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Updated Treasurer/Tax Collector Hours for July and August

Posted on 08/16/19

Updated Treasurer/Tax Collector hours for July and August as follows:  July 24 two sessions each day - 9:30-11 am and 5-7 pm.  August 1, 6, 15, 21 and 29 two sessions each day 9:30-11 am and 5-7 pm....

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Updated Town Clerk Hours

Posted on 08/16/19

The office of the Town Clerk will be closed Thusday, August 22, 2019.  See you at the fair!...

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Important Message from the Board of Health

Posted on 06/25/19

Please sort your trash appropriately, and be sure to discard sharps as if your neighbors’ safety depends on it, because it does!  A syringe is not a recyclable plastic. It is not household trash, and it can poke out of a trash bag. Hypodermic needles can be discarded for free ...

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Dog Licenses Available Beginning March 1, 2019

Posted on 06/25/19

Dog Licenses can be processed on Thursday nights 4-8 with the Town Clerk.

 Per our Dog By-laws, old licenses expire March 31 of each year and renewal begins March 1. ...

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Conservation Commission Hearing on 337 Berkshire Trail Continued to Monday, 9/9/19 @ 7 PM

Posted on 04/11/19

The NOI hearing for 337 Berkshire Trail project has again been continued.  The new continuance date is 9/9/19 at 7 PM in the Community House.

 Pursuant to Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Chapter 131, Section 40 MGL  and 310 CMR 10.00, the Cummington Conservation Commission will hold a continuance of  the public ...

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Cummington Conservation Commission

Member Title Phone Term Start Term End
Allan Douglas
Robert Arbib
Robert Dextraze
Matthew Drawe
John Eisenhour
Sarah Fournier-Scanlon
Gerald Howes
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Meeting times: Board meets first Monday of every month from May until October at 7 PM in the Community House. Public Hearings and other meetings scheduled as needed.
Term: Appointed by the Selectboard for 3 years
Compensation: None
Email: concomm@cummington-ma.gov

 

The Cummington Conservation Commission is charged with enforcing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. The law protects not only wetlands, but other resource areas, such as land open to flooding (100 year flood plains), the riverfront area (added by the rivers protection act), and land under water bodies and waterways. The Con Comm is also responsible for upholding the Westfield Rivers’ Wild and Scenic designation. The main objective of all of the legislation/acts is protection of the Town’s precious water resources.

The law regulates many types of work in resource areas, including vegetation removal, regrading, and construction of houses, additions, decks, driveways, and commercial or industrial buildings. If you want to work in a wetland resource area or within 100 feet of a wetland (an area called the buffer zone), contact the Conservation Commission before you start work.

If you are unsure whether your proposed work site is in a resource area or whether the work will alter a resource area, you can apply for a Request for Determination of Applicability. If the Conservation Commission determines that the work will alter a resource area, you must file an application, called a Notice of Intent (NOI), and pay an application fee.

Information about the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act can be found here: www.mass.gov/dep/water/resources/wetlands.htm

 

Information on the Massachusetts River Protection Act can be found here: www.mass.gov/dep/water/laws/riveract.htm

Use the links below to go to the forms you need. Read the breif explination of the form to determine which one you might need. Each header is a link to the form it denotes.

WPA Form 1: Request for Determination of Applicability 

This process enables the applicant to seek a determination of whether the provisions of the Wetlands Protection Act apply to a particular land area, determine the boundaries of a wetland resource area, or other circumstances under which proposed work would be regulated by the Act.

 WPA Form 3: Notice of Intent 

The Wetlands Protection Act prohibits the removal, dredging, filling, or altering of wetlands without a permit. A Notice of Intent is required to obtain such a permit.  This form is also available for electronic filing via eDEP Online Filing  . NOTE: Applicants for Ecological Restoration Limited Projects cannot use eDEP and must attach Appendix A to their submittal. Revised April 2015 to include riverfront-area impact for coastal resource areas.  

WPA Form 7: Extension Permit for Order of Conditions   

This form records the approved extension of an unexpired Order of Conditions.

Wetlands Protection Act Emergency Certification Form   

Certification for work in a resource area resulting from a natural disaster or other emergency.