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Adams, Mass. – The Council of Selectors and the Finance Committee have approved the 26 articles of mandate to be presented at the annual municipal meeting on June 21.
Two articles are related to the Greylock Glen development and another would update municipal cannabis bylaws.
Section 22 would allocate $80,000 from the Economic Development Fund to hire a consultant for the Greylock Glen Foundation. This consultant will establish the foundation, raise funds from the private sector and work on other projects.
Section 24 would authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase property along Gould Road for $100,000. The 1.2-acre lot, according to city administrator Jay Green, will benefit the city’s future development plans if voters approve the purchase.
“We have just realized that this is a parcel that is a key gateway into the region that we spend a lot of time, resources and energy on, and it is something that we should probably take control of. “, did he declare.
Greylock Glen Outdoor Center, for which the city just received an additional $2.9 million in state aidshould begin construction at the end of June.
Items 5, 6 and 7 cover sections of the city’s $17 million budget, including operating, capital and cash expenditures. Items 8 and 9 are the budgets for the Hoosac Valley Regional School Districts and the Northern Berkshire Vocational School.
Section 25 would authorize the sale of 20 East St., the former community center, to Robert Hinton of CMV Construction for $25,000. CMV, the sole bidder of a call for tenders for the property, plans to convert the building into apartments.
Section 21, if approved, would allocate $5,000 from the Quaker meeting house fund to carry out the repairs and inspection. The current fund balance is $10,602.70
Section 23, if approved by a majority, will establish a corporate fund for the city’s sewer system.
“It’s not a sewer user fee. I just want to be very clear,” Green said. “It’s just about agreeing to the arrangements to use a corporate fund, it would still be funded by a tax levy. Over the next year I think we as a community will have a conversation about the way we finance the enterprise fund”,
Article 10 proposes that the city devote $250,000 of free money to reducing the tax rate. Green said it’s part of the city’s internal tax policy, but it’s something he hopes to change in the future, noting that the money could instead be spent on road and building maintenance.
“So all the work that we’ve been talking about: roads and buildings and everything that seems to be falling down here; that would have been another 250,000. That would have been half a million dollars in capital programs that could have be done,” he said.
Section 11, if approved, will add $62,000 to the city’s stabilization fund.
Section 20 would update the municipal marijuana bylaw to allow cannabis businesses to offer courier services. Selection Councilor Christine Hoyt thanked the planning board and others involved in updating the bylaw.
Sections 1 to 4 are annual sections dealing with filling vacancies of municipal officers, hearing reports from municipal officers and fixing indemnities. Section 19 would amend the city’s compensation plan, giving city employees a 2% raise from fiscal year 2022.
Coach Joseph Nowak said he would like to see the compensation of the coaches council and other city councils increased.
“I think people who are willing to serve should get something worth their time. Maybe that’s a small reason why we don’t see people running for office in this community and elsewhere,” a- he declared.
Hoyt said the city cut allocations during the 2020 budget cycle to save money. Board chairman John Duval said he would be open to discussing a change in compensation.
Section 16, if approved, will allow the city to accept $7,200 in perpetual care funds received in 2021 for the upkeep and maintenance of cemetery lots. The city treasurer will manage these funds.
Article 12, another annual article, will establish a reserve fund of $175,000 if approved. This fund, to which only the Finance Committee has access, would be used in the event of an emergency for unforeseen expenditure.
Section 14 would allow the selection committee to apply for community development block grants. Similarly, Section 15 authorizes the council to apply for community facility grants.
Section 17 authorizes the city treasurer to borrow with the approval of the Board of Selectmen if there is a shortfall; Section 18 establishes spending limits for the city’s revolving fund accounts and Section 13 would allow the city to pay all outstanding bills from the current or previous fiscal years. Adams currently has no outstanding bills.
Article 26 will allow the municipality to deal with all matters that may legally be submitted to the assembly.