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West County Notebook, Jan. 26, 2018


Thursday, January 25, 2018
Charlemont meeting postponed

CHARLEMONT — A joint budget meeting of the Selectboard and Finance Committee, originally planned for Saturday morning, has been postponed to a later date, to be determined in the future.

Heath Dems meet Feb. 10

HEATH — The town Democratic Committee holds its annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Heath School, at 18 Jacobs Road. The agenda will include electing a chairman and vice-chair, and selecting delegates to the State Democratic Convention in Worcester in June.

All registered Democratic voters and other guests are welcome to attend.

250th Committee moving forward

SHELBURNE — A logo design contest has been dropped from the town’s 250th anniversary celebration, in favor of hiring a graphic artist to design a symbol of the town’s longevity, to appear on this year’s anniversary ephemera.

But other special events are shaping up for this summer’s celebration, according to Town Clerk Joseph Judd, an organizer for the event. The 250th Committee is reviewing two proposals for town fireworks, and is looking at possible attractions, such as antique tractors, for a town parade.

Judd said the committee consists of about 10 core members, but there is plenty of room for other residents to join the planning committee or one of the subcommittees. Celebrations are planned for the weekend of June 23. For more information, call Judd during his office hours at 625-0300, ext. 3.

Shelburne eyes energy report

SHELBURNE — If the town wants to cut its energy use by 15 percent to 20 percent over the next five years, it should look to energy reductions at the Cowell Gymnasium, Memorial Hall and in the Historical Society’s headquarters in the old Arms Academy building.

That’s the opinion of Dwayne Breger, director of municipal energy assessment of the Clean Energy Extension at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who provided a building heating analysis of town-owned buildings.

The Cowell Gym used the most heating oil of any town building, and consumes the most energy per square foot of space, even though it is not always occupied. Second, in terms of heating oil and propane use was Memorial Hall, and third was the Shelburne Historical Society. By reducing the “large energy user” buildings would give the town the greatest energy savings.

Talks continue on Brook Road bridge

SHELBURNE — The Selectboard said Highway Superintendent Mark Shippee has met with an engineer to discuss preliminary work required on a bridge on Brooks Road that was closed to through traffic because it didn’t meet state standards. The Selectboard said the town will meet a second engineer before bringing a recommendation on addressing the bridge problems.

Highway workers to get Christmas pay

SHELBURNE — The Selectboard has agreed to pay the town’s Highway Department extra for working nine hours on Christmas after a snowstorm. In addition for getting regular pay for the nine hours, they will get eight hours of holiday pay (time-and-a-half) for working that day.

Buckland seeks block grant for Williams Street fix

BUCKLAND — The town is seeking up to $800,000 for a Community Development Block Grant for Phase 1 repairs of Williams Street, within the village of Shelburne Falls. A final public hearing is set for Feb. 13, when an engineer will be available to answer residents’ questions and will present preliminary plans for the work to be done.