Adams Fire District/ Water Department

The Adams Fire District as now constituted was originally created by act of the State Legislature as, "The South Adams Fire District" by Acts and Resolves of 1873, Chapter 197; later changed to the "Adams Fire District" by the Acts of 1892, Chapter 222. The Act was for "Supplying South Adams with Pure Water". The Adams Fire District has always supplied the territory comprising the District with Water, Fire Protection and Street lights.

Update on Adams Fire District ServicesChanges and Reduction in Services during COVID-19 PandemicThe District’s top prior...
03/20/2020
Adams Fire District

Update on Adams Fire District Services

Changes and Reduction in Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

The District’s top priority is to supply continuous and reliable delivery of safe drinking water and fire protection/emergency services, which are critical to daily life and the public health system. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Adams Fire District is implementing several precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of essential staff.
These actions are intended to mitigate potential exposure to our employees and customers and maintain continuity of operations.

In-person and Non-Essential Services Suspended

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the following non-essential Company services will be suspended until further notice:

• In-person payments of any kind at our Columbia Street office.(there is a drop box attached to the building that may be used)

• In-home or on-site routine inspections, repairs, installations, maintenance and assistance.

During public health crises, the supply of clean potable water is critical. In fairness to all customers, water meters will continue to be read and water bills will continue to be generated and delivered.

Drinking Water Operations

All operations related to drinking water treatment and distribution will continue. Customers can be assured that their drinking water is safe and can be consumed and used as normal.

In order to reduce potential exposure to essential staff, business visitors and deliveries to all our facilities will be prohibited or curtailed as much as possible, until further notice.


Water Emergencies

The District’s priority is to maintain the continuous and reliable operation of the drinking water distribution system for the general population. District personnel will continue to respond to any water emergencies (water main breaks, etc.) that arise in our system as normal.

Water emergencies on private properties will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, in as far as crews are able to address from the outside or by referring the customer to private contractors. District personnel will not enter privately owned homes, buildings, or facilities to make repairs until further notice.

For water emergencies customers and contractors can call 24/7 at (413) 743-1212

Customer Service

Customer service for billing/account inquiries and field services will continue to be available by telephone. Customers can contact the District at 743-0978 or 743-0179. If your call is not answered, please leave a message. We will respond in a timely manner, however, be prepared for longer call response times. Water emergencies will be prioritized.

Drinking Water Supply and COVID-19

According to a technical brief issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 3, 2020, COVID-19 has not been shown to be transmitted via treated drinking water. The drinking water system will remain safe and operational amid any local outbreak.

Mitigation Efforts

The District will continue to update customers on any further changes in services due to COVID-19. Customers may visit the District website at www.adamsfiredistrict.com

Thank you,
Adams Fire District Superintendent
John C. Barrett

Adams Fire Department

During this crisis’s we continue to monitor response recommendation from many agencies. The members of the department have also voiced their concerns. Maintaining a ready and healthy department is my number one priority. We will continue to respond to calls as we always have, with adjustments.

Response modifications

Medical Response:

Adams Fire Department responds on Medical Calls when Adams Ambulance is unavailable. If the dispatch involves any of the signs and symptoms for the COVID-19, we will knock on the door and ask questions before entering. If necessary, we will put on the proper protective clothing and enter the residents. We will also ask the patient to put a mask on or have you put one on them. There will be times when the ambulance is close enough that we will wait for their arrival and they will enter. This is to limit the number of people exposed and minimize the amount of PPE used.

Alarm and Odor Responses

We will be responding as normal to all alarms and odor complaints. We may take extra time to put on a mask before entering your Home. We will also limit the number of members entering the building for investigative purpose.

Other Changes:

In order to maintain social distancing of 6ft we have canceled our training until further notice.

What can you do to assist us?

If you have a known exposure or have any of the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
• Please notify the dispatcher when calling 911
• Please meet us at the door or outside if you are able to.
• If you have a mask please put it on before our arrival.
• Keep 6ft between us whenever possible
• Cover your mouth when you cough

Together we can get thru this we just need to maintain social distancing and wash our hands, avoid crowds, and please support your local business.

Sincerely
John M. Pansecchi
Chief Engineer

The Adams Fire District Annual Election will be held at the Fire Station on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 p.m. Nomination papers for the following District offices may be...

03/17/2020

March 17, 2020

The Adams Fire District will be closed due to the situation with Covid-19, until further notice. During this time, the District will be operating on limited staffing in order to maintain our services to our customers. Payments will be accepted during this time and can be sent thru the mail, requested thru your banking institution, or left in the mailbox located on the right side of the District office door.

To report an emergency, call 911.

