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Build your community’s immunity: take time for a flu shot!

Flu season is here and local boards of health and public health nurses are hard at work making plans to build community immunity!

Check out the calendar of vaccination clinics here: https://frcog.org/flu-clinic/

According to the CDC, flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

$50,000 Culvert Replacement Grant Awarded to the Town of Leverett

Leverett was recently awarded $50,000 from the DER’s Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance (CRMA) Grant Program to conduct field data collection and analysis, design and engineering, and permitting for the replacement of a culvert on a tributary to Roaring Brook, a coldwater fishery.  Upgrading the culvert eliminates the risk of collapse, protecting infrastructure and access between Amherst and Routes 202 and improving fish and wildlife passage. The CRMA program is designed to help communities replace existing culverts with structures that will be more flood resilient and meet the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards.  Please contact Brian Kelder (brian.kelder@mass.gov, 617-626-1541) for more information.

Funding a Municipal Culvert Replacement Project – Save the Date, October 30, 2019

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is partnering with the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) to host a forum highlighting some options to secure funding assistance for municipal culvert replacement projects. The free event will be held on October 30, 2019 from 2-4 pm, at the JW Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield.   The forum will highlight the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, MassDOT Small Bridge Program, MEMA/FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants and the DER Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance (CRMA) Grant Program, as well as other state and federal funding sources. Please contact Brian Kelder (brian.kelder@mass.gov, 617-626-1541) for more information.

FRCOG is hiring!

Would you or someone you know like to join our team?

Please check out the positions available here by visiting our Employment Page!

 

Rural Policy Advisory Commission Drafting MA Rural Policy Plan

The Rural Policy Advisory Commission (RPAC) is drafting a Rural Policy Plan to identify, highlight and offer policy recommendations related to the unique issues and challenges faced by rural Massachusetts. The Plan provides a socioeconomic summary of rural Massachusetts and addresses 15 focus areas identified through listening sessions held in late 2018. The goal of the RPP is to provide a thorough but succinct outline of each Focus Area that identifies the issue and highlights sub-regional differences, describes current related state policies and a best practices from MA or another part of the country or world, and provides prioritized recommendations. Members of the RPAC and rural Regional Planning Agencies have shared in the effort to engage and solicit input from a large swath of stakeholders throughout Massachusetts through meetings and other efforts, and are sharing in the writing of the Plan.

The RPAC is conducting a final review of the Plan and prioritizing recommendations.  Check back soon for the final version of the Plan.

Draft 2020 Unified Planning Work Program Released for Public Comment

The FRCOG has released the draft 2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for public comment.  Comments on the Draft UPWP will be accepted from Friday, June 28, until Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Franklin 2020 UPWP revised draft

For more information, to submit comments, or to request a hard copy of the UPWP, please contact Megan Rhodes, Senior Transportation and Land Use Planner at mrhodes@frcog.org or (413) 774-3167 extension 132.

 

 

Draft 2020 Regional Transportation Plan Released for Public Comment

The FRCOG has released the draft 2020 Long Range Regional Transportation Plan for public comment.  Comments on the Draft Plan will be accepted from Friday, June 28, until Thursday, July 18, 2019.  The Draft 2020 Regional Transportation Plan can be viewed here. A summary of the Plan can be viewed here.

There will be 2 public forums on Tuesday, July 16th at the JWO Transit Center in Greenfield (12 Olive Street) at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm to review the draft recommendations of the Plan and to gather public comments.

For more information, to submit comments, or to request a hard copy of the Plan, please contact Megan Rhodes, Senior Transportation and Land Use Planner at mrhodes@frcog.org or (413) 774-3167 extension 132.

What is the state of emergency preparedness in Franklin County?

The Emergency Preparedness Program, with input from selectboards, town administrators, police, fire, emergency medical services, public health, and emergency managers, has completed its report on the state of emergency preparedness in Franklin County. The “Emergency Preparedness Program Future Plans” chapter, beginning on page 15, outlines how FRCOG Emergency Preparedness staff will focus their efforts over the next five years. Thank you to everyone who took part in this process. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Vision Zero/Distracted Driving Report Available

Vision Zero/Distracted Driving Report

In recent years, a movement has grown that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious road traffic injuries; this movement is known as Vision Zero. Vision Zero urges communities and policymakers to embrace new methodologies to eliminate roadway injuries and death. The current Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) adopts the Vision Zero principle with its long-range goal of zero traffic fatalities.

Distracted driving is a particular focus area of Vision Zero, as it is a problem that may be solved by technology, including the driver assist features of new cars on the road today, and the driverless, autonomous vehicles of the future. In 2019, the FRCOG completed a report on distracted driving crashes in Franklin County. The report found that distracted driving was a factor in 105 of motor vehicle crashes in Franklin County; it identified the most common sources of driver distractions and makes recommendations to support messaging about the dangers of distracted driving and support infrastructure improvements that will accommodate the adoption of driver-assistance technology and other autonomous vehicle systems, known as self-driving cars.

Distracted Driving Crashes Report FINAL

Appendix DD Crashes 2014-2016

For further information please contact Laurie Scarbrough at LScarbrough@frcog.org.