Pickle plant purchase, roof repairs among items on special Town Meeting agenda

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A special Town Meeting on Monday, June 25, aims to formally move the money from the sale of the old pickle plant, allot money to repair a leaky police roof, and spend likely about $75,000 on a wastewater treatment plant assessment.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Deerfield Town Offices.

In an accounting move to help complete the sale of the 16.1-acre former Oxford Foods pickle plant to New England Natural Bakers Inc. — a Greenfield-based company that makes organic granola and muesli — residents will be asked to OK the debt the town took on to purchase the land in 2008. Residents will vote on transferring the proceeds from the sale of both “Parcel C,” which is about 2.9 acres and “Lot 2,” which is about 9.3 acres.

Part of the reason the town couldn’t put this item on its Annual Town Meeting warrant, Town Administrator Wendy Foxmyn said, was because officials did not know the formalities of the sale were going to be finalized ahead of the meeting.

She added that there is an additional piece to this article still in the works that could involve the duMONT Company coming to Deerfield, moving the industrial company from Greenfield and Turners Falls.

In other financial matters, Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. reported seeing serious leaking in the police station’s roof, Foxmyn said, prompting the warrant article. She said it could cost the town $48,000, although that’s a very early estimate.

The study on the wastewater treatment plant may no longer be kicked down the road if residents approve a likely figure of $75,000, Foxmyn said, to fund the Wastewater Systems Condition Assessment & Needs Analysis Project.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:
jsolomon@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 264.