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Montague Notebook: Nov. 8, 2019

  • Robert Cartelli, principal dealer of Ford of Greenfield and Toyota of Greenfield, at left, poses for a photo with Franklin County Technical School Cooperative Education Coordinator Raye Young. The dealer group recently donated a car for use in the school’s automotive technology program. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 11/7/2019 6:38:36 PM
Modified: 11/7/2019 6:38:25 PM
Public comment on environmental safety plan

ERVING — A new environmental hazard plan is available for public comment now through Nov. 12.

The document addresses needs for town infrastructure to resist increasingly extreme weather, and outlines safety plans for power outages and procedures for evacuations.

“The main point is keeping vulnerable populations safe from health impacts, economic impacts and environmental impacts,” said Assistant Town Planner Mariah Kurtz.

To read the document and comment on it, ask about it at Town Hall, or find it online at on the front page, under the “bulletins” section. The document is updated every five years, Kurtz said.

Wastewater superintendent candidates to interview soon

MONTAGUE — Candidates for the vacant wastewater superintendent position are expected to meet with the Selectboard by the end of November.

An internal hiring committee is reviewing applications and conducting preliminary interviews. The committee has two interviews scheduled this week, and is considering at least three more candidates it may want to meet with, Town Administrator Steve Ellis reported to the Selectboard on Monday.

The wastewater superintendent position has been empty since former Superintendent Bob McDonald resigned in September, having announced his plan to leave in August. McDonald said he was taking a similar job in Templeton, which is closer to where he lives.

In the interim, the water treatment plant is being managed by Chief Operator Kevin Boissonnaut, with consulting help from the department’s former Superintendent Bob Trombley, who is retired.

Ellis said he expects to have at least two candidates for the Selectboard to interview by the end of November.

Town administrator’s contract is renewed

MONTAGUE — Town Administrator Steve Ellis was signed for another three years by the Selectboard on Monday. Ellis became town administrator in December 2016, and has lived in Turners Falls since 1994.

Ellis will earn $114,221 this fiscal year. He is already at the town’s highest payment level, so the new contract has no yearly increases beyond cost-of-living adjustments, which are expected to be 1.5 percent in the next two years, according to Town Accountant Carolyn Olsen.

After Ellis and the Selectboard finished their closed-door negotiations, Ellis said he has enjoyed the job so far and is glad to have been asked to stay.

“We’re thrilled to have you leading the helm of the town,” Selectboard member Mike Nelson said to Ellis.

Local dealership donates car to Franklin Tech

MONTAGUE — A car was donated to Franklin County Technical School from Robert Cartelli, the principal dealer of Ford of Greenfield and Toyota of Greenfield.

The car, a Chrysler Sebring, will be used in the school’s automotive technology program, according to a press release from the dealer group.

“This donation is part of a continued effort by Ford and Toyota of Greenfield to give back to the community of Greenfield,” said Jenny Weeks, the marketing director for the dealer group.

The dealers also plan to participate in the school’s cooperative education and work placement program, in which students are placed with local businesses for real working experiences.

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