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Weekly posts below indicate on which roads work is taking place.  Updates on this page are in reverse chronological order as information becomes available.  Note that all construction is weather dependent.

For a description of the work see “What is the Distribution Network?” below the weekly updates.


Week of April 12-April 16, 2021: 

  • Monday:  TriWire crews install MSTs on Fuller Road, Lilly Pond Lane and West Street.
  • Tuesday:  TriWire crews pull fiber on Ball Road and install MSTs on Sugar Maple Lane and West Street.
  • Wednesday:  TriWire crews lash fiber to the wire cable strand previously installed on Ball Road and install MSTs on West Street, East Street and Old Goshen Road.
  • Thursday: TriWire crews install MSTs on Ball Road and East Street

Week of April 5-April 9, 2021: 

  • Monday:  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on East Street and Lilly Pond Lane.
  • Tuesday:  TriWire crews install MSTs on Fuller Road & Wing Hill Road. TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on Old Goshen Road.  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on East Street.
  • Wednesday-Thursday:  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on East Street and from the Hut east on Route 9.

Week of March 29-April 2, 2021:  Pull fiber and lash to wire cable strand previously installed, from Network Hut on Route 9 to West Street and up to Ball Road.  Also, pull fiber and lash to wire cable strand previously installed, from Network Hut on Route 9,  to South Main Street and continue on to East Street.

Week of March 22-26, 2021:

  • Monday: Wire cable strand attached to utility company poles on East Street, Sugar Maple Lane and Wing Hill Road.
  • Tuesday: Install grounding rods and do off road work on Berkshire Trail East and South Main Street.
  • Wednesday: Install grounding rods at various locations
  • Thursday:  Work on Lilly Pond Land cancelled and will be rescheduled due to road conditions on Ball Road.

Week of March 15-19, 2021:  TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on Route 9 and East Street.

Week of March 8-12, 2021:  TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on Ball Road, Lilly Pond Lane, South Main Street & the Main Street portion of Route 9 to West Street.

Week of March 1-5, 2021:  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on West Street and Fuller Road.

Week of February 22-26, 2021:  TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on West Street and Fuller Road.


What is the Distribution Network?

The distribution network consists of all the existing utility poles that are on both public and private roads in Goshen.  The distribution network will connect back to the Network Hut and to the backbone, which is the main transmission line.  It does NOT include any of the service drops which will connect the distribution network to customer premises.  Service drops, or customer installations, are scheduled after sections of the distribution network are completed.

The distribution network is built out and completed in several phases:

  1.  Wire cable strand is strung and fastened from pole to pole.  Eight foot grounding rods are pounded into the ground and connected to the wire cable strand for proper electrical grounding at the appropriate locations.
  2.  Fiber optic cable is  lashed to the wire cable strand for support and resilience in the face of storms and windfall.
  3. Network extensions are installed at locations, off road, that do not meet the 170 foot minimum distance requirement between poles.
  4.  Splice cases are installed and splicing is done anywhere fiber needs to be joined together.
  5. Multi service terminals (MSTs) are installed, where needed, to allow multiple premises to be connected from one location.
  6. Testing and verification of fiber connections to the hut are done to be sure connections are working correctly.

Further updates to this post will  be made as new developments occur.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on Broadband postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the Broadband High Speed Internet project page.


 

The completed and State accepted Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) updated for 2021-2028 is available for the public to view, print or download at the link below or by going to the documents section at the bottom of the Open Space Committee page on the Town website.

This OSRP update assesses the current status of recreation and conservation lands in Goshen and identifies community needs based on a set of goals and objectives developed through a public participation process.  The final plan guides Town decisions about open space and recreation management and growth from 2021-2028.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) was developed by the Goshen Open Space Committee with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Open Space & Recreation Plan Updated for 2021-2028 [Please note that this is a very large file and may take a few moments to open or download.  Be patient]

Composting information and a special offer through the Hilltown Resource Manangement Cooperative (HRMC) to purchase an Earth Machine Compost bin for 75% less than retail prices.  Go here Goshen Composting Information and Composting Bin Special Offer 2021 for the details.

Learn more about the Goshen Board of Health’s 50% recycling goal and how we are doing here:

Goshen Board of Health’s 50% Recycling Goal

Once a year, the HRMC holds a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event for residents of the HRMC member communities. The 2021 event will take place on Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. until noon, in Westhampton.

Pre-registration is required for this event and will take place from October 1-October 17.  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.

For full details click on this document:  2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.

A temporary, 3-month, part-time position with an option to extend at the end of the period, subject to budget appropriation. 10 -12 hours per week.

In coordination with the Interim Town Administrator, focus on continuing to refine and establish effective administrative systems. Responsibilities may include:

  • Refining and finalizing the development of a municipal calendar;
  • Reviewing and aligning electronic and paper files;
  • Creating new and updating existing spreadsheets which will aid in tracking and analyzing expenditures;
  • Developing templates for procedures manuals;
  • Researching topics & grants for municipal environment;
  • Processing biweekly invoices;
  • Culling current files for shredding, record retention and storage;
  • Developing presentation materials.

Proven success in establishing effective administrative systems.

Outstanding administrative and organizational skills.

Ability to exercise sound judgment.

Advanced ability to work independently and pivot as priorities change

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Demonstrated intermediate to advanced experience with Microsoft Office, including Excel and Power Point

Experience with grant writing a plus

Ability to work cooperatively in a small office environment

Commitment to keep information confidential.

Hourly wage commensurate with experience and budget appropriation.

Flexible scheduling  may be available.

Go to the Town of Goshen Employment Application and fill out and submit the application according to the information and instructions thereon.

The annual town election will be held on Saturday, May 1st from 9am-1pm in the John James Memorial Hall, located at 42 Main Street. Here is a sample ballot: ATE 2021 Ballot

Voters will be asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before entering the town hall.  Social distancing and other safety precautions will be in place.

Voting by Mail is still available due to the pandemic. Download and print the application available here:

2021-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf (state.ma.us)

If you are unable to print an application, you may request a vote by mail ballot by writing a letter to the Town Clerk (40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032). Be sure to include your name and address, the election for which you are requesting a ballot, and your signature. If you need the ballot mailed somewhere other than your home, be sure to provide that address.

The application can be submitted in person, by mail, by drop box, fax or email. Please allow ample mailing time for this application and for the ballot. Applications are due by 5pm on Tuesday, April 27th.

Vote by Mail ballots must be returned to the town clerk by close of polls on Election Day. Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

The last day to register to vote for the annual town election is Friday, April 9th from 2-4pm and 7-8pm.

Spring is the time of year vernal pools are visible and provide essential breeding habitat for many amphibian and invertebrate species.  Click on the link to see the video by local Naturalist, Field Ecologist, Author and Photographer, Charley Eiseman.  This video gives a glimpse into the amazing life forms that exist and need our protection.

Vernal Pool Video

For more information, contact Pat Morey, member of Goshen’s Open Space Committee and Vernal Pond Representative, at pmorey49@gmail.com.

Click on the Goshen Bid Request info for Landscape Maintenance Services 2021-2023 to learn about, print, and submit a bid as indicated on the document.

 

Click here to go the Select Board page and scroll to the Other Documents section to look at the referenced document above.  You may print, view, or download the documents of your choice.

 

The 2021 Town Caucus was held on Monday, March 15th at 7pm in the town hall.  16 residents participated (easily meeting the reduced quorum of three). The following Goshen voters were nominated and accepted their nominations by signing the Caucus Certificate of Nomination within 72 hours of the Caucus. These names and positions will appear on the ballot at the Annual Town Election, which will be held on Saturday, May 1st,  with times TBD.

Almoners (3 years) Kristine Bissell

Assessors (3 years) Gina Papineau

Board of Health (3 years) Tiffany Marcinek

Chesterfield/ Goshen Regional School Committee (3 years)

Barton Gage

Carla Raymond

Finance Committee (3 years) Angela Otis

Finance Committee (2 years) Vacant

Library Trustees (3 years) Rosemarie Clark

Library Trustees (3 years) Vacant

Planning Board (5 years) Vacant

Planning Board (4 years) Vacant

Select Board (3 years) Angela Otis

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Robert Goss

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Richard Polwrek

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Roger Culver

Town Clerk (3 years) Kristen Estelle

National Grid finished their make ready work  in May 2020, two months ahead of schedule.  They replaced 108 poles and moved wires on all the poles in town.

