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Draft Colrain MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Colrain’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Colrain MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Colrain Select Board meeting on June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Colrain Town Office, located at 55 Main Road in Colrain.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 4 to June 18. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to maryc@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Mary Chicoine

The Spring Scoop: Updates from the FRCOG

Interested in new initiatives and our progress on current FRCOG projects?  Check out the link below for quarterly updates presented to the FRCOG Council in April.

The Spring Scoop: News from the FRCOG

FRCOG 2017 Annual and Town Reports Are Here!

The FRCOG is pleased to present the 2017 Annual and Town Reports, highlighting the work and accomplishments of our programs and Franklin County communities.  Please click on the image above or this link to access the reports.

 

Watershed-Based Resiliency Plan for the Deerfield River Completed

The Deerfield River, a major tributary of the Connecticut River, is widely regarded as one of the coldest and cleanest rivers in Massachusetts. The watershed supports a wide variety of ecological, recreational, and commercial uses.  There are many active stakeholders who have a vested interest in maintaining the high quality and climate change resiliency of the watershed resources, including wetlands, floodplains, riparian corridors, forests and other vegetated open spaces that help to mitigate the impacts from severe storm events and flooding.  FRCOG’s comprehensive watershed-based plan identifies mitigation, restoration, preservation and avoidance projects/strategies that address multiple threats to watershed health and resiliency.  The recommendations apply to various scales – the Deerfield River Watershed, its ten HUC 12 subwatersheds and the 14 watershed towns in Franklin County.  The plan is available here.

Franklin County Municipal Directory

The FRCOG is pleased to make available the all-new digital municipal directory, with contact information for every board and department in every town. Our thanks to town hall staff for providing the information.

Click here to access the directory.

 

Wendell Community Food Assessment Findings Published

FRCOG Planning staff assisted the Town of Wendell’s Agricultural Commission, along with the Wendell Energy Committee, with a Community Food Assessment in 2017. The focus of the assessment was to determine the level of interest of residents to buy more locally produced food, and to determine what types of foods are already being produced in Wendell. Findings of the Community Food Assessment Survey can be reviewed here. A directory of food producers and food-related resources has been developed and will be published by the Wendell Agricultural Commission in early 2018.

 

Short Term Rental Workshop Materials

Materials from our 10/5/17 workshop on short term residential rentals are available here:

Slideshow: Short Term Rentals and Your Town

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:

 

Read the FRCOG Quarterly Updates!

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!

2017 JULY updates

Legal Marijuana: Municipal Options and Next Steps

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.

Flu Clinics 2018

Although the flu clinic season is over, and the district vaccinated over 1000 people, the Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) is still able to offer influenza vaccines (with no insurance co-pay) to area residents at regularly scheduled wellness clinics throughout the region.

Dates and times are during the following  walk-in clinics assisting residents of any member town  with a variety of health care needs (medication management, assessment and  monitoring of health conditions, medication information) at the following times and places:

• Every Wednesday at the Deerfield Town offices: 10 AM – 2 PM
• First Friday of each month at the Conway Town Hall on: 9 AM –12 PM.
• Second Friday of every month at Stoughton Place Housing Development in Gill: 9 AM – 11 AM
• Fourth Tuesday of every month at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center: 10:30 AM —  12:30 PM
• Second Tuesday of every month at the Charlemont Federated Church: 10:30 AM -12  PM
• Third Tuesday of every month at the Good Neighbors Food Distribution at the Charlemont Federated Church at 5 PM.

A Leyden resident gets vaccinated by Public Health Nurse Lisa White on election day, 2018.

 

The 2018 CPHS Flu Clinics were held at the following locations: 
Tuesday, September 18, 9 to 11 a.m.  South County Senior Center
Friday, October 5, 9 to 11 a.m. Conway Town Hall/Council on Aging
Tuesday, October 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Charlemont and Hawley Councils on Aging at Charlemont Federated Church
Friday, October 12, 9 to 11 a.m. Stoughton Place Apartments, Gill
Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Deerfield Elementary School, South Deerfield
Wednesday, October 17, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Gill Elementary School
Tuesday, October 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Senior Center, Shelburne Falls
Tuesday, October 23, 1 to 2 p.m. Highland Village Apartments, Shelburne Falls
Wednesday October 24, 5 to 7 p.m. Heath school building, 18 Jacobs Road
Monday, October 29, 6 to 8 p.m Mohawk Regional School, 26 Ashfield Road, Buckland
Tuesday, November 6, at polls: 7 to 9:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Leyden Town Hall
Wednesday, November 7, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Conway Grammar School

Bring your insurance cards – most forms of insurance are accepted – or, if you do not have a billable insurance, bring $20 for the fee for adults and $10 for kids.  Both injectable and flu mist formulas for kids will be available this year.  Regular or Senior High-Dose formulas available for those over age 65.

Contact Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse of FRCOG, at 413-665-1400 x114 for updated schedule and more information or visit this page regularly.

Other Town Clinics will be posted here as we get information on them: 

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.

Peak Month of Flu Activity
1982-1983 through 2015-2016

For information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment of influenza, visit www.flu.gov

For more information on the CPHS, click here.