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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.  All construction is weather dependent.

“What is the Distribution Network?” Described below these weekly updates.


DNCP through 07-23-2021

Week of July 26-July 30, 2021:

  • Monday:  Install wire cable strand on Loomis Road.  MST placement on Williams Drive & Shaw Road.  Testing at various locations and in the Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Pull fiber on Loomis Road.  MST Placement on Mollison Hill Road.
  • Wednesday:  Lash fiber to wire cable strand &  MST placement on Loomis Road.  Install wire cable strand & MST placement on Ball Road & Main Street (Route 9).  Underground consultations & conduit pulls.
  • Thursday:   MST placement Berkshire Trail West (Route 9) & Shaw Road.
  • Friday:  MST placement Berkshire Trail West (Route 9) & Shaw Road.
  • Saturday:  Underground conduit pulls.

Week of July 19-July 23, 2021:

  • Monday:   MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street, Main Street (Route 9) & Aberdeen Road.
  • Tuesday:  Pull fiber on Cape Street (Route 112).  Fiber connection testing at various locations and in the Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Cape Street (Route 112).  MST placement on East Street, West Shore Drive & Aberdeen Road.
  • Thursday:   MST placement on Cape Street (Route 112).
  • Friday:  To be determined.
  • Saturday:  Underground consultations.  FSA2 testing in various locations.

Week of July 12-July 16, 2021:

  • Monday:  Pull & lash fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.
  • Tuesday:  Pull & lash fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.
  • Wednesday:  Pull & lash fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.
  • Thursday:   MST placement on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9),West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.

Week of July 5-July 9, 2021:

  • Monday:  No work, July 4 holiday.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire cable strand on Cape Street (Route 112).
  • Wednesday:  Pull fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9) and Cape Street (Route 112).
  • Thursday:  Pull fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations.

Week of June 28-July 2, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Sears Road & Spruce Corner Road.  Underground cable consultations.  Network testing at the Hut.  Splicing at various locations.
  • Tuesday:  MST placement on Sears Road & Spruce Corner Road.  Pull & lash fiber to wire cable strand on Spruce Corner Road & Wildwood Lane.
  • Wednesday:  Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Route 9 & Shaw Road.  MST placement on Sears Road.  Testing at various locations and at the Hut.
  • Thursday:  Pull & Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Beals Road, Route 9 & Shaw Road. Testing at various locations and at the Hut.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations and at the Hut.

Week of June 21-June 26, 2021:

  • Monday:  Splicing on Route 9.   Install wire cable strand on Spruce Corner Road.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire cable strand on Beals Road, Sears Road, Spruce Corner Road, Stone Road & Wildwood Lane.  Splicing at Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire cable strand on Sears Road & Spruce Corner Road.  Splicing at Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire cable strand on Sears Road, Spruce Corner Road & West Shore Drive.

Week of June 14-June 18, 2021:

  • Monday:  Underground cable consultations.  Splicing on Main Street (Route 9).  No wire cable strand or fiber installation today due to predicted thunderstorms.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire cable strand on Route 9, Aberdeen Road & West Shore Drive.  Splicing on Main Street (Route 9) & South Main Street.
  • Wednesday:  Install wire cable strand on Cape Street (Route 112) & Berkshire Trail (Route 9).  Splicing on Ball Road, Fuller Road, Main Street (Route 9) & South Main Street.
  • Thursday:  Pull fiber and lash to wire cable strand on Aberdeen Road.  Install wire cable strand on Berkshire Trail (Route 9).  Splicing on Ball Road, Fuller Road, Main Street (Route 9), South Main Street & West Street.
  • Friday:  Install wire cable strand on Berkshire Trail (Route 9).  Pull & lash fiber to wire cable strand on Aberdeen Road.
  • Saturday:  Underground cable consultations.

Week of June 7-June 12, 2021:

  • Monday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire strand cable on South Chesterfield Road & Dresser Hill Road.  Preliminary on-site underground service consultations begin with customers.
  • Tuesday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire strand cable on South Chesterfield Road.  MST placement on South Chesterfield Road.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on South Chesterfield Road.  Splicing on Sundown Drive & West Street.
  • Thursday:  MST placement on South Chesterfield Road.  Splicing on Sundown Drive & West Street.  Install wire strand cable on  East Street & Highland Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on West Street, Sundown Land & South Main Street.
  • Saturday:  Preliminary on-site underground service consultations begin with customers.  These consultations will be coordinated and scheduled, ahead of time, with all customers who already have underground utility company service paths.

