South County Notebook: Aug. 22, 2020

Published: 8/21/2020 12:11:14 PM
Modified: 8/21/2020 12:11:01 PM
Public forum to address hazard mitigation plan

WHATELY — The Whately Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee, in partnership with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ (FRCOG) Planning Department, has prepared a draft 2020 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan that is ready for public review.

A public forum regarding the draft plan will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Once the plan is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and adopted by the town, Whately will be eligible for grant funding to support pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects, according to a notice from Allison Gage, land use and natural resources planner with FRCOG.

The purpose of this Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan update is to identify natural and other hazards that may impact the community; conduct a risk assessment to identify infrastructure at the highest risk for being damaged by hazards; assess current hazard mitigation policies, programs and regulations; and identify steps to prevent damage to property and loss of life.

The draft plan (as well as information for accessing the public forum on Zoom) is available to view at A paper copy is available at the Town Offices.

The public comment period will run through Sept. 9. Comments can be submitted by mail to Town Administrator Brian Domina, 4 Sandy Lane, South Deerfield, MA 01373 or by email to

Public comment sought on hazard mitigation plan

LEVERETT — Though a public forum has been held regarding the draft 2020 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, the public comment period remains open through Monday, Aug. 24.

The plan, which was prepared by the Leverett Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ (FRCOG) Planning Department, is available at A paper copy is available at Town Hall.

Comments can be submitted by mail to Town Administrator Marjorie McGinnis, 9 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054 or by email to

Student named to Dean’s List at Simmons University

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Molly Kokoski, of South Deerfield, was named to the Dean’s List at Simmons University in Boston for the spring semester.

To qualify, undergraduate students must obtain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.


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