Deerfield economic group to be re-activated
DEERFIELD — After nine years of inactivity, the Board of Selectmen decided to reinvigorate the Deerfield Economic Development Industrial Corporation.
The Selectmen agreed to appoint new volunteer members to the quasi-municipal nonprofit.
Currently, there are two active members, John Ciesla, the longest serving participant and John Paciorek.
Ciesla has served on the board since its inception in 1977 as chairman, while Paciorek was appointed two years ago.
Former long-time vice chairman, David “Bud” Driver also asked the selectmen to be considered as a candidate for appointment.
The development corporation was established in 1977 by town meeting vote. It was also the first corporation to receive state certification under Chapter 121C, making it eligible for federal and state grants.
The development corporation was charged with developing land in the town to create jobs. It did this by creating the 75-acre Deerfield Industrial Park off Route 116 in 1977.
To develop the park and create jobs, the development corporation had the power to borrow or loan money, accept grants and take over private property by eminent domain.
Under the federal Economic Development Administration, the development corporation had 40 years to develop the industrial park. Other town development corporations received a 30 year time limit, but Deerfield received an extra 10 years due to a prehistoric archeological site found on the property. The Deerfield corporation time runs out in 2017.
You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.