Week of May 31-June 4, 2021:

  • Monday:  No work, Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Tuesday:  Pull fiber on Hyde Hill Road.  Install wire cable strand on Pine Road.  MST placement on Washington Road.
  • Wednesday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire strand cable on Birch Road & Pine Road.  MST placement on Hyde Hill Road.  Splicing on West Street, Ball Road & Route 9.
  • Thursday:  MST Placement on Birch, Cherry & South Chesterfield Roads.  Install wire strand cable on South Chesterfield Road.  Splicing on West Street & Wing Hill Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on South Main Street, West Street & Wing Hill Road.

Week of May 24-May 28, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Bissell Road.
  • Tuesday:  Splicing on Ball Road, Route 9 and West Street.  MST placement & pull and lash fiber on Pond Hill Road.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on Pond Hill Road.  Install wire strand cable on Hyde Hill Road.
  • Thursday:  Install wire strand cable on Hyde Hill Road, Washington Road & Pine Road.  MST Placement on Bissell Road & Sundown Drive.

Week of May 17-May 21, 2021:

  • Monday:  Pull fiber on Lake Drive & Maple Road.  Splicing on various roads.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire strand cable on Lake Drive & Hammond Circle.  MST placement on Lake Drive & Overlook Road.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on Fuller Road, Lake Drive & South Main Street.
  • Thursday:  MST Placement on Lake Drive & Bissell Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on various roads.

Week of May 10-May 14, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Sundown Drive.  Install wire strand cable on Pond Hill Road & Sundown Drive.  Pull fiber on Bissell Road.
  • Tuesday: Pull fiber on Bissell Road, Pond Hill Road & Phelps Road.
  • Wednesday:  Pull fiber on Bissell Road, Phelps Road & Sundown Drive.  MST Placement on Bissell Road & Phelps Road.
  • Thursday:  MST Placement on Phelps Road and Bissell Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on Fuller Road.

Week of May 3-May 6, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on Washington Road, Lake Drive & surrounding roads.
  • Tuesday:  MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on roads around Hammond Pond.
  • Wednesday:  Install wire strand cable on Pond Hill Road and Bissell Road.
  • Thursday: Install wire strand cable on Pond Hill Road, Bissell Road and Phelps Lane.  MST Placement on South Chesterfield Road.

Week of April 26-April 30, 2021:

  • Monday: MST placement on Route 9 (Main Street portion) and South Main Street.
  • Tuesday: MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable, pull & lash fiber & MST placement on Sundown Drive.
  • Wednesday: MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on Lake Drive.
  • Thursday:  MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on Lake Drive.

Week of April 19-April 23, 2021: 

  • Monday:  Install MSTs on Ball Road, Old Goshen Road and East Street.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday:  Pull fiber and Lash to wire cable strand from South Main Street to South Chesterfield Road.  Install wire cable strand and pull & lash fiber on South Chesterfield Road.  MST installation on East Street and Old Goshen Road.
  • Thursday:  MST placement on Fuller Road and pull & lash fiber on South Chesterfield Road.

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: 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 glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.

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 Highway Department completed site preparation work in early November 2020 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, 2020.

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.

A grounding halo was installed around the exterior of the hut to prevent damage from electrical strikes on 05/11/2021.

Fiber optic cable has been brought into hut through the underground vault for the distribution network connection in July 2021.

Fiber optic cable connecting the hut to the MBI middle mile was  completed on 7/13/2021.

As of 7/23/2021 all Network electronics have been installed, tested & provisioned and are ready for splicing, testing & certification of the fiber optic network.

When the fiber optic cables are installed, connected, spliced and tested the Hut will be fully prepared with all of the components required to operate the fiber optic network.

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.

MassDEP will be conducting PFAS testing for a limited number of private wells, focusing on the 84
Massachusetts towns where 60% or more of residents are served by private wells.  Goshen is one of the towns eligible to participate in this program.  Private wells are regulated by local Boards of Health, which are overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  MassDEP will work with these entities, other local partners, and MassDEP’s contractor, the University of Massachusetts (UMass), to select and provide for free sampling of selected private wells.  An estimated 40 wells will be selected within each of the 84 towns based on priorities including geographic distribution throughout the town, proximity to potential sources of PFAS, and available funding.  Should fewer than 20 of the selected well owners opt to participate in the program, other private well owners will be invited to apply and will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on this program and to get answers to the questions below go to Frequently Asked Questions about the MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling ProgramThere is also a link to the MassDEP application form to see if you are eligible.

