Seeking Project Suggestions for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

In May 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. The Town of Blandford is expected to receive a total estimated direct municipal aid in the amount of $366,334. Visit this site to review Total Expected Funding.

The fund amount must be obligated by December 31, 2024, but actual payments can lag to December 31, 2026.

See full details here, including how to propose a project →

FY22 Budget Overview and Supporting Documents

The FY22 proposed budget is based on current revenue and expense projections and a balanced understanding of Blandford’s municipal service needs with careful consideration of post COVID recovery for Blandford residents. Following a year of COVID related challenges at the state level combined with the state’s own economic challenges, this continues to limit net local aid growth. We can expect a level funded amount of local aid for FY22 as we received in FY21. Additionally, we saw minor shortfalls in our local receipts but we look forward to address without any major impact due to our conservative budget approach during our budget planning for this fiscal year anticipating possible shortfalls.

Read the full budget and narrative from the Finance Committee here →

Public Hearing – May 3, 2021 – Vicious or Nuisance Dog

Notice of Public Hearing
Complaint of Vicious or Nuisance Dogs

A public dog hearing will be held by the Blandford Select Board on Monday, May 3 at 6:00pm on a Complaint of Vicious or Nuisance Dogs as defined by Section 157, Chapter 140, General Laws. The hearing will take place at Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road. Pursuant to Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L.C. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this hearing will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting may do so by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87116077710
• Meeting ID: 8711607771O
• Dial In: 1-929-205-6099
No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted. Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the Blandford website a transcript or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Public Hearing – April 5, 2021 – Selectboard

Notice of Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held by the Blandford Select Board on April 5, 2021 at 6:00pm on the petition for joint or identical pole locations from NSTAR ELECTRIC COMPANY DBA EVERSOURCE ENERGY and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC., upon the plan marked #1A4S2HM. The petitioners are seeking to be granted permission to locate poles, wires, cables, and fixtures, including the necessary anchors, guys and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures to be owned and used in common by the petitioners, along and across the southwesterly side of Sperry Road at a point approximately one thousand four hundred five feet southeasterly from the center line of Russell Stage Road. Pursuant to Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L.C. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this hearing will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Members of the public who wish to participate in the meeting may do so by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87116077710.
• Meeting ID – 87116077710
• Dial In – 1-929- 205-6099

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted. Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the Blandford website a transcript or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.