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The town is planning the renovation of the Town Common.

Adams Receives Eight Bids For Town Common Project

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received eight bids for the Town Common renovation project.
 
WM.J. Keller & Sons Construction of Castleton, N.Y., came in with the lowest base bid of $233,535.30 and J.H. Maxymillian had the highest bid of $513,474.
 
The town decided to go forward with this project in conjunction with the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration and Susan B. Anthony's 200th birthday. This yearlong celebration was planned for 2020 but things have not gone as planned with a pandemic in full swing.  
 
Plans include the installation of a bronze statue of Susan B. Anthony, an Adams native. A fund drive held over the past year is paying for the statue, and will support the celebration of Anthony, which was to be held in conjunction this year with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that assured women the right to vote. 
 
The celebration has been put off but the town plans to move forward with its part in renovating the one acre of public space in the center of Adams. 
 
The work will include grading, the installation of a new plaza, the foundation for the Anthony statue, paths, and a new gazebo.
 
 
The renovation was estimated at $450,000 and is largely being funded through a state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities with town covering about a quarter of the cost. There will also be substantial landscaping work. 
 
The other six base bids are as follows: 
  • H.M. Nunes & Sons Construction, of Ludlow, $296,132.50.
  • Adams Excavating, $309,983.91
  • Mountain View Landscaping & Lawncare, of Chicopee, $319,750.
  • David J. Tierney Jr. Inc. of Pittsfield, $379,824.
  • Jack Goncalves & Sons, of Ludlow, $387,474.
  • SumCo Eco-Contracting, of Peabody, $392,840.
The town accepted bids Thursday, June 25.
 
The project was estimated to cost $450,000; $127,500 of which the town will be responsible for. The rest will be funded through a Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant.
 
Complete write-thru on July 7 at 12:36 p.m. to update article with missing information and correct who the actual low-bidder is. iBerkshires regrets the error. 

 


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Adams Town Meeting Accepts 40R Zoning Overlay

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Town Clerk Haley Meczywor speaks at town meeting. 
ADAMS, Mass. — Town meeting accepted all 28 articles on the annual town meeting warrant, including the controversial 40R zoning overlay and the fiscal 2021 budget of $16.3 million.
 
Town meeting was held outside at Bowe Field on Thursday to accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions and meeting members passed the bulk of the 28 articles in a single swift vote.
 
The night's discussion mostly focused on Article 20, the adoption of the 40R smart growth overlay district. This conversation started during the daylight and wrapped up around 7:40 p.m., long after the pavilion lights were turned on.
 
The state instituted 40R to incentivize developers to utilize existing structures to create market-value housing along with a certain percentage of affordable housing and commercial space. The statute provides incentives to towns, such as access to capital and a payment to municipalities to acknowledge and ease the impact of increased housing and traffic
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