Dalton: New vets agent, Habitat for Humanity, Washington Mountain Road

Town appoints new veteran's agent

The Select Board voted Jan. 29 to appoint Stephen Roy veteran's agent for the town through an intermunicipal agreement with Adams, North Adams and Williamstown.

Roy will replace Rosanne Frieri, who is retiring.

The town will be required to pay an annual stipend of about $10,000 annually, slightly higher than the current stipend of $7,300, said Ken Walto, town manager.

Roy will hold office hours in Dalton one day a week.

Roy currently lives in North Adams, but is "very mobile" and accessible, he said.

Town considering gifting property to Habitat for Humanity

The old property known as the White House on Gulf Road in Dalton could get a new lease on life.

John W. Bartels Jr., a member of the Select Board, approached the other board members about possibly gifting the house to Habitat for Humanity at their Jan. 29 meeting.

The property has water, gas and sewer.

Edward Holub, another member of the board, asked how much work would have to be done on the property in order to donate it.

"We take them in rough shape," said Michael Bedard, construction manager for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.

Bartels suggested Bedard arrange a time with Ken Walto, town manager, to see the house.

Gifted property must be approved at the annual town meeting.

Washington Mountain Road traffic concerns reach the state

Efforts are underway to provide relief for residents concerned about heavy trucks travel on Washington Mountain Road.

Daniel Filiault, chairman of the traffic commission, met with residents in January and contacted the state Department of Transportation, notifying them that the town is seeking a heavy truck ban on the road.

He also contacted the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission seeking assistance evaluating the signs on the road.

Whether or not that study is possible depends on the commission's funding, he told the Select Board at its Jan. 29 meeting.

"We're moving forward," he said. "Unfortunately, it's probably going to seem like a snail's pace."


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