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The Clark Releases Information about Water Alternatives

For Immediate Release

November 17, 2004

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute today released background material and information it has gathered regarding the search for water to supply the proposed Clark Greylock facility on Route 7. While the Clark has turned its attention to relocating the new building to its South Street campus following last week's town meeting rejecting the extension of municipal water, the Clark provided the information and cost estimates it had collected over the past 16 months regarding wells, springs, and other private water options.

"After last week's town meeting, many people expressed interest in some of the facts and figures we presented at the meeting," said Tony King, deputy director for administration at the Clark. "Since Mount Greylock Regional High School still needs to find a solution to it's water needs, we wanted to put forward what we have found to help in that process. As we move forward on our own project, we hope that this work we have done over the past year can be of some use, and at the very least will answer some lingering questions. This information also demonstrates why we came to realize, and still believe, that a municipal water supply is the only viable longterm solution for facilities in that part of town."

Information provided to the media and available to the public on the Clark's website (includes a summary of water options explored by the Clark, including test well yields in the Phelps Knoll area, cost estimates and negotiations for water from Cricket Creek Farms, and the investigations into the feasibility of Indian Springs and Waubeeka Springs.

The Clark expects official notice from the Williamstown Board of Selectman of a second town meeting regarding the extension of the municipal waterline following their meeting this evening.

"Despite the town meeting we feel that we must move forward with the planning for the center's location here on South Street, in the lower woods of Stone Hill, in order to be ready to break ground in May 2005 for our 50th anniversary," said King. "That said, we have always wanted what is best for the community and respect the process, so we remain open to continued conversation pending the outcome of the special town meeting."

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