Four Running for Two Seats on Williamstown Select Board

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four candidates have returned papers for two Select Board seats that will will be filled at May's annual town election.
 
Incumbent Andrew Hogeland and newcomers Stephanie Boyd, Andrea Bryant and Paul Harsch each completed papers with the required number of signatures before Tuesday's deadline.
 
The town clerk and board of registrars now have to certify the signatures on the nomination papers. And candidates have until Thursday, April 6, to withdraw their names before they are placed on the ballot.
 
The other three elected offices on the ballot for May have no contested races.
 
Alexander Carlisle and Katherine Evans filed papers to run for two seats on the Milne Public Library Board of Trustees.
 
Cory Campbell submitted nomination papers to run for the one open five-year seat on the Planning Board. Benjamin Greenfield filed papers to fill an unexpired term on the Planning Board.

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Williamstown Watching Washington, Not Yet Fretting Impact on ARPA Funds

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town manager Friday was cautiously optimistic that a potential debt ceiling deal in Washington, D.C., that includes "claw back" provisions on American Rescue Plan Act funds would not impact the town's ability to utilize the remainder of $2.2 million in pandemic-related federal relief.
 
"I'm not especially concerned," Robert Menicocci said. "I always put an asterisk beside something like that when we talk about anything legislative. You never know until it's in ink, when it's signed by everyone — whether local, state or federal legislation."
 
The $350 billion ARPA passed in 2021 included funding for state and local governments. Williamstown's share works out to $2,222,073, according to the commonwealth's website.
 
A good deal of that money is already "out the door," spent on both direct COVID 19-related expenses and other items approved by the Select Board over the last couple of years.
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