ADAMS, Mass. — Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak is set to retire Thursday.
The Board of Health on Wednesday thanked Romaniak for his service to the town and wished him a happy retirement.
"You did get a lot of well-deserved compliments," board member David Rhoads said. "It is a tough job and if it were easy anybody could do it."
The former dispatcher served as the code enforcement officer for just over three years.
Romaniak replaced Scott Koczela, who left the position in 2016
The town briefly eliminated the position in 2015, however, after outcry from both the Board of Health and the public, Koczela was brought back but he left for a new position that following year.
The board did not outline a plan for replacement but noted there were people who could fill in in the interim.
Rhoads said the Selectmen plan to update the job description and that he wanted to be part of this process.
"I would like to see it and make input," he said. "We should at least be able to see it."
The board also reiterated that they are still taking letters of interest to replace former Chairman Bruce Shepley.
"There is an opening so anybody interested please submit a letter of interest," member Peter Hoyt said.
Shepley resigned earlier this month.
After receiving an official letter from the Board of Health seeking a new member, the Selectmen posted the position. Anyone interested should send a letter of interest to Town Hall before the end of the week.
"We are holding our breath on that one," Rhoads said.
Next week, the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health will hold a joint meeting to review potential applicants and ultimately vote on a new member.
The new member would hold the position until the May election.
Rhoads was not aware of any letters of interest yet to come through Town Hall and asked Hoyt what would happen if they do not receive any interest.
Hoyt did not have an answer but thought they would just have to go with two members until they can find someone.
With the absence of a chairman, the board had to reorganize. Hoyt will serve as chairman and Rhoades will serve as vice chairman.
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Adams Taps Three Finalists for Long-Vacant DPW Position
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
ADAMS, Mass. — Town officials are narrowing in on a new Department of Public Works director after going two years with an interim.
Three candidates have been selected to be interviewed next Tuesday at a public meeting of the board.
Town Administrator Jay Green sees the hiring of the long vacant position as a huge opportunity. When Selectman Joseph Nowak asked him Wednesday about some long anticipated resurfacing work for the residents of Crotteau Street, Green took a big picture approach.
"A lot of the road construction work, or even the maintenance work, that normally would be run by the DPW got shifted to Community Development. They are doing a hell of a job trying to get these things through but we've been slowed down in our abilities by not having a DPW director," he said. "I'm hopeful that we get a reasonable hire and get the person up to speed. Day-to-day operations are being covered. I've had no concerns about day-to-day operations. It's the larger project management and getting things done like that (Crotteau Street project) that constituents have been very patient about that is my top goal."
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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