CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is down to two Select Board members with the departure of Chairman Ronald Boucher.
Boucher, in his second term, submitted his resignation from the board on Thursday, Sept. 2.
He said he felt he didn't have the time to dedicate to the position, noting he has nine grandchildren and a new job that keeps him on the road a lot.
"It's been a tough three years," he said. "There were a lot of changes within town government, changes in my life and there comes a point ... I've given back enough and I just don't have basically the adequate time and energy to do it the right way."
Boucher acknowledged that this resignation had taken the other board members by surprise but he didn't think it was fair to the taxpayers to stick around if he couldn't commit 110 percent.
Select Board member Danielle Luchi confirmed his resignation and said she was sworn in as chairman of the board by Town Clerk Marilyn Gomeau on Thursday morning.
"I'm happy to take on the responsibility as the new chairman," she said.
Boucher, a former North Adams city councilor, was elected to a three-year term on the board as a write-in 2018 and re-elected this past May.
There is no Select Board meeting scheduled yet this month. Luchi, elected in 2019 and vice chairman, said no decision has been made about filling the board vacancy. Boucher said he had strongly advised holding a special election "because you really need three people on that board."
"I've been talking with Marilyn, she's looking through bylaws, and talking with town counsel," Luchi said. "I'm taking it one day a time and doing what's best for the town."
She said it was important to prioritize things, particularly what's been happening in the town treasurer's office, where a consultant has been working with the treasurer to straighten out the town's finances.
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Bricks Falling from North Adams Mill Causes Sidewalk Closure
This drone image taken by Nick Mantello in 2017 shows how the interior of the mill is gone. A concrete pad was poured along the north side and steel struts put in place to stabilize the wall.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The sidewalk is once again closed on the south side of Union Street along the historic Hoosac Mill because of falling bricks.
The century-old mill had a catastrophic roof collapse more than a decade ago, caused by excessive snow load, and the interior had to be gutted and the walls fortified.
The nearly 200 yards of sidewalk was closed off for months and years at a time after the collapse and again several years ago as owner Ariel Sutain worked with an engineering firm to try to save some elements of the distinctive sawtooth roof.
The "serrated" roof configuration was made to allow for east-facing windows that brought light into the 265,000 square-foot textile mill. Those windows were covered over years ago.
The century-old mill had a catastrophic roof collapse more than a decade ago, caused by excessive snow load, and the interior had to be gutted and the walls fortified. The only thing left is the walls.
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