ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen are positioned to finally hire a permanent Department of Public Works director next week after interviewing three finalists.
The board on Tuesday interviewed finalist candidates Paul Markland of North Adams, Robert Tober of the Boston area, and Michael Salem of Virginia. The Selectmen plan to convene Tuesday, Dec. 3, to make their decision.
"All three are qualified and motivated to become the town's next DPW Director," Town Administrator Jay Green said Wednesday in an email exchange. "It will be a difficult decision for the Board."
The minimum qualifications require a bachelor's degree in a relevant field — civil engineer, public administration, engineering or management — and five years of progressive responsibility in public works, operations, construction, facility management or a combination of experience and education. The personnel subcommittee also expanded the position to consider public buildings.
The subcommittee's recommendation was also to cast a wider net for applicants for the competitive position.
The town has been without a permanent director since Joe Bettis resigned in 2015. Deputy Director David Nuvallie held the position until his retirement in 2018. Since then Operations Supervisor Tim Kota took on day-to-day operations while Community Development Director Donna Cesan handled the more administrative duties — while she was also filling in as interim town administrator.
The DPW post had been left empty largely because the town didn't have a full-time town administrator for a year until Green was hired this past February.
The board on Tuesday held public interviews of Tober, Salem and Markland, in that order.
Tober is a facilities management administrator for Caritas Communities of Boston, a nonprofit that provides housing and property management to support low-income individuals.
Salem is a supervisor for the Virginia Department of Transportation in Petersburg.
Markland is director of North Adams Department of Public Works and has been with the city for more than a decade.
Green said according to town charter the selectmen are responsible for hiring the director, which they plan to do next week.
"The board is grateful for the candidates' interest in this critical position and will undertake deliberations next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Selectman's meeting room at Town Hall," Green said.
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Mount Greylock Hikers Advised to Bring Extra Water
ADAMS, Mass. — Hikers and those planning to make the summit on Monday's annual Greylock Ramble should bring extra water with them.
Effective Thursday, hikers will not be able to refill water bottles at the summit of Mount Greylock because of water quality issues with the potable water tap. This is according to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Potable water is available to visitors at the Mount Greylock State Reservation campground and visitor center, and bottled water is available for sale at Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mount Greylock.
Hikers are advised to bring extra water for their hikes up and down the mountain, and to fill their water bottles at the visitors center if necessary.
For the Hoosac Valley graduate, this month marked the first time he traveled to Europe since he was too young to remember the continent, and on Tuesday, he was "ghosted" for the first time as a professional baseball player.
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The committee voted Tuesday to suggest the Board of Selectmen add the change to a special town meeting warrant. Town Administrator Jay Green said there should be a special town meeting sometime in mid-November.
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