For a water emergency, call the Police Department at 743-1212.

For all other matter, call 743-0179 or 743-0978:

Dial ext. 10, if you need further assistance or have a question regarding your account or billing.

Dial ext. 13, if you need to reach Superintendent Barrett or the Water Department.

Dial ext. 16, if you need to reach Chief Engineer Pansecchi or the Fire Department.

If no one is available to answer your call, we will be checking the messages on a regular basis and will get back to you as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Be well and stay safe.

03/16/2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the District will be locking the doors to the public, until further notice.
The office will continue to operate during our normal business hours, Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. If you require assistance or have a water emergency, please call 743-0179 or 743-0978 ext. 10 or 11, during our normal office business hours. Call the Adams Police Department for after hour water emergencies, 743-1212.
For all other emergencies, please call 911.
Payments can be sent thru the mail or left in the mailbox located on the right side of the District office door (cash or check). Any over-payments will be credited to your account.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Be well and stay safe!

03/09/2020

Adams Fire District Water Department would like to announce that the water on Forest Park Ave., Bobs Hill and Melrose St. from Forest Park Ave. to Maple St. is back on.

03/09/2020

Adams Fire District Water Department will be shutting off water on Forest Park Ave., Bobs Hill and Melrose St. from Forest Park Ave. to Maple St. today, 03/09/2020, for a water main repair. Water will be off until further notice.

03/04/2020

The Adams Fire District Water Department would like to announce that the water is back on at Richmond Street.

03/04/2020

Adams Fire District Water Department will be shutting off water on Richmond Street today, 03/04/2020, for an emergency water repair. Water will be off until further notice.

01/30/2020

The Adams Fire District Annual Election will be held at the Fire Station on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 p.m.

Nomination papers for the following District offices may be picked up at the Adams Fire
District Office, 3 Columbia Street, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Prudential Committee Member
3 year term
Chief Engineer
3 year term
First Assistant Engineer
3 year term
Second Assistant Engineer
3 year term
Third Assistant Engineer
3 year term
Fourth Assistant Engineer
3 year term

If you have any questions you may contact Clerk & Treasurer Kathleen Fletcher at
743-0179, ext. 12.

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
Adams Fire District

12/30/2019

The Adams Fire District will be closing at 3:00 today due to severe weather conditions. The Prudential Committee meeting for tonight has been cancelled.

12/02/2019

The Adams Fire District will be closed Monday, December 2, 2019 due to severe weather conditions.

04/17/2019

MEETING NOTICE

An Informational Meeting of the Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Station.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER
Prudential Committee Informational Meeting: 6:30 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS

Fire Protection
Discussion on Ballot Questions

Discussion on Water Rates

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk/Treasurer
April 17, 2019

04/09/2019

Adams Fire District
Water Department
Municipal Government Entity

Is seeking one (1) full-time (40 hrs/wk) Laborer/Operator position.

D1/T1 Water licenses preferred.
Requirements: Class D Driver’s License required

An application may be obtained at the Adams Fire District Office, 3 Columbia Street, Adams, MA 01220, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Applications accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019. The Adams Fire District is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk of the Adams Fire District

To all registered voters residing within the Adams Fire DistrictAt the Adams Fire District’s Annual Election on May 14, ...
04/09/2019
Adams Fire District

To all registered voters residing within the Adams Fire District

At the Adams Fire District’s Annual Election on May 14, 2019, from noon to 6:00 pm at the Fire Station, 3 Columbia Street, there will be two ballot questions that will provide direction to the Prudential Committee. There have been several meetings to review this change, but due to the initial amount and the recurring costs associated with these questions, the Committee felt your input is crucial. Any increases as a result of these questions will be in addition to the increases in water rates due to MassDEP/DCR mandates. (see opposite side)

1. Shall the position of Chief Engineer (a/k/a Fire Chief) be made a full time position?

Background – Currently the position of Chief Engineer is a part time elected position that receives an annual stipend. The Chief has informed the Committee that due to increased responsibilities, this position needs to be made full time.

PROS
The following duties and responsibilities continue to grow every year:
o Fire prevention
o Oversee vehicle and equipment maintenance
o Fire reports
o Maintaining training records for all members
o Code compliance and inspections
o Attend meetings for the Department,District,Town, schools
o Emergency planning
o Follow up and document all citizen complaints
o Time constraints which increases the liability to the District
Adams is the fourth largest community in the State that does not have a full time Chief. There are smaller communities that have a full time Chief.The past two Fire Chiefs have stated this should be a full time position

CONS
The new position would have an annual salary instead of a stipend:
o Currently a stipend of approximately $16,000 would be replaced with an annual salary of approximately $65,000
o Annual benefits would be approximately $30,000
o At retirement, an additional $17,000 to fund retiree health insurance while still funding the position
Fire Protection would increase from $84 to $105 annually per unit. If combined with the full time Firefighter position, Fire Protection would increase from $84 to $121 annually per unit. Increases every year going forward of approximately 3%.

