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Adams will be moving ahead with the renovation of Russell Field.

Adams Secures Funds For Russell Field Renovation

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received the full Community Development Block Grant amount to revamp Russell Field.
 
Selectmen Chairwoman Christine Hoyt announced at the end of Wednesday's meeting that the town has received the full $800,000 grant of which more than half will be used to overhaul Russell Field.
 
"That was good news that we received that and this will be moving forward," Hoyt said.
 
The playing field renovation has been an ongoing project for at least the past five years that has consistently been on the Parks Commission's list of priorities. 
 
In 2018, the project received a kick forward when coaches and parents expressed their concerns about the condition of the field that they felt was a danger to the players. 
 
Since then the project has been in design and in February the Selectmen greenlit the project for the CDBG program. 
 
Upgrades include better drainage and playing field improvements. Handicapped accessibility and pedestrian access will also be improved.
 
More substantial changes include moving the infield itself to make more room. The playground will be upgraded and they will add adult fitness equipment. Tennis courts will be resurfaced and there will be the addition of a pickleball court. 
 
Town staff estimate that the park renovation will cost nearly $460,000.
 
The rest of the grant will be used for housing rehabilitation and program delivery. 
 
In other business, the town can officially begin its search for a new Board of Health member. 
 
Longtime member Bruce Shepley resigned from the board and the Selectmen could not appoint a replacement until they officially received a letter from the Board of Health requesting that the seat be filled. 
 
Hoyt said anyone interested in the position can send a letter of interest to the town administrator's office. All letters are due by the end of this week.
 
Hoyt said the Board of Health and Aelectmen will hold a joint meeting Sept. 4 to review letters of interest. Both boards will vote on the appointment.
 
The term would only run until the May election.
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Adams Receives Six Bids For Town Common Project

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received six bids for the Town Common renovation project.
 
H.M. Nunes & Sons Construction, of Ludlow, came in with the lowest base bid of $296,132.50 and J.H. Maxymillian had the highest bid of $513,474.
 
The town decided to go forward with this project in conjunction with the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration and Susan B. Anthony's 200th birthday. This yearlong celebration was planned for 2020 but things have not gone as planned with a pandemic in full swing.  
 
Plans include the installation of a bronze statue of Susan B. Anthony, an Adams native. A fund drive held over the past year is paying for the statue, and will support the celebration of Anthony, which was to be held in conjunction this year with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that assured women the right to vote. 
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