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Adams Finance Committee Approve Reserve Fund Transfer For Registry of Deeds

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee approved a $40,000 reserve fund transfer to install a chairlift at the Registry of Deeds.
 
The agenda item was one of the few on the short agenda Monday evening.
 
Last week, the Selectmen approved the funding. In order to complete the transfer, the Finance Committee must do the same.
 
Over the years, the town has steadily made improvements to 65 Park St., the former town hall, part of which it leases to the state Registry of Deeds.
 
The chairlift and entrance modifications would make the building Americans with Disabilities Act Compliant. 
 
The town allocated a lesser amount for the project, but bids have all come in higher than expected. 
 
This amount will be coupled with an $80,000 Massachusetts Office on Disability grant. This grant expires in June, so there is some urgency.
 
The town has a healthy reserve fund balance of $175,000.
 
The Finance Committee also reorganized and Carol Cushenette will serve as chair and Tim Burdick will serve as vice chair. This change in leadership will take effect on July 1, 2021.
 
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Public Invited to Pay Respects to Officer Billy Evans in Adams

ADAMS, Mass. — Community members are invited to gather Thursday at 1 p.m. on Park Street to pay their respects to Officer William "Billy" Evans during the funeral procession.
 
"I think it is really important for the family, and for the law enforcement community," Adams Police Chief Scott Kelley said. "We will be out here and we will show our love and respect for our fallen brother. But for the community. ... I think it is important for them too because this is their home, it is his home, and I think it is important for them to come out."
 
The town will close Hoosac Street, Summer Street, and Bellevue Cemetery on Thursday, April 14, to accommodate funeral services for Officer Evans. The procession will move from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, where a Mass will be held, to Bellevue Cemetery. Evans' father, the late Howard Evans, is buried in Bellevue. 
 
Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on Friday, April 2, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol.
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