ADAMS, Mass. — The Parks Commission is exploring different ways to secure the Russell Field tennis/pickleball courts after vandalism.
The commission read a report last week from the Department of Public Works that stated the brand-new tennis/pickleball courts have already been vandalized.
The report stated that people have sat on the nets that are now stretched out. The net hand cranks have been stripped, and there is graffiti on the court.
The commissioners agreed that the police should be made aware of the issue but acknowledged they may not have the time to enforce the park.
Commissioner James Fassell suggested locking the court up and leaving keys with local tennis organizations, however, the rest of the commission was hesitant to release keys out into the public.
A suggestion was made to install some sort of lockbox with a code that changed daily. Users could call the Town Hall and receive the new code. This way the town would also know who is using the court if vandalism occurs.
The commissioners felt both of these options could limit public use and agreed to pass off the issue to the Community Development Office.
They did recommend locking up the court with a combination lock in the interim. Users could call Town Hall to get the combination.
They also suggested a more immediate fix of locking the court at night. At the moment the court is always unlocked.
There was a concern if the already busy DPW squad would have time to lock and unlock the court. There was also the concern about unlocking the court on weekends with the DPW are not working.
As for the field itself, the commissioners had major concerns about the infield and wanted the contractors to know their grievances before they squared away the project. They asked that Community Development take this into consideration before they close out the project.
"I was down there a couple of weeks ago and it looked like it was wet in some spots," Commissioner Jacob Schutz said. "The drainage wasn't perfect. I would think it would be ok to ask that they take a strong look at these things."
The Russell Field project is in the final phase. In recent weeks contractors have fertilized and de-weeded the field slated for an early October completion.
Fassell felt the commission needed to be more proactive and made a motion, that went unanswered, to ask the contractor to pour mason sand in the infield to make it less muddy.
"I don't think it is acceptable at this point. I think it is a muddy infield and we need to control it," he said.
The commission did ask that Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School limit its use of the field as the youth football program had done.
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Adams Altering Two Precincts to Reflect Changes in Population
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen last week voted to alter Precincts 2 and 3 to better match population. This won't change the number of town meeting members but it will change the voting precinct for one.
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor presented new Census data to the board Wednesday and said with a decrease of 299 residents over a 10-year period, the state has recommended that the town change the borders of the two precincts.
"In order to make our precincts as equal as possible, the state is recommended that we make a minor change from Precinct 3 to Precinct 2," she said.
The last Census was done in 2010. Then, the population count was 8,485. In 2020, the count was 8,166 — a 299 decrease.
After an executive session Wednesday, the board voted to award Jay Hayes of Wayland North the project that will convert the former middle school's classroom wing into one and two-bedroom apartments.
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