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.

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

02/14/2019

MEETING NOTICE

The Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will hold a FY2020 Budget Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac Street.

AGENDA

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
FY2020 BUDGET
General Fund
Administration
Fire Department
Street Lighting

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
February 14, 2019

02/08/2019

PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE
BUDGET MEETING
February 12, 2019
AGENDA

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

NEW BUSINESS
Review of FY2019 Audit with Auditor Irwin

Overview and Discussion of FY2020 Budget

01/29/2019

MEETING NOTICES

The Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District will hold FY2020 Budget Meetings on:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Fire District Office.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Council on Aging.

Monday, February 25, 2019 directly following the 5:00 p.m. Prudential Committee meeting at the Council on Aging.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Council on Aging.

Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
January 29, 2019

To Receive Future Notices: Residents should update their contact information (home phone, cell phone, and email) on the ...
08/27/2018
Terms and Conditions

To Receive Future Notices:
Residents should update their contact information (home phone, cell phone, and email) on the following websites:
For Code Red calls , go to the Town of Adams Website, scroll to bottom of page, click on "Click Here" for Code Red.
For the Reverse 911 calls from the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, go to https://bcsoma.onthealert.com.

Emergency Notifications Registration Portal

01/04/2018

Due to the extreme cold weather, the Adams Fire District is advising customers to run your cold water at a pencil thin stream and maintain a warm temperature in your basement, for the duration of the winter. This is a precaution to prevent customer owned services and pipes from freezing. Please be aware that any additional water used will be at a cost to the customer. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Fire District Office at (413) 743-0179.

Adams Fire District/ Water Department's cover photo
05/15/2017

Adams Fire District/ Water Department's cover photo

05/15/2017

The Adams Fire District Annual Election was held on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. A total of 287 votes were cast. The results of the election were:

Prudential Committee (3 Year Term) – Norman K. Schutz
Clerk & Treasurer (1 Year Term) – Kathleen A. FletcherChief Engineer (3 Year Term) – John M. Pansecchi
First Assistant Engineer (3 Year Term) – Timothy C. Ziemba
Second Assistant Engineer (3 Year Term) – David J. Lennon, Jr.
Third Assistant Engineer (3 Year Term) – Edward B. Capeless
Fourth Assistant Engineer (3 Year Term) – Mark J. Therrien


Kathleen A. Fletcher
District Clerk

04/25/2017

The Adams Fire District will be flushing hydrants. If you encounter discolored water due to the hydrant flushing, run the water in your bath tub for a few minutes until the
water clears. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Adams Fire District
Water Superintendent

Adams Fire District/ Water Department
01/05/2017

Adams Fire District/ Water Department

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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