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The Registry of Deeds building, right, is set to have improvements done that will include accessibility updates.

Adams Receives Bids For Two Projects

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town received higher than expected bids for the Registry of Deeds building and Crotteau Street improvement projects.
Bids came in Thursday for both, however, Community Development Director Donna Cesan said they both came in a little over budget. 
"The bids are under review by the town's architect so at this point we do not know if we’ll be able to go forward," Cesan said in an email exchange.
The Registry of Deeds improvement project actually went out to bid earlier in April but the town initially received no bids. 
The bid date was extended to April 30 planned asked general bidders to include sub trade work within their scope of work when they submit bids. The town also alerted bidders to the state's COVID-19 guidelines for public construction projects.
Cesan said the project includes complete interior and exterior improvements of the 65 Park St. building that houses the Registry of Deeds and was formerly the Town Hall.
"The work will include replacing entrance doors, removing a portion of the existing stairs, and installing a vertical wheelchair lift over a set of three stair risers," she said. "Additionally, the work involves removal of a closet, some masonry repair, and associated general work."
She said the sidewalk ramp was completed as part of the Park Street Improvement Project some years ago and this was the first phase of the town's efforts toward achieving universal access in the building.
Cesan said the town received $80,000 in grant funds to remove architectural barriers from the Office on Disabilities. The town set aside $38,000 to tackle the entrance of the building. 
David J. Tierney Jr. came in with the high bid of $172,824 and an alternate bid price of $5,491. Kurtz Inc General Contractors came in with a bid of $167,520 bid and alternate bid of $3,339.
As for Crotteau Street, Cesan said the town was happy with the response but noted the bids still came in a tad high.
"We are pleased with the good response although bids (the low bids) are somewhat higher than anticipated," she said. "We do anticipate we will be able to advance the project. Bid results are being reviewed carefully by the town's engineer and we await their recommendation for award."
The project includes reconstruction of 1,300 feet of roadway and sidewalk replacement along Crotteau Street from Murray Street to Sparrow Street. Existing pavement and sub-base material will be removed and reconstructed with full-depth pavement from Cook Street to Sparrow Street, with pavement milling and overlay proposed from Murray Street to Cook Street. 
The existing curb will be removed, and new granite curb, sidewalks, and wheelchair ramps will be installed. Overall, the work includes unclassified excavation, full depth hot mix asphalt pavement, pavement milling and hot mix asphalt overlay, drainage modifications, granite curb, new cement concrete sidewalk and hot mix asphalt driveways, pavement markings, signs, and other incidental work.
This is a complete street project and the town has $290,360 to go towards it plus town chapter 90 funds.
The town received five bids: 
  • Jack Goncalves & Sons Inc., $406,791.
  • Clayton D. Davenport Trucking Inc., $409,343.
  • J.H. Maxymillian Inc., $543,872.50.
  • H.M. Nunes & Sons Construction Inc., $544,545.
  • Johns Tractor & Excavation Service,$786,644.25.

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7-Year-Old Raises More Than $2,000 for Adams Police K-9

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Paige with Officers Curtis Crane, left, Nick Dabrowski, and Travis Cunningham. 
ADAMS, Mass. — Amidst a worldwide health pandemic, civil unrest stretching from coast to coast, and a presidential election full of vitriol that has spurred a culture war between politicians and voters alike, grade-schooler Paige Green decided she wanted to do something nice. 
The recently turned 7-year-old opted to forgo birthday gifts this year and instead raise some money for animals. Enter the Adams Police Department and its 9-year-old K-9, Kumar.
"[Officer] Nick Dabrowski reached out to me and said, 'Hey a family friend is looking to do a fundraiser.' Paige had a birthday coming up and decided that instead of gifts, she wanted to raise money for animals and they figured we had [Kumar]. In the beginning I thought any little bit would help, 50 bucks, 100 bucks will go towards dog food. I was being serious in that I thought that's what it was gonna be," said Kumar's partner and full-time handler Officer Curtis Crane.
"I reached out to [Officer Travis Cunningham], who does our Facebook, and the chief and said, 'hey, are you OK with this if I put it on our Facebook as the Adams PD?' and it just took off from there."
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