June 19, 2020
Reminders
QUICK LINKS
Recycling for Monday, June 22nd: Cans, Bottles, Plastic, Other
 Please place trash and recyclables in an easily accessible location by 7:00 AM. Contact the hauler directly at 442-8390 with questions or concerns. Please note: the trucks used are dual functioning. Trash and recyclables are collected together but placed in separate compartments within the truck.
Upcoming Meetings
Tues., June 23, 2020 - Board of Health via Zoom - 5:00 PM
Tues., June 23, 2020 - Richmond Pond Assn. - 5:30 PM
Wed., June 24, 2020 - Bd. of Selectmen via Zoom - 6:00 PM

Annual Elections Saturday June 20th - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Town Hall
To access updated information regarding the Town Hall and recent orders, please visit the website at richmondma.org under COVID-19 Information and alerts at the top of the page
Announcements
****2019 Annual Town Reports are available*****
You can view the electronic copy on our website or you can pick up a hard copy from the Town Hall, Post Office, or Bartletts

FY21 First and Second Quarter taxes will be mailed out June 30, 2020
If you have not yet paid your 4th quarter Real Estate Taxes you must have them paid in full by June 29th or interest will be calculated from the May 1, 2020 due date.

  The Richmond Cable Advisory Committee is in the process of conducting community ascertainment procedures to prepare for negotiations to renew the Town's cable franchise agreement with Charter Communications. To that end, we invite our residents to provide input via email to cacinfo@richmondma.org  Any and all constructive feedback is welcomed, whether you are a current cable subscriber or not, although the process and scope of the relicensing is prescribed by Massachusetts law. Areas for comment include but are not limited to – service and reliability experience, service availability and ideas for new services such as streaming public meetings, school, and library programs, etc. 

Would you be interested in receiving phone service from Charter if it required you to be assigned a new phone number?

Please include your name and address with your response. If you prefer or cannot access the email address above, forms are available in the Town Clerk’s office (in person or by phone) for you to provide your input. The Committee thanks you in advance for your comments.


Town Beach and the Tennis Courts are now open. Please refer to the Governor's Orders via Beach use. Click HERE for rules on Tennis Court Use.

COVID-19 Information
Town Buildings with the exception of the Library are open to the public. Please view updated guidelines and information regarding the re-opening during phase 1.

If you need any food assistance during this time the following options are available.

Barltett’s Orchard has a set up a food pantry for those in need. You may pick up or drop off at the store during their normal hours Sunday through Saturday from 8:00a.m -4:00p.m. Staff will be able to assist you with any questions or you can call Cindy Bartlett at 413-698- 2559.

We would like to thank Tammy and her staff for supplying so many lunches to those in need throughout these uncertain times. T he last day for receiving lunches through the school will be June 16th. You can pick up lunches from 8:30-9:30 AM. Please email Tammy the number of lunches you will need at  tjervas@richmondconsolidated.org  or call her at 698-2207, ext. 124 the night before. If you would like lunch but have no transportation, please let her know and we will deliver. When you call, you will need to let her know how many lunches you need and the address for delivery. For more information on how to order please click here


Need Food or Fuel Assistance?
You may be eligible for financial assistance. Contact the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) at 413-445-4503 or visit their website . All correspondence is confidential. For more information on how to apply or who may qualify for assistance please click here

Please Note: Persons in Richmond eligible for emergency fuel assistance are also eligible for food assistance through the South Congregational Church Food Pantry located at the rear of the building at 110 South Street in Pittsfield. as a “Grab and Go” service

In an effort to help keep all residents and employees safe and to stop the spread of the virus, we are reminding all residents and staff to self quarantine for 14 days from your last day of exposure if they have recently traveled to or from any COVID “hot spots”.

SOURCES OF ACCURATE INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 VIRUS

BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS HAS ESTABLISHED A TOLL-FREE HOTLINE FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). IT IS OPEN FROM FROM 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM  PM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK .
CALL 855-BMC-LINK, OR 855-262-5465.
 
More information is available on the Berkshire Health Systems website::  https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/body.cfm?id=4261&fr=true
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also provides daily updates on Massachusetts-specific information and resources at: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has helpful information at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
RICHMOND LIBRARY
The Richmond Library is open for Curbside Pick-up!
The library is open for Curbside Pick-up. Although the library is closed to the public, you are still able to check out Richmond items (Inter-Library Loan has yet to restart). How will this work? 

You can call the library during our curbside hours and request items or you can go online ( https://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home ) to place a hold. If you go online, make sure to select Richmond from the drop-down menu. After our library staff has received your request, we will call you to let you know your items are available. We will check the items out to you and place them in a paper bag outside the door with your name on it. We are also taking returns. 

The due date on all your library items has been extended until July 2!
Please place your library items in a paper bag and return them to the Richmond Library during our curbside hours which will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 5:00 and Saturdays from 9:00 – 2:00.  Please do not use the book return. 

Kristin will be in the library on Mondays and Wednesdays and will also be providing additional curbside hours in June. If you have any questions, please call the library, 413-553-7795. We are all looking forward to seeing you again!

Don’t forget that WIFI is available in the Library parking lot and Virtual Zoom Meeting tutorials are being offered by the Library! If you would like to learn how to participate in an online Zoom meeting, please call the library and schedule a telephone appointment with a volunteer. 413-553-7795   

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WOWBRARY
WOWbrary.org is an e-mail sent every Wednesday that lists all the new items added to the library's collection in the last week.
  1. Search online for Wowbrary.org
  2. Enter your Zip code: 01254
  3. Select Richmond Free Public Library
  4. Enter your email address in the box
  5. Re-enter your email address in the second box
  6. Type in the random letters you see above the third box
  7. Click "Submit."
You will receive an email with a link which you must activate. Emails should begin to arrive within a week.

If you would like to read an online magazine, just go to https://cwmars.overdrive.com/collection/184768 . You will need to sign in using your library card number. If you don’t know the number, please call the library.

Library patrons have free access to Tumble Books, Tumble Math, TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud and RomanceBookCloud. You can access these databases by going to the Richmond Free Public Library website.  http://www.richmondfreepubliclibrary.org/
 
The Boston Public Library has a lot to offer and you qualify because you live in Massachusetts! Interested, click here, https://www.bpl.org/online-resources/

You can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard here:  https://www.bpl.org/ecard/
Living In Richmond
Police Department - Firearms Permits
Your completed application and a check or money order to the Town of Richmond are due at your appointment. Chief Bullett is available for questions: (413) 698-2691 or (413) 822-5971.
Council on Aging - Transportation Program
We're back in business - Call if you need a ride

If you need a ride, please call (413) 553-7793. Give us a week's notice, tell us when and where you need to go, and we will provide you with that service. Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.
Useful Links
Please make sure you are registered for code red

Click the link to the left to be taken through the step-by-step process of creating an account.

If you don't have access to a computer call the Town hall and we will help.