November 29, 2019
Reminders
Recycling for Monday December 4th: Paper
  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.
The Winter Parking Ban is Now in Effect!
From November 1st to April 1st there is no on-street parking allowed.
Upcoming Meetings
Tues., Dec. 3, 2019 - Board of Health Mtg. - 5:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 4, 2019 - Selectmen's Meeting - 6:00 PM
[ EDM will be presenting the cost estimate for the
renovation of Town Hall.
Tax Classification hearing]
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2019 - Council on Aging Mtg. - 1:00 PM
Helpful Resources
QUICK LINKS TO THE WEBSITE
Office Hours

Board of Assessors: Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Conservation Commission Agent: Wednesdays 9:30 - 12:00 N
Always call for an appointment - 413-298-0044

Board of Health: Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Building & Zoning: 1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Board of Assessors: Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Council on Aging: Mon -Thurs, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Town Clerk: Mon - Wed 8:00 - 3:00 PM, Fri 8:00 - 12:00 PM
Useful Links
  • Town of Richmond taxes can be paid online HERE.

  • Apply for building, gas or plumbing permits HERE.

  • We're here to help! Contact Town Hall staff HERE.
Police Department - Firearms Permits
During the Chief's absence, from November 18th through April 15th, all applications for new and renewals of LTCs and FIDs will be processed by Tracy Dunn. Appointments can be made by calling her at 413-884-2820.

Your completed application and a check or money order made payable to the Town of Richmond must be submitted at the time of your appointment.

Chief William Bullett will be available for questions at 413-698-2691 or 413-822-5971. Download application here .
Copies of the Richmond Civic Association's 2020 Community Events Calendar are available at the Town Hall, Post Office and Library or by contacting Jan Hartford at 698-3010.
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The Richmond Consolidated School Committee
is forming an Advisory Committee for the purpose of assessing operational and financial aspects to support negotiating and setting a contract for the next Superintendency arrangement (the current shared services agreement between SMSU and BHRDS expires at the end of June 2020). We want to insure that RCS remains a top performing school and the education provided to all of our students (including high school) continues to be seen as high value to the town of Richmond and beyond. A key to that is to insure we have the needed levels of administrative and student support services in the years to come. 

We are looking to have the following serve on the committee: RCS Staff (middle school and elementary school), Parents (middle school and elementary school), Richmond residents. A Selectman, Finance Committee member and the Principal will also participate. This advisory committee will have the direct support of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and will also have guidance from the School Committee Legal Counsel.  

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Amy Scott, Shaker Mountain School Union Secretary. Please include a brief statement of how you feel you will be able to contribute.  
Email to: Amy Scott < ascott@richmondconsolidated.org>
Deadline:  Noon, Tuesday December 3, 2019
The RCS School Committee will post a meeting shortly after December 3 to confirm the members.

If you have any questions or need any more information, please contact me or the other two School Committee members ( http://www.richmondma.org/government/boards_and_commissions/school_committee.php).

Our school success it due to the great work put forth by so many within the school and our community. I look forward to the work by this committee.
ATTN: Snowbirds
Are you a “snowbird” who seasonally lives at another address? Did you know that your information should be counted at the address where you live and sleep most of the time ?

If you live in Massachusetts for most of the year, you should respond to the 2020 Census addressed to your Massachusetts household. It’s important to know, U.S. Census data is for statistical purposes only and your responses on the Census will not affect your property tax or insurance premiums . You will be able to fill out the U.S. Census online or over the phone at your convenience in 13 different languages. Eventually, your housing unit will receive the traditional paper form if you do not self-respond using the online or phone method.

This information is used for data for the next 10 years to determine money for state and federal programs, and your political representation. All your information is strictly confidential and will not be shared with any federal or state agency under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. The Census Bureau will never ask for your full Social Security Number, bank accounts, or money of any kind. For more Census information, please call the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office at 1-833-MA1-2020.
The Community Health Association
offers Blood Pressure Screenings every Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Congregational Church. No appointment needed.

For more information about additional free skilled nursing services, such as home visits for residents, contact Emilie Jarrett, RN, at 413.232.0122, email: Emilie@charws.com  website: www.rwstcomhealth.com
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Please Note: Telephone numbers at
Town Hall have changed. Here is a list of the correct numbers:
Conservation Comm. ....... 413-553-7792
Town Accountant ............. 413-553-7409
Town Clerk ....................... 413-553-7409
Admin. Assistant .............. 413-553-7793
Council on Aging ............. 413-553-7793
Treasurer/Collector .......... 413-553-7804
Town Administrator .......... 413-553-7803
Library .............................. 413-553-7795
Assessors ........................ 413-553-7473
D.P.W./Highway ............... 413-553-7794
Volunteer Opportunities
OPENINGS ON COUNCILS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

The Richmond Conservation Commission has two (2) openings: One full-time member and one Alternate.

The Richmond Recreation Committee has member openings. 

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is looking for two (2) new members to serve as alternates. 
 
The Affordable Housing Committee is short two members, specifically those with a background in Construction or Law. 
 
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE YOUR TOWN:
 
Field Driver and additional volunteers to assist in the occasional round-up of livestock when a local farmer is in need. 
 
Transportation Rep . This volunteer position would require attendance at quarterly meetings to represent the town's interests and work closely with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. 

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions listed above, please contact the Town Administrator at 413-553-7793 or via email at townadmin@richmondma.org
Events & Announcements
The Combined Richmond and West Stockbridge Councils on Aging Announce
THE ANNUAL WINTER HOLIDAY PARTY
Good Food
Good Company
Children’s Chorus Caroling
 
WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2019—12:00 No0n
WHERE:  St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall
           Rte. 41 in West Stockbridge
 
There is no charge for this event, but please be aware that seating is somewhat limited, so we must have all reservations in by Wednesday December 4th.
Call 413-553-7793 or email to COA @richmondma.org.
HAPPENINGS AT THE LIBRARY
The library offers a variety of free events and services, which are listed below. Please call the library at 413-553-7795 or go to their website for more detailed information.
The Richmond Free Public Library offers many passes for museums in the Berkshire area. The passes admit anywhere from 2-4 people per pass for free or discounted admittance. Learn more here.
Author Talk and Book Signing at the Richmond Free Public Library
The Richmond Library will be hosting Mary Angela Talbot on Saturday, December 14 th , 2019 at 11:00 AM. Mary will speak about her book, “The Birds of Mount Ephraim” which is a picture book about her childhood home in Richmond.  Valerie Kohn, the illustrator of the book, will be accompanying Mary.  
Tech Talks with Candy at Richmond Library
Film Discussion Group at the Library
Free Delivery of Library Materials to the Homebound
Call for eligibility requirements: 413-553-7795
Council on Aging
Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.

I F YOU NEED A RIDE - PLEASE CALL 413-553-7793. GIVE US A WEEK'S NOTICE, TELL US WHEN AND WHERE AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THAT SERVICE .
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Exercise Classes with Christine Faber
Mon.-3:15 PM @ Richmond Cong. Church - Yoga
Wed.-3:30 PM @ Richmond Cons. School - Tai Chi
Thurs.-11:15 AM @ Town Hall - Osteo Exercise
Fri.-3:30 PM @ Town Hall - Line Dance
Want to join? Sign up with Christine at 413-243-2497
Need Food or Fuel Assistance?
You may be eligible for financial assistance from your friends and neighbors right here in town. Contact the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) at 413-445-4503 or visit their website. All correspondence is strictly confidential.
 
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. Pantry hours are: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 - 11AM and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 6PM.