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Mr. Adam Gaudette D.

Town Planner

Town of Spencer

Direct Phone: (508) ***-**** ext. ***       

Town of Spencer

Background Information


Norfolk Agricultural High School

master's degree
public administration

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According to Adam Gaudette, Town Administrator in Spencer, his town has been deeply impacted by the Chapter 70 requirement of fulfilling minimum local contribution requirements, by decisions of the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for setting regional school district budgets and also by Chapter 74 obligations for municipalities to fund out-of-district vocational tuition and transportation mandates.

Those statutory requirements are negatively impacting Spencer's ability to maintain general government services, public safety, public works, health & human services and culture and recreation activities, according to Gaudette. "We have been unable to keep up with the financial burden of these education statutes and have been forced to fund in-district and out of district assessments at levels that require municipal staffing and service reductions," Gaudette wrote in his letter to Princeton Selectmen.
Parks and Rec programs have been eliminated, town hall is open only three days a week, library hours have been reduced with possible decertification, the town is unable to provide adequate fire department training and positions on the highway department have been eliminated, added Gaudette.
Gaudette is inviting other towns experiencing the same challenges to meet in a symposium format to discuss possible solutions to maintain municipal services.

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Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette said including tuition and transportation, the town spends about $37,000 for a student to attend Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, and $42,000 for another student to go to Norfolk Agricultural High School in Walpole.

"The problem is when you send a kid out of district there's no Chapter 70 money, so you have to pay the full cost," said Mr. Gaudette.

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-- Adam D. Gaudette, TOWN ADMINISTRATOR SPENCER — A local man whose dogs were ordered impounded told the selectmen Wednesday night they won't find the dogs, he's not turning them over to the town, and he's going to bring the board to court.

"If you don't surrender the dogs we'll have to come get them," Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette said.

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Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette said the head of the Utilities and Facilities Department, Steven J. Tyler, had sent a letter to the state Highway Department asking for a review of the area, but the process is likely to take some time.

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Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette said the board worked hard crafting a bylaw that is similar to those in surrounding towns, and consulted with the state attorney general.

But the rents aren't covering the cost of maintaining the building, and raising them would probably send some of the seven tenants looking elsewhere, Mr. Gaudette said, adding that some tenants have recently left and one unit has been available for months. He also said the town's liability as a landlord is great.
Mr. Gaudette said the town hasn't even tried to sell the building because it's overpriced.

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