  • What are PFAS and why are they a concern?
  • What are some of the reasons I might test my private well for PFAS?
  • What is the MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling Program?
  • If a well is not selected for the program, are there other resources available?
  • How does a private well owner sign up for PFAS sampling?
  • Who collects the water samples for the MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling Program?
  • How does the selected private well owner get the water sample bottles for PFAS sampling?
  • Which PFAS contaminants will the Massachusetts certified laboratory analyze the PFAS water samples for?
  • Why do the PFAS water sampling results include other PFAS in addition to the regulated PFAS6?
  • What does it mean if other unregulated PFAS are detected in my drinking water?
  • What is involved in the quality control check of the PFAS laboratory results?
  • How are the selected private well owners informed of the PFAS water sampling results?
  • Will MassDEP collect any additional samples after the initial samples?
  • What will happen if PFAS is confirmed to be present in a private well?
  • What will happen if PFAS in the well water is confirmed at an elevated level?
  • What are the potential costs if a private well owner’s property is found to be the source PFAS
    contamination?
  • Will the laboratory results of the PFAS testing of selected private wells be made public?
  • Will there be a final report summarizing the Private Well PFAS Sampling Program?
  • Are public water supplies also testing for PFAS?
  • Who can I contact for information or technical assistance on free PFAS samples?
  • What are some Town considerations?
  • How is Massachusetts addressing PFAS?
  • Additional links for more information

Read, print or download Goshen Public Library Summer 2021 Newsletter.

This newsletter contains information on the following new items:

  • Books of history/politics/biography
  • Books for children & teens
  • Popular fiction titles
  • Summer reading program for families
  • Call for information on DVDs, museum passes

 

The permalink above goes directly to the sub menu fireworks page under the Police Department page.

 

 

Th Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) has done an 8 month study to come up with information to evaluate and review the way fire and rescue services in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Planfield and Worthington are performed.

Go to the PVPC Hilltown Regional Fire Services Feasibility Study web page to view, download, or print any of the below items.

  • Full report, with appendices [NOT searchable]
  • Full report, without appendices [searchable]
  • Comparative 5 town informational presentation given on 2021-06-23

 

Sign up for Goshen’s high-speed internet service has begun.  The initial subscription period runs through December 31, 2021.  In order to receive the town subsidy for connecting your house or business to the new fiber optic network, you must sign up for internet service by December 31, 2021.  If you sign up after December 31, you will not be eligible for the town subsidy.  If you do NOT sign up for internet service you will NOT be eligible for the town subsidy to connect your house to the fiber optic network.

To sign up, go to whipcityfiber.com/goshen.

The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs on costs, policies, and whom to call with questions at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.


If you have previously given Wired West a deposit, you may request a refund by clicking on Wired West deposit refund info and following the directions found there.

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.   If you haven’t already signed up for email notifications, you can also do so on this page by filling out the form on the left.

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

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


 

The Town of Goshen is seeking an organized individual with strong communication skills to serve as a part-time assistant to the Town Administrator of Goshen.

The individual will provide administrative and special project support to the Town Administrator. They will assist the Administrator and the Select Board with planning, organizing, developing, coordinating, maintaining, and managing town operations and initiatives related to the Town’s priorities as established by Select Board and the Town Administrator.

The Assistant will work approximately 16 hours a week with a somewhat flexible schedule to be established by the Administrator and the Assistant.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Town Administrator in day-to-day issues and projects as they arise.
  • Developing best practices and templates for town processes.
  • Maintain the Select Board’s electronic and paper files
  • Culling current files for shredding, record retention, and storage
  • Maintaining the Town’s Internal Municipal Calendar
  • Processing bi-weekly invoices to be paid by the town
  • Creating new and updating existing spreadsheets and documents to aid in tracking and analyzing expenditures
  • Potentially and on occasion serve as a note taker to the various town boards (possible evening hours outside 16 hours – can be arranged for those who would like more hours).

A qualified candidate will have:

  • Good problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent administrative skills including but not limited to, intermediate to advanced experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • The ability to work independently and pivot as priorities change
  • A commitment to keep information confidential
  • The ability to work cooperatively in a small office environment
  • The ability to exercise sound judgment

This position is in person at the Goshen Town Office.

Hourly wage commensurate with experience and budget appropriation.

Some flexibility in scheduling may be available.

Job Types: Part-time

Pay: $18.00-$22.00 per hour

Please send a cover letter and resume, or any questions, to selectboard@goshen-ma.us.

Follow this link to view, print or download the Annual Town Report 2020 at the bottom of the Select Board page.

Annual Town Reports for 2016-2019 are also in the documents section at the bottom of the Select Board Page.

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m. under a tent behind the town offices.  All attendees will be required to wear a mask, or other face covering, and use hand sanitizer before entering in order to protect the health of all in attendance.  If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided to you.

Click here to view, download or print the  Annual Town Meeting Warrant 2021-06-01  You may also find the warrant on the Select Board page in the “Select Board Documents” section.

