Board of Health

New Board of Health Regulation Concerning Sanitary, Safe Marijuana Sales

Following a public hearing on April 30, 2018, the Conway BOARD OF HEALTH voted to enact a regulation entitled “Regulation to Ensure the Sanitary and Safe Operation of Marijuana Establishments and the Sale of Marijuana”.   The regulation includes, but is not limited to, the rules for obtaining a Marijuana Operating Permit from the Board of Health and for the manufacture of edible marijuana and food products containing marijuana. The regulation goes into effect immediately.  Copies of the Regulation are available at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street, at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd., on the BOH page of the town website, by calling 413-369-4235 or by email to boardofhealth@townofconway.com.

Volunteers Needed — Ag Commission, Parks, Rec & Trails, and Others; Some Elected Positions Still Vacant

Might you and your community benefit from you filling one of the following positions?

  • Members of the Agricultural Commmission; contact Jason Silverman at jfsilverman413@gmail.com;
  • Members of the Parks, Recreation & Trails Committee; contact parksandrec@townofconway.com;
  • 1 member of the Wastewater Committee; contact Joe Strzegowski at strzeg@comcast.com;

For all these positions, contact Lisa Turowsky, assistant@townofconway.com with questions or for more openings throughout the year.

Also note that positions on the Board of Health, Planning Board, and School Committee remain vacant after this year’s Town election; these may be appointed by the Select Board if necessary. For more information about elected positions, contact Carl Nelke (Board of Health), Mary McClintock/Joe Strzegowski (Planning Board), or Elaine Campbell (School Committee).

Board of Health to Hold Hearing On Sanitary, Safe Operation of Marijuana Establishments

The Conway Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, 30 April 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill, Conway, MA to present and receive comments concerning a regulation to ensure the sanitary and safe operation of marijuana establishments. This regulation is promulgated in furtherance of the Board’s mission to protect, promote and preserve the health and well being of all town residents in accordance with, but not limited to, authority granted by MGL c. 111, § 31. The full text of the proposed regulation is available for inspection at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street and at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd. To request a digital copy, send an email to: boardofhealth@townofconway.com  with “Sanitary and Safe Marijuana” in the subject line. The file that you receive via email will be in a pdf format.

Important Info About West Nile Virus

Posted Aug 14 2017

Due to new awareness from new mosquito testing in Deerfield (MAPHCO project), risk level for West Nile Virus has been raised to moderate in Deerfield, Conway, and Shelburne.   Moderate risk level does not indicate a need to restrict activities beyond normal recommendation.

Avoid mosquitoes where possible and practice good mosquito avoidance habits:

  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home.  Mosquitoes can begin to multiply in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days!

Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito. Thirty-second instructional videos are available at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks. Please don’t hesitate to contact town nurse Lisa White BS, RN. Tel: 413.665.1400 extension 114.

Transfer Station Info

The Transfer Station is located on Old Cricket Hill Road and is open to receive trash and recyclables on:

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hazardous Waste Collection

  • 1st Saturday of the month
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(413) 369-4727

Click here for the “YES and NO” of what can go in recycling boxes

Conway has been very successful in its recycling efforts. The Town manages to save a great deal of money each year by doing so. The Board of Health has a flyer describing how to separate cans, bottles, plastics, paper, etc. and explains the procedures for disposing of hazardous wastes, tires, large appliances, etc. and other rules for using the facility. There is a shed for exchange of clothing, shoes and a small number of books. There is also a large metal container for the collection of books which will be recycled off-site (no browsing, please). The Attendants will gladly provide information and assistance.

Permit required to use the Conway Transfer Station

Board of Health Regulations state that the use of the transfer station is limited to Conway residents who have purchased and display a special permit sticker on their vehicle. Such permits may be obtained from the transfer station attendant for $1 upon demonstration of proof of residency.

Conway Transfer Station—Schedule of Fees

The following items require the payment of a fee for disposal (please see the Attendant):

Appliances (white goods) – $12.00
Includes stoves, refrigerators (with doors removed), dishwashers, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, humidifiers with cooling coils.

Tires
Regular sizes up to 17” – $2.00
Mounted – $5.00
Large sizes above 17” – $5.00
Semi truck tires – $20.00
Tractor tires, large – $20.00
Bicycle, wheelbarrow, etc. – $2.00
Any above, if mounted, additional – $5.00

Electronics
All CRTs, TVs, monitors, laptops – $10.00
Large console CRTs in cabinets – $15.00
Large screen TVs (greater than 36”) – $20.00
All other electronics – No Charge

Mattresses and Box Springs
Each mattress and box spring – $25.00

In addition to the above list…

YES NO
Bulky Waste *Microwave ovens (fee applies) *Chairs, sofas, tables *Bookcases and shelves *Mattresses and box springs (fee applies)

*Bed frames· Remove nails and sharp items

*Construction or demolition debris  *Bricks, cement, sheet rock,shingles *House siding, plywood, windows *Glass *Wood longer than 4 feet

Interesting facts

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 full-sized trees and 380 gallons of oil
  • Five recycled two-liter PET bottles make one square foot of carpet
  • Each glass bottle produced in the U. S. contains about 30% recycled glass

Office Hours and Meeting Schedules

For PDF of information below click here: Office Hours rev 7.17.2018

OFFICE HOURS

Town Administrator – Town Office

  • Monday through Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Friday 9 am-noon

