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The new DPW lets in the community

By Erin O'Connor

Staff Writer

AGAWAM On Oct. 21, Agawam had an open house at the new Public Works and Municipal Annex building located at 1000 Suffield Street.

Mayor Richard Cohen, on behalf of the Town of Agawam, invited residents to celebrate the official opening of the new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Public tours were given out by members of the municipality until 1 p.m. The building was developed in a circular design. Starting at the front desk and taking a right will circle oneself around the building. Currently housed at this new location are the Departments of Public Works, Engineering, and Inspection Services. The Office of Emergency Management for Agawam and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for regions three and four will house offfices adjacent to each other.

"It's been a great project. It has been a virtue for the town of Agawam," Bruce Tebo, the project manager, said. "Mayor Cohen was excellent through the entire process. We had a lease with the town of Agawam to take a building and make it productive and this is the perfect location for parking and access."

" A 7,000 square feet building, operating as a state agency that is charged with response, this is evidence of a true collaboration at work," Christine McCombs, the director for MEMA said. "The mission that the mayor had in 04' was to relocate. This is evidence of the strongest partnership, with the mayor by our side."

"This is an example of a department that protects life and safety, the best in town," George Bitzas, city council member said of the Emergency Management Team. "The town and myself appreciate the effort."