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A Selectman's Observation

The Brookfield Citizen of Brookfield, Massachusetts

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Many in town provide a valuable service to the Town in picking up roadside trash on Earth Day and beyond. Since moving to Town 8 years ago my family has taken pride in the roadway on Cay Road through Wolf Swamp, a pretty ride on any late afternoon...except for the trash left daily. From time to time we gather trash on Rice Corner Crosscut. I wish to thank the Transfer Station for their patience in allowing others and me to deposit mattresses, TV's, tires and the like. I want to thank everyone who takes pride in maintaining the roadways.

South Pond Beach has been found. If you frequented the South Pond Beach this summer you found many from out of town utilizing the beach. The beach is open to all and cannot be restricted. Unfortunately some do not play by the rules. You may have noted increased police presence, both local and environmental. Numbers were ticketed.

Both the issues of trash on the roadways and South Pond activity cause me to ask that if you see trash being dumped or unsafe situations at the South Pond Beach, contact the police. You do not need to confront, take a license number and call. I am not looking to add more work to the police department, at the same time they are trained to handle these issues safely. We owe a debt of gratitude to Chief Blanchard and his staff, stay safe out there!

It would be remise of me to not call attention to the work of the Highway Department this year. Coming out of a difficult winter to go straight into what, by some accounts, is the most challenging summer of work in recent memory. The bridge work at Lake Road, septic and drainage behind Town Hall, now Mill Street all challenging to say the least, yet the department has persevered, while doing the best they can to maintain the regular routines of summer. Much of this work was brought on by dutifully obtaining grants to allow the Town to do this work at a fraction of the cost to the Town. By the end of September a Quaboag Street revitalization grant will be submitted for work next summer to eliminate the impact of flooding in that area of Town. If you have the chance, please say thank you.

We have a great deal to be thankful for. As we enter October it is time to celebrate and what better way than to enjoy the Apple Country Fair October 10<th. I look forward to seeing the Town turn out, support this worthwhile activity and in the many volunteers giving so much back to the community.

Respectfully, Clarence (Punk) Snyder

Planning Board Position Opening

The Brookfield Planning Board seeks a part-time Administrative Clerk. The successful candidate will be a good communicator with good office and computer skills and an ability to work independently and without direct supervision.

Prior municipal office experience is helpful. Must be able to attend one evening meeting each month and other occasional evening meetings as needed.

A job description is posted Click here on the Town of Brookfield website at at the Brookfield Post Office and at the Town Hall, or a copy may be obtained from the Town Clerk.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to: Brookfield Planning Board, 6 Central Street, Brookfield, MA 01506 or The application deadline is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 201 5.

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Original Publication Date: October 1, 2015

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