For more information, please visit our employment page.
Resources for municipal officials
Materials from our 10/5/17 workshop on short term residential rentals are available here:
Link to DPH Memo clarifying that short term rentals qualify as public lodging and need a lodging permit from the Board of Health.
Summary of Lodging requirements and definitions in the 14 member towns of the Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program.
Summary of next steps for existing short term rental hosts:
There are four important upcoming training opportunities for local boards of health. Click on the bold links to see the flyers or websites for each:
1. October 5: Short Term Residential Rentals: Public Health and Safety & Neighborhood Issues. This workshop will cover building codes, zoning, and sanitary codes as they relate to short term rentals, explore models for local regulation, and give information on how current hosts can come into compliance.
2. October 10: The Western Mass Public Health Association’s Totally Title 5 Conference, bringing together a diverse group of experts on important issues that impact septic systems and water quality in our region.
3. October 18: Western Mass Hoarding Conference (See poster to the right). Hoarding is a serious public health challenge in all of our towns. Come learn how to help people recover. Registration is open and that we expect the conference attendance to fill up quickly.
4. December 7, Jan 11 and February 8: FRCOG’s Emergency Preparedness program is bringing back its very popular Elected Officials Emergency Preparedness Training Series from five years ago. Town Administrators, Boards of Health and Select Boards are invited to learn how to prepared for disasters, and then practice those skills in a tabletop exercise. Bring your town hall colleagues! Click here for Elected Officials Series Flyer
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!
Margaret Hurley, Municipal Division Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, joined 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. Notes from that session are here: Retail MJ Muni Info Session Notes 2017.9.7
Another great resource is the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies Recreational Marijuana Resource Page.
FRCOG’s Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) and the Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO) are pleased to offer influenza vaccines (with no insurance co-pay) to area residents at Flu Clinics at various locations throughout the fall. Information on each individual clinic is available via a link below the schedule.
All Flu Clinics Poster 2017 as of 9_20
Charlemont Federated Church 10/10/2017
Conway (COA-Town Hall) 10/6/2017
Conway (Grammar School) 11/1/2017
Deerfield (SCSC) 9/19/2017
Deerfield Site Drill (Elem School) 10/14/2017
Gill (Elementary School) 10/18/2017
Gill (Stoughton Place) 10/13/2017
Leyden 10/29 and 11/7/2017
Mohawk Trail Regional School (Buckland) 10/30/2017
Shelburne Falls (Highland Village) 10/24/2017
Shelburne Falls (Sr Center) 10/2
Other Town Clinics:
Ashfield Board of Health Clinic — Sanderson School 10/21/17 10 AM-2PM. Contact: Carrie O’Gorman, BOH
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 through Sept 6
Also — no big anniversary is complete without a party! Please join us on Friday, October 13 from 3-5:30 for an anniversary celebration! Click here for flyer with all the details!
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 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.
As it turns out, the rumors we kept hearing were true! We received official notice that the Fundware accounting software used by the FRCOG and by the regional Town Accounting Program will no longer be maintained or supported by its parent company, Blackbaud, beyond December 31, 2017. Staff are actively examining options for a post-Fundware operation, including searching for grant funds to pay transition costs, and considering opportunities for additional electronic efficiency improvements to modernize the Program.
To date, Accounting Program staff have viewed demonstrations of four different accounting software programs and are evaluating each in relation to the accounting needs of the Program member towns. Throughout the process we are searching for software that is easy to use, improves staff efficiency while using the software, and continues to allow member towns with populations under 2,000 residents to benefit from the software without needing to purchase their own expensive software licenses. With Fundware, all towns are able to participate in the Program under the umbrella of the FRCOG’s master license.
FRCOG has applied for state grant funding to purchase accounting and cash management software to be used for the benefit of all Program towns. Individual software licenses can be prohibitively expensive for small town budgets. Grant funding will help us modernize our accounting software and add cash management software that will help streamline the cash reconciliation process by more quickly and accurately sharing data between the town treasurer and the accountant.
Additionally, the grant application requests funding for consulting assistance to help develop and implement additional electronic efficiencies that will allow the Program to evolve into a more efficient centrally-located operation. More robust software should offer the opportunity to improve efficiencies and help modernize the Program’s operation so we can spend less time traveling and more time doing accounting work for our towns. We should hear whether or not we will receive the grant before the end of December, 2016.