Town of Goshen, MA 01032
Welcome to the official website for the Town of Goshen.  A town of 1,054 residents located in the foothills of the Berkshires, Goshen was a part of the town of Chesterfield until it became a town in its own right by an act of incorporation passed May 14, 1781, and signed by Governor John Hancock. This Town-owned website is maintained by the Goshen Website Committee.



Recent Announcements

  • Click on any of the links below for more information on each post.
  • Pole Mapping Has Begun As part of the preliminary work associated with the construction of Goshen’s fiber optic network, mapping of utility poles will commence on Monday, November 15, 2017.  This work is ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 11:31 AM by Goshen Webmaster
  • Special Election Results In the race for Goshen Select Board, James Heroux received 39 votes while James Barret received 33.Question 1 received 68 yes votes, 12 no votes and 3 blanks.  Question ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2017, 3:34 PM by Goshen Webmaster
  • Assessors Records Now Available Online Goshen residents can now access their property listings electronically by clicking on this link. The site includes parcel data and is being provided as a service to the residents and ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:43 AM by Goshen Webmaster
  • Special Town Election - Saturday, October 21st from 9AM to 2PM The Town of Goshen will hold a Special Town Election this coming Saturday, October 21.  The polls will be open between 9am and 2pm at the Town Hall at 42 ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2017, 4:39 PM by Goshen Webmaster
  • Baker-Polito Administration Awards $770,000 Last Mile Grant to Expand Broadband Connectivity in Goshen The following Press Release was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on Thursday, October 5, 2017.Baker-Polito Administration Awards $770,000 Last ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 8:33 AM by Goshen Webmaster
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Broadband

Broadband Vote Taken

After considerable and thoughtful deliberations, the Goshen Select Board in a public meeting held on Friday, June 16th at the Town Offices, voted unanimously to move forward with the construction of a town-owned telecommunications network.

The approved motion reads as follows:

Motion to vote in favor of proceeding with a town owned network with consideration to the following conditions:

  1. We pursue both a 15 year and a 20 year term and if 20 year is the preferred method of borrowing, this would be accomplished either via 20 1-year state house notes [These will require special legislation voted on by the Town and then passed by the Massachusetts legislature & signed by the Governor] – OR – Massachusetts Qualified Bonds [this option has not yet been made available] –OR- another 20 year method not yet known but that would need approval of the Select Board.
  2. The Select Board acknowledges that this borrowing will have a material and possibly substantial impact on the timing of Capital purchases and the availability of monies for capital purchases for the duration of the borrowing for this project.
  3. We need to set up an appropriate structure for management of the Goshen MLP including an MLP board.
  4. The Select Board will pursue additional fees for use by the Town to cover what the Select Board deems as appropriate expenses.
  5. The Select Board will utilize a good portion any excess revenues returned to the town to pay down the debt resulting from the borrowing.


The Town of Goshen will now submit a grant request to the Office Executive and Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) in order to secure $770,000 in funding that's been set aside by the state for the design and construction of the network.  A portion of these funds will be used to survey over 1,300 utility poles in town - the first phase of the process.  Over the coming months, the Town of Goshen expects to enter into an agreement with Westfield Gas & Electric (WG&E) to design, build and light up the network in 18-24 months.

Regular updates on the project will be posted here.

CodeRED

Announcing
CodeRED Sign UpWhat is CodeRED and how does the Town of Goshen use it?

CodeRED is an automated emergency notification system that allows the Municipality to send out pre-recorded messages over the telephone to our residents alerting them to certain situations. CodeRED will primarily be utilized to notify citizens of situations that might include evacuation notices, boil water advisories, utility outages, snow emergencies and other situations in which urgent notification is required. CodeRED has the capability of notifying all Goshen residents within an hour.

Why do I need to register?

You only need to register if you wish to receive emergency notification and the following conditions apply:

  • You want to be notified on your cell phone
  • You have an unlisted phone number
  • You have recently moved and need to update your phone number
  • You use TDD/TTY
  • You want to use your work phone as a back up to your home phoneGoshen has transferred the existing phone database from BlackboardConnect to build the CodeRED phone call list. If you currently receive calls about important Town information, you do not need to sign up again.
Can businesses participate?

Absolutely. The Town of Goshen encourages businesses to register to receive emergency notifications.

Can TDD/TYY equipment receive the calls?

Yes. When you register your number there is an option to enter the TDD/TYY information.

What if I’m not home to receive the emergency notification?

The CodeRED system will leave the emergency notification message on your voicemail or answering machine. If you do not have voicemail or an answering machine, the dialer will attempt your phone number three times.

Will I be charged for receiving a CodeRED alert?

No. This is a service the Town of Goshen is providing to better enhance our communication system with our residents.

Where do I register?

CodeRED Registration Form

Special Announcements



SELECT BOARD HOURS:

All Select Board meetings are open to the public and residents are welcome to attend.  If you would like to be placed on the agenda to meet with the Select Board, please contact Melissa Papillon at 413-268-8236 ext. 301 or by email at selectboard@goshen-ma.us

The Select Board meets every other Monday (except when noted) in the Select Board Office, 40 Main St., Goshen, at 6:00 PM on the following dates:

   October 10, 2017 (Tue) October 23, 2017 November 6, 2017 November 20, 2017December 4, 2017