South Deerfield Water Supply District issued a subpoena from the state Attorney General’s Office

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The village water supply district, run by elected commissioners and its longtime superintendent, Roger Sadoski Jr., is under investigation by the state attorney general’s office, according to minutes from the commission’s last meeting.

It is still unclear what the investigation is about, but according to the South Deerfield Water Supply District’s minutes, a detective from the attorney general’s office came by the South Deerfield facility off Route 116 and delivered a subpoena for documents. The court order was directed to the South Deerfield Water Supply District Board of Water of Commissioners on May 9, the same day as the meeting.

According to a brief entry in the meeting minutes, the detective delivered the subpoena to one of the three water commissioners, Shawn Bowman, who was elected at the district’s annual meeting in April and is serving his first term. The commissioners and the superintendent reviewed the document issued to them, and all of them agreed to “fully comply with the subpoena,” according to the minutes.

The attorney general’s office declined to comment about the event or the subpoena. It is not the office’s practice to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, spokeswoman Chloe Gotsis said.

The district’s lawyer, John Connors of Greenfield, confirmed the accuracy of the minutes.

“Roger Sadoski is not mentioned anywhere in the subpoena,” Connors said. “It’s directed just at the district.”

Connors declined to elaborate on the investigation or the nature of the documents requested by the detective. Sadoski, the water superintendent, declined to comment when asked about the probe this week. At the meeting, Sadoski, 63, said he will be retiring soon, “maybe this year or next year,” according to a separate entry in the minutes.

Sadoski is also a member of the Deerfield Planning Board, which is a separate legal entity from the water district.

Bowman said he could not comment on the matter, noting he was elected just weeks ago. Fellow commissioners, Chairman David Wells and Gary Stokarski, were not reachable for comment by press time.

Nancy Zabka, the district’s clerk and accountant, declined to comment.

The district’s approved budget for this coming fiscal year totals about $638,000. The water district is its own, independent governmental entity that provides water to the South Deerfield area. It is separate from the South Deerfield Fire District and from the Deerfield Fire and Water District, which services the northern part of town, including the village of Old Deerfield.

The South Deerfield district’s next scheduled commissioners meeting is Friday at 1 p.m. at the district’s office on Sunderland Road. The agenda is blank, except for one item of new business: “staffing.”

Author: Going Green

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