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Council backs WMECO union

GREENFIELD — The Town Council has voted to ask Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to keep at least some of its workforce in Greenfield.

The company plans to move its Greenfield service center and all of the people who work out of that Colrain Road office to Hadley by fall. About 20 people work out of the Shelburne Road building. That includes 10 linemen, three electricians, two stock clerks, two garage mechanics, two field technicians and several supervisors. The union representing the workers has argued utility service will suffer if the center moves and asked the council recently to lobby against the move.

The first vote the council took was to approve President Mark Wisnewski’s appointment of Alfred Siano to the Precinct 2 seat left vacant by Keith Zaltzberg late last year.

Siano cast his first votes on appointing Chris Collins to the Greenfield Community Television board and Deborah Tuttle as acting town clerk.

The council also took the first step toward starting a trust to accumulate about $74 million over the next 20 to 30 years for post-employment benefits, other than pension, to its retired employees and their spouses.

The council had to vote to accept a new state law and will vote next month on whether to start the trust with $150,000.

Also, Assistant Town Clerk Tuttle was approved as the town’s acting town clerk beginning later this month when longtime Town Clerk Maureen Winseck retires from the position to take a position as a real estate broker with Fitzgerald Real Estate Co. on Federal Street.

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