Apple Valley set to receive Broadband

  • Apple Valley Road in Ashfield accesses part of Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/3/2019 4:23:05 PM

BUCKLAND — The final stretch of town, Apple Valley, is set to receive Broadband soon as part of Ashfield’s project. 

At tonight’s Special Town Meeting, Buckland residents will be asked to authorize a final payment for the project, which according to Ashfield’s Municipal Light Plant Manager David Kulp is about $16,000​​​​​.

The meeting convenes at 7 p.m. in Buckland Town Hall.

About 20 properties in Buckland’s Apple Valley are included in Ashfield’s Broadband project as they are fairly remote and close to that town. Those residents can sign up for Broadband through Ashfield’s site at www.whipcityfiber.com/ashfield. The town has chosen to use the public Westfield-owned service, Whip City Fiber. 

Ashfield will begin building its network this summer, which includes Apple Valley. The town’s project will wrap up between this fall and next spring, Kulp said.

Nearly all of Buckland – about 99 percent – will have Broadband access after the Apple Valley project is complete, Selectboard member Dena Willmore wrote in an email.

However, some remote areas in Buckland may remain without Broadband after the project is completed, Finance Committee member Ben Murray said.

Other items are up for a vote at Thursday’s Special Town Meeting. 

They include: funds for elevator maintenance and an actuarial report for post-employment benefits as required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; and a reimbursement to the Reserve Fund.

■In addition, voters will be asked to rescind borrowing authorizations approved by Town Meeting Oct. 21, 2011 and August 13, 2012 for a total of $2 million. 

View the meeting agenda at https://www.town.buckland.ma.us/sites/bucklandma/files/uploads/special_town_meeting_warrant_april_4_2019.pdf

Reach Grace Bird at gbird@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.




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