Adams General Government Review Committee Creates Working Plan

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Review Committee has created a working plan for the next several months as it continues working on updating the town charter.

Community Paradigm Associates consultant Bernard Lynch created the plan, which will guide the group in future meetings, based on discussions the group has had previously. Topics include town meeting structure, executive and personnel functions, modes of appointment for town officials, financial management and other issues.

Lynch said he hopes the committee is able to complete discussion of one topic per meeting but noted some discussions might take more or less time than others.

"We don't have to make a decision [on a given topic] that night," he said. "I think we should try, if we can, to make decisions as we go on. But if somebody has to be held over for additional information, we can."


Committee Chair Donald Sommer and member George Haddad suggested the committee consult with and invite town employees to speak on some topics. Lynch agreed and said the working plan is subject to change based on feedback and discussions by the board.

"Don't think that this is carved in stone here. As we get into each one, you may say, 'We're getting ready to talk about town administrator responsibilities. Can we have the town administrator of, name the town, talk to us?,'" he said.

Lynch said committee members should be ready to present to the Board of Selectmen on July 20 to showcase of what they have done so far. He said he is hopeful that the group can have its final recommendations ready early in 2023.

"What we'll probably need to do to cover all these topics within the next six to seven months is we're probably going to need to meet every three to four weeks," he said.


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Adams' Valley Street Shed Still Needs Funding

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — Construction of the new shed at Valley Street Field may be delayed due to a lack of funding. 

 

Mike Benson of the Adams/Cheshire Little League attended Monday's Parks Commission meeting and said the league is still working on obtaining funds for the shed. The town appropriated $3,000 for the shed as part of the fiscal 2023 budget and asked the league to match. 

 

"I've done a ton of fundraising this year to try to keep the costs low for the kids," Benson said, noting he could probably contribute about half of the $3,000 needed right now.

 

The league, Benson said, is in the process of ordering a new scoreboard for the field, one similar to the one recently installed at Russell Field. He said financing the scoreboard came first, as it was in the works before planning for the new shed began. 

 

"We had started the scoreboard thing before we heard anything about the shed," he said. "... We haven't asked the town for anything to do to help with the scoreboard. We're doing it all on our own, it's $3,500." 

 

Mark Pizani, an equipment operator at DPW, said they would likely be able to get more time out of the old shed if the league needs more time for funding. Benson said he would happily work with the town to clean the shed. 

 

"We can work it out with what we have. If we need another year out of it, it's really not a big deal," Pizani said. "That's my personal feeling. It would have been nice to have." 

 

Commission Chair James Fassell agreed the current shed can keep being used and said the group will revisit the issue in the future. 

 

"I just want to make sure it's for the good of the league and for the good of Adams," he said. 

 

In other business, Pizani updated the board on a berm near Russell Field, which the group was concerned could overflow onto the field. He said a significant amount of brush and debris was removed from the water since the last meeting, making an overflow less likely. 

 

"We cleaned that whole river out," he said. "We cleaned it out; it's in good shape. We took truckloads of debris and stuff out of the river." 

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