Brickett Allis: A mother’s perspective

Published: 10/9/2019 8:44:33 AM

Recently I have heard some bizarre stories about my son, Brickett Allis, who is running as a write-in candidate for mayor. None of those stories (particularly the failed businesses and attempted extortion stories spewed vitriolically to my face by a complete stranger) are true. As he is informed of rumor/gossip, he puts forth the actual facts about the “hearsay,” but rumors never seem to die. I would like to share some true stories about the person who should be our next mayor. When he says he loves this town and wants the best for its citizens, he is telling the truth.

Brickett has been involved in activities which benefit the citizens of Greenfield since childhood. Through Boy Scouting, his church, and other activities, he has worked on innumerable community projects: collecting food for the Survival Center, picking up trash at the Franklin County Fair, helping with the cleanup of the Green River. He has worked on a number of Eagle Scout projects which have benefited this town; reconstruction of the fence around the Bernardston Road cemetery, replacing the steps and improving access to Sachem’s Head, building bridges/walkways in the Griswold Woods Wildlife Sanctuary, are just three of the many projects he has been involved in. Lastly, he became an Eagle Scout with his own project of constructing portable display shelves for North Parish School.

As an eighth-grade student at the Greenfield Center School, Brickett took charge of organizing a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national Stand for Children Rally. He took care of all the logistics; collected and accounted for the money received from those wishing to attend, contracted the three buses needed, and made all of the arrangements to get there and back. When an adult followed up to the make sure everything was set, the person on the other end of the phone said, “I’ve been in contact with a Brickett Allis and everything has already been taken care of.”

While attending Greenfield High School, he was involved in a myriad of activities. Even knowing how giving and involved he was, I was totally blindsided when he was awarded the Principal’s Award of Excellence presented to the one student contributing the most to benefit Greenfield High School. After graduating in 2000, he became president of the Music Parent’s Association (no adults stepped forward) and continued to give back to his community.

Since then, he has devoted almost 20 years to the governance of Greenfield. He has served on the Town/City Council in many capacities. He began his service as a Precinct 3 councilor in 2000. Since then he has served as president, vice president, and on all but one of the council subcommittees. He has served as chairman of the Ways and Means, Appointments and Ordinances, and Community Relations committees. He served as chair of the 2010 Charter Review and the Capital Improvement committees. He was a mayoral appointee to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

His devotion to Greenfield has not been all government based. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Greenfield. He has been a member of the Fire Department Call Force. He coached girls’ varsity and junior varsity soccer teams at GHS. When a Greenfield resident set up a Hurricane Sandy relief effort for relatives in Babylon, NY, Brickett went to donate items. When he found there was too much to fit into the vehicles they had, he gave further by driving his own truck and a large trailer full of the overflow donations.

The final true story I want to relate has to do with Greenfield’s Independence Day fireworks. He did and would not share this story with the public; he didn’t feel the need to take credit. When I asked him point blank if he was “the one who blew the whistle on the fireworks company,” he said, “Yes, and that’s why I quit working for them.” As a licensed pyrotechnician, Brickett chose to work for the company to which Greenfield paid tens of thousands of dollars for shows for a number of years. By checking the details of the contracts and the actual fireworks received, Brickett discovered Greenfield had been paying for fireworks that were never provided. He informed the town, and a settlement was reached without the cost of litigation. We have been furnished those already-paid-for fireworks at later events.

The underlying fact is: Brickett Allis has been tirelessly dedicated, honest, and giving to family, friends, and especially the citizens of Greenfield.

Diane Allis is a resident of Greenfield.


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