iBerkshires.com  reports the Adams Conservation Commission praised the use of an organic herbicide to clean up the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Thursday.
The commission discussed the process that resulted in an organic herbicide being applied along the trail to knock down some overgrown vegetation.
 DPW superintendent Tim Kota and licensed applicator Jim Hall presented the herbicide to the commission at a prior meeting and after some vetting and the mandatory ten working days notice it was approved for use on the trail. Signage was installed and gates along the trail were closed while the application was taking place.
Although the material was approved for use on the rail trail, the commission might still require approval for use in other areas.
The Commission also gave Burt Street resident Robert Tomkiewicz to raise the elevation on a section of his property to remove the need for flood insurance.
There will be construction starting soon at 423 West Rd. after the commission gave the OK to start building a new home on the site. Although the permit was already approved in the spring the foundation work for the modular home was delayed slightly as the commission felt the silt fence and runoff/erosion protection was not what was specified on the plans.
The last piece of business Thursday was an in-house matter regarding the restoration of the commission to its full seven members. The commission has been short two members for several months with the departures of Zach Bantle and Cory Bishop. Local resident Natasha Bordeau has expressed interest in serving thus bringing the membership to six.

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