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 →

PUBLIC NOTICE – Deer Hunting Permits

The Blandford Conservation Commission will be available on September 27, 2021 between 6:00 and 7:00 PM OUTSIDE (inside depending on the weather) of the Blandford Town Hall to receive deer hunting Permit Applications for Town–owned Conservation properties.

Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing may be required. The Conservation properties include the Knittel Conservation Area on Herrick Road, Shepard Farm Conservation Area on Route 23 and the Long Pond Conservation Area on North Blandford Road. If more applications are received than the allotted number of permits for each area, the permits will be selected on a random basis. If additional permits are available after September 27, they will be issued on first come-first serve basis by contacting the Conservation Commission.

Applications will only be accepted from those that present a valid Massachusetts hunting or sporting licenses at the time of application. Each applicant must personally submit his or her own Application. Permits issued will only be valid for the 2021 deer hunting seasons. Each Applicant will be issued a permit to hunt in only one of the above Conservation properties. Permit Applications will be available at the Town Hall on September 27. For further information or questions, please contact the Conservation Commission at (413) 848-4279, extension 202.

Storm Henri

The National Weather Service has announced that tropical storm Henri is expected to make landfall in New England this Sunday, August 22. The current forecast has the storm moving into the region Sunday afternoon and lasting through Monday morning. We could receive 4 to 8 inches of rain and wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour. Be sure that end of driveway culverts are clear from any debris to help prevent flooding. Residents who are on well water, be sure to store some drinking water in case of power outages. Our emergency response team will be tracking the storm and ready to respond to emergencies accordingly.

Visit the following website that provides guidance on how to prepare and how to keep you and your family safe: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes#before

VERIZON customers can contact Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966 or online at www.verizon.com/outage to report any service-related issue, receive alerts and find helpful service-related FAQs.

EVERSOURCE – to report or check an outage as well as to receive alerts and find helpful service-related information, visit https://outage.eversource.com/.

And in any emergency, dial 911.