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!
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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.
Brownfields Clean-up and Demolition at Former Ramage Paper Mill in Monroe
The Town of Monroe and it contractors are completing the clean-up and demolition of the collapsing wooden building at the former Ramage Paper Mill. Funding from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Brownfields program, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Great River Hydro (formerly TransCanada) is supporting this work. Concerns about potential impacts on the Deerfield River and public safety led the Town of Monroe to remedy this situation, with the assistance of the FRCOG, after repeated requests to the property owner went unanswered.
The next stage of this project is to design, engineer, and construct an overlook park on the site, as funded by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
Photos after demolition of the wood structure at Ramage Paper Mill site and with rocks placed along the river’s edge from July 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 413-774-3167 x123.
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 recently hosted a workshop with Attorney Joel Bard and State Rep. Steve Kulik on the many changes coming as a result of the legalization of recreational marijuana. We have collected a number of resources for towns and others on our website. Click here for a collection of useful information on the new law.
Interested in what is going on at the FRCOG? Check out the updates provided at our most recent Council meeting!
Handouts from the 7/26 workshop presented by Dr. Rick Peltier of UMass Amherst and Marc Wolman of the Department of Environmental Protection are below:
Presentation by Mark Wolman, MassDEP
Presentation by Dr.Rick Peltier, UMass Amherst
Recorder article about workshop