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Gill-Montague Notebook

Street sweeping slated for next week

GILL — Whether this information prompts relocation of a parked car or the sweeping of winter’s debris from the driveway into the streets for convenient disposal, residents of the Riverside neighborhood should be aware that street sweeping is scheduled for one day next week, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The exact date is weather-dependent.

New veterans’ memorial possible, input sought

GILL — The Memorial Committee will meet Wednesday for the purpose of discussing a possible new memorial monument.

Committee Chairman Chet Kuzontkoski said the current memorial monuments in the center of town date from the Revolutionary War through 1975, and the meeting is to discuss the possibility of updating these.

“We’re seeking input from Gill residents as to if this is even feasible or not,” Kuzontkoski said.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

On the agenda at the initial meeting and in future if things transpire favorably are funding, design, contractor, placement, landscaping, contacting veterans and any other pertinent ideas.

Dog feces collection mandatory

TURNERS FALLS — Montague police would like to remind dog owners that the town has a “pooper-scooper” regulation, with a stiff schedule of associated fines.

Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III said at a recent selectmen’s meeting that several concerned residents and a community policing officer have pointed out the mess on the ground as the snow melts.

Fines for not picking up your pet’s feces are $25 on a first offense, $50 on a second, $100 on a third and subsequent offenses. Habitual offenders may face a hearing before the Board of Health and a fine of up to $1,000.

The health regulations apply to dogs and cats, but does not apply in instances in which leavings are left on land owned by, and exclusively under the control of, the animal’s owner.

“We’re not going to be giving warnings,” Dodge said. “It’s too bad we have to threaten you people with a fine, it’s more of a consideration thing.”

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