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FRCOG signs the Stigma Pledge

Massachusetts is in the midst of a heartbreaking crisis of addiction and overdose, and one of the most important things we can all do to prevent further deaths is reduce the stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. Only 1 in 12 people people with this disorder seek treatment — can you imagine if numbers were similarly low for diabetes?
FRCOG’s staff have signed the Boston Medical Center Stigma Pledge and will work to make sure we use non-stigmatizing language. Join us!

To learn more about the Pledge, click here.

To review an “Addictionary” of stigmatizing and non-stigmatizing language, click here.

Cannabis Control Commission presentation slides

We were pleased to host Commissioner Kay Doyle and Director of Government Affairs David Lakeman at the FRCOG on 6/7 for a review of the final Massachusetts Adult Use Marijuana regulations.

Click here for the slides.

Other handouts at the 6/7 meeting:

Buckland MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Buckland’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 Buckland MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Buckland Select Board meeting on June 26 at 5:30 p.m., located at the Buckland Town Hall, Second Floor. Click on this link for meeting notice details. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 14th – 28th. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to MRhodes@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Megan Rhodes

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: