Summer Help – Highway Department (Seasonal) Openings

The Town of Blandford is searching for candidates to fill two (2) open seasonal/summer help positions at the Highway Department for basic road side hand work such as weed whacking, grass cutting, and debris cleanup as needed. The compensation for this 15 to 40 hours a week position is $12.00 an hour. A full job description can be found here. Closing date for all applications is Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Applications may be submitted electronically or mailed/dropped off at the Blandford Town Hall. Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 references – addressing the job requirements to the Town Administrator, Joshua A. Garcia, at administrator@townofblandford.com. Or send to this mailing address: Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008 – attention Town Administrator.

Massachusetts sees a rise in foodborne illness caused by Cyclospora

Residents reminded to follow food safety guidelines

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging residents to practice safe food handling practices following an increase in reported infections of Cyclospora, a foodborne illness that causes gastrointestinal symptoms, mainly diarrhea, that can sometimes be severe.

Since May 1, 2019, there have been more than 100 reports of Cyclospora infection cases in the state, when, over the past three years, DPH has received between 18 and 33 reported cases. Most cases this year have occurred in greater Boston, but infections have been reported in residents across the Commonwealth. Other states have also reported increases in the number of cyclosporiasis cases; the cause of the outbreak is not yet known.

Read the full press release from the Massachusetts Department of Health here.
Learn more about cyclospora here.

Cooling Station in Town Hall (7/20 & 7/21)

In response to the forecast for excessive heat and humidity this weekend, the Council on Aging room, in Town Hall, will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm as a local cooling center if any resident needs a place to cool off. Be sure to stay hydrated and check on the wellbeing of family, friends, neighbors, and pets/animals.

Town Clerk Notice

Town of Blandford
Town Clerk Notice

Received on June 27, 2019 with approval from the office of the Attorney General pertaining to the Annual Town Meeting May 6, 2019, Case No. 9365,

Articles # 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 (Zoning) and Articles #2, 27 and 28 (General)

Pursuant to MGL Ch. 40, sec. 32, required posting/publishing.

Article 29 – To delete Sec. XV, temporary moratorium
Article 30 – To amend Zoning Bylaw Sec. XIII: Definitions, Marijuana all inclusive
Article 31 – To amend Zoning Bylaw Sec. XII, schedule use of table to provide for Marijuana Establishments
Article 32 – Insert new section XVI in Zoning Bylaws “Adult Use Marijuana Establishments”
Article 33 – To amend Zoning Bylaw Sec. III by deleting current boundaries of residential district and inserting new boundaries
Article 34 – To amend Zoning Bylaw Sec. III by deleting boundaries of business district and inserting new boundaries
Article 2 – To amend General Bylaws Sec. II(C), Town Moderator, by inserting the following new provision: Authority of the Town Moderator: If in consideration of a warrant article at Town Meeting a two-thirds vote is required by statute for passage of such article, the Moderator may declare the vote to be a two-thirds vote without a count, provided, however, that if the vote is immediately questioned by seven or more voters, a count shall be taken.
Article 27 – delete Ch. V. heading Liquor-Gaming and replace with V. Liquor-Gaming-Marijuana
Article 28 – Amend Ch. V. to include prohibition of public use of Marijuana pursuant to the Massachusetts General Laws.

Claims of invalidity by reason of any defect in the procedure of adoption or amendment may only be made within ninety days of such posting.

The full text of the AG letter and bylaws are available at Town Clerk’s office during regular posted office hours and copies are available at the Porter Memorial Library.

Clerk for Treasurer/Collector Job Opening

CLERK – TREASURER/COLLECTOR
The Treasurer/Collector for the Town of Blandford is searching for candidates to fill a part-time Clerk position. The compensation for this 15-18 hour a week position is $15.00 an hour. Full job description can be found here.

Applications may be submitted electronically or mailed/dropped off at the Blandford Town Hall. Please send resume with a cover letter and 3 professional references – addressing the job requirements via email here. Or to this mailing address: Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008. Submitted applications are to be to the attention of Sara Hunter, Treasurer/Collector. Closing date for all applications is July 19, 2019 – position will remain open until filled.