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3/8/2018 Special Town Meeting - Postponed - New Meeting on 3/10 at 11AM

posted Mar 7, 2018, 3:49 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 3:57 PM ]

Due to the inclement weather forecast, tomorrow night’s Special Town Meeting has been postponed.  The meeting is now scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 10th at 11AM in the Goshen Town Hall.

As a reminder, the primary purpose of the meeting is to see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning By-laws by adding a section that will put a temporary moratorium on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana.

Special Town Meeting - Thursday, March 8th, 2018

posted Feb 27, 2018, 12:32 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 12:41 PM ]

There will be a Special Town Meeting held at the Goshen Town Hall on Thursday, March 8th at 7 p.m.

Click on the file below to see the warrant.

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

posted Feb 23, 2018, 1:26 PM by Goshen Webmaster

HRMC announces regional HHW Events including the annual HRMC HHW Collection on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Once a year, the HRMC holds a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event for residents of the HRMC member communities. The 2018 event will take place on November 3 in Westhampton. Pre-registration is required for this event and will
take place from October 1-October 28.
Residents are asked to email the HRMC with their name, address (Street and Town), and phone number. HRMC confirmation of your reservation (done via email) is required to participate.

If you are unable to attend the HRMC HHW event, we have reciprocal arrangements with a ten other regional Towns that are offering HHW events. In 2018, the HRMC has agreements with the following communities to allow HRMC member Town
residents to participate in their events. In all cases, pre-registration is required. If you are an HRMC resident, please contact Kathleen Casey at 413-685-5498 or hrmc@hrmc-ma.org to inquire about attending one of the following regional events:

Regional Reciprocal HHW Collection Events – 2018

DATE         TIME            COMMUNITY
04/28/18    9 am-noon    Chicopee
05/05/18    8 am-noon    South Hadley/Granby
05/19/18    9 am-noon    Northampton
09/08/18    9 am-noon    Agawam
09/15/18    9 am-1pm     Wilbraham (E. Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Palmer and Wilbraham)
09/22/18    9 am-noon    Greenfield (FCSWMD Towns)
09/22/18    9 am-noon    Orange (FCSWMD Towns)
09/23/18    9 am-noon    Amherst
10/06/18    9 am-noon    Chicopee
11/03/18    9 am-noon    West Springfield
11/03/18    9 am-noon    Westhampton (HRMC Towns)

The Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative is composed of these member Towns: Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington.

HRMC
PO Box 630
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Phone: 413- 685-5498
Email: hrmc@hrmc-ma.org
Website: www.hrmc-ma.org

Dog Licenses Are In

posted Feb 12, 2018, 7:28 AM by Goshen Webmaster

Dog licenses are in and can now be picked up in the Town Clerks office.

The Town Clerk is available on Mondays from 8AM to 2PM and again on Monday evenings from 6-8 PM.

Current Goshen Weather

posted Jan 27, 2018, 10:48 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Jan 27, 2018, 10:48 AM ]

The Goshen Town Offices are the site of a weather station that is monitored by the folks at WeatherBug.com.

Users can download the free WeatherBug app here to your computer or phone for instant updates whenever you check.

Community Development Strategy Review Meeting - 1/17/2018

posted Jan 11, 2018, 10:32 AM by Goshen Webmaster

PUBLIC MEETING

FOR THE

TOWN OF GOSHEN

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY REVIEW

Come help determine the town’s goals and priorities in Affordable Housing, Transportation, Land Use, Natural Resources, Energy Efficiency, Health and Human Services and more!

SELECTBOARD MEETING ROOM

8:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Message from Goshen EMD - January 4th Winter Storm

posted Jan 4, 2018, 9:38 AM by Goshen Webmaster

The snow will continue until this evening but the bigger concern will be the expected low temperatures and high winds, which will hit later this evening and continue through tomorrow and later. There is a potential for power outages because of downed trees and branches. These outages may be prolonged because the high winds may delay restoration efforts.

