Greenfield Notebook, Nov. 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017
Reminder about trash, recycling schedule

GREENFIELD — Residents are reminded that the Thanksgiving holiday will alter some of the rubbish and recycling schedule.

Monday through Wednesday remains unchanged for the week.

Thursday’s and Friday’s collection will be on Friday.

The Transfer Station will also be closed on Thursday and Friday and will re-open on Saturday for regular hours, according to the Department of Public Works.

It is important to have the rubbish and recycling curbside by 7 a.m. on the day of the collection.

Auto parts store approved

GREENFIELD — The former Burger King on Bernardston Road will soon be home to an O’Reilly Auto Parts after the town’s Planning Board approved the developer’s site plan this week.

The board approved the 7,447-square-foot store, which will sit on the site of the former Burger King restaurant at 463 Bernardston Road, with the condition that the developer plant tall vegetation on the side of the building bordering Wildwood Avenue to break up the facade. The developer was also required to provide bicycle parking and install a push button on the front door for handicapped access.

Council opposes Eversource rate hike

GREENFIELD — Town Council has taken a stand against Eversource’s revised rate design proposal.

The council passed a resolution opposing the rate design during its meeting this week. The electric company’s proposal, submitted to the state Department of Public Utilities, would enact a $96 million rate increase in 2018 and an additional $188 million over the following four years, resulting in a roughly 20 percent increase for all ratepayers.

The resolution states that Eversource’s plan would have a negative impact on the future development of solar energy in Greenfield and the state by reducing the value of solar energy net metering credits and also implementing minimum monthly and demand charges.

Veterans Assistance Fund created

GREENFIELD — Residents will soon notice a new section on their property tax, municipal excise tax and water sewer bills, giving them the option to donate to a Greenfield Veterans Assistance Fund.

Town Council passed an ordinance this week allowing for the creation of a Veterans Assistance Fund to help Greenfield veterans with food, transportation and heating-related expenses.

“A person in need who has not been able to get assistance through other means or needs to get emergency assistance can fill out an application,” Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District Director Timothy Niejadlik said.

Robert Cartelli of Ford/Toyota of Greenfield has made a $1,000 donation to kick-start the fund. Taxpayers will have the option to donate to the fund on their tax bills.

The fund will be overseen by a five-member board.

“One-hundred percent of the funds that taxpayers choose to donate to this trust account will go to the support of veterans,” Town Council Vice President Isaac Mass said.

Mayor receives salary increase

GREENFIELD — Town Council has voted to increase the mayor’s initial base salary from $70,000 to $80,000 with the goal of putting Greenfield more inline with other communities in the state.

Under the amendment passed during this week’s council meeting, the mayor can request a salary increase in his or her annual budget, which shall not exceed 5 percent annually. A review of salaries of mayors in cities of comparable size and/or complexity will also be conducted and submitted to the council with the annual budget no less than every three years.

According to the Town Budget, Mayor William Martin earned $77,936 in 2017.

ADU ordinance amended

GREENFIELD — The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals will now handle special permit applications for detached in-law apartments.

The Town Council voted to amend the town’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance during its meeting this week to change the special permit granting authority from the Planning Board to the ZBA.

The Planning Board opposed the change.

The Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance was approved by Town Council in August 2016 and makes it legal for residents to build up to 900-square-foot apartments either as an addition inside existing owner-occupied homes, as new detached structures, or inside existing detached structures, like garages or carriage houses.

The amendment also included additional language to define when standards outlined in the ordinance can be waived.