Assistant to the Town Administrator – Town Office

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-2pm

Town Clerk – Town Office

  • Tuesday 9am-Noon
  • Thursday 9am-Noon
  • Friday 9am-Noon

Treasurer/Tax Collector and Assistant Treasurer/Tax Collector – Town Office

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-3pm

Assessors – Town Hall

  • July 9-26 Monday, Wednesday 12-5 pm; Thursday 1-5 pm
  • Summer hours (beginning July 30): Monday, Wednesday 9am-2pm; Thursday 10am-2pm

Board of Health Clerk – Town Hall

  • Thursday 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday 9am-Noon

Town Accountant

  • Monday 12pm-3pm or by appointment

Field Memorial Library (Carol Baldwin, Director; conwayfmld@gmail.com or 413-369-4646)

  • Monday 4pm-7pm
  • Wed. 2pm-7pm
  • Sat. 10am-2pm

Transfer Station – Old Cricket Hill

  • Wednesday 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 8am-1pm

For Transfer Station information, check here.

REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Select Board – Town Office

  • January through Town Meeting-Monday at 6pm (except holidays)
  • May (after Town Meeting) through December-alternating Mondays at 6pm (except holidays)

Agricultural Commission

  • 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm

Planning Board – Town Office

  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6pm

Board of Assessors – Town Hall

  • To be determined

Board of Health – Town Hall

  • 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month at 7pm

Capital Improvements Planning Committee – Town Hall

  • 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm

Conservation Commission – Town Office

  • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:30pm

Council on Aging – Town Hall

  • 1st Wednesday of each month at 9:30am

Conway Grammar School – Conway School

  • 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm

Frontier Regional HS – Frontier School

  • 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm

Franklin County Tech – Tech School

  • 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm

Annual Town Meeting – Conway Grammar School

  • 2nd Monday in May at 7:30pm

Annual Town Election – Town Office

  • Thursday after Town Meeting – 11am-7pm

Board of Health

About the Board of Health

E-mail: boardofhealth@townofconway.com

Contacts:

  • Carl Nelke, Chairman
  • Bill McLoughlin
  • Meg Burch
  • Marie Iken

Phone: 369-4235 x-8

Hours: Meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall; office hours are Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 and Saturdays 9:00 – noon

The Conway Board of Health is comprised of 5 members elected by town voters on a rotating basis.  Each member serves a term of 3 years.  The BOH is responsible for:

  • Enforcement of the State Sanitary Code, including witnessing Title 5 inspections, perc tests, approval of septic system plans and the issuing of permits for new and upgraded septic systems.  Also responsible for monitoring safety of drinking water, receiving reports and issuing new well drilling permits.
  • Through the management of the Town’s Transfer Station, is responsible for hazardous materials and solid waste disposal.  Involves enforcement of State Recycling laws, issuing waste hauling and use permits, collection of hazardous waste and community education.
  • Enforcement of the Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation set forth in the State Sanitary Code, including lead poisoning, oil spills and other public health threats.  Responsible for inspections of rental housing, commercial kitchens, restaurants, retail food, B & B’s, recreational camps and public beaches.
  • Responsible for monitoring, investigating and reporting all infectious and dangerous disease cases, including rabies.  Monitors and issues permits for remediation of beaver and muskrat activities.  Supervises animal control officer and barn inspector.
  • Involvement with all aspects of emergency preparedness.  Works with federal, state and regional communities and organizations to develop and coordinate facilities and resources, such as sheltering,  food and water,  treatment, isolation and quarantine, to respond to broad public health emergency situations.

Notice to Board of Health employees: As of April 1, 2018, the new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act goes into effect. For more information about the new law, click here: Guidance on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act 2018-01-23

BOH news/events:

Important information about possible PAYT (Pay As You Throw) program in Conway: click here to read about how an improved recycling rate can result in continued free access to trash disposal for Conway resident:Recyle or Pay

Walk-In Town Nursing Hours at the Conway Town Hall: First Fridays 9 am – noon, Lisa White RN

As a resident of Conway you have access to at least six Household Hazardous Waste collection events each year.  Pre-registration is required. To see the complete list of collection event dates, times and locations, go to http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/HHWreciprocal.html.

Title V

Title V

Title 5 Septic Inspections

Title 5 of the Massachusetts State Environmental Code requires that all septic systems be inspected by a certified inspector at the time of transfer of property, change of use or expansion.

The regulations require an inspection to be conducted anytime within the two years before the sale, or six months after the sale if weather conditions precluded prior inspection.  If the system has been pumped on an annual basis, then the inspection is valid for three years.

In Conway, Board of Health regulations require that the inspection be witnessed by an agent of the BOH.  They also require that the drinking water be tested for coliform, lead, nitrates and nitrites.

To initiate the process, anyone who is considering selling their home should contact a certified inspector.  Local inspectors are listed in the Yellow Pages or you may call the BOH at 413 369-4235 x-8 for a local listing.  A complete list may be found on the DEP web site at <http://mass.gov/dep/>.  Once a date for the inspection is arranged, the inspector will contact the Conway BOH Health Agent and coordinate schedules.  The inspection normally takes 1 – 2 hours and usually involves pumping the septic tank.  A complete report is sent by the inspector to the homeowner and the BOH within 30 days.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to have the water test performed and the report sent to the BOH.