ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - Part 2 & SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - Monday, June 5th at 6:30 PM
The continuation of the Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, June 5th at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall. A Special Town Meeting will take place the same night, at the conclusion of the Annual.
Motions and explanations for the Annual Town Meeting (articles 7 - 22) can be viewed here: ATM Part 2 Motions & Explanations.
Motions and explanations for the Special Town Meeting can be viewed here: 6/5 STM Motions & Explanations.
Town of Gill Emergency Alerts and General Notices
Recent messages from the Town's CodeRED emergency notification service appear immediately below. To sign up to receive these messages via cell phone, landline phone, text message, or email, click the "Sign Up" button in the box below.
Energy Savings for Seniors
LifePath, formerly known as Franklin County Home Care Corporation, invites area seniors to an Energy Savings for Seniors workshop on Tuesday, October 4th, 10 AM, at the Great Falls Discovery Center (2 Avenue A, Turners Falls). This energy event will share information with persons age 60+ and their family and/or caregivers about the home energy benefits they qualify for that will help them save money and obtain rebates for energy efficient appliances. One-on-one assistance will be available!
Registration is appreciated. Contact Gretchen Smith at gsmith@LifePathMA.org or 413-773-5555 x2258. Brought to you by the Benefits Counseling program at LifePath. LifePathMA.org
New Website Calendar Home Modification Loan Program Photos Wanted!! Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan - Approved Pending Adoption Town of Gill is now on Facebook Selectboard Meetings on TV Potassium Iodide Pills Available Volunteers Sought
The next time you click on the "Meetings Calendar" link, you will get to see the new look to our website calendar. We are very excited by its crisp appearance and the extra functionality that it will provide.
The state-funded Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP) provides loans to make modifications to the primary, permanent residence of elders, adults with disabilities, and families with children with disabilities. The modifications to be made to the residence must be necessary to allow the beneficiary to remain in the home and must relate to their ability to function on a daily basis. Loans range from $1,000 to $30,000 and are secured by a promissory note and mortgage lien. To learn more about the program, including eligibility, income guidelines, and the application process, visit the website for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: HMLP site
The project to get caught up on Annual Town Reports is well underway. We have plenty of words and numbers, but are running low on Gill-themed photos to help add visual interest.
High-resolution digital images (or high-quality scans of historic photographs) work the best. Any subject is welcome - scenery, landmarks, buildings, nature, people (with their permission), events, etc.
If you have photos you'd like to contribute, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
The Town's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan has been reviewed and accepted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and reviewed and contingently approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Upon adoption of the plan by the Selectboard, FEMA will issue a final approval letter.
The final draft of the plan can be viewed here: Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan identifies actions that can be taken before a natural disaster occurs. By mitigating problems before they happen, future property damage and loss of life can be reduced or prevented. Having an adopted pre-disaster mitigation plan makes the Town eligible for various types of state and federal grants and disaster assistance funding.
The plan was developed by a committee of local officials with tremendous support and assistance from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.
The Town of Gill now has an official page on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Town-of-Gill/100310200117764 If you're into such things, feel free to visit the page, and "Like" it. There are two inspirations for establishing the Town's presence on Facebook. First and foremost is emergency communications. During last year's Tropical Storm Irene, residents in the West County were using Facebook as one means to keep in touch with family and neighbors and to share experiences, needs, and resources. Notices of emergency shelters and other disaster resources were privately posted to Facebook. While Gill was largely unscathed by that disaster, and while we hope to be equally lucky in the future, there will always be a "next time." Hopefully, by establishing a Facebook page now, during a moment of calm, the Town will be better prepared for the future, with one more method to communicate timely information to its residents. Secondly, a Facebook page will provide a way for residents to opt in or out of receiving electronic updates on Town events like Annual and Special Town Meetings and Elections, debt exclusion votes, new content on the Town's website, et cetera. Perhaps this increased flow of information will attract more of our residents to participate in the government of their town - voting in elections, attending Town Meetings, serving on a committee. If you visit our page, be sure to read the entire "About" section, which spells out all the nitty-gritty fine print that goes along with the Town's presence on Facebook.
Gill Selectboard meetings are video-recorded by volunteers from our Cable Advisory Committee and aired at various times throughout the week on MCTV - Comcast Channel 17 for most Gill subscribers. The MCTV broadcast schedule can be found on their website, www.montaguetv.org. If you aren't a Comcast subscriber, or missed the TV broadcast, recent meetings can also be viewed on the Internet at the MCTV Vimeo website: MCTV Vimeo.
If there is a radiological emergency from a nuclear plant, large amounts of something called radioiodine could be put into the air, and this could hurt your thyroid gland, or even cause thyroid cancer later on. You could breathe in the radioiodine or eat food that has some radioiodine in it. When you take the potassium iodide (KI) pill, it protects your thyroid gland from being harmed. These pills are available through the Selectboard's office at Town Hall. For more information on the pills, please read the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Fact Sheet.
There are frequently openings on Town boards and committees, so we are always interested in hearing from citizens who may have an interest in serving the Town. Currently, the Town has openings on the Agricultural Commission, Council on Aging, and Zoning Board of Appeals. No experience is necessary. Meetings are generally held once a month. For more information, contact Ray at 863-9347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Modification Loan Program
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan - Approved Pending Adoption
Town of Gill is now on Facebook
Selectboard Meetings on TV
Potassium Iodide Pills Available