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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

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.

Assessors Records Now Available Online

posted Oct 20, 2017, 5:43 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 5:43 AM ]

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 taxpayers of Goshen.  Please note that any recent data updates and new construction made in our live office database may not be reflected in online database until the next update. All information and data displayed is for assessment purposes only and is not guaranteed or warranted. Each year the Town of Goshen determines fair market value of properties as of the prior January 1. The following current values are for Fiscal 2018. Any questions regarding assessment information should be directed to the Assessor’s Office.

Special Town Election - Saturday, October 21st from 9AM to 2PM

posted Oct 19, 2017, 4:39 PM by Goshen Webmaster

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 Main Street.

There are two items on the ballot.  One is the race for Select Board to fill the seat vacated by former Select board member Nina Pinger.  James Heroux and James Barrett were nominated at a recent Town Caucus and are running for the office.

The other item is the following question:  Should the town vote to indemnify and save harmless municipal employees?

According to Town Clerk Gina Papineau, “Adoption of the proposed by-law will provide indemnification from personal loss for all those citizens who commit their time to civic and municipal involvement as elected, appointed or members of other Town boards or committees”.

She goes on to say that most towns and cities throughout Massachusetts have already adopted this provision of Mass General law.

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $770,000 Last Mile Grant to Expand Broadband Connectivity in Goshen

posted Oct 9, 2017, 8:33 AM by Goshen Webmaster

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 Mile Grant to Expand Broadband Connectivity in Goshen
GOSHEN, MA – The Baker-Polito Administration’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has awarded the Town of Goshen a $770,000 Last Mile Infrastructure grant to design, engineer and construct a municipally-owned, broadband network. This grant will enable the town, in partnership with Westfield Gas and Electric, to bring broadband connectivity to at least 96 percent of homes and businesses.
“Expanding broadband connectivity in towns like Goshen is important to meeting the demands and needs of local businesses, residents, students and families, while providing opportunities to succeed and grow,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We continue to prioritize advancing the Last Mile program and working with our municipalities to reach their connectivity goals.”
This Last Mile grant enables Goshen to bring broadband connectivity to a community which currently has no commercial broadband offering with a minimum speed of 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads.
“We are proud to partner with municipal leaders in Goshen and other Last Mile towns to increase the access their residents and businesses have to commercial high-speed internet,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These vital connections improve opportunities for local economic growth and education.”
This award is part of $20 million in capital funds made directly available to the Last Mile towns. To date, The Last Mile program has been able to help 12,000 homes across 21 towns with almost $18 million in grants.
“The progress we have made since last May has been tremendous thanks to this administration’s commitment to close the connectivity gap and willingness of each of the towns to pursue pathways that best meet their needs,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash. “There is more work to be done with Last Mile towns to close the connectivity gap and we look forward to the day when we announce the last, Last Mile town has reached its broadband goal.”
In May 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration introduced a new Last Mile leadership team and a new framework to accelerate implementation of broadband projects in unserved or underserved communities through a more flexible, community-based approach. Since then, the Baker-Polito Administration has supported efforts to expand broadband coverage to nine partially served towns, and approved grants to bring service to 28 of the 41 unserved towns. The Administration continues to assist and is fully committed to finding a pathways to state support for each of the remaining communities.
"It is an absolute priority to get each town on a clear path to full broadband connectivity,” said Senator Adam G. Hinds. “Today’s award to Goshen insures yet another rural community in western Massachusetts can overcome the digital divide. I applaud the community leaders who have devoted countless hours to get to this point, and appreciate the support of the Baker-Polito Administration, the MBI and Westfield Gas and Electric which helped Goshen finalize its dream of designing, engineering and constructing a municipally-owned, state-of-the-art, broadband network.”
Goshen will be working with a private sector partner to design, build, own and operate a fiber-to-the home (FFTH) broadband network. The community has committed to at least 96percent coverage with broadband speeds which well exceed the Federal Communication Commission’s definition of broadband over a network which will be futureproof with respect to the demand for broadband speed. The design and operation of this network is premised on the remarkable success of LeverettNet which is fully operational and exceeding all expectations.
“The citizens of Goshen have worked very hard to make their goal of a town-owned fiber broadband network a reality, and I am very pleased that they are receiving their full state funding allocation to move the project forward.,” said Representative Stephen Kulik. “Goshen will make the most of its high-speed broadband system to enhance economic, educational, civic, and social activities of the community, ensuring that a small rural town will have the same opportunities in the future that other parts of the Commonwealth do. I congratulate Goshen on its efforts, and look forward to successful completion of the project.”
Goshen applied to EOHED’s “Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program for a Municipally-owned Broadband Network” which is modeled on the MassWorks grant program. This program is only available to Last Mile towns where the value of the award has been pre-determined and published by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.
The program is modeled on EOHED’s successful MassWorks Infrastructure Program, a flexible, competitive grant program that funds local infrastructure projects that unlock economic growth. In addition, EOHED and the MBI will continue to assist municipalities that wish to partner with private broadband providers, or explore alternative solutions.

Goshen Announces a New Animal Control Officer

posted Aug 30, 2017, 6:39 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 3:18 AM ]

The Town of Goshen announces the appointment of Don Tryon as our new Animal Control Officer.

Don can be reached at 413-586-1508.  Callers are asked to explain the situation and ask that the Goshen ACO be paged.  Think of this as Goshen's 24/7 dispatch number.

General inquiries can be emailed to animalcontrol@goshen-ma.us or by regular mail at 40 Main Street, Goshen MA 01032.

Office hours are by appointment only.

More information can be found on the Animal Control page.

Town Caucus and Special Town Meeting - Tuesday 8/29 at 7PM

posted Aug 24, 2017, 4:02 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 4:26 PM ]

There will be a Town Caucus and Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, August 29th.  The Town Caucus will begin at 7 P.M. and is needed to nominate candidates for the balance of a three year term on the Goshen Select Board being vacated by Nina Pinger.  Immediately following at 7:30 P.M. will be a Special Town Meeting with articles related to repairing the landfill cap, a proposed by-law related to delinquent tax payers and the West Street resurfacing project.

Both meetings will be held at the Goshen Town Hall which is located at 42 Main Street in Goshen.

A copy of the Notice of Special Caucus and Warrant for A Special Town Meeting can be found in the PDF file below.

Public Records Access Guidelines

posted Jun 30, 2017, 5:10 AM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 5:10 AM ]

New public records access guidelines are now available under the Government button above or by clicking here.

Special Town Meeting

posted Jun 25, 2017, 2:57 PM by Goshen Webmaster

The town of Goshen will hold a Special Town Meeting on Wednesday, June 28th (7P.M.) at the Goshen Town Hall (42 Main Street).

The Warrant for the meeting can be found by clicking on the link below.

Representative Steve Kulik to Hold Office Hours

posted May 14, 2017, 1:29 PM by Goshen Webmaster   [ updated May 17, 2017, 2:41 AM ]

State Representative Steve Kulik will be holding office hours on Saturday, May 20th in the Goshen Town Hall (42 Main Street).

The public meeting begins at 10:30AM.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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