CLARKSBURG -- At a meeting of the board Wednesday morning, Selectmen gave the Chief of Police Michael Williams permission to investigate financial discrepancies in the town's accounts.
"The numbers between the treasurer and accountant are not balancing," Board of Selectmen Chair Carl McKinney said Wednesday afternoon. "We've had discussions with the [Department of Revenue], and they have some ideas."
Town Administrator Thomas Webb said the town is investigating following a citizen's complaint.
"There have been, in my opinion, unsubstantiated charges of malfeasance," McKinney said. "Things were put in the wrong accounts."
When reached Wednesday evening, Williams declined comment on the ongoing investigation.
In other business, selectmen granted an earth-removal permit to James Basiliere, owner of the North Adams Country Club, subject to a public hearing. The hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, will allow residents to voice concerns about the project.
The earth removal is the first phase of a larger project of Basiliere's to completely overhaul the golf course, which opened in 1903.
"There have been no or little renovations to this place, probably ever," Basiliere said in an April 27 Transcript article. "Without a full renovation, it would be hard to compete with the other courses in the area."
Basiliere's proposal is to close the club for renovations for two years. Once it reopens, it will have been transformed from a nine-hole golf course to an 18-hole golf course, and will feature a brand new club house and larger banquet facility.
Gregory Vigna of Stamford, Vt. based Trinity Engineering Technical Services, LLC., who was present at Wednesday's meeting, explained the earth-removal phase includes removal and sale of gravel at two locations on the site. Phase two, he said, would include mapping wetlands on the property and constructing the new clubhouse.
"In order to get everything else moving, [Basiliere] needs to get [phase one] moving," Vigna said.
Basiliere was not present for Wednesday morning's meeting.
Informational meetings were held with Basiliere and the Planning Board on April 1, and with the selectmen on April 24.
Town officials present Wednesday, including Department of Public Works employees and Building Inspector Vincent Lively, who stressed the need for a public hearing.
"The informational meeting isn't really a public hearing," Lively said. "That's just to let everyone know what their proposal was."
In addition, the Board of Selectmen finalized warrant articles for the Special Town Meeting and Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May 29.
The selectmen also granted the minor league baseball team permission to use the field adjacent to Town Hall for practice, with the exception of Wednesday evenings.
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