Town Administrator Job Opening

The Town of Blandford, Massachusetts is seeking a collaborative, dynamic full-time Town Administrator. Blandford, (pop. approx. 1,215) one of the Gateway Hilltown communities and located in western Hampden County in the foothills of the Berkshires, has a $4.5 million budget. The full-time Highway Department and otherwise part-time staff are supported by contracted municipal financial services and many volunteers. Bisected by the Massachusetts Turnpike and home to Greater Springfield’s drinking water supply lands, this rural community boasts an abundance of scenic beauty and natural resources in close proximity to the city of Westfield, MA.
The position is responsible for supervising and coordinating the overall operations of Town government and managing the day-to-day affairs under the general direction of the three-member Select Board.
Detailed position description (PDF)
• Community Financial Profile: Find the interactive version of this municipal profile here, and select “Blandford” in the dropdown.
• Resilient Master Plan (PDF)

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, business administration or a related field with a master’s degree preferred; minimum of three to five (3-5) years’ experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Salary range is $65,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience and training. Excellent benefits are offered.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume as PDF file attachments, in confidence, to [email protected]. The deadline to receive applications is Monday, November 13 at 12:00 PM noon with applications being accepted until the position is filled.

Request for Proposals: Treasurer-Collector and Treasurer’s Clerk Services

The Town of Blandford (“Town” hereafter) is seeking a consultant who is experienced, competent, and learned in public sector financial matters, and well qualified to advise and assist the Town in discharging Treasurer, Collector and Treasurer’s Clerk services. A more detailed RFP is available at the Town Offices, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008. Electronic or hard copies may be requested by emailing [email protected] or call 413-848-4279, ext. 502. The RFP will be available from the time of this notice until the due date specified below. The Select Board will be the awarding and contracting authority and reserves the right to reject any and all proposals if it is deemed in the best interests of the Town to do so.

Completed proposals are to be submitted electronically to [email protected] or via mail to the Town Office, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008 no later than 12:00 PM, Monday, October 2, 2023.

Request for Price Quotes: Porter Memorial Library Site Improvements

The Select Board of the Town of Blandford invites price quotes for construction of a patio at the Porter Memorial Library located at 87 Main Street, Blandford, MA 01008. The written scope of work will be available from the time of this notice until the due date specified below. The Select Board will be the awarding and contracting authority and reserves the right to reject any and all proposals if it is deemed in the best interests of the Town to do so.

Price quotations are to be submitted no later than 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 31, 2023 at the Town Offices, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA, 01008. Submission procedure is available in the below materials.

Porter Memorial Library Site Improvements
• Prevailing Wage Rates

Special Town Meeting – June 29, 2023

A Special Town Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 PM at Blandford Town Hall. The agenda for the meeting includes just two items: The water treatment plant’s ongoing Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) project and the FY24 budget for the Hampden County Retirement Board assessment.

Article 1: In March 2023, a Special Town Meeting authorized borrowing a little under $900,000 to undertake construction of an upgraded SCADA system at the Long Pond Water Treatment Plant. This project, in development since 2020, would address concerns with disinfection byproducts and other issues identified by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The cost of the project would be borne by Town water users and financed by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). Projects included in the CWSRF would need to be under contract by June 30 with slight extensions and 13% loan forgiveness possible.

Construction bids came back higher than anticipated in late May necessitating authorization of the additional funding of about $280,000 at a Special Town Meeting. The Town’s consultant, Wright-Pierce, has identified some additional potential savings to bring project costs back in line.

Article 2: This corrects a clerical error in which the Town under appropriated by a little over $4,000 the amount needed to pay the Hampden County Retirement Assessment. By making this correction, the Town can pay the full assessment prior to July 31, locking in about $1,500 in savings for prompt payment.

Review the Warrant here.