After working heavy equipment for family businesses including Fred Mercer Construction Company (successor to W.A. Mercer Construction founded in 1921) and Housatonic Water Works for many years, he followed his dream and headed to Hawaii.
The proposal, first made public in September, has alarmed residents of the neighborhood, whose concerns range from noise and odors to the effect of the Fulcrum project on property values and the aforementioned impact on the water supply.
In a letter to the editor, Jonathan Hankin writes, “The Trust has a binding purchase and sale agreement that is contingent upon approval of the funding for the purchase by the May Annual Town Meeting.”
Kate McCormick, who represents 20 Castle Street LLC and its principal, Tom Borshoff, would not identify the possible buyer of the property because a purchase-and-sales agreement had not yet been signed.
Fulcrum has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement to buy 5.78 undeveloped acres from the Nolan family at 22 Van Deusenville Road to construct and operate a cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility.
The primary order of business for Conner and Nappo was to get the selectboard to write a letter of endorsement for Grayhouse’s application for $75,000 on an emergency basis from the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Projects Fund.
The selectboard announced that, about a year ago, it had commissioned a report by David Prickett of DPC Engineering to gather information on the water systems in the town, what the capital needs are and whether there are redundancies.
“We have mothers putting babies in dirty water for baths. Come on. I’m just furious over this. I’m grinding my teeth over this.” — Housatonic resident and Housatonic Water Works customer Michelle Loubert
Housatonic Water Works maintains nearly 90,000 linear feet of water mains, mostly cast iron installed in the 1880s. Although these lines remain in good condition, they are more reactive to chlorine which can cause increased iron sediment.
The Edge looked into the situation and found that, notwithstanding the alarming nature of language, there was no water-quality event that triggered the notice — it’s simply a temporary licensing issue.
Some Railroad Street merchants and firehouse neighbors have grown furious over the deterioration of the alley in the hands of private owners, its impact on delivery truck access, and the blighted appearance overall.
The town, apparently, is now considering a more active role in the anomaly, as Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin had declared before the DPU, of “a privately owned company that provides public water.” This report newly updated with statements by Town Counsel David Doneski regarding two executive sessions dealing with the Housatonic Water Works Company.
During the most recent round of testing for lead and copper in Housatonic Water Works system, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection found elevated levels of lead and copper in 20 randomly chosen homes.
The situation [with the Castle Street firehouse] is “ridiculous at this point. It seems crazy … If there’s a reason [why redevelopment of the firehouse hasn’t begun], then it would be nice to know what it is.”
— Sean Stanton, chair, Great Barrington Selectboard
In her letter to the editor, Jane Wright of Housatonic, Mass., writes: “I do not believe the Mercers have been good Stewards of our water supply. I believe the state should take a closer look at the quality of our water.”
To facilitate continued solar growth within communities around the Commonwealth, the bill continues to exempt residential and small commercial projects from the net metering cap and any net metering credit reductions.
The land in question falls under Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulations that prohibit working land within 100-feet of a reservoir and wetlands, and the town’s rules that put a 500 foot buffer between a reservoir and any permitted activity.