Board of Health

Walk Franklin County Maps, Walking Challenge Announced

Walk Franklin County maps, which highlight scenic walking routes in each Franklin County town, have been updated by the FRCOG. Maps are available as paper maps and also in digital form on the FRCOG website. Go to https://frcog.org/publication/walk-franklin-county-maps/ to view digital versions of Franklin County towns’ maps, including Conway’s. To celebrate the new maps FRCOG is sponsoring a walking challenge event; grab a map, take a walk and tell them about it! Great prizes will be raffled off to participants who tell the FRCOG about their walk, either by a post to their Facebook page, or by tweet to them at #walkfranklincounty. The prizes include a Fitbit and great accessories to keep you walking into the Fall and Winter seasons. For details, see the flyer here: Look Whos Walking Flyer (2)

Conway Flu Clinics Offered on Oct. 5, Nov. 7

Public health officials remind us that everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. When we all are vaccinated, we build community immunity that protects the elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems from the terrible effects of influenza. Conway residents  are invited to attend two community flu clinics. The first is on Friday, October 5 from 9 to 11 AM at Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill Road, Conway. The second is on Wednesday, November 7 from 3:15 to 5 PM at the Conway Grammar School, 40 Fournier Road, Conway.  Most insurances accepted, no copay needed.

 

Annual Transfer Station Stickers Now Available

Starting August, 2018, residents using the transfer station will be required to purchase a dated and numbered sticker for their vehicle.  Stickers will change annually, following the fiscal year, and will cost $10 each.  They will be available at the Transfer Station – residents may be required to provide the attendant with proof of residence.

This return to Annual Transfer Station Stickers is our first step in an effort to reduce trash totals, as it has come to our attention that the high trash total in Conway is due, in part, to trash coming in from a significant number of individuals who no longer live in Conway, but still have their town stickers and visit to use our Residents-Only “free” trash disposal.   Residents who have lived in Conway for 30 years or more may recognize the return to matching dated stickers with actual households.

For the moment, Pay-As-You-Throw will be waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, let’s see if we can boost our recycling totals.

 

Volunteers Needed — Conservation 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 Conservation Commission; contact Bruton Strange at kristenstrange@gmail.com;
  • 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).

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

  • first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Telephone: (413) 369-4727

A permit is 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 $10 upon demonstration of proof of residency.

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.

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

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

 

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
  • Marie Iken
  • Virginia Knowlton
  • Tilda Hunting
  • Divon Whitney-Deal

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

Annual Stickers Now Required

Starting August, 2018, residents using the transfer station will be required to purchase a dated and numbered sticker for their vehicle.  Stickers will change annually, following the fiscal year, and will cost $10 each.  They will be available at the Transfer Station – residents may be required to provide the attendant with proof of residence.

This return to Annual Transfer Station Stickers is our first step in an effort to reduce trash totals, as it has come to our attention that the high trash total in Conway is due, in part, to trash coming in from a significant number of individuals who no longer live in Conway, but still have their town stickers and visit to use our Residents-Only “free” trash disposal.   Residents who have lived in Conway for 30 years or more may recognize the return to matching dated stickers with actual households.

For the moment, Pay-As-You-Throw will be waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, let’s see if we can boost our recycling totals.

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.