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FRCOG’s Health District Wins Federal Food Safety Grant

Thanks to a national push to reduce foodborne illness, seven local towns that share a regional health agent have been awarded a federal grant to support their food safety initiatives. The grant will bring improved inspection and data collection and low-cost and free training for food service employees.

According to Regional Health Agent Glen Ayers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funding will focus on food establishments in the towns of Buckland, Charlemont, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden and Monroe. The towns, members of the Cooperative Public Health Service health district at the FRCOG, will receive $65,000 per year for five years to support improvements in inspection and education.   “This grant will give us the technology to do food inspections on tablets out in the field and allow the Boards of Health to track data on food safety issues identified over time,” said Ayers. The FRCOG also has hired a part time Food Safety Agent, Randy Crochier, and will start providing low-cost ServSafe, Choke Saver, and allergy training to town residents and food establishments. The first training is scheduled for March 25 in Buckland.

“The Boards of Health in the health district are committed to keeping the residents and the many visitors to our towns safe from foodborne illness, and are excited about the opportunities this grant offers us,” said Doug Telling, Charlemont Board of Health Co-Chair.

The funds are provided as part of FDA’s support for advancing conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.

On the web:

http://frcog.org/program-services/cooperative-public-health-services/

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/RetailFoodProtection/ProgramStandards/ucm245409.htm

 

CPHS Health Agent Glen Ayers conducting a food inspection

CPHS Health Agent Glen Ayers conducting a food inspection

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Presentations from the Municipal Partnerships Conference

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Lt. Gov. Polito kicks off the conference to a standing-room only crowd of municipal officials.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies hosted the Elevating Municipal Partnerships Conference in Worcester on 11/12/15.  For more information on the Community Compact program, click here.  Session presentations are available below:

Financial Management Best Practice Session Presentations:

MTWP Community Compact Conference Nov 2015
JOHN Budgeting Best Practices Presentation 11-12-15
SARAH Fiscal Management-Sarah Stanton-City of Salem
SEAN Slide for Muni Summit 11-2015

IT Best Practice Session Presentations:
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Nat_Ashland_coUrbanize Presentation
JerrardWhitten_RegionalCMMS11.2015

Housing and Economic Development Best Practice Session Presentations:
Athol Interactive Mapping
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Presentation_Easthampton_110915

Regionalization Best Practice Session Presentations:
Regional Partnerships – Group Purchases – Holy Cross 2015
South County EMS Regionalization Presentation
For more information on sharing municipal services in Massachusetts, click here.

Transportation Best Practice Session Presentations:
2015-11-12 CrossTown Connect TMA Presentation
Beverly_Complete Streets

Energy and Environment

Climate Vulnerability Assessment, Quincy MA

FRCOG Autumn Newsletter

connrivWe are pleased to release this season’s issue of the FRCOG Newsletter. Please let us know if you would like it emailed to you by clicking here, and read the information-packed issue here: 2015 autumn newsletter

When is an electrical permit and license required?

Our electrical inspector, Tom McDonald, has some important news to share about the usefulness and requirement of applying for an electrical permit and hiring a licensed electrician.  To see more, please click here.

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