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Deerfield economic group gets new full board

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Economic Development Industrial Corp. has been reinvigorated with a full board. On Wednesday, the Deerfield Board of Selectmen appointed five new members to the volunteer quasi-municipal nonprofit.

Appointees include new and past members: John Ciesla, John Paciorek, Paul Olszenski, Robert Decker III, Frank Sherburne, Rick Andreolf and Ralph Healey. The appointments are until June 30, 2014.

Each volunteer on the seven-member board has to represent a different segment of the population, such as real estate, construction, finance and low income.

Industrial Corp. secretary, Paciorek, who has been a member for two years, recommended the volunteers for appointment.

The development corporation was established in 1977 by town meeting vote. 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. Under the federal Economic Development Administration, the development corporation had 40 years to develop the industrial park, giving it until 2017.

But for the past nine years, the development group has been inactive.

In August, the selectmen moved to reactivate the dormant group after Bayer Material Science, LLC, asked for a hookup to Deerfield’s sewer system and road access to Route 116 through its industrial park in August.

Bayer, a worldwide producer of high-performance plastics, has a factory in the Whately Industrial Park. It recently purchased 11 acres in the Whately park to expand its operations. Bayer’s General Manager Shaun Gaus said the company does not require the sewer hookup or road access to expand.

The Deerfield selectmen have not made a decision on Bayer’s requests. They also say they have not had any correspondence with the factory owners.

“We haven’t heard anything officially from Bayer again,” said Selectmen’s Chairman Mark Gilmore.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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