Upcoming Events

  1. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings - November 17, 2014
    4. Signatures - Monthly Lists, Payment Vouchers, Tax Documents
    5. Chapter Land Applications
    6. FY16 Budget
    7. Tax Classification Hearing and Revaluation Update
    8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    9. Upcoming Meetings
    10. Adjourn the Meeting

    Executive Session -  Exemptions

    Mon, Dec 1 06:00 pm
  2. Select Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open
    2. Warrants: Payroll and vendor
    3. Minutes: November 17, 2014
    4. Appointments: a. MJ Adams, Dir., Community Development, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (FCRHRA); Bruce Hunter, FCRHRA; Mike Petrin, Tighe & Bond; Smith Branch Road project, extension and costs
    5. Old Business: a. Winter Sidewalks; b. Review priority list, accomplishments, new items
    6. New Business: a. Liquor License renewals; b. Franklin Land Trust/Town Common boundaries issue; c. 2015 Local Technical Assistance requests; d. Discussion: Grants, Funds, and upcoming Town projects
    7. Liaison Reports
    8. Mail
    9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    10. Public Comment
    11. Next Select Board Meetings: Mon., Dec. 15, 2014; Mon., Dec. 29, 2014; Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
    12. Close

     

    Mon, Dec 1 07:00 pm
  3. Board of Health MeetingAgenda
    1. Health Agents Reports
    2. Inspection Reports
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Flu Clinic
    5. Bud Bug Presentation Update
    6. Mail and Correspondence
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Public comments if time allows
    Tue, Dec 2 05:30 pm
  4. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Meet with Buckland Board of Assessors and Franco Rossi from CAI Technologies regarding Town Line Mapping
    3. Adjourn the Meeting

     

    This meeting is being held at the Buckland Town Hall in the Assessors Office.

    Tue, Dec 9 05:30 pm
  5. Zoning Board of Appeals MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Public Hearing on Application for a Variance from Laura Quinn to place a mobile home at 370 Buckland Road, Map 4-1, Lot 13.
    4. Discussion with potential new member of the ZBA
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Thu, Dec 11 07:00 pm

Members

NameTitleContactTerm
Laura Bessette
Doug Cranson
Harry Dodson
David Kulp
Tom Poissant
Johanna Andersen-Pratt
Ray Sears
Will ThayerCon. Comm. appointment
Gregory Thorpalternate
Susan Todd
Tree image

Meetings

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at noon at Dodson Associates on Main Street. Pizza lunch is served.

Tree Committee Minutes

  1. Microsoft Word document Oct 26,2011
  2. Microsoft Word document Sep 28,2011

Goals and Responsibilities

Work with the Tree Warden to plant, protect and maintain Ashfield's public street trees. Meet regularly with the Tree Warden. Keep the Select Board informed of committee's work.

Coordinate with the Ashfield Tree Warden and the Massachusetts Highway Department on tree clearing, maintenance and planting issues on state highways in town.

Coordinate with the Ashfield Tree Warden and WMECO on tree clearing and maintenance issues on town roads.

Raise funds for tree planting and maintenance from private individuals, foundations and corporations. Advocate for tree related public funding.

Educate the public on the value of street trees and organize special events, Arbor Day activities and participation in efforts such as Tree City USA.

Organize volunteers to plant and maintain trees along public ways and public lands throughout Ashfield. Create a "Friends of Ashfield's Trees" group to work with the committee on fundraising, planting and maintenance.

Ensure that the requirements of the Public Shade Tree Act (MGL Chapter 87) are applied in Ashfield including the requirement to hold public hearings before the clearing of trees from town roads.

Advocate/educate for the reduction of hazards to trees: road salt, compaction, excavation, mowing damage, road widening, overhead utility lines.

Promote the historic character and beauty of Ashfield's roads and highways.

Work with the Tree Warden to ensure that trees do not threaten roads and public utilities.