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Adams Fire District OKs Articles Related to Greylock Glen Project

By Gregory FournieriBerkshires Correspondent
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire District voted affirmatively on two articles Monday night that will move forward the Greylock Glen project.

The first article authorized the district to take on the responsibilities of the "parent system" for the water system that will service the Glen. This is contingent on the town's reimbursing the Fire District "for all expenses, costs and fees" that the district takes on to construct that system.

The second article was to authorize the district to hire Stantec Consulting Services to examine the proposed water system for the Glen from an engineering perspective. The Fire District settled on a $37,000 quote from Stantec prior to the meeting.

The meeting, which took place at the firehouse in Adams, did not draw a substantial crowd. The members of the district who attended seemed somewhat confused as to the purpose of the articles.

Catherine Foster, for instance, asked what would happen if the voters of the Fire District chose not to approve the first article. Prudential Committee Chairman Thomas Satko replied, "then [the town] wouldn't be able to get water from the district."

Charles Foster, who was present at the meeting and is also a member of the town Finance Committee, asked why the town would have to reimburse the Fire District for the project, and why the latter has to pay for an engineer if the town had already paid for one on their end.

He asked, "can't you review the engineer's work that the town [paid for]?" Satko assured Foster that this is what the Fire District was doing in Article 2.

John Barrett, superintendent of the water system, also pointed out that the town had to pay the engineer to ensure that the new water system at the Glen would not be a detriment to the existing water system in that area of town. He assured another resident, who was concerned about water pressure decreasing in those neighborhoods, that this was one reason why the Fire District is hiring the engineering firm in the first place.

But the attorney for the Fire District felt compelled to point out to the voters present that this meeting did not actually break any new ground on the Glen project, but rather it gave the Fire District the ability to commence its engineering study of the project. The town has its own process to go through before the project moves forward.

The attorney for the Fire District seemed to think that the voters had misconstrued the purpose of the meeting. This misconception likely stems from the fact that the Fire District is a separate entity from the town, but still works closely with the town government on these types of projects.

After less than 20 minutes of deliberation, the district voted in favor of both articles.

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Adams Review Library, COA and Education Budgets

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen reviewed the public services, Hoosac Valley Regional School District and McCann Technical School budgets on Tuesday. 
The workshop at the Adams Free Library was the third of four joint sessions to review the proposed $19 million fiscal 2025 budget. The first workshop covered general government, executive, finance and technology budgets; the second public works, community development and the Greylock Glen. 
The Council on Aging and library budgets have increases for wages, equipment, postage and software. The Memorial Day budget is level-funded at $1,450 for flags and for additional expenses the American Legion might have; it had been used to hire bagpipers who are no longer available. 
The COA's budget is up 6.76 percent at $241,166. This covers three full-time positions including the director and five regular per diem van drivers and three backup drivers. Savoy also contracts with the town at a cost of $10,000 a year based on the number of residents using its services. 
Director Sarah Fontaine said the governor's budget has increased the amount of funding through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs from $12 to $14 per resident age 60 or older. 
"So for Adams, based on the 2020 Census data, says we have 2,442 people 60 and older in town," she said. "So that translates to $34,188 from the state to help manage Council on Aging programs and services."
The COA hired a part-time meal site coordinator using the state funds because it was getting difficult to manage the weekday lunches for several dozen attendees, said Fontaine. "And then as we need program supplies or to pay for certain services, we tap into this grant."
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