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Town Manager Report: 10 Demolition Permits Issued For Spruces
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:45PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At least 10 homes in the Spruces Mobile Home Park will be demolished.

In his monthly report, Town Manager Peter Fohlin said 10 units received demolition permits at the retirement community that was flooded out during Tropical Storm Irene. Fohlin said he expects more demolition permits to be approved than occupancy permits in the near future. So far only 41 units have been cleared for occupancy and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds giving residents a choice to "lift or leave," many are choosing to leave.

Residents can still apply for FEMA funds, Fohlin added. The registration deadline is Nov. 2 and can be done by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visiting the recovery center at 430 Main Street.

As for the park's owners, Fohlin reported that Morgan Management has paid its real estate tax bill — ahead of the Nov. 1 due date — and have arranged to pay back the water and sewer bill the Board of Selectmen abated for the company in weekly installments.

For the Department of Public Works, Fohlin reported that a damaged culvert on Oblong Road was replaced and the roadway used to exit the Milne Public Library parking lot has been shimmed and overlaid — a project he encouraged residents to drive over to "see what $20,000 will get you" because the price of asphalt increased from about $29 a ton to nearly $100 in the last 15 years.

Also, nine catch basins on Bridges Road were replaced and two new oil furnaces at the South Center School was replaced. The cost of the furnaces will be mostly paid by insurance and FEMA reimbursement, he said.

Inspection Services continues to work on Spruces-related inspections and the Williams College Stetson-Sawyer Library project. Progress on the Stetson project has been slow, Fohlin said, because of the marble and carbide bedrock that workers need to jackhammer out. Seven of 45 piers have been poured for the new building.

The full report is available below.
Williamstown Town Manager Report 10/24/2011
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