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Volunteers Needed – You could make a difference

Posted on September 26, 2020

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 2020-09-26. If you see something you might be interested in contact the chair of that board or...
election results

State Primary & Town Override Election Results

Posted on September 1, 2020

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
Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi availability at Town Offices extended through December 31, 2020

Posted on August 28, 2020

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...
Voter News

How your Early Ballots get Processed

Posted on August 26, 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,...
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high-speed internet) – Network Construction Procurement RFP & Contract

Posted on July 23, 2020

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...
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high speed internet) – Poster with project status information presented at the Annual Town Meeting on July 25, 2020

Posted on July 23, 2020

Click here for the poster on broadband status presented at the Annual Town Meeting of 2020-07-25:  POSTER PRESENTED 2020-07-25 at the Annual Town Meeting.  
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high-speed internet) – Utility Company Make Ready work update

Posted on July 8, 2020

From November 2019 through October 2020, National Grid and Verizon are replacing utility poles and moving wires throughout town, in preparation for stringing fiber optic cable. Utility company trucks will be working on all roads and on any driveways with utility company poles. National Grid finished their make ready work  in May 2020, 2 months...
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Annual Town Election- Early Voting available!

Posted on June 25, 2020

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...
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Recycling Changes Effective July 1, 2020

Posted on June 25, 2020

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
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Fireworks for Private Individuals in Massachusetts are Illegal

Posted on June 20, 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.    
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high-speed internet) – MLP Board selection of Internet Service Provider (ISP) & Network Operator (NO)

Posted on June 18, 2020

The Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Board voted to select Westfield Gas & Electric as Goshen's ISP & NO. Selection criteria were based on the following: Local control over MLP decisions, policies & profits Reliability, experience & integrity of the business partner Proven business track record, history & financial stability Local control over rate setting Structural...
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high-speed internet) – Grant Awards Updates

Posted on June 18, 2020

State grant monies originally provided Goshen with $770,000 as partial funding for Goshen’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) town-owned network.  In addition, the town voted to borrow up to $1.4 million to cover the remaining costs of building the town’s FTTH network. “Make-ready” costs have far exceeded the estimates from the initial project cost assessment.  (“Make-ready” costs are...
News from the Selectboard

Public Notification- Quorum requirements

Posted on June 8, 2020

Pursuant to special legislation relating to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declared by Governor Baker, the Goshen Select Board is giving notice of its intention to consider an adjustment to the quorum requirements for all town meetings until the Public Health Emergency is declared over by Governor Baker. Please see this official notice posted by...
Normandy

Remembering Veterans on Memorial Day 2020

Posted on May 26, 2020

View images of ceremonies honoring veterans in the Hilltowns on Memorial Day 2020.  
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Dog license late fee goes into effect June 1st

Posted on May 18, 2020

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle reminds residents that the late fee for dog licenses goes into effect June 1st, 2020. The late fee is $25 per dog on top of the license fee. To obtain a 2020 dog license, please mail the following: a completed dog license form (found on the town clerk page of the...
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Hilltown Pantry changes during COVID-19 public health emergency

Posted on May 8, 2020

Hilltown Pantry, a program of Northampton Survival Center, is open for food distribution every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Residents of Goshen who are having difficulties accessing enough groceries for their household are welcome to use the pantry. Free, prepacked bags of shelf-stable food items along with fresh produce, frozen meat, and dairy products are available...
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Short-Term Rental restricitions implemented by Massachusetts

Posted on April 1, 2020

Hotel/Motel & Short Term Rental restrictions: As part of the updated essential business list, DPH issued new guidance today around hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers...
2020 census

2020 Federal Census

Posted on March 30, 2020

Recently, you should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau, inviting you to go online to respond to the 2020 federal Census. The U.S. Census counts every person in the country every 10 years. The information gathered through the census is used to decide how much our communities get in state and federal...
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Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Draft Summary of Findings Report

Posted on March 27, 2020

The Towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, and Worthington are collaborating with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), residents, and stakeholders on strategies to reduce vulnerability and adapt to our changing climate through the State’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program.  The core directive of the MVP program is to engage community stakeholders to facilitate the education,...
Election Results

Presidential Primary Results- Goshen

Posted on March 3, 2020

Please see the PDF below for Goshen's Presidential Primary results. Goshen Election Results Pres. Primary 3.3.2020
Fiber Optic Cable

Broadband (high-speed internet) – Utility Company Tree Trimming

Posted on March 1, 2020

Beginning in January 2020, and continuing for the next six months, National Grid and their subcontractors will be doing tree trimming around all of the utility company poles and wires in preparation for the build out of the fiber optic network that is to begin later this year. National Grid, or their subcontractors, will be...
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Early & Absentee Voting for the Presidential Primary on March 3rd

Posted on January 29, 2020

Absentee voting is now available for the March 3rd Presidential Primary. Eligible absentee voters are those who will not be in town on the day of the election, or cannot vote in person due to physical disability or religious belief. The application may be filled out in the town clerk's office, or can be found online...
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2020 Dog Licenses are in

Posted on January 29, 2020

2020 dog licenses are in! The 2019 dog licenses expire on March 31st, 2020. Neutered/ spayed dogs are $5 each; intact dogs are $10. A dog licensing form can be found on the Town Clerk page of this website, which you can use to register your dogs by mail or in the town clerk’s office...

