West County Notebook
ROWE — The Board of Selectmen will meet this morning at 9 a.m., to discuss an interim administrative assistant, to fill in for the town coordinator. Town Coordinator Ellen Miller was put on paid administrative leave two weeks ago by selectmen’s Chairwoman Marilyn Wilson, and the board voted on July 31 to continue Miller’s paid leave until they can hold an executive session hearing with Miller and her lawyer.
Deadlines near for land tax classifications
ASHFIELD — The town Assessors will not be mailing out Chapter Land applications again this year. The deadline for filing to ensure proper classification is on or before Sept. 30 for all Chapter 61 Forestry and by Oct. 1 for Chapter 61A Agricultural and 61B Open/Recreational lands.
As these dates are set by the Department of Revenue, the Board of Assessors has no authority to extend these deadlines. Applications are available at the Assessors Office during normal business hours and on the Town of Ashfield Assessors website. If you have any questions, call the Assessors’ office at 413-628-4441 ext. 6.
Bacteria flushed from water system
COLRAIN — The Griswoldville Water District reports that coliform bacteria were detected in two out of five water samples collected in July, although no bacteria were detected in the water-source well and that no E. coli bacteria were detected in any sample.
This was not an emergency, or water district users would have been notified.
Water district officials believe the water storage tank may have been the source. Rain followed by high heat may have contributed to the coliform-positive samples. Chlorine was added to the storage tank, and the entire distribution system was flushed on July 14. Post-chlorination samples taken on July 23 showed no signs of coliform bacteria, indicating that the problem has been resolved. About 40 residents and one business get water from the district. For more information, contact Ronald Vight of the Griswoldville Water District at 624-3349.
Head of School update
CHARLEMONT — Mark Efinger, who served as head of school this past year at the Academy at Charlemont, resigned his position as of June 30 and is currently working as an independent consultant.
As reported earlier in The Recorder, the academy’s board of trustees has appointed Nell Todd, a 1993 Academy graduate, to serve as interim head of school for the coming school year.
Todd, who grew up in Ashfield, said she is “honored by the opportunity to lead a school that had such an impact on my life and the lives of so many others.”
She has already begun mapping out the academy’s strategic plan, according to school officials.