A regional emergency shelter will open Friday at 9 am at the Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton. If needed, we will open local warming centers. Any openings will be announced through the town-wide call system.

Currently the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is not open but I am monitoring the situation from my home office. If the EOC opens, an announcement will be sent out.

Please stay off the roads and be safe. Please report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1.

Thank you.

Larry Holmberg
Goshen Emergency Management Director

Important Notice from National Grid - Payment Scams

posted Dec 18, 2017, 2:02 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 2:02 PM ]

National Grid is re-issuing this press release from earlier this year because they have seen an increase in the rate of suspicious calls. 

Imposters Demanding Immediate Payment Through Prepaid Cards Should Be Reported


WALTHAM, MASS. – Reported utility billing and payment scams are resurfacing once again in New England. And National Grid is warning its customers to beware and know the signs of a scam.Customers who reported the scams say they were contacted by telephone by individuals who claim to be from National Grid and who advised the customers they have a past due balance on their utility bill.


The scammers warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer purchases a prepaid debit card in a specific amount, such as Green Dot card, and provides the caller with the card’s account number, or in the case of business customers, by way of a Western Union money transfer. This is a huge warning sign.


The scenario can change, but the goal of the scammer remains the same: scare customers into making hasty, often large payments.

National Grid does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options, but never demands direct payment through the use of a prepaid debit card and never accepts payment through these cards.

Scam artists have become increasingly sophisticated in replicating National Grid’s recorded messaging and directions for phone prompts, making it more difficult to differentiate an actual National Grid call from an imposter’s call. Similar scams have been reported across the U.S. by other utilities.

Customers who believe they have fallen victim to the scam should contact National Grid and local law enforcement officials immediately.

National Grid urges customers to know the red flags and offers the following tips:


  • Customers should always contact National Grid using the toll-free telephone numbers listed on the billing statement.  If you are provided a phone number that does not match the numbers on the billing statement, it is likely the call is a scam.
  • Be vigilant. If you believe you are current on your National Grid account, it is highly likely a call seeking payment is a scam.
  • Protect yourself. Ask the caller to provide the last five digits of your National Grid account number. If the caller doesn’t know your account number and fishes for help, take charge and hang up immediately.
  • Do not take the bait. Scammers will not have access to your account information, and you should never offer that information if asked.  National Grid representatives will know your account number.
  • National Grid may ask for a payment over the phone, but will leave the method of payment to the customer.
  • Do not fall for scare tactics and threats. National Grid will not contact customers demanding immediate payment by wire transfer, Green Dot Money-Pak or any other prepaid card service.
  • Do not cave to pressure. Never -- under any circumstances -- offer personal or financial information to someone who you cannot identify.
  • Every National Grid employee carries a photo ID card, and any contractor doing work for the company is also required to carry ID. If someone requesting entry into your home or place of business does not show an ID card, don’t let that person in and please call National Grid or your local law enforcement.

For more information please visit the National Grid website: www.nationalgridus.com, or their Connecting website. You can also follow them on Twitter, watch them on You Tube, Friend them on Facebook and find their photos on Instagram.


Pole Mapping Has Begun

posted Nov 16, 2017, 9:27 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

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 being carried out by Westfield Gas & Electric using a sub-contractor called Precision Valley Communications. Mapping will continue for the next several weeks including weekends.  In addition to measuring utility poles on the streets, workers will also need to take measurements of utility poles that run on people’s driveways. Work will not be done on days during rain or falling snow.  Crews will be in marked cars that have a magnetic sign and flashing beacon lights.  The workers will also be wearing safety vests that prominently display their identification.  Their normal work hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

No action is required by you. This message is intended to make you aware of this activity should you see unfamiliar vehicles or workers.

Special Election Results

posted Oct 28, 2017, 3:34 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 12:26 PM ]

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 1 passes.

A copy of the Election Clerk Report is attached below.

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