This effort was a collaboration with the boards of Selectmen and town administrators, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and Police Chief Daniel Ilnicky, who was sworn in as chief in Blandford in September of 2018 and has served as chief in Chester for over 10 years.
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Over the past year Ilnicky, town administrators from Blandford and Chester, and a manager from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission have been drafting an agreement to merge resources for both departments. Intended to cut costs and increase efficiency, the agreement will double the number of part-time officers patrolling the towns to 12. The plan, now in its final stages, is awaiting approval from the town select boards in the coming months.
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The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission announced Thursday that it has signed a three-year, contract with a starting salary of $160,000 with incoming Executive Director Kimberly Robinson, and that she will begin work Oct. 7.
We’re more than halfway there, and we have a few weeks left of the summer,” said Goren-Watts, a principal planner and manager of data, education and municipal technology at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “We need you all to keep reading, tell all your friends to keep reading.”
“The base funding is incredibly important. The RTAs know what they’re getting from local governments, and they have a pretty good idea what they’re getting from the feds, but the state funding is always a wild card,” says Patrick Beaudry, the Manager of Public Affairs for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
Agawam will now contract with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and conduct interviews with various boards and commissions, staff, and the public to identify the town’s strengths and weaknesses.
Officials planning to take part in the briefing include Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Oyola-Lopez, and state Reps. Bud Williams and Paul Mark. Mark, D-Peru, is chairman House Committee on Redistricting. Williams, D-Springfield, is vice chairman. Others planning to attend are representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
Hinds said he is particularly proud of the $100,000 given to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. That group, joined by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, will team up with the DCR to create maps for mountain biking trail networks at Greylock Glen, Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Park in Hawley and Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills.
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Over those years, Brennan and the PVPC, always working collaboratively with municipalities, state leaders, and other business and economic-development-related agencies, has succeeded in changing the local landscape in all kinds of ways — from cleanup of the Connecticut River to creation of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council; from the building of bike trails across the region to the re-establishment of north-south rail service to a number of Western Mass. communities.