June 5, 2020
Reminders
QUICK LINKS
Recycling for Monday, June 8th: Cans, Bottles, Plastics, 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

Mon. June 8, 2020 - Planning Board Mtg. - 6:30 PM-Town Hall
Tues. June 9, 2020 - Library Trustees Virtual Mtg. - 2:00 PM Tues. June 9, 2020 - Con. Com. Virtual Mtg - 7:00 PM
Wed. June 10, 2020 - Board of Selectmen Virtual - 6:00 PM
Thurs. June 11, 2020 - Long Range Planning virtual - 6:00 PM

Town Meeting and Election Dates

Baby Town Meeting Saturday June 13th - 10:00 AM
Richmond Consolidated School Gym

Annual Town Meeting Wednesday June 17th - 7:30 PM
Richmond Consolidated School Gym
*We encourage you to review these documents and submit* questions ahead of time to townadmin@richmondma.org

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
Solitude Lake Management will be treating the pond on Thursday, June 11th.
The Pond will be closed to all water uses, including swimming, fishing and boating for the entire day of treatment.
These uses can resume on Friday morning, June 12th
Use of Pond for irrigation (watering laws, gardens or plants of any kind) is prohibited for five days after treatment.


As a reminder - the Playground at Richmond Consolidated
remains closed to the Public

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.

Richmond Consolidated School is offering daily lunch to residents of Richmond and West Stockbridge. You can pick up lunches from 8:30-9:30. 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”.

The Board of Health has issued the following guidelines for
any short-term rentals.

On March 31st As part of the updated essential business list, DPH issued new guidance today around hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences.

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. 

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!

The due date on all your library items has been extended until July 2!

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
During the Chief's absence from Nov. 18th - April 15th, all LTCs and FIDs applications will be processed by Tracy Dunn. Call for an appointment: (413) 884-2820. 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
ON HOLD FOR THE DURATION OF
THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
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.