Thorndike Water District


The Commissioners' monthly meeting is held at the Thorndike Fire & Water District office on the Third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted. The public is welcome to attend. All special meetings will be posted 48 hours in advance at Palmer Town Hall, Thorndike Post Office, and at the Thorndike Fire & Water District office. If meetings are videotaped, they will be broadcast on M-pact, Channel 15 on the Saturday following the meetings at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Meeting videotapes are also available with computer access at Then, go to Videos Section and find Thorndike Fire and Water. Most meetings are available.

The Thorndike Fire & Water Finance Committee.  More members are needed.   All meetings are open to the public.  Meeting notices will be posted online as well as on the Town of Palmer website and at the Thorndike Post Office.

The hard copy of the annual 2022 Water Quality Report is available at the office.  There is also a digital file online for this year's report.  The second quarter bill also included a hard copy sent in the mail to all customers.

Thorndike Fire & Water District sources its water from Three Rivers, Palmer, and Bondsville Water Districts. Fire protection is provided by the Palmer Fire Department.

When employment opportunities  are available the postings will be at Thorndike Post Office, Palmer Town Hall, and Thorndike Fire & Water District office.

In case of a water emergency after hours, please call the Palmer Police Department at (413) 283-8792.

Committee Members
Name Title Term
Helena Naglack Commissioner 06/30/25
Ruth Curtin Chair, Commissioner 06/30/26
Ralph Robak Commissioner 06/30/24
Marybeth Simard Treasurer  
Maria Donato Clerk 06/30/24
  Administrative Assistant   

Contracted Water Superintendent - Bob Flagg, East National Water 

Finance Committee:
Peter Warakomski
William Contois  Member
Vacancies (3 positions) Members



Thorndike Fire & Water District Office
4064 Church Street, Thorndike, MA 01079





Updated 09/02/2021

Thorndike Fire and Water Department April 18, 2023 Meeting Minutes

Thorndike Fire & Water
Monthly Meeting
April 18, 2023

Present:  Commissioners:  Helena Naglack, Ruth Curtin and Ralph Robak - Commissioners; Marybeth Simard – Treasurer and Clerk Maria Donato.  Sarah Menard, Peter Warakomski and Will Contois were present.

Meeting was called to order at 4:45 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance


                Treasurer’s Report is attached to meeting minutes.


                Water Superintendent’s Report:  Water Superintendent not present.


March meeting minutes reviewed.  Motion to accept March 2023 Helena motions to accept,  Ralph 2nd,


Old Business:

  • Solar Panels Inquiries:  Ruth reached out to approximately 10 different companies and will revisited
  • Shut offs on the 28rd :  Notices will be left for Thorndike customers
  • Work order Status:  Ralph has been working with Superintendents newest team member and making progress on working on cleaning work orders
  • Solar Farms – North of Mt. Dumplin and Gates St.:  Intentions to bring to the attention of the Town of Palmer regarding credit for the district as both solar farms are in Thorndike District that is not being received by Thorndike Fire and Water.
  • Accounting Consultant, Sara Menard:  Sara gave presentation and made recommendations for budget changes.

Motion to accept old business by Ralph, Helena 2nd

New Business

  • Minimum usage charge:  Decision made not to change current minimum usage charge at this time, but  will be revisited as a possibility at a later time.
  • Finance Committee budget meeting following commissioner’s meeting (Public Welcome)
  • Annual meeting June 20, 2023 at 4:30pm, 2023-2024 Elections June 20, 2023 4:00 pm to 7:00pm., Monthly commissioner’s meeting June 20, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.


Motion to accept new business by Ralph, Peter 2nd.


Communications from the Public:  None

Meeting Adjourned at 5:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by: Maria Donato, Clerk


Ruth Curtin, Commissioner                         

Thorndike Fire and Water Department September 21, 2022 Meeting Agenda

Thorndike Fire and Water District
P.O. Box 164
4064 Church Street
Thorndike, MA 01079



Agenda for Wednesday September 21, 2022
Commissioners’ Monthly Meeting @ 4:30p.m.



Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiances

Welcome Guests / Roll Call

Water Superintendent’s Report

Review of August monthly meeting minutes


Old Business

  • Burleigh Park Water Bill
  • New Admin. Assistant Hired
  • Palmer Center Vault Leak--$4k
  • American Discount Rate Reduction
  • Multiple Meter Replacement
  • Easement of Forest Lake Project in Process


New Business 

  • Mulch for Office
  • Summer Street Fire Hydrant
  • Meter Access Letters
  • Bounced Check Charge
  • Microsoft Office Software update for three computers


Communication from the Public




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