Welcome to the Mount Greylock summit — and Adams


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ADAMS — The state's highest peak stands firmly within the town's borders, but many visitors may not realize where they are when they reach the summit.

Town officials want to change that by adding signs to the scenic byways on Mount Greylock that let drivers know they've entered Adams when nearing its peak at 3,491 feet.

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Wednesday to give a green light to Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco, who will reach out to the state agencies that oversee the mountain's scenic byways to ask for additional signage.

The Department of Public Works already has reached out to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the state Department of Transportation, according to Mazzucco, but the board's backing would strengthen the request.

The discussion about Adams' role at the mountain was prompted after state officials visited the summit for a rededication of the Veterans War Memorial Tower last year, but did not notify or invite any town officials.

Nowak noted that the roads to Mount Greylock's summit do not begin in Adams; Notch Road starts in North Adams and Rockwell Road begins in at the Visitor Center in Lanesborough.

"A lot of people don't realize that Mount Greylock proper is in the Town of Adams," Nowak said.

Selectman Jeffrey Snoonian suggested that the Adams Arts Committee become involved, if possible, to create something special.

The most basic request would be for the same "Entering Adams" signage already placed at other areas throughout town. But Mazzucco also suggested there should be some signage at the summit to indicate that it's in Adams.

"I think Joe [Nowak] is absolutely right, it's absolutely critical for the town," Mazzucco said. "I mean, how many people visit Mount Greylock every year and they don't know they're in the town of Adams, Massachusetts? We want to capitalize on that."

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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