The Selectmen chose Town Administrator Jay Green to represent them on the Superintendent Search Committee.
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen reviewed a draft of the updated Open Space Plan that will allow the town to apply for state grants.
Kevin Towle and Rebecca Ferguson of Community Development Office presented some of their findings from a townwide survey that informed the draft plan.
"I think people in town, their values were very clear and they appreciate the rural nature and open space in Adams," Ferguson said. "They like the cultural amenities and neighborhood sense in town."
The town plans to apply for a state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant that would fund the proposed $425,000 Town Common rehabilitation project. If the town receives the grant, it would be responsible for $127,500 of the project's cost.
In order to apply for this grant, the town needs to update the open space plan that expired in December 2018.
Ferguson said they reached out to the people of Adams with a survey and received 230 responses.
She went over some of the highlights and noted that the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail remains a popular asset in the community and residents like what the town has — but they want more.
"They also said indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities are inadequate specifically for the youth and young adults but in this plan, we have some new and ongoing projects that will address some of that," she said.
She added there was also a request for more picnic tables and picnic areas as well as outdoor entertainment opportunities.
Ferguson said the Greylock Glen, the proposed Hoosac Valley Coal & Grain Park, and the proposed Memorial Building upgrades should address some of these shortcomings.
She said other boards and commissions will review the document and they hope to have it finalized soon for the July grant deadline.
Selectman Joseph Nowak thanked the two for the extra planning power they bring to Adams.
"I am very happy to see that this is done and I think that as a board we knew we needed help with planning and planners to help," he said. "I would just like to thank you for all of the work you have been doing. It is very important to update all of these plans."
In other business, the board appointed David Rhinemiller to the Zoning Board of Appeals to temporarily help fill out the five-member board's two vacancies.
"It does leave us with some holes to fill but he will sit through those to give us a full board at the time," Chairwoman Christine Hoyt said. "It will help us get some of these cases through."
Any zoning decision requires four votes so now with four members the board can actually vote as long as every member is present because there are also three vacant alternate seats.
Town Administrator Jay Green added that the town will look at adopting a law that would allow the ZBA to hear a case without a quorum and the member not present could listen to the meeting at a later time and vote.
Ultimately the town needs to just fill these seats and the Selectmen urged anyone interested in serving on the ZBA to contact town hall.
Rhinemiller said he was willing to stay on for six months.
The board also appointed Dr. Martin Bush to serve on the Hoosac Valley Regional School District Superintendent Search Committee as the Adams at-large member. Members were also asked to appoint someone from their own ranks to serve on the committee but instead, they decided to appoint Green.
"I am happy to do it and represent the board and I think it is an incredibly important position for both Adams and Cheshire," Green said. "I think it is critical that we participate."
The meetings commence in July and all five members of the select board said they had some sort of conflict and could not commit.
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7-Year-Old Raises More Than $2,000 for Adams Police K-9
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
Paige withOfficers Curtis Crane, left, Nick Dabrowski, and Travis Cunningham.
ADAMS, Mass. — Amidst a worldwide health pandemic, civil unrest stretching from coast to coast, and a presidential election full of vitriol that has spurred a culture war between politicians and voters alike, grade-schooler Paige Green decided she wanted to do something nice.
The recently turned 7-year-old opted to forgo birthday gifts this year and instead raise some money for animals. Enter the Adams Police Department and its 9-year-old K-9, Kumar.
"[Officer] Nick Dabrowski reached out to me and said, 'Hey a family friend is looking to do a fundraiser.' Paige had a birthday coming up and decided that instead of gifts, she wanted to raise money for animals and they figured we had [Kumar]. In the beginning I thought any little bit would help, 50 bucks, 100 bucks will go towards dog food. I was being serious in that I thought that's what it was gonna be," said Kumar's partner and full-time handler Officer Curtis Crane.
"I reached out to [Officer Travis Cunningham], who does our Facebook, and the chief and said, 'hey, are you OK with this if I put it on our Facebook as the Adams PD?' and it just took off from there."
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