Here are the updates we gave our Council members at their quarterly meeting on July 20 – full of information on the work of the staff and committees over the last quarter!
Join us on September 7th for a review of what the final legislation says and what next steps are for select boards, planning boards, and boards of health.
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This page will be updated regularly during the upcoming flu clinic season to reflect the flu clinics organized by FRCOG’s Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) and the Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO).
Everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. When we all are vaccinated, we build community immunity that protects the elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems from the terrible effects of influenza.
For information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment of influenza, visit www.flu.gov
For more information on the CPHS, click here.
We are pleased to announce that July 1, 2017, marked the FRCOG’s 20th birthday. In the two decades since the FRCOG Charter was enacted by vote of all 26 Franklin County towns, we have been honored to work on behalf of all of you on many diverse projects, including town accounting, brownfields redevelopment, teen substance abuse prevention, health and building inspection, and planning for healthy and vibrant communities. All summer we will be celebrating our history of working together as a region by digging into our archives to highlight what the towns of Franklin County have achieved together through the FRCOG. You can follow our daily posts of historical milestones on Facebook and on Twitter
Not on social media? You can see the posts here: 20th anniversary posts up to August 4
Also — no big anniversary is complete without a party! Please tentatively hold October 20, in the afternoon for a celebration and Open House (more details TBD)
FRCOG’s Annual Reports for 2016 are online and available!
Click here to see the full regional report.
Click here to find your town’s appendix. These appendices include just the town-specific work done, and were distributed to each town bound into the back of the full Regional Report.
The Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report (PDF, 5 mb) is available for review.
Please forward your comments and questions about the Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report to email@example.com or call 413-774-3167 x123, by no later than the close of business on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. To receive a hardcopy of the Draft Report, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-774-3167 x123.
MassDOT is currently updating the statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan. Check out MassDOT’s website to see how you can provide input and help create safe, comfortable, and convenient bike networks to advance bicycling for everyday travel. Take a quick on-line survey to provide your input (survey link). There is also an interactive map that allows you to enter routes, and provide comments and concerns about bicycling conditions statewide. Here is the link to the interactive map.
As part of Bay State Bike Week, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will host a breakfast on Tuesday, May 16th, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the John W. Olver Transit Center located at 12 Olive Street in Greenfield. There will be coffee, juice and light breakfast fare. The event is a fun opportunity to meet other bicyclists and share thoughts on bicycling. The Franklin Regional Transit Authority will have a bus that is equipped with a bicycle carrying rack available to try loading and unloading.
For further information please contact Senior Transportation Planner II, Elizabeth Giannini at email@example.com.
On April 7 the FRCOG was pleased to host a broad group of community based organizations, health care providers, local and state government representatives, school officials, and public health professionals for the release of the region’s first Community Health Improvement Plan, in conjunction with the release of the 2017 National County Health Rankings. The FRCOG has been working for over a year with a dozen other organizations to assess health needs, identify evidence-based interventions, and prioritize strategies.
To review the Community Health Improvement Plan, a list of the partners, and the slides from April 7, visit: http://frcog.org/program-services/regionalization-special-projects/chip/
For more information on the County Health Rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org
The FRCOG Bicycle Parking Program will provide bike racks for public use free of charge to towns in Franklin County. Towns will be able to select the bike racks that they prefer. The racks will be ordered by the FRCOG and delivered to towns on a first come, first-served basis. In order to be able to provide bike racks at no cost, the FRCOG must have a commitment from each participating town that they will be promptly installed. For information on how to receive free bike racks, see the Bicycle Parking Program information page.
This opportunity to receive bicycle racks is made possible through a contract with MassDOT, which will reimburse the FRCOG for the cost of bike racks through the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.