CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee and Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., officials will hold an update Thursday at 6 p.m. on the proposed school merger.
This joint town meeting will be conducted differently than previous meetings.. Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held remotely by phone and video.
Community members will have to dial in to be able to listen and ask questions.
The school merger proposal goes back several years and arose from a Vermont law that forced school districts to combine to streamline governance and finances. Stamford, on the Massachusetts border, would had been put with school farther away than Pittsfield's Allendale Elementary.
The school directors looked south at the invitation of Clarksburg officials. With grants from both states and authorization from town meetings, the Interstate School Merger Committee hire Public Consulting Group of Boston to study the two districts and provide an outline of what would be required to merge.
Since then, the merger committee, with further approvals from town meetings, rehired PCG to do the Phase II report that will be presented on Thursday.
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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting for PILOT Authorization
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town hopes to come to an agreement with two solar installations for payment in lieu of taxes.
The Select Board will need authorization to enter into any PILOT and a special town meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center for that vote.
"The town has to say, yes, you have permission to enter into an agreement," Town Assessor Ross Vivori told the Select Board on Wednesday. "Once that's in place, it should be good for future stuff that comes up as well."
There are two large commercial arrays off River Road and a third off Gravel Bank Road. Only one, Clean Energy Collective on River Road, has already agreed to a PILOT.
The meeting, held on the lawn of the Senior Center because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, swiftly approved a town budget of $4,565,710 and the purchase of a new Department of Public Works truck for $250,000.
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Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at 712 West Cross Road. The meeting will be set up in the parking lot and there will be provisions for keep people separate because of the pandemic; voters are encouraged to bring their own chairs and umbrellas.
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The Select Board on Wednesday voted to approve a decision by the Board of Health to open the library, Senior Center and Town Hall next month to limited access and in accord with the state's reopening plan.
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