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West County Notebook

Heath to eliminate perc test season?

HEATH — The Board of Health will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss the possible elimination of a “perc season” for soil percolation tests. The hearing will is at 7 p.m. in Sawyer Hall.

The board is proposing the following regulation, to take effect Jan. 1: “The Board of Health will allow percolation tests to be conducted at any time of year provided that conditions of (state sewage disposal regulations) are met. The soil to be tested must be below the frozen layer.”

“Systems serving new construction shall be prohibited in areas with percolation rates slower than 60 minutes per inch. Approval of a soil absorption system in soils with a percolation rate between 60 and 90 minutes per inch may only be granted for upgrades of existing systems with no increase in design flow.”

Mohawk to host financial aid night

BUCKLAND — The guidance office at Mohawk Trail Regional High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Information Night on Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Juniors, seniors and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend. No RSVP is needed. Joe Farragher from MEFA, (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) will be presenting on all aspects of financial aid, including federal, state and private aid.

High School Guidance Counselor Bobby Storey will be present to address the Mohawk scholarship application procedure and to answer any questions.

Want to help Shelburne expand Internet access?

SHELBURNE — The Shelburne Technology and Cable Advisory Committee is looking for additional members interested in helping to expand broadband Internet service throughout the town. The Board of Selectmen considers this as one of its highest priorities, and has asked the committee to develop a proposal to present at the 2014 annual town meeting.

Committee meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Interested residents should contact committee Chairman Mike Duffy at 625-9956.

Miller appointed to Tech Committee

SHELBURNE — Craig Miller of Peckville Road was appointed to the town’s Technology and Cable Advisory Committee. Miller works as a software project manager at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has experience with Internet/broadband strategies. During his interview with selectmen, Miller said he believes the committee should pursue all available options for bringing “last mile” high speed Internet to the town. He has been appointed to serve a one-year term.

Shelburne tax base grew $2M last year

SHELBURNE — During a recent tax rate classification hearing, Assessor James Richardson reported that the cash value of all town property is about $225.5 million, with new tax revenue growth estimated at around $2 million. Assessors recommended that the Board of Selectmen set a single tax rate for the five classes of taxable property for fiscal year 2014. The board will wait until the town receives final certification from the state Department of Revenue before voting to adopt a single tax rate. Assessors said they do not anticipate a significant change in the tax rate this year.

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