Click here to review UMass’ new Climate Change Report, filled with great data and charts to help you think about the future of our community.
Using a church to house overnight guests for an emergency, march/demonstration, athletic or educational event? Read on!
In the last few months, the Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program has become aware that there are churches that have been using their facilities as temporary overnight shelters for various community events. While these facilities are generally suitable to house a considerable number of overnight guests, they may or may not be considered safe. In an effort to assure a reasonable degree of safety for such uses, The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards has provided a legal means of permitting this use in the State Building Code.
In short, a church cannot use its facilities as an overnight shelter unless a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the Building Official after a mutual inspection is done with the Fire Chief and Board of Health and all officials agree that the temporary use will be reasonably safe. If you would like to apply for a permit, please feel free to call or email James Hawkins, Building Commissioner at extension 113.
Some of the beautiful churches in our region:
In January the FRCOG Council endorsed the FRCOG’s FY2017 budget. Budget highlights budget are:
- 6% increase to health insurance, as voted by the Hampshire Insurance Trust.
- OPEB payment of $150,000.
- 2% Increase to staff wages.
- Using new revenues and with no financial impact to towns, staffing in the Finance Department increased to include a part-time Grant Fiscal Manager.
- Minor increases to audit costs, staff training and development, and special project costs.
- Capital expense of $11,000 to purchase a new server and associated software and equipment.
This results in a small increase to the Regional Services Assessment of 1.7%. There is also very little change to assessments for participation in the Municipal Service Programs: Cooperative Purchasing, Cooperative Public Health Service, Town Accounting, and the Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program.
View the Budget and/or the Budget Development Workbook, with detailed and transparent information about the FRCOG’s finances. FRCOG staff are always available to meet with Select Boards and/or Finance Committees and attend Town Meeting to explain the FRCOG budget. Please contact email@example.com with questions or if you would like us to attend any of your meetings.
Between 2000 and 2011, more than 2.7 billion people were affected by disasters. Natural hazards can’t be prevented but we can prevent them from becoming a disaster for us. Be Prepared!
Do you have unwanted or out-of-date drugs in your home? Get them out of the medicine cabinet, away from children and potential abusers, and out of the environment. Thanks to Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan and local police departments, you can safely and anonymously drop them off in a secure MedReturn Box, located at one of 18 local police stations, and they will be disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and veterinary meds are accepted. NO liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs, please.
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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
Take a look at our new Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee Resource Page. Check back for information, resources, and notes from the Advisory Committee’s meetings.