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Clarksburg Sets Candidate Interviews for Town Administrator

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The two finalists for town administrator will be interviewed on Monday night. 
 
The search committee has recommended Lisa Blackmer, treasurer/tax collector in the town of Buckland, and Rebecca Stone, town administrator in Otis, as candidates to the Select Board. 
 
Blackmer will be interviewed first, at 6 p.m. on Monday, and Stone at 7 p.m. Both interviews will be in the Select Board's meeting room and will be open to the public. 
 
The town has been without an administrator since the resignation of Carl McKinney in May. The former Select Board member had been in the post since 2014. 
 
In the interim, board Chairman Ronald Boucher has been covering the day-to-day needs of the town. 
 
Blackmer is a former North Adams city councilor who is running again this year after two years off the council. She is a former president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association and also was a town administrator in Sandisfield.
 
Stone was formerly the town administrator in Readsboro and Guilford, Vt. She lives in Jacksonville, Vt., and has experience in municipal government in both Vermont and Massachusetts. 
 
Boucher said each candidate will be interviewed for about a half hour by the Select Board and then department heads and residents will be allowed to ask questions. 
 
He said he hoped the board could come to a decision that night but if not, the members will determine their choice at the regular meeting on Wednesday. 

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Clarksburg Officials Trying to Solve School, Library Relations

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Principal Tara Barnes, far right, asks if there is a way to alleviate the library's concerns.
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Selectmen have been trying mightily to bring different factions of the town into harmony over the past year or so, most recently facilitating the rejuvenation of the Council on Aging.
 
Overcoming the tension between the connected library and school may be an even tougher challenge.
 
An hourlong joint meeting between Selectmen, library trustees and representatives from Clarksburg School ended with Selectmen Chairman Ronald Boucher demanding the library supply the school with emergency access. 
 
"I want a key at the school so it's accessible to the school not to wait for chief of the Fire Department, chief of the Police Department, or the state police to get there. I want a key in the school," said Boucher last Wednesday. "That's it. That's how I feel. I hope the board supports me on that. But I feel that way. It's very important to me."
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