Western Mass Recycling update from the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility

Posted on January 22, 2020

Please read this important update about how recycling is handled, processed, sold, paid for, and used in Western Massachusetts. Western Mass Recycling - Not a Wasted Effort  

New Hingham School Roof Repair – Completed

Posted on January 8, 2020

Please click on Capital Projects, at the top of this page, then, New Hingham School Roof Repair to see updated information on the completion of this project.

Job Posting – Highway Equipment Operator & Laborer

Posted on December 27, 2019

The Town of Goshen, MA is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Highway Equipment Operator & Laborer.  This individual performs skilled and semi-skilled work operating heavy and light equipment used for construction, maintenance and repair of streets, sidewalks, bridges, fences, culverts, catch basins, and storm drains, as well as snow and ice removal in...

Job Posting – Animal Control Officer

Posted on December 27, 2019

Do you love animals?  Would you like to intervene when they have gone astray or help protect them from cruelty?  The Town of Goshen Select Board is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time, on call position of Animal Control Officer.  The Animal Control Officer is responsible for enforcing ordinances relating to animal safety.  This includes...

New Hingham School Roof Update

Posted on July 21, 2019

The Chesterfield-Goshen School Committee met on Monday,  June 24th, 2019 to discuss and award the bid for the replacement of the New Hingham School roof.   Bids ranged from $194,400 to $1,279,000.  The lowest bid for the asphalt shingle option was $194,400 and for metal was $ 717,500, both low bids were submitted by Larochelle Construction,...
election results

Special Election Results

Posted on July 15, 2019

41 of Goshen’s 741 registered voters (5%) came out to the polls today to vote for a select board member. Kristine A. Bissell, who ran uncontested, won all 41 votes.
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Absentee Voting available for 7/15 Special Election

Posted on June 24, 2019

Absentee voting is now available in the town clerk’s office for the July 15th special election. This is to elect a select board member who will finish the remainder of a term that ends in May 2020. Eligible absentee voters are ones who will not be in town on the day of the election, or...
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Last Day to Reg. to Vote for Special Election

Posted on June 13, 2019

There will be a special election on Monday, July 15th from 4-8pm in the John James Memorial Hall, 42 Main Street, to elect a select board member who will finish the remainder of a term that ends in May 2020. Kristine A. Bissell is running unopposed for the seat. The last day to register to...
election results

Special Election Results

Posted on June 5, 2019

105 of Goshen's 744 registered voters (14%) came out to the polls today to vote on the following question: Shall the Town be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the Town’s share of the bond authorized by the Chesterfield / Goshen Regional School...
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Absentee voting: 6/5 Special Election

Posted on May 30, 2019

Absentee voting is available for voters who will not be in town on June 5th for the Special Election regarding the school roof, or cannot vote in person due to physical disability or religious belief. Absentee voting applications are available in the town clerk’s office, as well as online at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm. Please contact Town Clerk,...

Imagine Goshen / Complete Streets Committee Info Session

Posted on May 28, 2019

A reminder that the Complete Streets Committee is holding an information session on Wednesday, May 29th on the finding for their walkability and connectivity projects. All are encouraged to attend.
Election

Special Election Date Set

Posted on May 23, 2019

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Goshen, who are qualified to vote in the town affairs, that the SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION will be held WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the John James Memorial...

Memorial Day Activities Set for Monday May 27

Posted on May 20, 2019

The annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony is scheduled for Monday May 27.  Parade participants will assemble at 9:30 AM in the parking lot across from the Goshen Town Hall located at 40 Main Street.  The parade will step off promptly at 10:00AM, proceed up Main Street (Route 9) to the Goshen Cemetery off of...

Board of Health Establishes 50% Recycling Goal

Posted on May 19, 2019

The Board of Health has established a 50% recycling goal with the intent of increasing quantity and improving the quality of the materials being recycled at the transfer station.  In 2016, the Town of Goshen had a recycling rate of 31.3% Many residents are conscientious about recycling and believe that they are properly recycling. The Board of Health...

Public Meeting to Share Draft Findings for ADA Transition Plan

Posted on May 14, 2019

The Institute for Human Centered Design has completed a review of the accessibility of town buildings and programs in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, and Goshen.  They will be sharing their findings with the public on Tuesday, May 28th at 1pm at the Goshen Town Hall.  Learn more about the ADA Transition Plans for each...

