ELECTIONS, TOWN MEETING, SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND MORE ABOUT COVID 19

Resources for Buckland Residents Regarding COVID-19

Produced by the Buckland COVID-19 Task Force

ANNOUCEMENTS

ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How to avoid going to the polls in person:  VOTE EARLY BY MAIL !!!

Complete an Early Ballot Application and send it to Buckland Town Clerk, PO Box 159, Buckland, MA 01338, or you may email the application to twnclerk@town.buckland.ma.us. The Clerk will then send you an Early Ballot.  All ballots for local elections must be returned by the close of polls on election day, June 23rd   Please remember to put your legal residence as Buckland, MA 01338.  There is a separate section to put your mailing address.

 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020

10 a.m. Mohawk Trail Regional High School Parking Lot. 

(watch this space for warrant updates and message from the FInance Committee)

 

COVID 19 - INFOMATION FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

Info about Micro Business Grants for Buckland Businesses Available Here

Additional Economic Resources Available Here: 

Info about the Commonwealth's Business Reopening Schedule & Documentation Requirements available Here 

 

COVID 19 - RESIDENT INFOMATION

Use these links for the very latest and best information about the Coronavirus across the state and beyond. 

Mass Department of Public Health - COVID19

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - COVID19 

** Residents should assume that COVID-19 is in Buckland and Shelburne. We want to share som important information and FAQs.

·         Automated Town-wide Calls: The best way to get important notices from the Town regarding Covid-19 is to sign up for our automated “reverse 911” call system. You can opt out of these calls at any time, but the Buckland Covid-19 Task Force respectfully requests that you sign up for the duration of the pandemic. Please call the Town Clerk at 413-625-6330 ext. 4 and leave a message that clearly states your name and the phone number where you can be reached.

·         Volunteer: Sign up to help your Task Force help your community. Fill out the volunteer form and CORI application or call Town Hall at 413-625-6330 ext. 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a hotline I can call for health advice or with other questions?     

·         Regional Public Health Nurse at Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) 413-665-1400 x114

·         Buckland Board of Health, 625-6330 ext. 7 (leave your number)

·         Dial 2-1-1 for free and confidential advice about programs and services for assistance with basic needs, such as food, shelter, transportation, financial assistance, and household goods. (https://mass211.org/)

What kind of services is the Senior Center providing for older citizens who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19?

·         The Senior Center is offering wellness-check phone calls to vulnerable elders age 60 and older. The Senior Center is also helping to facilitate sign-up for Meals on Wheels and engaging new volunteers to help deliver meals. If you have any questions, please contact the Senior Center at 413-625-2502.

If I become ill and need to be in quarantine or isolation, how can I get food and other necessities?

●   See the business list included in this mailing to find local restaurants, stores, and markets that offer deliveries. Call them for any changes in hours or availability.

●   “Meals on Wheels” are provided to homebound elders age 60 and older and those who are disabled. LifePath has broadened the definition of “disabled” during the pandemic. There is no fee for Meals on Wheels, but voluntary donations are accepted. Meals on Wheels can be reached directly at 800-732-4636, 413-773-5555, 978-544-2259, or TDD 413-772-6566, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

●   Volunteers: The Buckland COVID-19 Task Force has a network of volunteers willing to deliver items to your doorstep. Contact us at 413-625-6330 ext. 1. Let us know what you need and a number where we can reach you. We will call you back.

Is the Task Force accepting new volunteers?

●   Yes! Call Town Hall at 413-625-6330 ext.1 and leave us a message or go to our website: town.buckland.ma.us and link to the Volunteer Application. The Senior Center is also seeking volunteers to deliver meals: 413-625-2502.

How do I learn what special services are being offered by Shelburne Falls businesses during the pandemic?

●   We have included a list of local businesses that are providing deliveries and curbside pick-up or other special items that they don't normally offer. Call ahead to verify hours of operation.

Is there anything I can do to help our businesses survive the pandemic?

●   Take advantage of the services our businesses are able to provide during this crisis. They are trying hard to accommodate the needs of their customers.

●   Consider purchasing gift certificates to be used once businesses reopen.

●   Consider paying the amount you would normally pay for recurring services, even if the business cannot provide the service (for example: hairdressers, cleaning services, personal trainers, etc.)     

If you are a local business looking for more infomation about the Paycheck Protection Program and other state grant opportunities please click here.

Are there meals available for my school-aged child?

●   For a full list of schools and meal pick-up sites, check these Resource Lists.

●   Mohawk Trail Regional School District is offering grab-and-go meals to any school-aged child who resides in the District. Meals can be picked up at the Shelburne Falls Fire Department, 121 State St., Buckland, MWF, 10:30am to noon. Contact Debbie at dplante@mtrsd.org.

●   Franklin Technical School: Updates. Busses drop off lunches at numerous locations. Contact Liz Bouchard for any questions or requests for specific allergies at 413-863-9561 ext. 289, ebouchard@fcts.us.

I understand facemasks are going to be required. Is there a way I can get a home-made mask?

Yes, A number of individuals and groups are making masks. If you are in need of a mask please call Sarah Dougherty at 413-625-1097 or sarahgdougherty@hotmail.com.  If you would like to make masks, Laurie Benoit 413-625-8668 or lmbenoit@outlook.com is coordinating the gathering and distribution of masks to organizations such as LifePath and she is always looking for new sewers. The demand is great

The Buckland COVID-19 Task Force is here to help. We are all in this together.

Practice social-distancing.

Love your neighbors.

WASH YOUR HANDS!