Adams Nomination Papers Available

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Nomination papers are available beginning Monday for the May town election.
Two three-year selectmen seats will be on the ballot that are currently held by Richard Blanchard and Joseph Nowak.
There will also be two three-year seats up for election on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee. Adams representatives Paul Butler and Jennifer Gageant will have to run again to hold their positions.
The Planning Board will have one five-year seat on the ballot currently held by Barbara Ziemba.
There will also be a three-year seat on the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School Committee (McCann Technical) seat for an Adams representative that is currently held by Joseph Allard
Treasurer/Collector Kelly Rice and Assessor Lorraine Kalisz' three-year posts will also be up for re-election, as will the one-year term of Moderator Myra Wilk and a three-year Cemetery Commission term held currently by James Taylor. 
Also on the ballot will be a three-year Board of Health seat currently held by Peter Hoyt; two three-year terms on the Board of Library Trustees currently held by Virginia Duval and Karen Kettles; two Housing Authority seats, a vacant one-year term and a five-year term held by Erica Girgenti; and two seats on the Redevelopment Authority, a vacant one-year term and a five-year seat currently held by Jacob Levesque.
As for town meeting members, Precincts 1 and 5 both have 10 seats up for election; Precincts 2 and 3 both have 12 seats, and Precinct 4 has 11. The terms range from one to three years.
Incumbents have until March 11 to notify the clerk if they are running for re-election; the deadline for all candidates to submit nomination papers is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18 (except for town meeting members). Deadline to withdraw or object to nomination papers is April 3.
The voter registration deadline is April 16.

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Adams Decides Month-by-Month Budget Going Into Fiscal 2021

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Chairwoman Christine Hoyt says the board is looking to assist restaurant owners with Phase II of Governor Baker's reopening plan.

ADAMS, Mass. — Town Administrator Jay Green and the Board of Selectmen have decided to go the 1/12th budget route for at least the start of fiscal year 2021.

Municipalities across the commonwealth are struggling to not only finalize budgets because of an uncertain financial outlook brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to find a way to physically hold annual town meetings to get those budgets approved. Both situations factored into the decision for the town to settle on the 1/12th option.

When a town can't finalize a budget before the state mandated June 30 deadline, they must revert back to the prior year's budget and operate on a month-to-month basis. Monthly budgets must be approved by the Selectmen and then forwarded to the state Department of Revenue for its approval. Once that is received, the town can begin to pay its expenses for that month only.

Green and the board had been wavering between trying to predict revenue shortfalls for a reduced budget, forging ahead with original revenue projections, or using the 1/12th option.

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