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Franklin County Citizen Corps Transitions

As of July 1st, the Regional Preparedness Program no longer coordinates the Franklin County Citizen Corps. In order to create a more robust team of volunteers, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and Fairview Hospital agreed to oversee both the Berkshire and Franklin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. These units will plan together, train together, and exercise together to create one larger team with two geographic foci. Please reach out to Corinne McKeown at Fairview Hospital for more information.

As part of this transition, we have dissolved the Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Hampshire Emergency Animal Response Team (HEART) has taken on our DART volunteers. For more information about HEART, please reach out to Larry Holmberg.

We wish our Citizen Corps coordinator, Robert Quinn-O’Connor a happy and relaxing summer and say thank you for taking such good care of our volunteers for the last five years.

2018 CEDS Annual Report Available

The latest update to the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan, the 2018 CEDS Annual Report, has been approved and is available to view or download here.  Please contact Jessica Atwood, FRCOG Economic Development Program Manager at jatwood@frcog.org with any questions, comments, or a request for a hardcopy of the report.

Read the Ecological Resilience in Deerfield Report

In conjunction with the Deerfield Tree Inventory project, students from the Conway School of Landscape Design conducted a town-wide ecological assessment, assessing the role of trees in climate change resilience. Read Ecological Resilience in Deerfield: Trees As Living Infrastructure.



The Deerfield Tree Inventory project was funded by a MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant.  As part of this project, FRCOG planning staff inventoried public trees, analyzed findings and prepared a tree planting and maintenance plan. This project builds upon the 2016 Tree Inventory conducted by the FRCOG and includes data gathered in 2016. The Deerfield Tree Inventory report will be released in June 2018.

 

 

View the Buckland Rail Yard Plan

The Conway School of Landscape Design partnered with the FRCOG to re-imagine the parking lot and rail yard behind the Salmon Falls Gallery in Buckland in fall of 2017. David Grist, Conway School student, conducted extensive analysis and design. View his findings and recommendations in this plan set: Rail yard-plan set-FRCOG-final comp.

A page from David Grist’s final plan set:

Charlemont MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Charlemont’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 Charlemont MVP public meeting on June 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., located at the Charlemont Town Hall at 157 Main Street.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13 to June 27. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to psmith@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Pat Smith

Draft Montague MVP Resiliency Plan Available for Public Comment

Montague MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Montague’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on the link below to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Montague MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Montague Select Board meeting on Monday, June 18 at 7:15 p.m., located at the Montague Town Hall, Second Floor.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from May 24 to June 18. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to Walter Ramsey, Montague Town Planner, at planner@montague-ma.gov.  You may also mail comments to:

Town of Montague

One Avenue A

Turners Falls, MA 01376

Attention: Walter Ramsey

https://www.montague-ma.gov/news/newsfile_64_Montague_MVP_Plan_PublicCommentDRAFT.pdf

Ashfield and Conway MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan for the Towns of Ashfield and Conway and the South River Watershed is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the MVP public meeting Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conway Town Hall.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13th to June 27th. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to kmacphee@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Kimberly MacPhee

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