Meetings Week of October 5, 2015:
Board of Assessors: Monday, 5 p.m. Sawyer Hall AGENDA
Board of Selectmen: Tuesday, 7 p.m. Community Hall AGENDA
Board of Health: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Sawyer Hall
October 7, 2015: Request for Determination, Conservation Comm. 7 p.m. Sawyer Hall RFD
All Town Meetings are open to the public. Board of Selectmen meeting minutes are posted as they are approved and contain a lot of important information. Please check the link to the right of the screen to read the minutes. Board of Health, Planning Board, and Finance Committee also post minutes on the website. All town meetings are subject to Massachusetts Open Meeting Law please click link for more information OPEN MEETING LAW.
Transfer Station Summer Hours: Begin May 27th. Wed. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. FY16 Permits are on sale in the post office during regular operating hours. Attendant is Ken Erho. BROCHURE with FAQsHeath Cultural Council Applications available and DUE October 15, 2015 (post mark). APPLICATIONS AND INFO
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - TOWN OF HEATH: HIGHWAY LABORER, Full-time, benefits. Please inquire at Town Hall for an application or complete (see link), and drop off at Town Hall. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
HEATH SCHOOL: FOR News, updates, calendar, etc. please click HEATH SCHOOL LINK
SIGN UP FOR WIREDWEST! We are almost to 40%! - Two more needed!!
It’s easy! Just click on image or this WIREDWEST LINK and find out how to pay your $49 deposit with either a credit card or send a check to WiredWest! A complete informational packet was sent in the mail! Heath is already on its way to becoming a fiber town! Mail In Form if you want to pay by check: CLICK HERE FOR FORM Please sign up by June 30, 2015!
HEATH HIGHWAY & PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING PROJECT
PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING COMPLEX PROJECT: The First Informational Meeting to discuss the Public Safety Building project was held on July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall, 1 West Main St., Heath, MA. 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 ATM and on 7/22. Additional Informational Sessions have been scheduled for FEBRUARY 24, 2015 after the Special Town Meeting; MARCH 11, 2015, 7 p.m.If you would like to send the committee a message, please email email@example.com. You will receive an automatic response expressing that all discussions will take place at scheduled, open public meetings. Thank you. FAQ BROCHURE CLICK HERE
Revised plans Revised Budget Estimate Revised Schematic Drawing Revised Floor Plan These changes have reduced the overall cost of project from over $4.1 Million to $3.6 Million — with the matching grant from the Commonwealth of MA, the cost to Heath will be reduced to half, or $1.8 Million. This project passed at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday. The Municipal Safety Complex Building Committee will continue to work on the planning of the project.
On July 24, 2015, the Town of Heath received a Letter of Termination informing us that the signed contract between the Town of Heath and Executive Office of Administration and Finance, Commonwealth of MA, had been terminated. Reason: No money. Then later, after Senator Downing and Representative Mark sent a plea to restore funding, the response included reasons for termination such as, “the previous administration did not appropriately document or budget for the contract, inform the new Administration of its existence, or set up necessary accounting procedures for the Commonwealth’s purported financial obligations under the contract.” The new Administration did know about its existence as there is documented correspondence over the course of many months. The money was funded from Muni IT infrastructure from 1100-3001 of Chapter 304 of 2008 – https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2008/Chapter304 basically, funds that were unused for whatever reason, but remain and used by the Governor as part of the Capital budget. It is common that outgoing administrations allocate money for projects at the last minute http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/12/western_massacusetts_sees_flur.html . Please keep informed and if possible, reach out to your legislators on this most important matter for our Town.
National Grid has been modeling storm response on data collected from area Weather Stations on the Earth Networks system. There are a number of pockets in the Western portion of Massachusetts that have very light radar coverage, so National Grid has made the decision to purchase additional Weather Stations and Heath has been chosen to provide a location. The Weather Station is a donation to the Town and becomes the property of the Town. It is located on top of Sawyer Hall. National Grid has agreed to pay for any basic maintenance that is needed to support the operation of the Weather Station, but Heath will be responsible for minor “housekeeping” such as emptying the rain catch, clearing leaves, etc. The Highway Dept., as well as the entire community, will be able to view the data through the internet. The school may also use the data as a learning opportunity. Each Weather Station has an LCD display that anyone can view to see current weather conditions. An On-Line Weather Center web link that is based on data from Heath’s Weather Station is available on www.townofheath.org for anyone with an internet connection to gain access to current weather conditions. You may also get an app on your cell phone: for android phones search Weatherbug in the Google Play store and iPhones search Weatherbug in the iTunes store. WEATHER STATION WEB LINK CLICK HERE!
CRAFTY LADIES: If you’d like to join the Crafty Ladies and enjoy time to work on craft projects, please stop in at the Community Hall on the second and fourth THURSDAY of each month from 4-6 p.m. Tea/snack is usually available. Suggested donation to benefit the Community Hall. Next group meets Thursday, Oct. 23 and every 2nd and 4th Thursday till late spring. If you ‘d like to be added to the email notification list or need more information, please call Kara at 337-4934, ext. 0.
HATHA YOGA CLASSES AT THE COMMUNITY HALL MONDAYS! Mondays, 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Drop in cost: $13/class. 6 classes for $75. Hope to see you!
WHY YOGA? Click Here for 10 reasons to start!
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).
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.
VOLUNTEER OPENINGS: Historical Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals have openings. Please inquire with Town Coordinator for more information. Thank you and thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers — your service is appreciated!!
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 Eileen Tougas at 337-8558 between 9am-11am the Monday before the scheduled meal for reservations. Reservations are required. 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!
FOOT CLINIC: 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call Eileen McVay-Lively at 337-4742 to set up an appointment at the Senior Center with Kip Moeller.
Open Sew/Quilt Time and Open Art will resume the Fall.
Senior Exercise Class, Healthy Bones & Balance, is held every Tuesday from 11 am - 12 noon and Thursday 10-11 am 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
Meeting with Governor Deval Patrick