Easton Government News and Notices – December 14, 2018

Town Crier December 14, 2018


ONLINE Dog Licensing Now Available

2019 Dog licenses are now available ONLINE. To license online, search by Dog ID# (can be found on a previous years license) or enter your last name, street name and/or dog name. Residents will only be able to use the online dog licensing service if the rabies certificate that is on file in the Town Clerks Office is current at the time of licensing. To update your rabies on file please email a copy to townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us and allow time for internal processing before attempting to license online. Please note that the bank charges .25 to pay by electronic check and a $1.00 postage & handling fee will be charged for each online license issued. Dog licenses and tags will be mailed directly to you. You may also license your dog in person at the Town Clerks Office beginning December 17th. If you have a problem with the payment link above, please try https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=22364

Old Colony Planning Council – Long Range Transportation Plan

Old Colony Planning Council, the regional planning agency is in the process of updating the Regional Transportation Plan. Every four years the OCPC embarks upon an update to the region’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in the next 20 years. This survey will solicit community initiatives including mobility needs, quality-of-life and environmental issues. By filling out this survey, you are making a statement about your community’s needs. Click here to participate in survey or Visit www.ocprpa.org for more information and how to get involved.

Assessor’s Office

The Easton Assessors’ Office is in the process of doing cyclical inspections of Personal Property throughout the town. The inspections are being done over the next few weeks with the inspector going door-to-door to businesses to do inspections of both the interior and exterior of commercial and industrial properties. The Department of Revenue requires that every community re-inspect its personal property periodically. As a result, the Easton Board of Assessors inspects some of its property every year. In addition to meeting state requirements, the objective of this project is to assure the accuracy of the Town’s assessing data. The inspector, Renee Holloran, will have a letter of identification on town letterhead and will be driving a Volkswagen Jetta. For further information, contact the Assessors’ Office at 508-230-0520.

Columbia Gas Main Replacement

Due to the recent events in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas has temporarily suspended construction operations on Pine Street and Hill Street. We will notify residents when construction will begin again. Columbia Gas anticipates that they have an additional 4 weeks of work to complete the project.

Property Viewer – Geographic Information System Now Available

Easton now has a Property Viewer or GIS (Geographic Information System). One can do a search by address, and pull up detail on a property by then clicking on the top menu “layers” and select additional overlays, such as Aquifer Protection District, Zoning, etc. By clicking on the black dot that shows on the property, after doing a search, one will be able to access the property card. This link can also be accessed from the Town’s website, the lower bottom left sidebar: “Licenses/Permits/Property information.”

Real Estate Property Tax Exemptions FY2019 Now Available – Assessors Office

Applications for Real Estate property tax exemptions for FY 2019 are now available through the Easton Assessors’ Office. The town offers many exemptions designed to reduce property tax for qualifying seniors and disabled residents. Exemptions include: elderly, for those age 65 and older who qualify by income and assets; widow, widower, and persons over 70 or minor surviving child with asset limit; disabled veterans, blind, tax deferral and CPA. Those interested in further information or applications should visit the town’s website, stop by the Assessors’ Office or call the office at 508-230-0520.

The Public Health Nurse will be available for Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar screening for Easton Residents (on a walk in basis, no appointment needed) according to the following schedule:

  • Town Hall (136 Elm St., Mary Connolly Room, 2nd Floor) – Monday, December 17 (3PM-4PM)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Wednesday, January 2 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, January 10 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, December 18 (9:30AM-10:30AM)

To view the Easton Board of Health Public Health Nurse schedule for the entire year, please refer to Public Nurse Schedule.

Local Alert System

Easton uses Plymouth County Sheriff’s CodeRED call system to inform residents and businesses during an emergency. To add a cell phone number, email address, or your landline number, find the link to CodeRED Notification Enrollment at www.pcsdma.org/codered.html. Don’t assume you’re already listed.

Meetings Next Week: December 17 through December 21

See time, date, location, and agenda details on our helpful calendar app:  Town of Easton Calendar. Questions relating to public meetings should be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 230-0530. Stay informed of all town board and committee business by signing up for email notifications with our Minutes on Demand service! Sign up here.

