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Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Romaniak fills in the Board of Health at his last meeting. He is set to retire Thursday.

Adams Code Enforcement Officer to Retire

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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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 Selectmen See Different Tax Rate Scenarios

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — If the town sticks with a split tax rate at the same shift as this year, residents could be looking at a 49 cent increase over this year’s rate.
 
Assessor Donna MacDonald went over possible tax rate scenarios for fiscal 2020 at the Selectmen's workshop on Wednesday. The board will vote on the tax classifications next week.
 
MacDonald said the total amount to be raised for the fiscal 2020 budget is $16,083,959. Subtracting estimated receipts of $5,054,868 brings this amount to $11,029,090. Debt exclusion has been pulled out of this number.
 
Dividing this by the total valuation of $516,763,257 sets a single tax rate of $22.60. Last year’s single tax rate would have been $22.08.
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