Upcoming Events

  1. Town Hall Building MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Approval of minutes from July meeting
    3. Review Architect's Budget proposal for Steeple Project Phase One
    4. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    5. Upcoming Meetings
    6. Adjourn the Meeting
    Sat, Aug 19 05:00 pm
  2. Library MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Minutes of July 23, 2017
    3. Treasurer's Monthly Report - Budget and Bank of America
    4. Building and Maintenance - update on on-going projects, report on Select Board Meeting, and Meeting with Chris and Kayce
    5. Update on Bike Rack Installation - paying for it
    6. Pruning Maple Trees and Front Garden
    7. New Business
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Aug 21 07:00 pm
  3. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    1.  MEETING CONVENES
        A.  Announcement on recording devices
    2.  CONSENT AGENDA
        Minutes 7/31/17, 8/8/17 • As Submitted • As Amended
        Warrants W18-05 Payroll & Vendor       
    3.  APPOINTMENTS WITH SELECT BOARD
        A.  Parks Commission – Town Flag Request
        B.  Vocational Education Coordinator – VEAC updates; bus routes, and MTRSD amendment proposal
    4.  DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
        A.  Recommendation of Steeple Contract award - THBC
        B.  Bridge repair/replacement update
        C.  Highway Garage visits – Police vehicle storage update
        D.  Hampshire Regional Council of Governments  WWTP Power Supply Agreement
        E.  Sanderson students participation in Junior Olympics
        F.  ADA Grievance Policy review
        G.  Election Officer Appointments
        H.  Invasive Weed update
        I.  Town Hall Use Umbrella Insurance Update
        J.  Mold Remediation Update
        K.  Salary Study Update.
        L.  Broadband Project Status Update
        M.  Large Scale Development & Local Road Preservation bylaws
    5.  TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
    6.  MAIL
    7.  PUBLIC COMMENT
    8.  * ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
    9.  UPCOMING MEETINGS
    10. ADJOURN
    The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.


    Mon, Aug 21 07:00 pm
  4. Board of Registrars MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting
    2. Citizen Challenge of 5/6/17 Election Results
    3. Board of Registrars Election Procedures
    4. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Aug 22 04:30 pm
  5. Conservation Commission MeetingAgenda

    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)

    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings

    3. 8 p.m. Eversource ROW RDA meeting

    4. Planning for absence of member(s) in Sept.

    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting

    6. On-line Building Permits review/approval

    7. Adjourn the Meeting

    Wed, Aug 23 07:30 pm
  6. Parks Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open Meeting
    2. Review Minutes
    3. Upper Park
    4. Lower Park
    5. Budget
    6. Adjourn
    Thu, Aug 24 07:00 pm

Ashfield Receives $1,410,000 Broadband Grant Award

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development awarded the Town of Ashfield $1,410,000 as part of the Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program for Municipally-owned Broadband Network. This grant award is intended to be used by rural communities for the design, engineering, and construction of publicly-owned broadband networks.

 

As one of the broadband grant award recipients, the Town of Ashfield intends to construct a municipally-owned fiber optic broadband network available to all residents. The network will initially provide speeds up to 1 Gb/s. Ashfield is partnering with Westfield Gas & Electric to provide support during design & engineering and construction. The network will be operated by the Ashfield Municipal Light Plant, which will contract with Network Operations and Internet Service Provider vendors.

 

Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito held a roundtable discussion in Ashfield that included a number of local last mile communities. Each community provided Lieutenant Governor Polito with a broadband status update. After hearing from everyone, Polito said, “It is a lot of work, and I appreciate all of you who serve in local government. The outcome will be even more profound, and the impact it will have on the residents and those who work in this community will be a factor that will improve the quality of life here for years to come.”

 

The Town of Ashfield received the first installment in the amount of $640,000.00, which will be used for professional services associated with the creation of a broadband network. The Town of Ashfield has selected Westfield Gas & Electric to facilitate this aspect of the project.

 

Broadband has been a unifying issue for many last mile communities and residents are eager and grateful that broadband will become a reality.

 

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