Dalton briefs: New officials appointed; Green energy grant

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Select Board appoints new town officials

A three-member quorum of the Select Board approved multiple town appointments at its regular meeting Monday night.

Reserve officer Lucas Perry will take on a full-time temporary officer position, effective Feb. 5, 2018. He will cover for Officer Joseph Kennedy for 26 weeks, during Kennedy's Massachusetts Police Academy training.

Brian Duval, current building commissioner, will fill a present vacancy on the town's Emergency Advisory Management Council.

Michael McClay was also re-designated animal control officer.

He has been in that role for 14 years.

The animal control officer ensures licensing and vaccinations of animals, responds to barking dog complaints and conducts investigations of cruelty to animals.

Green Communities grant

Plans are moving forward for green energy in town.

Efforts are underway to further insulate the town's cemetery office building and garage, design an energy-conscious LED streetlight project and replace the furnace in the cemetery office building.

Dalton officials are pushing to complete as much as possible before the end of January — in time to apply for another round of grant funding through the state's Green Communities program.

Dalton was initially awarded $142,725 in December 2014 through the program, which aims to help towns reduce energy consumption while facilitating renewable energy.

Initial funding must be spent before applying for additional money.

— Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@berkshireeagle.com, at @BE_pleboeuf on Twitter and 413-496-6247. 


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