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West County Notebook, Nov. 30, 2017


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Rowe sets tax rate

ROWE — The Selectboard has set the town’s split tax rate for fiscal year 2018. The residential tax rate is $6.86 per $1,000 valuation, which means a tax bill for the average single-family home will be about $1,454. For commercial, industrial and personal property, the tax rate will be $14.73.

Board picks architect

BUCKLAND — Accepting the recommendations of the Highway Garage Building Committee, the Selectboard is asking Wilbraham, Vt., architect Roy S. Brown for a price proposal on the design and cost estimates for building a 5,000-square-foot town highway garage and a 5,000-square-foot pole barn to store equipment.

The town bought the 4.7-acre former Mayhew Steel property in March 2016, but needs a municipal garage that meets state building code. The plan includes demolishing most of the old Mayhew Steel complex.

Parking ban begins

BUCKLAND — A parking ban for the winter takes effect Dec. 1 through March 31 on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls.

No overnight parking on any town street, roadway, or sidewalk will be allowed between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. To clear snow and ice from streets, the Highway Department may remove any vehicle that interferes with such work.

The only exception will be emergency vehicles performing emergency work.

The removal of any vehicle and the total cost of such removal, including storage/garaging will be the responsibility of the registered owner.

Overnight municipal parking is available in these designated Town Lots: (A) The long lot located just off the street past the Eagles parking lot; (B) The Eagles parking lot adjacent to the Fraternal Order of Eagles building (in unmarked spots); (C) the Town Hall lot behind the Town Hall off William Street; and (D) the Salmon Falls lot behind the Salmon Falls Building on Ashfield Street.

However, no parking will be allowed in these lots from 8 a.m. through noon after precipitation has fallen and the streets have been cleared, when plowing and/or sanding is necessary to clean the lot.

Any vehicle left in these parking areas after 8 a.m. will be subject to fines and towing.

Shelburne tax rate climbing

SHELBURNE — The town tax rate will be going up 91 cents this year, partly because of a $200,000 decrease in assessment values, more land getting tax breaks through the state’s Chapter 61 conservation statute, and because there were no new building permits taken out during the past year, according to Assessors Chairman Alan Coutinho.

The tax rate, which was $14.85 per $1,000 valuation, will be $15.76 for the coming year. Selectman Robert Manners remarked that the hike “was one of our bigger jumps.” The year before, the tax hike had been 39-cents. The decrease in property valuations was based mainly the prices on home sales. The tax increase means that, for a single-family home valued at $240,000, the annual town tax would be $3,782.

Shelburne logo contest 2

SHELBURNE — After getting an insufficient response, organizers of the town’s 250th anniversary celebration have extended the contest deadline for a 250th logo design contest to Dec. 28.

The contest is open to all residents, and the goal is an artistic image that “embodies the essence of Shelburne,” according to contest rules. “The logo should remind people of how they feel about their town, its heritage, and the area in which they live.”

The organizers are looking for an image that is easy to identify and recognize, that works equally well on keychains, t-shirts and banners. It should be an original.

First prize is $250, but also the artwork will be used on the town’s 250th celebration website, signs, banners, T-shirts and other memorabilia. A local panel will choose the winning entry in early January.

Entry forms can be found at the Shelburne Town Hall (Memorial Hall), and returned to the Shelburne Town Clerk, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne MA, 01370. They must be received by 4 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Snowstorm parking reminder

SHELBURNE — People are reminded that on the Shelburne side of the village, on street parking is prohibited when there are snowstorms. Cars are to be off the streets and moved from town parking lots when storms are predicted, during a snow storm and when blue lights are flashing, near Bridge and Main streets and on Water Street.