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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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Adams Aiming for Summer Reopening of Public Buildings

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The town is hoping to fully reopen by July, depending on public health data.
Town Administrator Jay Green told the Select Board on Wednesday that although he does not foresee completely opening until the summer, he thought it was time to start planning.
Green said currently the town is in the yellow level of the state's COVID-19 categories and that he would not be comfortable opening until the town is consistently in the green or, even better, gray. The levels run from red for high transmission and positive cases to gray at the lowest level.
"As long as we are in the red or yellow, that indicates the presence of COVID-19 at a level that could promote community spread," Green said. "As you can see there are a lot of communities opening up, but we are a little behind. Is it conservative? Yes but I think we are almost there."
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