ADAMS, Mass. — Adams residents and business owners are invited to share their thoughts on potential projects designed to help the Adams economy recover from the pandemic while building a foundation for future growth.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) scheduled a Public Input Session to discuss the Local Rapid Recovery Plan (LRRP) to be held July 15 in the Select Board Meeting Room at 7:00 PM in the Adams Town Hall.
"All the civic groups are excited and looking forward to working together on these projects," Stephen Stenson, a member of the group spearheading the project said. "We always wanted as many of the community to get involved to re-build the community spirit after the effects of the pandemic."
In March, Downtown Adams received the LRRP grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development to create an implementation plan to stabilize and revitalize the downtown area.
The study area is bounded by Summer Street, Center Street, Park Street, and Hoosac Street.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will utilize the $60,000 grant to develop a report identifying several projects that can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on the local community and business.
Downtown Adams has partnered with ProAdams and the town to develop a list of fourteen recommended projects
The purpose of this meeting, which BRPC will facilitate, is to seek additional input on projects that are being considered.
From an initial list of over 60 projects, BRPC will present at the public meeting, the list of 14 recommended projects to be considered in this final phase. The selected projects will be developed in greater detail over the next two months.
"We encourage the residents of Adams and businesses to become involved in the selection process," the group stated in a press release. "Our goal is to bring the community together, share ideas, and work together to recover from the effects of the pandemic in the past year."
A final presentation will be made at the end of August with the recommendations to be implemented in the latter part of 2021 and early 2022.
This is the second public meeting for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) LRRP grant program awarded to Adams in March of this year.
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Adams Board of Health to Rewrite COVID-19 Directive
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health will rewrite its COVID-19 Public Health Directive to establish more clarity in the advisory document.
The board said it will reconsider some of the wording and content, and Chairman David Rhoads agreed to pass the advisory document off to member Peter Hoyt.
"I guess what we are reiterating is what we have been saying for the past 15 months: wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance, and by the way there is a vaccine out there," Hoyt said. "... I think what we are trying to do is just reiterate that we don't want things to spiral out of control again."
On Sept. 9, the Board of Health held an emergency meeting to discuss the directive that asks the town to re-up its efforts to combat COVID-19 with more stringent mask and sanitation policies.
The board on Wednesday voted for a shift of 20 percent more to the commercial side. This sets the residential rate at $21.03 per $1,000 evaluation, down 23 cents from last year, and commercial rate at $26.34, up $1.10.
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The proposed park will abut the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail and will have as one of its central features the Coal and Grain Elevator building. The historic building was used to store coal and grain, but now sits as a relic off Columbia Street.
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