Verizon has finished their make ready work of moving wires on all utility poles as of October 21, 2020.

Axia/KCST and their subcontractor Phoenix have completed all of their make ready work to move middle mile lines for MBI along portions of Route 9 as of November 5, 2020.

Project engineer inspection ride outs by Westfield Gas & Electric,  as well as both National Grid & Verizon began in tandem on November 16, 2020 and were completed on December 2, 2020.  This work is to verify that all the work done by National Grid, Verizon and MBI was done to regulatory and project engineering specifications.  Deficiencies that are found are documented and then have to be corrected by the utility companies.   Inspections indicate that there are 107 mostly minor items to be remediated by National Grid.  National Grid began their remediation work on December 8, 2020 and they completed their remediation work on December 21, 2020.  Verizon began their remediation work on January 8, 2021 and they completed their remediation work on February 25, 2021.  MBI middle mile remediation been completed, as of  March 18, 2021.

Fiber distribution network construction has began in parallel with the remainder of the remediation work which has now been completed.

Enrollment periods and policies for fiber to the home service, and the process to follow, as well as costs, subsidies, and policies will be communicated soon.


Further updates to this post will  be made as new developments occur.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on Broadband postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the Broadband High Speed Internet project page.


 

Go to this link for all the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

The above page contains information on the following topics:

When you can get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Overview of COVID-19 Vaccination Phases
COVID-19 vaccine locations for individuals currently eligible to be vaccinated
MA COVID-19 Vaccination Report
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
About the MA COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group
Vaccine information from CDC

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Go to this link for all the Massachusetts COVID-19 Testing information & locations.

The above page contains information on the following topics:

Should I be tested?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
How do I know if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
Where can I get a test?
Is there a cost?
What do I do if my test is positive?
What are the different types of COVID-19 testing?
Is testing available in nursing homes?
Additional resources
Contact

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Follow this link to view, print or download the 2019 Annual Town Report at the bottom of the Select Board page.

 

The 2021 Town Caucus will be held on Monday, March 15th at 7pm in the town hall. All registered voters are invited to participate. Any town resident may be nominated for any of the positions below. Voters will be asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before entering the town hall.  Social distancing and other safety precautions will be in place.

Here is a list of the positions up for nomination and the individuals who currently occupy the seats:

Almoners- 3 years (Kristine Bissell)

Assessors- 3 years (Gina Papineau)

Board of Health- 3 years (Michael Kurland)

Chesterfield/ Goshen Regional School Committee- 3 years (Barton Gage)

Finance Committee (3 years) Angela Otis

Finance Committee (2 years) Vacant

Library Trustees (3 years) Rosemarie Clark

Library Trustees (3 years) Miriam Kurland

Planning Board (5 years) Lisa Newman

Planning Board (2 years) Vacant

Select Board (3 years) Angela Otis

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Robert Goss

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Richard Polwrek

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Roger Culver

Town Clerk (3 years) Kristen Estelle

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle reminds residents that 2020 dog licenses expire March 31st, and 2021 licenses need to be obtained.  A dog licensing form was mailed with the street listing, but can also be found here: Dog Licenses – Goshen, MA (goshen-ma.us).

Neutered/ spayed dogs are $5 each; intact dogs are $10. Valid rabies certificates are required and must be sent with the dog license form. A certificate of spaying/neutering must also be sent to obtain a spayed female / neutered male license. As the town offices are still closed to the public at this time, please send the dog license form, fee(s) and certificate(s) along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the license(s) and tag(s) to: Goshen Town Clerk, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA 01032. You may also drop the paperwork off in the town clerk drop box, located to the left of the door to the town offices.

The Highway Department completed site preparation work in early November for the placement of the Network Hut and the backup generator.

The Hut will contain all of the electronic brains for controlling the fiber optic network and was delivered, together with the backup generator, on Monday, November 23.

The propane tank for the back up generator was installed on 12/16/2020 and connected on 1/8/2021.

National Grid installed a utility pole and connecting wires to provide electric service to the hut on 12/21/2020.  Electricity has been connected to the hut and generator as of 12/31/2020.

A live generator fail over test was successfully conducted and settings for failover testing have been completed.

The Hut is now fully prepared for installation of fiber optic cable connections and the components required to operate the fiber optic network  and to be tested by Westfield Gas & Electric in preparation for the construction of the distribution network which begins the of February 22, 2021.

