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Conway Pre-Town Meeting Dessert Potluck and Discussion Monday, April 30

All Conway residents are invited to come to a pre-Town Meeting dessert potluck and discussion on Monday, April 30 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School. Please bring a dessert to share that can be served on a napkin, serving utensils (if needed), and your own reusable cup/mug/spoon. Beverages will be provided. Residents who have information about particular warrant articles are encouraged to bring handouts.

The evening is an opportunity for discussion that is informal, nonpartisan, and without the time pressure often felt at Town Meeting. Residents are encouraged to come with questions about Town Meeting warrant articles, procedures, and definitions. There will be an opportunity to meet candidates for town office. The intent of the meeting is to help people be well-informed voters. Mary McClintock said, “These gatherings really help me have a better understanding of what we need to decide at Town Meeting. And the desserts are really yummy!”

For information: contact Ruth Parnall at [email protected], 489-3097, or Jim Recore at [email protected], 768-9939.

Warrant for May 14 Town Meeting

Please click here to view the warrant for the Monday, May 14 annual Town Meeting. Also, please note that there is a considerable difference between the amount for the budgeted reserve in the warrant and the amount that is going to be stated in the motion. The difference is for two reasons: one, a delayed calculation, and the other, an error in the original calculation. This does not change the amount residents will be taxed, and it also does not change the amount taken from any existing fund. The Community Preservation program is funded through a 3% surcharge on the property tax. (There are exemptions for properties under $100,000 and for seniors who file for exemption.) The figures below are based on that surcharge, as required by state law. The final amounts—which will be in the motion made for this article—will be close to the following:

  • $4,221 from FY 2018 Annual Revenues for Administration of the Community Preservation Committee;
  • $8,443 to the Community Preservation Historical Resources Reserve;
  • $8,443 to the Community Preservation Community Housing Reserve;
  • $8,443 to the Community Preservation Open Space Reserve; and
  • $54,880 to the Community Preservation Budgeted Reserve.

Article 3 Debt Exclusion Article

This year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant contains a borrowing article related to bridge repair on North Poland Road. This article contains language referring to a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion ballot exclusion. Please note: THIS IS NOT a Prop 2 1/2 override!  A primer on Proposition 2/12 is available at the Assessors Office or Town Office; or you may download one by clicking here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/municipal-finance-legal-guidance-publications

Board of Health to Hold Hearing On Sanitary, Safe Operation of Marijuana Establishments

The Conway Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, 30 April 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill, Conway, MA to present and receive comments concerning a regulation to ensure the sanitary and safe operation of marijuana establishments. This regulation is promulgated in furtherance of the Board’s mission to protect, promote and preserve the health and well being of all town residents in accordance with, but not limited to, authority granted by MGL c. 111, § 31. The full text of the proposed regulation is available for inspection at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street and at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd. To request a digital copy, send an email to: [email protected]  with “Sanitary and Safe Marijuana” in the subject line. The file that you receive via email will be in a pdf format.

Bulky Waste May 5

To see the flyer for the May 5 Bulky Waste Day, 9 – noon, available to Conway residents, hosted in Buckland, Whately, and Northfield, please click here.

Notary Public Services Available at Town Office

Assistant to the Town Administrator Lisa Turowsky is available to notarize documents at the Town Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. Signers should bring a government-issued identification card such as a driver’s license or passport for verification of identity.

Volunteers Needed — Ag Comm, Parks and Rec, Housing Committee & Others

Might you and your community benefit from you filling one of the following positions:

Contact Lisa Turowsky, [email protected] with questions or for more openings throughout the year.

State Apiary Program Offers Guidance, Assistance for Honey Beekeepers

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has announced a program to promote and sustain honey beekeeping (apiculture). Contact the MDAR Apiary Program at 413-548-1905 or 857-319-1020, or email [email protected], with questions/concerns about honey beekeeping activities. Visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/farm-products/apiary/ for more information about how the Apiary Program ensures the health of our honeybees.

Click here for a MDAR Apiary Program brochure: MDAR Apiary Program

Festival of the Hills Scholarship Applications Available; Due April 28th

The Festival of the Hills Scholarship fund is available to all graduating high school seniors from Conway who submit complete applications, regardless of school attended or post-graduate plans. Primary consideration is given to a student’s community service, extracurricular activity, and academic achievement. Financial need, work history, and Festival of the Hills service are also considered.  Scholarship applications are currently available on the Forms and Downloads page of the Town website:, www.townofconway.com; hard copies are also available at the Town Office. Applications (hard copy only) must be mailed to: Conway Festival of the Hills Scholarship, PO Box 431, Conway, MA 01341. Please note: no applications received after Friday, April 28th will be considered. Please note that the scholarship application process and fund are now administered independently of Town auspices.

Questions?  Please contact Phyllis Jeswald: [email protected], telephone: 413-369-4410.

Senior Guidance Website Spotlights Assisted Living, Other Services for Seniors

Senior Guidance (https://www.seniorguidance.org/), an organization dedicated to providing helpful senior living resources for the elderly, has announced a dedicated section on its website that provides detailed and thorough information on Massachusetts assisted living:

https://www.seniorguidance.org/assisted-living/massachusetts/

The Senior Guidance website discusses all services available for seniors living in Massachusetts, outlines helpful state programs, and offers information about assisted living facilities in every city, town and county in Massachusetts.

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