Two Special Town Meetings planned for Saturday in Heath

Staff Report
Published: 7/9/2020 1:15:14 PM

HEATH — Saturday will see residents gather under a tent at 18 Jacobs Road for two back-to-back Special Town Meetings — one at 8:50 a.m. and the other at 9 a.m.

According to a notice from Town Clerk Hilma Sumner, the first meeting will address one item of business: whether to allow a preservation restriction to remain on the Old Town House building, which is under the care of the Heath Historical Society.

Should voters approve the preservation restriction, it would allow the historical society to accept a $8,000 grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to aid in the expense of rebuilding the building’s windows. According to Sumner, the town would not need to contribute any money toward funding the work.

The second meeting, which will be convened at 9 a.m., was originally scheduled for March 24, but was recessed and continued due to the state of emergency in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sumner stated.

The items of business that voters will be asked to address include whether to join the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District, establishing a revolving fund for rental income of the former school building property and transferring enforcement authority of unregistered vehicles from the Board of Health to the Selectboard or its designee. A final article will ask voters to establish a broadband construction account and transfer into it $200,000 from the town’s general stabilization account.

Safety precautions will be taken to allow for social distancing, according to Sumner. Face coverings will be required by everyone in attendance. It is recommended that attendees allow extra time for parking and check-in.

To view the entirety of the two warrants, visit

Heath’s Annual Town Meeting is now scheduled to be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. It will also be held outside at 18 Jacobs Road.

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