Jan 2 through March 1: Deadline to Obtain Nomination Papers for Annual Town Election

Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election are available beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Town Clerk’s Office. The last day to obtain nomination papers is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The Election Calendar with candidate deadlines, the positions on the ballot and a complete Candidate Packet are available on the Town’s website. Interested candidates are invited to call 508-230-0530 or email townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us with questions.

April 23: 7AM – 8:00 PM – Annual Town Election

The Annual Town Election for the Town of Easton will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 7:00AM – 8:00 PM at Oliver Ames High School. Use this link for additional Election Information.


Free Town of Easton Community Calendar

The free town of Easton Community Calendar from September 2018 through August 2019, prepared and published by the North Easton Savings Bank, is now available. In addition to listing town, school and organizational events, it included information about civic and religious groups, community activities, and a brief history of the 135 years of the Ames Free Library. Assisted by the Easton Country Club, Morse Insurance, and Scoreboard Enterprises, the calendar is a valuable resource for all residents. Calendars are available at the Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the North Easton Savings Bank.

Year 2025 Easton will Celebrate 300th Birthday – Fund for Donating

Easton has a great 300th Birthday Celebration in the year 2025. A fund has been established by the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust to which donations may be made. This fund already has over $13,000.00 in it. To make such donation just send your check payable to the Town of Easton at the Town Treasurer’s office, 136 Elm Street, North Easton, MA 02356 – be certain to put the words “300th Celebration Fund” on the miscellaneous line.

South Coast Rail Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is transitioning all project websites into the newly designed, statewide www.mass.gov website. The South Coast Rail’s new project website can be found at:  www.mass.gov/south-coast-rail.

December 15: Original Easton Farmer’s Winter Market at the Lutheran Church

The Original Easton Farmer’s Market has moved to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for the rest of the winter season– every Saturday from 10AM-2PM until Memorial Day. This week’s vendors selling farm goods and locally sourced products are: Kave Rock Farm (alpaca products); All Hands In (personal care products for a cause); Daddy’s Homegrown (beef); Keegan Kreations (sweet baked goods); Oakdale Farm (produce) Rosie Bud Farm (honey and bee based product) Say Cheese (local cheeses); Young Living Essential Oils (nature-based cleaning product); and Garden of Easton (microgreens). Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

Now through December 15: Photography Competition & Preservation Awards

The Easton Historical Commission is accepting photographs through December 15, 2018 for the 19th Annual Photography Competition, Sunday January 13, 2019 from 3PM-5PM at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Recipients of the Chaffin Award (for an individual making a significant contribution to historic preservation in Easton), the Briggs Award (for a building or landscape project significant to Easton’s historical integrity) and the Boston Post Cane (for Easton’s oldest resident) will be announced at the event. Photographs should be taken in Easton and should be on the themes of historic places, historic landscapes, people, or pets. Important details about the categories and submission requirements can be found on the Town website at: http://www.easton.ma.us/boards_and_committees/historical_commission/news.php. Photographs may be dropped off for or mailed to John Ventresco at 475 Depot St, S Easton, MA 02375. For more information regarding the photo competition and Preservation Achievement Awards Program, please contact John Ventresco at 508-238-6950, jventresco@comcast.net.

December 15 through March 30: Ames Free Library – Learn to Navigate Google and Create a Website

Have you been wondering how to create a web page? Join Burt Lewis, an Easton tech expert, trainer, and local social media pioneer, and learn to navigate Google and create your own web page. To learn more or to sign up for a one-on-one session, CLICK HERE or visit our website www.AmesFreeLibrary.org. These sessions are free and open to the public.

December 20: OAHS Music Department Proudly Presents The 43nd Annual Sing-a-long

Of Handel’s Messiah! Thursday, December 20th at 8PM located at the Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main Street, Easton. Featuring: Oliver Ames Concert Choir and Oliver Ames Chamber Orchestra. Also: Charlene Dalrymple- Soprano, Roselin Osser- Mezzo-Soprano, Michael Calmes-Tenor, Mark Anderson-Bass, Michael Korn- Orchestra Director & Conductor, and Murray Kidd-Choir Director. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted for the OAHS Music Department.

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