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According to municipal leaders from around the Berkshires and the state, it seems the supply of trained, experienced town professionals is running mighty low. When Clarksburg lost three town employees, it took more than a year to rebuild the ranks, and they’re still lacking one position. Williamstown needed to find a town manager. It took 14 months and two searches to hire another.
A local family is working to bring a new retail store to Cross Road, and town officials are excited at the prospect of a new business in a town with dwindling commercial impact on tax revenue.
All three articles on the warrant for a Clarksburg special town meeting passed by wide margins Wednesday evening.
Clarksburg officials have called a special town meeting for Feb. 9, when voters will decide whether the town can spend $50,000 to compensate employees who have been working to stabilize government operations.
The Select Board has decided to hire former Clarksburg Town Administrator Carl McKinney to fill an essential role in rebuilding the team at town hall. Town government has been plagued recently by a raft of staff departures, including former Town Administrator Rebecca Stone.
EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: What happens in a tiny water district when nothing comes out of the taps? Volunteers get to work, against long odds and with scant resources. Meet the heroes of the Briggsville Water District in Clarksburg.