Annual Town Meeting Warrant and Supporting Documents

Posted on May 12, 2019

Click on the links below to access the warrant and other supporting documentation for the Annual Town Meeting that is scheduled for Monday, May 20th at 7PM in the Goshen Town Hall. ATM Warrant 2019-5-20 Completed & Signed Funding Sources for Warrant Articles - Annual Town Meeting on May 20, 2019 Proposed Marijuana Zoning by-law...

Special Election to Replace Select Board Member

Posted on May 9, 2019

The Goshen select board voted on Friday, May 3rd to hold a special election on Monday, July 15th from 4-8pm to replace selectman James Heroux, whose resignation goes into effect May 20th. The caucus to nominate a replacement will be on Monday, June 3rd at 7pm. The resident who is elected in July will finish...

2019 Annual Town Election Results

Posted on May 4, 2019

The Goshen Annual Town Election for 2019 has come to a close. Here are the results. ATE 5.4.2019 Results

Job Posting – Highway Equipment Operator / Laborer

Posted on April 22, 2019

The Town of Goshen is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Highway Equipment Operator/Laborer. This individual performs skilled and semi-skilled work operating heavy and light equipment used for construction, maintenance and repair of streets, sidewalks, bridges, fences, culverts, catch basins, and storm drains, as well as snow and ice removal in the winter. This...

Annual Town Election – May 4, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019

Goshen's annual town election will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 9am-2pm at the John James Memorial Hall, located at 42 Main Street. Click on the file below to view the warrant. Absentee voting is available for voters who will not be in town on the day of the election, or cannot vote in...

Notice of Public Hearing – Planning Board – Zoning Bylaw Addition

Posted on April 14, 2019

The Planning Board for the Town of Goshen will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., April 18, 2019 in the Goshen Town Hall (42 Main Street) to hear an amendment to the town’s Zoning Bylaw to add a bylaw regulating the siting and other aspects of medical and adult use marijuana establishments in the...

Annual Town Meeting Warrant Schedule Announced

Posted on April 2, 2019

At its meeting last night, the Select Board approved the following timeline for the Annual Town Meeting. Please submit any draft articles, or general topics for articles that your committee/department is contemplating for the warrant, no later than next Wednesday April 10. If you have any questions or need assistance please don’t hesitate to ask. 4/2  ...

Complete Streets Committee Informational Update – March, 2019

Posted on March 27, 2019

On behalf of the Complete Streets Committee, this communication is to inform residents about some exciting projects our town is undertaking. With close input from multiple town committees, strong support from the Select Board, and funding from the State of Massachusetts, we have engaged the Conway School of Landscape Design to help us assess recreational...

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Posted on March 27, 2019

HRMC announces regional HHW Events including the annual HRMC HHW Collection on Saturday, October 26, 2019 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 2019 event will take place on October 26 in Westhampton. Pre-registration is required for this event...

Annual Town Caucus Warrant Posted

Posted on March 7, 2019

The warrant for the Annual Town Caucus meeting has been posted.  The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 7PM in the Goshen Town Hall (42 Main Street). Go to the Town Caucus page for additional details. Caucus 2019 Warrant
Voter News

Town Caucus Update – Last Day to Register to Vote is 2/26

Posted on February 25, 2019

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle would like to remind residents that Tuesday, February 26th  is the last day to register to vote for the town caucus. The office will be open that day from 2pm-4pm and 7-8pm, as well as the usual Monday hours of 9am-3pm and 6pm-8pm. If there are any questions, Kristen can be reached...
Dog License

2019 Dog Licenses Now Available

Posted on January 30, 2019

2019 dog licenses are available in the Town Clerk’s office. All dogs aged 6 months and older must have a current rabies certificate and license. Licenses are $5 for neutered/spayed dogs and $10 for intact males and females. Residents may register their dogs during town clerk hours: Monday 9am-3pm and 6pm-8pm, or send a check,...

New Hingham Pre-K Registration Info Meetings Being Held

Posted on January 23, 2019

New Hingham Regional Elementary School has begun their pre-kindergarten registration process for the 2019-2020 school year. They will host an informational open house tomorrow night, Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, January 25th at 9:00 a.m. Chesterfield and Goshen residents are strongly encouraged to attend the open house if you have a...
Dog License

2019 Dog License Form Now Available Electronically

Posted on January 6, 2019

Download, print and fill out this form to aid your dog licensing process.  You may either bring it in during office hours with the supplemental info (Rabies certificate, spayed/neutered certificate) and payment, or mail all of those items with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Town Clerk, 40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032.  Licenses are not...

Limited Town Office Hours During the Holidays

Posted on December 25, 2018

Note that many departments will be working limited hours this week due to the Christmas and New Years holidays. If you have any business with any town departments, please call the Town Offices first to confirm that the office or department is open.
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