Hospital's offer of water to MGRHS
is conditioned on "permanent solution"

Mount Greylock Regional High School can't count on getting water from its neighbor -- unless voters approve a waterline bond issue. "Without a definitive long-term plan in place to address the high school's > on-going water issue, NBH's offer of a short-term water connection would > need to be revisited," said Paul Hopkins, a spokesman for Northern Berkshire Health Systems. The hospital didn't say what a "long-term plan" could consist of, but it said it still urgest voters to approve the bond issue. (posted 12:30 a.m., 11-25-04)

 

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 15:58:49 -0500

From: "Hopkins, Paul" <phopkins@nbhealth.org>

To: "'densmore@newshare.com'" <densmore@newshare.com>

Subject: FW: Water line - NBH clarification

 

Hi Bill - attached is what I have sent to the local media. Feel free to share it. Thanks -

 

Paul H.

 

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Hopkins, Paul

> Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 3:57 PM

> To: 'cmarcisz@berkshireeagle.com'; 'kgardner@thetranscript.com';

> 'gdrohan@advocateweekly.com'; 'news@wnaw.com'

> Subject: Water line - NBH clarification

>

> Hello - I understand there is some need to clarify Northern Berkshire Healthcare's position on providing a temporary water supply to Mt. Greylock Regional High School. You may attribute the following to me.

 

> Thanks! Paul H.

>

> "Northern Berkshire Healthcare continues to be open to the possibility of providing water on a temporary basis from its wells to Mt. Greylock Regional High School, providing there is a long-term solution.

>

> Without a definitive long-term plan in place to address the high school's on-going water issue, NBH's offer of a short-term water connection would need to be revisited. Engineering studies show that Sweetwood wells will provide sufficient water for Sweetwood's planned expansion, over and above current use, but could not be relied upon to meet the high school's needs as well.

>

> Northern Berkshire Healthcare still believes very strongly that the extension of the water main is the best solution for all involved."