Green Energy Meeting in Egremont

The Egremont Green Committee is holding an informational meeting on alternative energy supply sources (with an emphasis on renewable energy) for residential use on January 24 at 10:00 AM at the North Egremont Fire House on Route 71. Several energy supply options will be discussed. Information on costs, commitment, supply, and delivery will be presented by vendors. All are welcome.

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Broadband Design Work

Matrix Design GroupThe Alford Broadband Initiative design work has begun! This first step will result in a design plan that will give more-precise cost estimates and timetables for completion of a Fiber-to-the-Home broadband network in Alford. The work involves a survey of all utility poles in Alford, both along the roadways and on individual properties. Beginning the week of January 12, 2015, surveyors from the contractor, Matrix Design Group, will be working in town, collecting the necessary data to complete the design study. Weather permitting, the survey is expected to take about a week. Look for them–they will be driving small utility vehicles (pickup trucks, cars, small SUV’s) that will display the company logo (see attached). We will let you know when the survey is complete.

Matrix employees may also need to examine poles that are on your property. If so, they will ask your permission and explain why they need to do so. They will be carrying company IDs that they will display to you. The employees will be easily visible, as they will be wearing highway safety vests.

This is an exciting moment for all of us!

The Alford Broadband Committee

Tom Doyle
Bruce Forster
Jim Hall
Bob Lichter
John Littlechild
Julie Scott
Jay Weintraub

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Alford Fire Dept Membership Drive 2014 Results

Fire StationThe winners for the Annual Membership Drive for the Alford Volunteer Fire Department are as follows:

$300.00 worth of gift cards – Dolores Stein
$150.00 worth of gift cards – Roman Raifstanger
$75.00 gift card – Patricia & David Lyttle
$50.00 gift card – George Minkoff
$25.00 gift card – Ileene Mittleman

The Fire Department would like to the residents of Alford for their continued support.

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Special Town Meeting on January 5th

Alford Town Hall

Alford Town Hall

There will be a special town meeting at the Alford Town Hall on Monday January 5th, 2015 at 7:00 pm to vote on the following Articles:

Article 1: To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take all necessary and appropriate action to establish and to maintain, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 164 of the General Laws and in accordance with the rules, regulations and orders of the Department of utilities and the Department of Telecommunications & Cable, a municipal lighting plant for all purposes allowable under the laws of the Commonwealth, including without limitation the operation of a telecommunications system and any related services, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Written ballot required.)

Article 2: To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available sums the sum of up to a maximum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for the purpose of engaging Special Counsel to assist the Town in the establishment of a municipal lighting plant on matters relating to the Alford broadband initiative, or to take any other action relative thereto.

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Do you need a 911 sign for your home?

Fire Station HQ

Fire Station HQ

The Alford Fire Department has recently received a grant from Sheffield Kiwanis Club to purchase 911 signs for the residents of Alford who do not have them. If you would like to receive one of these signs, please send a response to the Fire Department via the e-mail form on the town’s web site. Thank you for your continued support.

 

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