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