Meetings Week of July 25, 2016:
Tuesday: Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee, 7 p.m. Sawyer Hall BOS AGENDA
Thursday: Heath Education Initiative Task Force, 7 p.m. Heath School
Thursday: Heath Broadband Committee, 7 p.m. Sawyer Hall BBC AGENDA
All Town Meetings are open to the public. Various Boards/Committees post minutes on the website that contain important information. Please click on link to the right of the screen to view minutes.
All Town Meetings are subject to Massachusetts Open Meeting Law — please click link for more information OPEN MEETING LAW
TRANSFER STATION HOURS: NOTE NEW HOURS: Beginning Memorial Day, 2016, hours are as follows: Mondays 9am - 1 pm; Wednesdays 12 noon - 4 pm; Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm Winter hours begin November 1st each year: Wednesdays 12 noon - 4 pm; Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm.
Attendant is Ken Erho. FY17 permits will be available at the post office in June. You must have a permit to use the transfer station. Thank you.
HEATH SCHOOL: FOR News, updates, calendar, etc. please click HEATH SCHOOL LINK
Please visit this link to a website created by the Heath Education Initiative Task Force. This task force is exploring educational options for the schoolchildren of Heath and meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Sawyer Hall (agendas posted in Sawyer Hall). CLICK HERE FOR LINK
It’s easy! Just click on image or this WIREDWEST LINK and find out how to pay your 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 Heath has now met the 40% Goal but new sign ups are needed!
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 given: 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, failed to 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 - 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 as they leave office. Please keep informed and if possible, reach out to your legislators on this most important matter for our Town - ask that funding get restored.
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).
www.tickreport.com 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 Cultural Council has openings. Please inquire with Town Coordinator for more information. Thank you and thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers — your dedication 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 Margo Newton at 339-8580 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.
Open Art and Open Sew/Quilt Time: Mondays (painting 12 noon - 3 p.m.); Thursdays (sewing/quilt time 4-6pm) 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. Also, starting Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. Healthy Lifestyle Support Group with Claire Rabbitt, Sr. Center. Chair Yoga: Monday mornings, 10 am at the Sr. Center.
Heath Senior Art Group has beautiful artwork on view for extended period of time. Please stop in to view and enjoy the talented works of our Heathan artists!
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 VETERANS' MEMORIAL FUNDRAISING SIGN Artwork by Larry Sampson/ Photo by Art Schwenger