West County Notebook, Jan. 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
250th help needed

SHELBURNE — The town is still looking for residents to volunteer and help plan for the town’s 250th anniversary celebration in June.

The celebration is planned for June 23, with a parade on that Saturday afternoon and fireworks in the evening. Other activities are to take place that weekend at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School.

Those interested in helping the town plan its birthday party should call Town Clerk Joseph Judd during office hours at 413-625-0300.

Highway Department helped with fire response

SHELBURNE — Selectman Bob Manners thanked the Highway Department for responding to a Fiske Mill Road house fire in the cold last Friday, to clear more snow from the roadway for the many fire trucks responding to the emergency. Also, he said, the department sanded the road afterwards. “We created a skating rink, getting 30,000 gallons of water through,” he said.

Heath adds to pets policy on town land

HEATH — Since 2014, Heath has had a policy prohibiting all animals except service dogs from town buildings; but this week, the Selectboard added a few more rules for dogs waiting on leashes outside of town buildings. They are asking residents not to leave their leashed pets in the way of pedestrians, creating a safety hazard; not to leave them barking constantly, creating a noise nuisance; and reminding pet owners to clean up any messes made by their dogs while on town property.

Heath revisits public safety complex

HEATH — With prospects that the town may get a $1 million from a state bond bill for a new public safety complex, town officials are considering whether to reconstitute a public safety complex building committee to look at options for using the money. In 2015, the town planned to build a $3.8 million public safety complex, housing its police, Fire Department and emergency operations office, using a $2 million grant awarded by the administration of then Gov. Deval Patrick. However, that grant was canceled by the state, and the town subsequently rescinded borrowing authority for the new complex.

Although state Rep. Paul Mark was responsible for getting Heath into the House of Representatives capital bond bill, he has warned town officials that the appropriation is still subject to a line-item veto before the budget is adopted, according to Selectboard Chairwoman Sheila Litchfield.

Selectman Brian DeVriese said $1 million is not enough to build the planned public safety complex, but “it’s enough to do something.” He suggested a study to determine the best options.