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HMCC Participates in Patient Evacuation Exercise

The Western MA Health & Medical Coordinating Coalition participated in a tabletop exercise on April 25th testing the MA Dept. of Public Health’s new Patient Placement Coordination Plan. Following federal requirements, the Department had to practice moving at least 20% of western Mass’ hospital patients from sending hospitals to receiving hospitals. The scenario involved flooding that required Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Baystate Medical Center evacuating all of their patients and sending them to the remaining eight hospitals in the region.

Staff from the MA Dept. of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management test out the State’s new Patient Placement Coordination Plan

Exercise facilitators from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health look on as Mary Clark, former MA Dept. of Public Health’s director of the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management tests the statewide plan to handle hospital evacuations

A moment of laughter amid the chaos of practicing the movement of over 1,100 patients from two hospitals to the other eight in western MA.

Hmmmm…are you sure about that Michael? Michael Nelson, regional public health coordinator for the MA Dept. of Public Health’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management and Montague selectman,helps determine how many beds are available to handle incoming hospital patients.

Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Released for 21-day Public Review

On April 24, 2018, the FCTPO released a Draft Franklin 2019 UPWP. There will be a 21-day public comment period on the draft UPWP from Friday, April 27 through Friday, May 18, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing by email to mrhodes@frcog.org or by mail to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.

DRAFT Franklin 2019 UPWP

Public Comment Period Open for the Draft 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Amendment #3 to the 2018-2022 TIP

On April 24, 2018, the FCTPO released a Draft Amendment #3 to the 2018-2022 TIP Highway Project list as well as a Draft 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program. There will be a 21-day public comment period on the draft TIP documents from Friday, April 27 through Friday, May 18, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing by email to lscarbrough@frcog.org or by mail to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301. Links to the draft TIP documents are below:

Draft 2018-2022 TIP Highway Amendment #3:  Draft 2018-2022 TIP Highway Amendment 3

Draft 2019-2023 TIP Highway Project List:  Draft 2019-2023 TIP Highway Project List

Draft 2019-2023 TIP Transit Project List:  Draft 2019-2023 TIP Transit Project List

Draft 2019-2023 TIP Full Text:  Draft 2019-2023 TIP Full Text

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.

Evaluation of Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Report Released

Evaluation of Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In 2017, FRCOG Staff assessed the demand for electric vehicle charging stations in the region with the goal of determining if the existing infrastructure is adequate or if additional charging stations are needed.  The Study found that existing public charging stations in Franklin County are well used and additional stations are needed throughout the region.  The Study and its findings can be found 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