Disaster preparedness includes every member of the family. Don’t forget the pets!!
The US experienced 10 distinct billion-dollar disasters in 2015! What will 2016 bring?
The Turners Falls Tree Inventory was completed in fall of 2015 and provides the Town of Montague with a GIS (geographic information system) data layer with each tree’s location, genus, species, common name, height, canopy spread, condition and other vital information. This data layer, along with printed maps, infographic poster, and report, will be used by the Town of Montague’s Planning and Conservation Department and DPW to manage, maintain, and plan for additional plantings of trees in Turners Falls. Download the infographic poster and final report. For more information, contact Mary Praus at email@example.com.
The Whately Food Assessment was completed in December 2015 and helps the Whately Agricultural Commission make the case for protecting one of Whately’s greatest assets – it’s excellent farmland. The report, presented as a series of infographics, is available at the Whately Town Hall, Library and in the Whately newsletter, and illustrates the economic impact of Whately’s farms to the community. It also addresses the cost of community services and the status of preserved land in Whately to date. The report also provides strategies for protecting more farmland, especially important as the housing market begins to pick up, putting some of Whately’s agricultural land at risk for development. The complete report is AVAILABLE HERE. For more info, contact Mary Praus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413 774 3167 x131.
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:
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.
Energy and Environment
We 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
W. Millers LID Workshop Series Presentations and Franklin County LID Field Trip Briefing Book Now Available
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.
Did you know that the state’s “Preserve the Trust” license plates help support water quality protection right here in Franklin County? According to the Mass Environmental Trust, currently three plates are offered, representing the coastal, central and western regions of the state (the Western Mass plate depicts a leaping Brook Trout). Proceeds from the sale of over 50,000 environmental license plates have funded more than $16 million in environmental protection and education projects. Approximately $1 million in grants is awarded annually to fund a diverse array of environmental efforts.
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