Around Amherst: DPW constructs channel to combat flooding

Staff Writer
Friday, April 14, 2017

AMHERST — A South Amherst street plagued by flooding has gotten a temporary reprieve after the Department of Public Works was able to construct a channel that will divert standing water.

Town Manager Paul Bockelman said Pomeroy Court should be free of water flowing across it, but how long this will last is unknown.

The temporary channel was created by removing a curb and berm at the edge of the street after the Conservation Commission issued an emergency permit.

But Bockelman said there needs to be a permanent solution and that as surrounding wetlands continue to rise above the road, such issues will continue.

Dan Shermeta, 37 Pomeroy Court, said in an email that residents are still waiting for a long-term fix.

“The residents of Pomeroy Court have experienced over 15 years of placation with false ‘short term solutions’ as their vehicles keep getting damaged and they continue to be required to walk through serious storms to get to and from work,” Shermeta said. “It is far past time for the town to raise the road.”

Chamber award nominations

Individuals businesses and organizations that have made a difference in the quality of life of Amherst and surrounding communities will be recognized with A+ Awards from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce later this year.

The chamber is seeking nominations for the awards, which were introduced in 2010 and renamed the Millicent H. Kauffman Distinguished Service Awards and the Janet & Winthrop Dakin Community Service Citations.

“The A+ Awards are the top honor the chamber can bestow,” Executive Director Tim O’Brien said in a statement. “The list of past winners demonstrates the special nature of this community.”

The categories include Legacy, Most Valuable Player, Community Service, Lifetime Achievement in Business and Young Professionals.

The awards banquet is scheduled for Oct. 5 at the Student Union Ballroom on the University of Massachusetts campus.

Nominations should be sent to O’Brien at tim@amherstarea.com by May 15.

Meanwhile, Kim Alli, membership and marketing director for the chamber for the past two years, will be departing next week for a position with Greenfield Savings Bank.

Rabies clinic

A rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets is being put on by the Amherst Health Department at Hampshire Veterinary Hospital, 260 Snell St., Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Michael Katz, the town’s animal inspector, will be administering the rabies vaccine. The charge is $15 per pet.

Amherst Animal Welfare Officer Carol Hepburn will be at the clinic to license dogs.

For more information, call the Amherst Health Department at 259-3077.

Distracted driving

A distracted driving initiative by Amherst Police will run through the month of April.

The additional patrols are being supported by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and will raise awareness about the dangers distracted driving poses to other drivers, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.

“If you text, dial or read a message on your phone while driving, you are endangering the lives of those around you, and you will be stopped,” Police Chief Scott Livingstone said in a statement.

Patrol bicycle

A new police bicycle was recently donated to the Three-College Campus Police, which serves the campuses of Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, by the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.

The bicycle is the fourth donated by the credit union and marks a continued partnership that has included outreach and education on bicycle safety, crime prevention and information about identity theft.

State representative’s office hours

State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose will hold office hours twice in the coming weeks at Amherst coffee shops.

On Monday from 8 to 9 a.m., he will be at Amherst Coffee, 28 Amity St. Then, and on May 1 from 8 to 9 a.m., Goldstein-Rose will be at Starbucks, 71 North Pleasant St.

Constituents from Amherst, Pelham and Precinct 1 in Granby are welcome to stop during the hour-long events.

Rare books talk

A discussion about the value of old and rare books by Kenneth Gloss, owner of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, takes place at the Jones Library’s Woodbury Room April 20 at 6 p.m.

Cosponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library and the Amherst Historical Society, the free talk will include a history of the antiquarian bookshop that dates to 1825, anecdotes of collecting and why books gain value.

After question and answer, Gloss, a frequent guest on Antiques Roadshow on PBS, will provide oral appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them. while this is free, donations to the sponsoring organizations are welcome.

For questions about the presentation at the Jones Library, contact Gigi Barnhill at gigi.barnhill@comcast.net.


WEDNESDAY: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Public Art Commission, noon, Town Room, Town Hall.