Board OKs 2-year electricity deal.
EAST BROOKFIELD -- Selectmen at their April 6 meeting agreed to obtain electricity from Hampshire Power of Northampton for a period of two years.
The board locked in a rate of .09473 cents per kilowatt hour, which members said compared with a rate of over 15 cents per kilowatt hour currently being paid by the town.
This agreement covers only municipal electricity or power used by town departments in town buildings. It does not extend that rate to residential users in East Brookfield.
Board members also heard a proposal by Richard Chaffee for property he owns on Harrington Street.
Mr. Chaffee wants to remove gravel or soil from a 2.5-acre tract, with plans to eventually construct two homes on the property.
Selectmen said they want to review the town's Earth Removal Bylaw, but they believe Mr. Chaffee will need a permit for his planned operation, which will require notification to abutters and a public hearing.
Mr. Chaffee agreed to provide selectmen with a more definitive plan of what he intends to do and an estimate as to how long it will take to complete the project.
-- J.P. Ellery