WILLIAMSTOWN -- A special town meeting asking voters' approval to acquire the Spruces Mobile Home Park will likely come in early December.
Selectmen are eyeing Tuesday, Dec. 10 for the meeting, which will be held in the elementary school gym. The date will not be official until the Selectmen sign the official warrant at an upcoming meeting.
"This has been going on for too long," Town Manager Peter Fohlin told the Selectmen Monday night. "We need to move. We can't afford to lose more time."
The town meeting is the next step to helping residents of the mobile home park, ravaged during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
Town officials have accepted a $6.13 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation grant, which will allow the town to assume park ownership from Morgan Management, remove all existing structures from the park and relocate residents to other housing.
The meeting date has been pushed forward as Morgan Management and town attorneys finalized the agreement.
"I think one of the things working against us is we give too many people too much time to think about things," Fohlin said. "And if we give them enough time to think about things, they can always find something to talk about. I think we have to stop that process by announcing we're going forward on a certain date."
Selectmen agreed time is of importance, and will discuss the warrant at their next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The warrant must be signed two weeks prior to a special town meeting.
In other business, the Selectmen:
* Agreed to sign a letter to Aaron Gornstein, undersecretary of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, in support of the Cable Mills project on Water Street.
* Appointed resident Dylan Stafford to the town's Affordable Housing Committee. The Williamstown resident has one semester left as a political science major at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
"I think there's a real need for affordable housing in Williamstown," he told the Selectmen. "I'd like to try to make a difference, and I'm also here to learn."
* Accepted Public Safety Building Study Committee member John Notsley's resignation. Notsley, who represented the Fire District's Prudential Committee, told the Selectmen he will be out of town during the winter months and will be unable to attend meetings. Prudential Committee member Edward Briggs agreed to take his position, Notsley said, and board agreed to appoint him.
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