Updates on these processes will be posted as they are accomplished.

Hut Delivery 11/23/2020

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on Broadband postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the Broadband High Speed Internet project page.

Just a reminder that the town has a bylaw against depositing snow on town roads that carries a fine.  The bylaw is below for your reference.  Go to the Police Department page on this website if you need to report this activity.

by-law against depositing snow on town roads

 

The Hampshire County Local Boards of Health are aware that it has been extremely difficult for eligible individuals to access appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.  Go to our letter, Hampshire County Local Boards of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Information, to see specific information on vaccination sites in Northampton and Amherst.  These sites will be receiving an initial allocation of 1,000 doses per week and lists telephone numbers for those who are unable to register via computer.  Please note, it will still be difficult to secure an appointment until additional doses are allocated by the Federal Government.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Go to this link for all the Re-opening Massachusetts – Current Guidelines.

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts requirements change.  Check back regularly to see about updated restrictions.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

The 2021 annual street listings have been mailed to each household in Goshen. If you haven’t received one, you can find printable blank copies on the Town Clerk webpage at www.goshen-ma.us, or contact the clerk’s office to receive another: 413-268-8236 x107, clerk@goshen-ma.us. Please fill out info for everyone who lives in your house, sign and return to: 40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032. It is important that we keep an accurate count of residents as it determines state and federal funding for our town. Responding to the street listing will also keep you on the active voting list if you are registered to vote.

Additionally, the 2021 dog licenses are in! A dog licensing form was mailed with the street listing. Neutered/ spayed dogs are $5 each; intact dogs are $10. Valid rabies certificates are required and must be sent with the dog license form. A certificate of spaying/neutering must also be sent to obtain a spayed female / neutered male license. As the town offices are still closed to the public at this time, please send the dog license form, fee(s) and certificate(s) along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the license(s) and tag(s) to: Goshen Town Clerk, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA 01032. You may also drop the paperwork off in the town clerk drop box, located to the left of the door to the town offices. Last year’s licenses expire on March 31st, 2021.

Open Burning season is from January 15, 2021 – May 1, 2021.

Go to the Open Burning Permits page to learn all the town & state requirements, safety information and to apply for your required permit.

Winter is coming.  Though emergencies happen throughout the year, if you have NOT already signed up for CodeRED emergency notifications from Goshen, now is an excellent time to consider participating.  There are too many who have NOT signed up for these notifications.  Make this a more effective tool for Goshen residents to receive emergency notifications.  Sign up now!

Go to the CodeRED voice & email notification page for information and to sign up.

Would you like to stay informed about what is going on in Goshen via the Town News & Announcements section of the web site?

To receive emails regarding items that are posted to Town News & Announcements, you can sign up.  The frequency of the emails will likely be either once or twice per month depending on the number of additions to the website.

Click on Sign Up for Email Notifications about Town News & AnnouncementsAll fields are required to complete the registration.  The captcha must also be successfully completed before clicking the submit button.

Alternately, you may go to the blue banner at the top of the page and click on Town News & Announcements to fill out the form.

 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Westfield Gas & Electric have partnered with some hilltowns to temporarily offer a high speed internet connection at a central location in each participating town.  This connection will offer speeds of up to 200 MBPS for up to 15 concurrent connections.  In Goshen, that Wi-Fi  connection has been installed at the Town Office building.  This connection will be available through June 30, 2021, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  The necessity for extending this access will be determined by the state towards the end of 2020.

When utilizing parking lot Wi-Fi, you must practice all current Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING (MassDPH Social Distancing Guidelines).

Goshen Town Office & Town Hall – Connect to either:

WhipCityFiber_Wifi  OR  WhipCityFiber_Wifi-5G

Park in the lot in front of the Town Office and along the side of the Town Hall.


In addition to public Wi-Fi availability in the parking lot next to the Goshen Town Hall & Town Office, the following schools in our area have provided Wi-Fi capabilities to the exterior of buildings.  This availability will continue until it is required internally at the schools.  Individual schools will be removed from this list when availability ends.

Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg – Connect to:  BURGY-Guest

Park along the curb in the front of the building.

Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton – Connect to: HRSD-Guest

Park along any side of the building, except for the back parking lot area.

