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Town of Conway PO Box 240 Conway, Massachusetts, 01341 [email protected] (413) 369-4235 (413) 369-4237 - fax

Town Office Building - 32 Main Street | Town Hall - 5 Academy Hill Road

For emergencies dial 911. (You may also dial 625-8200 for the Shelburne State Police dispatch.)

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Latest town news & announcements

Select Board Issues Drought Statement and Recommendations

At their meeting Monday, August 22, the Conway Select Board issued the following statement:

The Select Board asks Conway residents to adopt water-saving techniques into their daily routines and follow best water conservation practices to help reduce the threat and enable ground water and reservoirs to rebound more quickly if conditions improve.  These may include limiting outdoor water use; avoiding watering plants and lawns; covering swimming pools when not in use to minimize evaporation; and sweeping driveways, walks, patios, and other outdoor areas with a broom rather than hosing them off.  Other conservation techniques include reducing shower times, washing only full loads of laundry and dishes, turning off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving, and fixing water leaks in household items.

Work Begins on Rose Field Floodplain Lowering

The floodplain lowering project has begun on the Rose field and should be finished by the end of September (with some clean-up time after that). The project is designed to lessen any impact from floodwater in the South River, and is a response in part to the damage from Hurricane Irene.

Interest-free Housing Rehabilitation Loans

Housing rehabilitation loans–interest-free!– are available for Conway residents meeting the following income levels:

1 person, $46,000  *  2 person, $52,600  *  3 person, $59,150  *  4 person, $65,700

Sign up now!  See here for more information.

“Open House” at Assessors’ Office for new property valuations 8/18 – 8/24

The triennial recertification of Conway’s values for FY2017 for taxable real estate and personal property is moving along well and the preliminary values have been approved by the Dept. of Revenue.  Prices paid in arm’s-length sales in 2014 and 2015 here in Conway result in an overall market change to the taxable value for single-family home parcels of about +4%. Vacant land and commercial or industrial properties differ.

The following changes apply to all properties:  Change 1: buildings have decreased about 6%, including aging and depreciation.  Change 2: the land value of house site plus connected back land increased about 15%.  Change 3: a buildable parcel separate from your house site has significantly increased.

The next recertification step is “Open House” at the Assessors’ Office (Town Hall) to preview the FY17 taxable values. Please call or come by to review your property card – we’re glad answer your questions and to correct errors before bills are issued in Sept.   HOURS:   12 noon to 7:00 pm all 7 days, Thurs. 8/18 – Wed. 8/24/2016.

Call 413-369-4235, x5 or e-mail [email protected]. The tax rate can’t be calculated until AFTER the Open House and the DOR’s approval of the final taxable value, which will be later in August or early September.

Solarize Conway information

For information about the Solarize program, click here. The deadline for signing up is September 30.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event 10/1/16

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its annual household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, October 1st at the GCC Main Campus and the Orange Transfer Station. Residents and businesses must pre-register between August 25 and September 26. For more information, contact the District office at (413) 772-2438, email [email protected], or visit: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org.  MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD). The District is an equal opportunity provider.

Veterans’ Newsletter Focuses on Conway

Please see here for a copy of a recent newsletter from the regional veterans’ agent.

Transfer Station Announces New Wednesday Hours

Please note the following Conway Transfer Station hours:

  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (new, beginning 8/3/16)
  • Wednesday, noon – 8 p.m. (through 7/27/16 only)
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Do You Want to be a Firefighter?

The Town of Conway seeks residents interested in serving as firefighters (18 years of age and up) and junior firefighters (14-18 years of age.) Individuals must be willing to attend 2 training sessions per month, and to achieve CPR and First Responder certification; the costs involved in doing so are paid by the Fire Department. Contact Chief Bob Baker at [email protected] or 369-4235 x6.

Committee Volunteers Sought

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

  • 1 member of the Agricultural Commission. Contact Co-Chair Jason Silverman at [email protected] or 413-768-9437.
  • 1 representative to the Conservation Commission. Contact Chair John Gates at [email protected]
  • Members of the Parks, Recreation & Trails Committee. Contact [email protected]
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