Heath, Massachusetts

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Town Offices

1 East Main St Heath, MA 01346
Phone: 413-337-4934
Fax: 413-337-8542

Email Selectmen Sheila Litchfield, Chair, Brian DeVriese and Bill Lattrell bos@townofheath.org

Email Town Coordinator,
Kara Leistyna: bos@townofheath.org
Email Town Clerk, Hilma Sumner:     townclerk@townofheath.org

Town News

Greetings!  

Meetings Scheduled for Week of July 21, 2014:

Board of Health: Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. Sawyer Hall agenda

Municipal Complex Committee Informational Meeting: Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Community Hall - ALL WELCOME!

MUNICIPAL COMPLEX BUILDING PROJECT:  The First Informational Meeting to discuss the Municipal Complex was held on July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall, 2 West Main St., Heath.  Members of the Committee were there as well as a representative from Reinhardt Associates to present information and answer questions.  Here are some links to the information that was presented at the Annual Town Meeting and on 7/22.  BRAY ROAD CONCEPT MAP POWER POINT PRESENTATION 2014 SCHEMATIC FLOOR MAP Finance Committee Municipal Safety Complex Financial Implications as of 7/22/14


TRANSFER STATION SUMMER HOURS are now in effect:
Saturday 8am-4pm; Monday 9am-1pm and Wednesday 1pm-5pm.  Renewal Stickers are NOW due July 1 and are available for purchase at the post office during regular hours.
You will not have access to the Transfer Station without a current sticker. This year you may enter a chance to win a kitchen compost pail or backyard compost bin. Click here for details!

2013 Annual Report is on our website this year! Click the link to the right of your screen labelled ANNUAL REPORT. There are also hard copies available in the Town Hall, Library, Sr. Center and at the Annual Town Meeting.

ROAD PAVING HAS BEEN DELAYED. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.  PAVING PLANS ARE FROM NUMBER NINE ROAD FROM THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 8A TO GROLL ROAD, GROLL ROAD TO THE ROWE TOWN LINE AND STONE HILL ROAD FROM NUMBER NINE ROAD TO THE ROWE TOWN LINE. Any questions, please call the Highway Dept. 337-4462.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE:  As of April 4, 2014, the bridge at the bottom of Heath Road and Adamsville Road in Colrain has been closed to traffic indefinitely. Please seek alternate routes. If you have questions, please phone the Town of Colrain at 624-3454.

The Heath Hazard Mitigation Plan is in its final review with FEMA, prior to approval and adoption by the Town and is available for final review. Any comments can be sent to Tim Lively, Heath EMD at tmlij8337@yahoo.com or Mary Praus, FRCOG Land Use Planner at mpraus@frcog.org. Once the updated Plan is approved by FEMA and adopted by the Town, Heath will be eligible for state and federal grant monies to fund pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects to reduce the impact of future natural and man-made disasters. DRAFT PLAN FOR VIEWING TILL AUGUST 1, 2014

Annual Town Meeting was held Saturday, May 10th at the Heath School. Click here for WARRANT Article 3 FY15 Budget

NEW!! Pay your tax bill on-line!!! Visit our TAX COLLECTOR’S WEBPAGE (or see right side of screen and click on Tax Collector) to find out more and submit an electronic payment (some Uni Bank fees may apply).

National Grid Notification:  CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE

National Grid Dig Safe Notice:  DIG SAFE WORKSHEET - IMPORTANT!

The Cooperative Public Health Service has been awarded a Governor’s Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grant to provide free tick-testing services to residents of member towns. Free tick testing is available to anyone from Heath. You must click on the link above and submit your request through TickReport.com. Heath has been awarded up to 100 free tick tests.

FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (HRA) has written and submitted a CDBG application for Housing Rehabilitation on behalf of several towns including HEATH. Please see flyer HERE.  The grant was awarded and information is forthcoming. Thank you HRA!!!

JOB OPENINGS: Historical Commission and Board of Health have openings. Please inquire with Town Coordinator for more information.  Appointments for FY15 have made by the Select Board on July 1st and the 15th. If you have an interest in volunteering, please let Town Coordinator know. Thank you and thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers — your dedication is appreciated!!

NEW PERC SEASON REGS! and POLICY

**For up-to-date news on your Town, please read various meeting minutes from Select Board, Finance Committee, Board of Health and others. Most are posted regularly on this website.  Any set of minutes is available by request.

If you are not signed on to the Code Red Emergency Notification System, please use this secure, customized Community Notification Enrollment (CNE) link. This will direct you to a page that allows residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when a message is sent – unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TDD/TTY requirements can all be entered.  If you have questions, please contact Town Coordinator at 337-4934, ext. 0.

NEWS FOR SENIORS:

Senior Lunches are now the 3rd Thursday at 12 noon at Community Hall. Please call 337-5728 between 9am-11am the Monday before the scheduled meal for reservations. Reservations are required.  Meals will be served 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/22, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/21 and 12/18/2014.  The meals program has changed so make your reservation for a wholesome, home-cooked meal! A brown bag (bring your own) lunch will be held on the 1st Thursday of each month - come and enjoy your lunch and conversation with neighbors!

Open Sew/Quilt Time: New!! Bring your machine and/or sewing/quilting project starting Wednesday, April 30th from 11 am - 2 pm (meets every other Wednesday for six weeks). Eileen McVay-Lively will be available for help with questions/ideas, etc. Bring a bagged lunch/beverage. No charge but donations are always welcome (supports the Community Hall). Beginning May 7th (alternate Wednesdays with Open Sew) from 11 am - 2 pm, come in for Open Art (meets every other Wednesday for six weeks). Contact Eileen McVay-Lively, Sr. Center Coordinator, at 337-4742 for more information.


Also, Senior Exercise Class held every Tuesday from 11 am - 12 noon at the Senior Center  – This class is for Osteoporosis Prevention. It is for people 55 years and older and FREE.  Please call Claire Rabbitt for further questions 337-8309.

Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) provides transportation through the Shelburne Council on Aging, for the elderly in the following towns: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Rowe, Shelburne.  See FRTA FLYER for more information and visit FRTA WEBSITE for more information.

  • “Heath, incorporated in 1785, is named after Revolutionary War General William Heath. The town comprises a total area of 24.9 square miles with a population of 706. It is a “Right To Farm Community” with rolling hills, stone walls, forests and streams. The Heath Agricultural Society Fair, held each year in August, features a chicken barbeque, animal events, live music and lots of fun for young and old alike.”
Heath Center Old Meeting House

Heath Center Old Meeting House

Meeting with Governor Deval Patrick

Meeting with Governor Deval Patrick

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