Savoy: Town Hall spring cleaning; missing street signs found; constable flags unlawful trucks

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Spring cleaning in town offices

Susan McGrath, the town's administrative assistant, watched with pleasure the other day as years of clutter rolled away from the Town Hall inside two large blue containers.

Minutes later, their contents had been fed into a mobile shredding machine parked outside.

The town hired Valley Green Shredding to remove unwanted public documents McGrath has been removing from town files.

After consulting the state's 113-page manual on what kinds of documents must be retained by law, McGrath removed dated and duplicate papers from several standing file cabinets.

"It was all wedged in. You couldn't slide any of the hangers," she said. "It was more or less to clean the clutter."

No human resources materials were dispatched, per town policy.

"It's just general cleaning," McGrath said. "Some of this stuff didn't need to be saved. It just accumulated and accumulated."

For $70, Timothy Blair of the Westfield company took two large containers out to his company's truck, pushed buttons on a control panel and what remained of the papers was added to the truck's four-ton capacity.

McGrath knew where to look for unneeded papers, since she set up the filing system in 1990.

Blair was headed next to North Adams. His company also shreds documents for Great Barrington, Lenox, Monterey, Otis and Pittsfield.

"They come highly recommended by all these other towns," McGrath said of the firm.

Unlawful trucks flagged by constable

Select Board member Russell Clarke, who serves as a constable aiding the Police Department, reported to the board in February that he found unregistered trucks being operated in town at a state forest parking lot.

Clarke said a state Department of Conservation and Recreation employee claimed vehicles did not need to be registered to travel on closed roads.

But as Clarke told the board, that is not accurate. Clarke planned to follow up with the agency to make clear that unregistered vehicles cannot be used on closed roads or on forest trails.

Missing street signs found

Savoy officials have closed the loop on a theft case.

Signs for Loop Road that had gone missing this winter were recovered after a tip came in. Savoy police had posted an alert to the department's Facebook page about the missing signs.

Four teens are believed to have taken the signs. The signs, valued at about $500, were located in homes in Cheshire and Adams and were to be put back up by Highway Superintendent Daniel Labonte, according John Tynan, the Select Board chairman, who called the incident a youthful "prank."

Resident joins Savoy panel

Jazzmyn Tulloch of Main Road is to be the newest member of Savoy's Conservation Commission.

Tulloch came to a recent Select Board meeting asking to be appointed to an open position on the panel, also expressing interest in serving on the Agricultural Committee.

Board members said they planned to arrange for the appointment to the Conservation Commission.

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com, at @larryparnass on Twitter and 413-496-6214.

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