GREEN COMMUNITIES FORUM FEBRUARY 15, 2018
WILBRAHAM – The Board of Selectmen announce a public forum on the Green Communities Act will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Brooks Room in the Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA 01095.
Jim Barry, Green Communities Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will be the guest presenter at the forum. Mr. Barry made a brief presentation to the Board of Selectmen last fall regarding the Green Communities Act. This forum is the result of subsequent discussion by the Board of Selectmen to host an event to invite questions and feedback from the public.
The Board of Selectmen is considering whether or not to seek Green Communities designation for Wilbraham. Green Communities designation provides grants to qualifying communities to fund energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy, and innovative projects. There are five requirements for Green Communities designation. One is for the Town to adopt 780 CMR 115 Appendix AA, the “Stretch Energy Code.” Adoption of the code is subject to a vote of Town Meeting. The additional requirements include the adoption as-of-right siting, in designated locations, for Renewable/Alternative Energy generation or manufacturing; adoption of expedited (12 month) application/permitting process; establishment of an energy use baseline with a plan to reduce the baseline by 20% in 5 years; and purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles.
Mr. Barry’s presentation from last fall may be found on the Town of Wilbraham’s website at: http://www.wilbraham-ma.gov
Additional information may be found on the Massachusetts Green Communities Division website at: www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division
Robert W. Russell, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen said, “The Board of Selectmen encourage all interested citizens to come to this forum to learn about the Green Communities Act, ask questions and give feedback to the Board on pursuing a Green Communities designation for Wilbraham.”
Due to a vacancy for the seat of Republican Sate Committeeman in the First Hampden and Hampshire District, a caucus has been scheduled for March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm, in accordance with Article 1, Section 3, of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee bylaws (www.masgop.com/bylaws).
Members of organized town and ward committees in the First Hampden and Hampshire District on record with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance, as of February 7, 2018 are invited to vote in the caucus for a new State Committeeman. No ward or town committee members added to the record after February 7, 2018 are eligible to vote in the caucus but are welcome to attend meeting. those that are deemed ineligible to vote, but who feel that they should be eligible, may attend the meeting and cast a provisional ballot.
The location is the Brooks Room, Wilbraham Public Library:
The Wilbraham Republican Town Committee will be hosting a meet the candidates night at their March 8th regular meeting. The public is invited to meet local town candidates running for office this spring. You can also meet Scott Lively who is running for Governor, and Dan Shore and J. McMahon running for Massachusetts Attorney General.
March 20, 2018
The Republican Town Caucus will be at the Minnechaug Regional High School Auditorium at 7 PM on March 20, 2018. All town Republicans are invited to attend to vote for candidates for the town elections. You can also nominate people from the floor that you would like to run. Snow date is 3/27/2018