The Finance Committee will hold an budget informational session on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m., under a tent behind the town offices.  Click on this link to see the Finance Committee Report & Recommendations presented at the Annual Town Meeting June 12-2021.   All attendees will be required to wear a mask, or other face covering, and use hand sanitizer before entering in order to protect the health of all in attendance.  If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided to you.

The Finance Committee’s budget materials will be posted as soon as they are available.

Further updates to this post will be made as new information becomes available.

 

Want to get more involved?  Become a Library Trustee!

Are you a Goshen resident? Do you love books? Are you interested in getting involved with our community and making a positive impact on our library? Do you have skills and assets you feel would benefit the library?  We currently have a vacancy on our board and would love to hear from you.

The Goshen Free Public Library, located in the John James Memorial Town Hall, at 42 Main Street, serves area residents by providing books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, magazines, high-speed internet, and inter-library loan (ILL).  In addition, the library provides summer reading programs for school-age children, and special programs for the community, including visits by your political representatives for information and discussion.

The Library Board of Trustees provides oversight of library services and works with the Library Director on the development of plans, policies, and programs that are responsive to community needs.  Trustees meet every other month.  For more information please leave your contact info with the library at goshenfreelibrary@gmail.com or (413) 268-8236 ext 111.

In coordination with guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19, the Select Board, as advised by the Board of Health, has voted to reopen facilities to the public, beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021, subject to the guidelines below.


Beginning June 15, 2021, all public meetings should resume as in person meetings.

For the general public:

  • Entrance doors will be unlocked during usual business hours to allow public entry.
  • Signs will be posted which state that fully vaccinated visitors (defined as individuals who have received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the current date) are not required to wear a face mask indoors.
  • Visitors who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask indoors.
  • All visitors are required to maintain adequate social distancing from others (at least 6 feet).
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer will be readily available in buildings.

For employees:

  • Employees and town officials may be asked to indicate if they have been fully vaccinated (as defined above).
  • All employees will be required to maintain social distancing.
  • Employees who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face mask, but may wear a face mask if that is their preference.
  • Employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask, except when they are in their own work space and appropriately socially distanced from others.
  • Unvaccinated employees who enter common areas are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.
D-Day cemetery Normandy, France

Normandy Veterans cemetery


A brief ceremony by Cummington American Legion Post 304 will take place at the times and locations noted below.  Goshen resident Nick Cockoros will be the featured speaker at the Goshen ceremony.  All are invited to attend and honor those who gave service to our country.

8:30 AM in Worthington at the memorial across from Town Hall
9:00 AM at the West Cummington Cemetery
9:30 AM in Cummington at the memorial at Community House
10:00AM in Goshen at the Goshen Cemetery on Mollison Hill Road
11:00 in Chesterfield at Veterans’ Park
12:00 in Plainfield at Hilltop Cemetery


Military Women’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

Women's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

 

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle reminds residents that the late fee for dog licenses goes into effect June 1st, 2021. The late fee is $25 per dog on top of the license fee.

To obtain a 2021 dog license, please mail the following: a completed dog license form (found here: Dog-License-Form-2020.pdf (storage.googleapis.com) current rabies certificate indicating that the dog is spayed or neutered (if that’s the case); check made payable to the Town of Goshen ($5 per spayed or neutered dog; $10 per intact dog) and a stamped, self-addressed envelope (2 stamps for multiple licenses). We may already have a current rabies certificate on file for your dog; feel free to call or email before you mail everything in (268-8236 x107, clerk@goshen-ma.us). You may also drop the paperwork off in the town clerk drop box, located to the left of the door to the town offices.

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 when and how to apply for your required permit.

 

Here are the annual town election results from today: ATE 5.1.2021 Results. We had 8% voter turnout.

I’d like to thank our dedicated election workers:

Evelyn Kellogg-Culver, Warden

Kit Rock, Clerk

Nicholas Cockoros, Constable

Henrietta Munroe

Roxanne Cunningham

Kathy Boisvert

Roger Culver

Melanie Dana

Marya Zilberberg

I also thank my assistant, Gina Papineau, for all her help, and custodian Ron Loven for setting up, cleaning and taking down the election booths, tables, etc.

Even small town elections require many hands on deck to make things run smoothly from start to finish.

Do you have any interest in being an election worker? Please contact me if you do.

Kristen Estelle, Town Clerk

clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107

 

Click on Fire Department Chief to view, download or print this document.

 

Click on Part-Time Assistant Transfer Station Attendant Job Description to view, download or print this document.

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

 

If you have previously given Wired West a deposit, you may request a refund by clicking on Wired West deposit refund info and following the directions found there.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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