New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield – Connect to: NHRES-Guest

Park along the sidewalk in FRONT of the school between the cafeteria door and the Pre-School entrance.

R.H. Conwell School in Worthington – Connect to: RHCCEC-Guest

Park along the curb in the front of the building.

Westhampton Elementary School – Connect to: WES-Guest

Park along the sidewalk directly in front of the school in between the main entrance and the corner of the building closest to the parking lot.

William E. Norris School in Southampton – Connect to: NORRIS-Guest

Park along the curb in the front of the building between the main office and the pre-school entry, or park in the spaces along Gunn Rd. Ext., or park directly behind the school closest to the art/music hallway entry at the far end of the parking lot.

 

Thinking about travelling for the holidays or visiting family and friends?

Go to this link for current Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order and Restrictions Currently in Effect.

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts requirements change.  Check back regularly to see about updated restrictions.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

This project is funded through the  MassDOT Complete Streets program and will include some widening, repaving and pavement marking for a pedestrian lane along 1,700 feet of East Street, beginning at the intersection with Route 9.

Sealed bids will be opened on December 4, 2020, at the Town Office.

The project is anticipated to begin mid- April, 2021 and be completed by June 30, 2021.

A project schedule, with dates and times when work on East Street will be performed, is anticipated to be posted in early Spring of 2021.

 

*Update 11/9/20: There will not be a Post-Election Tabulation Session today as no additional ballots were received between 8pm November 3rd and 5pm November 6th.

There will be a Post-Election Tabulation Session on Monday, November 9th, 2020 at 9:30am in the John James Memorial Hall, 42 Main Street. This session will count all ballots postmarked on or before November 3, 2020 and received by 5pm on Friday, November 6th for the General Election. Observers must wear a mask and should maintain 6 feet of distance from the poll workers for the safety of all parties. If you have any questions, please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

85% voter turnout for this historic election! Here are the results: Goshen Election Results- General Election 11.3.20

Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020 new measures take effect in Massachusetts in order disrupt the increasing trend of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas:

Summary of the new measures

Stay at home advisory changes

Early Closure of Businesses & Certain Activities

Revised order requiring in public places

Revised order further regulating gatherings in Massachusetts

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

TOWN OF GOSHEN – NOTICE OF TAX RATE HEARING

The Selectboard will conduct a public hearing on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm in the Town Offices to determine whether all real property should continue to be taxed at a single rate for Fiscal Year 2021.  The board has an option to choose a single rate or a two-tiered tax rate.  The Board of Assessors will recommend a single rate.

 

Goshen needs volunteers to help support the work that committees and boards do for the town.

Click on this link to see a current list of volunteer positions needed:  Town of Goshen – Vacancies for Appointment as of 2020-10-27.

If you see something you might be interested in contact the chair of that board or committee.  The chair will be listed on the website page for that board or committee and they can provide details of the skills needed, the time involved, and the frequency and duration of their meetings.  You may want to attend 1 or 2 meetings to see how things operate.  If you wish to see who else is on the committee, the web page for each committee and board lists the current members and when their terms expire.

After you have had a conversation with the chair and you feel comfortable about proceeding you will need to contact the Select Board office to schedule a time to meet with the Select Board to consider your nomination for an appointment.

 

 

Goshen currently has 790 registered voters.

274 Vote by Mail ballots have been mailed out to those who requested them; 129 have been returned. Vote by Mail applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020. As a reminder, VBM ballots can be returned through the mail, via the ballot drop box on the outside of town offices, or dropped off during the remaining in person early voting hours. You can track your VBM ballot here: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx

Voting early in person was a popular choice for voters the past 3 days, with 69 choosing to do so. There is still time to vote early in person: Sat. 10/24 2-4pm, Sun. 10/25 2-4pm, and Mon. 10/26 9am-3pm and 6pm-8pm. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitizer when entering, and maintain social distancing. You may bring your own writing implement, if you wish.

Then there’s Election Day itself on November 3rd, 7am-8pm. Same rules re: mask, hand sanitizer, social distancing, and option to bring your own pen/pencil. Important: no hats, pins, shirts, stickers, signs or any other item endorsing a candidate or question may be worn or visibly held in a polling place or within 150’ of the polling location. If you are seen with any of these items, you will be asked to remove them or turn your shirt inside out before you can vote.

Contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions or concerns: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

The Goshen Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The Goshen Cultural Council would like to hear from Goshen residents about the types of programs and events that it should fund during the next grant cycle.

Please respond to this survey by November 1st: www.surveymonkey.com/r/T3VNYZJ

In addition, the Council is seeking applications from organizations, schools, and individuals for grants that support arts, humanities, and science programs in the community, including exhibits, festivals, school field trips, performances, workshops, concerts, and lectures. Applications are due November 16.

Last year, the Goshen Cultural Council distributed over $5,700 in grants to fund several projects for the benefit of local schools and other organizations and to support local artists in the hilltowns. Although many of those projects had to be postponed due to Covid 19, we are hopeful that they can be rescheduled during next year.

We invite local artists and presenters to consider applying for grants. Please contact Nancy Wood at 413-268-7973, if you have any questions about the online application process. The Goshen Council is ready to assist applicants, particularly those applying for the first time. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

These Hilltown CDC programs are available to residents of the Towns of Ashfield, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington.


The Hilltown Food Bucks Program offers coupons or “bucks” for low to moderate income families to use while shopping at select locations.   Information, application and a contact for this program can be found at:  Hilltown Food Bucks Information & Application.


The Hilltown Micro-Enterprise Relief Program  offers grants to business owners with 5 or less employees that have been negatively affected by COVID-19.  Information, application and a contact for this program can be found at:  Hilltown Micro-Enterprise Relief Program Information & Application.


For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

Update 10/5/20: The Vote by Mail ballots have arrived! Today I mailed all 269 ballots out to those who have requested them so far. If you requested one, you can expect it in your mailbox any day now.

Once you receive your vote by mail ballot, and have filled it out and sealed it in the signed envelope, you may return your ballot the following ways:

  1. Send by mail (postage paid)
  2. Place it in the newly installed ballot drop box at the top of the stairs to the left of the door of the Town Offices, 40 Main St. There are security cameras and Gina and I will be checking and emptying the box daily.
  3. Bring it into the town hall during the in person early voting hours (Saturday, Oct. 17th 2-4pm, Sunday, Oct. 18th 2-4pm, Monday, Oct. 19th 9-3 and 6-8, Saturday, Oct. 24th 2-4pm, Sunday, Oct. 25th 2-4pm, Monday, Oct. 26th 9-3 and 6-8),  drop your ballot in the box, and exit the building.

 

Vote by Mail applications for the November 3rd General Election are due by 5pm on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020. Voters are now able to apply through the state’s online portal: www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/preface.aspx

If you have already signed and sent back the post card mailed to you in July and perhaps in September, you can check this website to make sure your application has been accepted: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx

A quick reminder of how your early vote by mail or early in person ballot is processed:

  • All ballots will be processed and put into the ballot box on election day. That day, the warden takes your ballot around the room as if she were you, voting. She reads your name and address at Check In, and slits open the manila envelope you signed that contains your ballot. She then brings your ballot to the Ballot Box and feeds it in, just as you would if you were there. Your ballot is never opened until it is hand counted with the hundreds of other ballots after polls close. No one will know how you personally voted. The ballots you mail back are safely under lock and key until they are given to the warden on election day.

Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions or concerns: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

In person early voting is available multiple days for the November 3rd General Election at the John James Memorial Hall, 42 Main St. The dates and hours will be:

Saturday, Oct. 17th       2-4pm
Sunday, Oct. 18th           2-4pm
Monday, Oct. 19th         9-3 and 6-8
Saturday, Oct. 24th       2-4pm
Sunday, Oct. 25th           2-4pm
Monday, Oct. 26th         9-3 and 6-8

Residents will be asked to wear masks, use hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing in the town hall while they go about the process of casting their votes.

We recognize that people feel strongly about their candidates and ballot questions, but the polling place is a protected place for all voters. No hats, pins, shirts, stickers, sign or any other item endorsing a candidate or question may be worn or visibly held in a polling place or within 150’ of the polling location. If you are seen with any of these items, you will be asked to remove them or turn your shirt inside out before you can vote.

In addition to in person early voting, Saturday October 24th is the last day to register to vote for the November 3rd General Election, between 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Assistant Town Clerk Gina Papineau will be available to register new voters that day.

Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions or concerns: 413-268-8236 x107, clerk@goshen-ma.us.

Goshen had a 54% voter turnout for the September 1st 2020 State Primary & Town Override Election!

Here are the results:

State Primary Results 9.1.2020

STE Override Results 9.1.2020

Many Goshen voters decided to vote early by mail or in person for the Sept. 1st Primary & Town Override. I wanted to clear up some confusion about early voting.

All ballots, for both the state primary and town override, will be processed and put into the ballot box on election day. That day, the warden takes your ballots around the room as if she were you, voting. She reads your name and address at Check In, slits open the manila envelopes you signed that contain your ballots, and for the State Primary, tells the Check In person which party ballot you filled out (Democrat, Republican, Green/Rainbow, Libertarian). She then brings both of your ballots to the Ballot Box and feeds them in, one at a time, just as you would if you were there. Your ballots are never opened until they are hand counted with the hundreds of other ballots after polls close. No one will know how you personally voted. We do, however, record which party ballot you filled out on the Check In sheet because the state requires it. We need to know how many ballots of each party were filled out. The ballots you mailed back are safely under lock and key until they are given to the warden on election day.

Want to know the status of your mail in ballot? The state has a nifty tracker: www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx. As of this morning, my assistant Gina and I have mailed out 406 ballots for the September 1st/ Town Override election. We have entered all requests and all the ballots we’ve received back so far. The tracker will reflect the current status of your ballots.

Fun stats: 203 Goshen voters applied for and were mailed ballots so far for September, and 62 voted early in person this past Saturday- Monday, for a total of 265. That’s 35% of our 767 voters! Astounding for a primary. Great work, Goshen. We also look forward to seeing those of you who wish to vote on election day itself, September 1st, from 7am-8pm. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitizer when entering, and maintain social distancing. You may bring your own writing implement, if you wish.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Town Clerk, Kristen Estelle: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

Requests for Proposals for the construction of Goshen’s fiber optic network were released May 6.

Competitive bids were received on May 22.  Bids were reviewed and analyzed by the project engineering team at Westfield Gas & Electric for any errors, omissions or questions and to verify they complied with the RFP documentation.

After thorough review by Westfield Gas & Electric and the MLP Manager, over the next several weeks, the recommendation was made to award the contract to TriWire Engineering as the lowest qualified bidder.  The bid came in at $522,000 which was approximately $200,000 under the estimated cost.  Triwire Engineering will also be doing the network construction in Cummington and Chesterfield and they have a proven construction record.  They are a Massachusetts based employee owned company with over 900 employes that was started in 1999.

An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) was drawn up and signed in June, to formalize the contract for fiber optic network construction in Goshen, between Westfield Gas & Electric, TriWire Engineering and the Town of Goshen.

Construction will begin after all utility company make ready work is completed.

Further updates to this post will  be made as new developments occur.

Click on Capital Projects, then Broadband for the current project timeline.

 

 

The annual town election will be held on Saturday, August 1st from 9am-1pm in the John James Memorial Hall, located at 42 Main Street. Here is a sample ballot: ATE 2020 Ballot.

Voters will be asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before entering the town hall.  Social distancing and other safety precautions will be in place.

Early voting is available for municipal elections this year due to the pandemic. Download and print the early voting application available here:

www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Municipal-Early-Ballot-Application.pdf

If you are unable to print an application, you may request an early ballot by writing a letter to your Town Clerk (40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032). Be sure to include your name and address, the election for which you are requesting a ballot, and your signature. If you need the ballot mailed somewhere other than your home, be sure to provide that address.

The application can be submitted in person, by mail, fax or email. Please allow ample mailing time for this application and for the ballot. Ballots must be returned to the town clerk by Election Day. Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

The last day to register to vote for the annual town election is Wednesday, July 22nd from 2-4pm and 7-8pm.

 

Changes to the types of plastic cups, plastic egg cartons, aerosol cans & shredded paper go into effect on July 1, 2020.  Click on the link below for specific details.

Recycling Changes Effective July 1, 2020

Learn about the Massachusetts laws concerning fireworks usage by private individuals.

Did you know that more pets are lost over the Fourth of July holiday than any other time of year.

 

 

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