2. Shall a position of Fire Fighter be made a full time position?

Background – Currently the Firefighter position is fulfilled by the Adams Alerts as Volunteer Firefighters. Due to the constant decline in available members the Chief feels this position would ensure at least one Firefighter would be available for business hour calls. This position would coexist with the Alerts.

PROS
• Faster response time for daytime calls
• One qualified interior Firefighter on scene immediately
• Coverage for daily and weekly safety checks, maintenance of equipment and all required documentation

CONS
• The proposed coverage is for daytime weekdays only
• This newly created position would have an annual salary of approximately $40,000
• Annual benefits would be approximately $30,000
Fire Protection would increase an additional $15.50 annually per unit. If combined with the Chief Engineers position, Fire Protection would increase from $84 to $121 annually per unit. Increases every year going forward of approximately 3%.

At the Annual Meeting on May 14, 2019, starting 7:00 pm at the Fire Station, 3 Columbia Street, the following Water Department mandates required by the MassDEP/DCR will be voted on;

There will be an 11% ($0.62 per thousand gallons) water rate increase, due to the following mandates required by the MassDEP/DCR:

•20 year infrastructure Master Plan - $66,500
•Rate Study Included within Master Plan
•Develop an Asset Management Plan - $35,000
•Update to existing Emergency Response Plan - $15,500
•Update Operations and Maintenance Manual to State guidelines - $21,500
•Bassett Reservoir Dam Emergency Action Plan - $24,000
Deadline for submission for all of the above is December 31, 2019

•Replacement of aged water meters - $100,000
(Continuation of an ongoing project to replace failing meters)

Potential State and Federal enforcement actions, if not completed:
• Issuance of enforcement notice and fines
• Designation as a significant Non-Complier
• Increased monitoring
• Civil penalties
• Denial of licenses/permits such as restaurant and/or liquor license
• Lawsuits-Water users may file lawsuits
• Referral to US EPA for enforcement
• Inadequate capacity rating- Could result in denial of loans for Water Infrastructure

Additional information can be located on our website www.adamsfiredistrict.com or by calling the office at 743-0179 ext. 12. Also please contact the office if an absentee ballot is required.

Water Department Municipal Government Entity Is seeking one (1) full-time (40 hrs/wk) Laborer/Operator D1/T1 Water Licenses preferred . Class D Driver’s License required . An application...

02/28/2019

MEETING NOTICE

The Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will hold a FY2020 Budget Meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Fire District Office.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER
Budget Meeting: 5:00 p.m.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

FY2020 BUDGET
Fire Department Reorganization
Vote Total Budget
Water Rate Increase

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
February 28, 2019

02/25/2019

MEETING NOTICE

The Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will hold a FY2020 Budget Meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac Street.

AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
Budget Meeting: 5:00 p.m.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
FY2020 BUDGET

Enterprise Fund
Administration
Water Department
Warrant Articles

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
February 25, 2019

02/21/2019

MEETING NOTICE

The Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will hold a FY2020 Budget Meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019, following the regularly scheduled monthly meeting at the Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac Street.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER
Budget Meeting: Following the Monthly Prudential Committee Meeting

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

FY2020 BUDGET
Enterprise Fund
Administration
Water Department
Warrant Articles

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
February 21, 2019

02/21/2019

MEETING NOTICE

The monthly meeting of the Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac Street.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER
Prudential Committee Meeting: 5:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Workshop – January 16, 2019
Prudential Committee Meeting – January 28, 2019
Budget Meeting – February 12, 2019

CITIZENS CONCERNS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Employee Handbook

NEW BUSINESS
Vote to put Full-time Fire Department Positions on Ballot

Vote to Ratify the Agreement with National Grid Authorizing Clerk & Treasurer Fletcher to Sign on Behalf of the Adams Fire District

Set Date – Monthly Prudential Committee Meeting

Set Date – Budget Meetings

DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Chief Engineer – John M. Pansecchi
Grant Updates
Superintendent – John C. Barrett
Project Updates
Clerk & Treasurer – Kathleen A. Fletcher

CORRESPONDENCE

COMMENTS/CONCERNS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk/Treasurer
February 21, 2019

Address

3 Columbia St
Adams, MA
01220

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:00
Thursday 07:30 - 16:00
Friday 07:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(413) 743-0179

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