Adams Seeks $2.5M To Repair Flood Damage
Adams residents will be asked to approve up to $2.5 million in borrowing to repair damage from two storms in September that wreaked havoc on public infrastructure.
The Berkshire Eagle reports the Finance Committee is expected to make a recommendation on the request at its meeting tonight.
It would allow the Board of Selectmen to expend up to $2.5 million — through short- or long-term borrowing — for infrastructure repairs in the wake of flood damage, according to interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan.
The special town meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Hoosac Valley Elementary.
Last week, the Board of Selectmen declared a state of emergency and authorized emergency deficit spending following heavy flooding last month to begin immediate repairs.
Now, the request to borrow nearly $2.5 million will follow through with funding for repairs to damaged infrastructure while the town waits and hopes for a helping hand in the form of emergency funding from the state government.
Several areas in town suffered substantial damage after two downpours in less than a week last month, first on Sept. 12 and then again on Sept. 18.
State Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, and state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, have filed a supplemental budget request of some $1.9 million — up from the initial $680,000 the legislators had expected to request.
The request is currently in the hands of the Ways and Means Committees of the House and Senate.
Because the damage was not widespread regionally and limited to Adams, there was no state of emergency declared at the state or federal level.