Testing for asymptomatic people (people who are not currently sick):
- Greenfield Stop The Spread site: https://www.cic-health.com/stopthespread
- Community Health Center of Franklin County has suspended testing to focus on vaccination.
- UMass Community COVID Testing: free for asymptomatic people, testing Tuesday-Thursday, including PM hours on Thursday. https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/communitycovidtest
- Baystate Franklin Medical Center: https://www.baystatehealth.org/covid19/testing Daily testing in Greenfield across the street from the hospital at 157 High St. You must schedule an appointment to be tested by calling 413-795-TEST and you will need a physician referral.
- Walgreen’s at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/category/covid-19
Testing for people with symptoms:
- Medical Providers with onsite testing for their patients include CHFCFC, Baystate Medical Practices (at drive-through across the street from BFMC), Valley Medical Group (Mondays and Fridays 8-4 in Greenfield with an appointment).
- Walgreen’s has an at-home test that can be ordered at their website https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/category/covid-19
- Click here for additional at-home testing for MA residents: https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/ma-testing?utm_source=stateofma&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=covid-19_ma-testing
Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation for the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership area, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Franklin Region Council of Governments (FRCOG) are developing an inventory and online map of the recreational assets in the 21-town partnership area. At this time, BRPC and FRCOG are looking for feedback on the draft inventory and map, which are available in the following links.
Map of MTWP Recreation Inventory: https://berkshire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=44be5855f1614d3ea3d076fbbd4caf9d
Berkshire County Recreation Inventory (northern portion of county): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aAeRJZbz9K7UYP9rIe2gV5667DlIAXNx/view?usp=sharing
Franklin County Recreation Inventory (western portion of county): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lGpcbxD9gBzIQPBQaUM3CbtWE-dULlqI/view?usp=sharing
Please give us your comments and corrections by May 31st to:
Beth Giannini, Franklin Region Council of Governments
Listening Session, May 27, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The towns of Northfield and Warwick, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, is hosting a public listening session to review key findings and priority actions that have come out of over a year of stakeholder outreach and virtual workshops. Both towns are seeking to become designated as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) communities through the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) MVP Program. Four Community Resilience Building workshops were held virtually in February and March to discuss impacts of climate change, identify the towns’ top hazards of concern, review current strengths and vulnerabilities, and brainstorm actions to increase resiliency in three categories – infrastructure, society, and environment. By becoming a designated MVP community, both towns will be eligible to apply for MVP Action Grants to pursue identified action items.
The process will also result in an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for each town. Once the plan is approved by FEMA and MEMA, both towns will also be able to apply for hazard mitigation funding from those agencies.
The session will be held virtually on Thursday, May 27, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. An agenda with meeting link is below:
Public Comment Period on Draft Plan, May 28 – June 11, 2021
The session will be followed by a 2-week public comment period on the final draft plan (see links below). Comments are due by Friday, June 11, 2021. Please submit comments to Alyssa or Helena, contact information below.
For more information please contact: Alyssa Larose, email@example.com, 413-774-3167 x127, or Helena Farrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
The DRAFT 2021 Franklin County CEDS Annual Performance Report is available for review and comment. Click here to view the report.
Please submit comments by email to email@example.com by Friday, June 4 at 5:00 pm.
The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will host a Franklin County Pollinator Planning workshop on Thursday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss strategies and opportunities for expanding pollinator habitat across the county and reflect on lessons learned from the work FRCOG has been doing with 8 partnering towns: Greenfield, Heath, Shelburne, Conway, Bernardston, Montague, Wendell, and Orange. The Franklin County workshop will also be an opportunity for anyone who missed the town workshops to join the pollinator habitat discussion. Pre-register for the zoom meeting via the registration link.
With funding from an Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Planning Grant, FRCOG is working to map local pollinator habitat and resource areas and identify corridor linkages, recommend updates to local land-use regulations to include requirements for native plantings for development and pollinator-friendly landscape management practices, and create a Pollinator Habitat Corridor Implementation Toolkit. The plan will be expandable so that with additional funding and interest from other Franklin County towns, regional pollinator corridors can be expanded across the county. Local-level strategies such as these are critically needed to respond to climate change, habitat loss, and declining populations of wild, native pollinator species. The sustainability of our local ecosystems, farms, and food systems is linked to pollinators.
For additional information please contact Helena Farrell at HFarrell@frcog.org.
The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) reviewed and released a budget reallocation to the Franklin 2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for a 21-day public review and comment period on April 27, 2021. This comment period will run from April 30 through May 21, 2021. Public comments should be submitted in writing to Maureen Mullaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Draft Franklin 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is out for a 21-day public review. The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) reviewed and released the Draft Franklin 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for a 21-day public review and comment period on April 27, 2021. The comment period will run from April 30 through May 21, 2021. Public comments on the Draft UPWP should be submitted in writing to Maureen Mullaney at email@example.com.
The FCTPO reviewed and released the Draft 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program for a 21-day public review and comment period on April 27, 2021. This comment period will run from April 30 through May 21, 2021. Public comments on the Draft TIP should be submitted in writing to Laurie Scarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is hosting a Virtual Public Information Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, May 6th from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. See meeting link.
- Link to the Youtube event: https://youtu.be/FgM4KAJm2JQ
- Link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/945278999540432/