May 1, 2020
Reminders
Recycling Tips
Not sure what to recycle? Richmond’s new solid waste hauler, Casella Waste Systems, has a website with tips on how we can recycle better. Check it out at : https://www.casella.com/services/recycling/recycle-better
QUICK LINKS
Recycling for Monday, May 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.
Upcoming Meetings
Board of Health Meeting Tuesday, May 5th 5 p.m.
Budget Advisory Committee Tuesday, May 5th 5 p.m.
Board of Selectmen Wednesday May 6th 6 p.m.

New Town Meeting and Election Dates

Baby Town Meeting Saturday June 13th
Annual Town Meeting Wednesday June 17th
Annual Elections Saturday June 20th
The Town Caucus is Saturday May 9th (see below for details)
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
Town Caucus, Saturday May 9th 11:00 a.m.
We will be holding the Town Caucus in the Richmond Consolidated School Parking lot. You will be asked to remain in your vehicles for the duration of the meeting. After you check in with the registrars you will be assisted in parking your car and given the radio station to tune into. (similar to a drive-in movie theater) when we call for a vote we will ask you to stick your arm out the window so that we can see your vote. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding while we navigate through all of this.

Richmond Consolidated School STAFF WAVE parade:
Some members of the RCS staff will participate in a staff WAVE parade on Sunday May 3 at 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting). We will line up at the West Stockbridge Cemetery on Rte. 41 and drive through the streets of Richmond.

The route of the parade can be obtained from Michelle Smith, Preschool Teacher, Richmond Consolidated School, 413-698-2207 ext. 102. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete the route.
SCHOLARSHIPS:
deadline has been extended a week for Richmond scholarship applications. Forms available at post office. Graduating seniors and college students may apply. 
**As a reminder the Playground and Tennis Courts at Richmond** Consolidated are closed to the Public

Annual Meeting for the Richmond Civic Association usually held in May has been cancelled.
COVID-19 Information
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. 

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. 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 - 11 AM and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 6 PM. 


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 7:00 AM TO 7:00 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
Even though the library is closed to the public, one library staff member will be in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 5:00. Feel free to contact us! 

At this time, please do not place returned items in our outside book drop. 




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
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.