ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board took no action on a proposed Grove Street solar array after the applicant asked to continue the hearing until a full board is present.
Pat Jackson, senior vice president of business development for SunRaise LLC of Portsmouth, N.H., preferred to not gamble Monday with his special permit request because with a board member absent, he would need all four present to vote in the positive.
"In lieu of that, we will request a continuation," Jackson said.
SunRaise proposes to install a ground-mounted solar array at 101 Grove St., Duke's Sand & Gravel Pit, and is requesting a special permit and site plan approval. The company leases land and roofs to develop solar projects.
Jackson did ask if it was possible to at least to discuss the project, however, the board said this would not be a possibility.
"No. You have to decide now. You have to do it now or not," Planning Board member Sandra Moderski said. "You can't present something with our fifth member not here then continue. We would have to do it all over again."
He also asked if he could just solicit site plan approval, which would only need a majority vote.
However, the planners said it had to be all or nothing because if there was a change in the special permit, it would also change the site plan so a second approval would be needed.
The board did extend a call to absent member David Krzeminski but there was no response. They agreed to give him five minutes to respond but he did not call back.
The Planning Board voted to continue the hearing to next week.
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CHP Adds Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker at Northern Berkshire Medical Practices
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has expanded its Northern Berkshires practices with two new health care providers: a social worker and nurse practitioner.
Thomas R. Plunkett, LICSW, is now seeing patients at CHP Adams Internists and CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental. His position is part of CHP's expansion this year into behavioral health care.
Most recently a private practitioner in Williamstown, Plunkett provides psychotherapy for adults, children, couples and groups, as well as diagnostic evaluation. He has previously practiced in Pittsfield, with a focus on addiction counseling. He was also co-founder of a residential addiction treatment center in Connecticut and previously served as a behavioral health specialist at Canyon Ranch in Lenox and Pittsfield Futures, a drop-out prevention program.
Plunkett earned his B.A. at Hampshire College and his MSW from Simmons College in Boston.
Adult nurse practitioner Jeffrey Bialobok has joined the CHP Adams Internist practice, where he is now accepting adult patients.
Chairman Peter Hoyt was cautious and noted the town just implemented Tobacco 21. He said it may be worth waiting to see how this has impacted youth smoking before taking any additional action.
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The rapidly deteriorating property at 20 East St. has been empty since the Youth Center Inc. moved its operation to the former Cheshire School that was closed as part of the district's consolidation in 2017.
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