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The wetlands found in East Longmeadow are inland wetlands which are areas where water is at or just below the surface of the ground, such as marshes, wet meadows, bogs, and swamps.
Please note: wetlands can dry up during some parts of the year. Just because there is not currently water in the wetlands does not mean they are no longer protected under the Wetlands Protection Act
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It is important to preserve wetlands because they can help clean drinking water supplies, prevent flooding and storm damage during storm events, and support a huge variety of wildlife. Since the colonization of MA half of the state’s wetlands have been destroyed making it even more important to protect the remaining wetlands.
Visit the Town's GIS maps and click on the Environment Data layer. For greater accuracy, consider obtaining the services of a wetlands surveyor to flag the wetlands boundary.
310 CMR: 10.00 Wetlands Protection Act
A buffer zone is the area of land that extends 100-feet outward from the outer boundary of the resource area. The buffer zone is protected under the MA Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. 131,Section 40) and its Regulations (310 CMR 10.00)
Any activity that alters the wetland or surrounding buffer zone must be approved by the Conservation Commission. These activities can include but are not limited to: draining, dumping, landscaping and construction, and vegetation clearing.
If you are unsure whether your proposed work site is in a resource area or if your work will alter a resource area, first apply for a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA). If the Commission determines through your RDA that the work will alter a resource area you must then file a Notice of Intent (NOI) with detailed explanations regarding the project plans, wetlands, buffer zone, and precautionary measures used to protect them. Following a hearing of the Conservation Commission, coupled with an on site visit, the Commission will issue an Order of Conditions either approving or denying your request.
RDA’s should be filed at least two weeks prior to the targeted meeting date in order to ensure an appearance on the Commission’s agenda.
Note: all paperwork must be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection office in Springfield, MA as well as to the Commission
There are many things you can personally do to protect local wetlands, including but not limited to:
The following areas are subject to protection under the M.G.L. c. 131 Section 40:
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Volunteering can give the great satisfaction of helping others. For many individuals, volunteering gives them a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. It helps broaden their social networks and provides opportunity for social interactions.
Most tire stores that sell tires will take them back for free or for a small fee.
Polystyrene "peanuts" can be taken to Mailboxes etc, UPS, to be recycled. Styrofoam can be taken to Gold Circuit E-recycling on Silver St in Agawam for $20.
Republic trucks will be begin pickups at 7 am. Your pick up might not be at the same time each pickup day. If your trash/recycling is not collected by 6 pm, please call the Health Dept. (413)525-5400 x 1103.
Wire hangers are accepted by local dry cleaners or can be brought to the Transfer Station in the metal dumpster.
All of East Longmeadow's recyclables are brought to the MRF, the Massachusetts Recycling Facility in Springfield a facility that separates the material. The material recycling facility (MRF, pronounced merf) uses a combination of sorting equipment and people to separate the paper, glass, cans, and plastic. Once each material is separated it is baled. The glass is crushed. After this process, they are hauled to a variety of companies that use the material as feedstock for new products.
As much as the MRF would like to recycle everything we receive, market demand limits what can be recycled. The MRF cannot collect and process materials if there is no one to buy them. Similarly, if we include too much “junk” with our materials (such as plastic pools or laundry baskets mixed in with milk jugs), we risk losing buyers or getting a lower price for our materials. In fact, the recycling facility has to pay a disposal fee for materials that can’t be recycled.
Everyone knows that reducing waste is good for the environment because it conserves natural resources. What many people don’t know is that solid waste reduction and recycling also have an impact on global climate change.
The manufacture, distribution, and use of products — as well as management of the resulting waste — all result in greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the upper atmosphere, occur naturally and help create climates that sustain life on our planet. Increased concentrations of these gases, though, can contribute to rising global temperatures, sea level changes, and other climate changes.
Waste prevention and recycling — jointly referred to as waste reduction — help us better manage the solid waste we generate. But reducing waste is a potent strategy for reducing greenhouse gases because it can:
Reduce emissions from energy consumption. Recycling saves energy. Manufacturing goods from recycled materials typically requires less energy than producing goods from virgin materials. When people reuse goods or when products are made with less material, less energy is needed to extract, transport, and process raw materials and to manufacture products. When energy demand decreases, fewer fossil fuels are burned and less carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere.
Reduce emissions from incinerators. Recycling and waste prevention divert materials from incinerators and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste combustion.
Reduce methane emissions from landfills. Waste prevention and recycling (including composting) divert organic wastes from landfills, reducing the methane that would be released if these materials decomposed in a landfill.
Increase storage of carbon in forests. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in wood in a process called “carbon sequestration.” Waste prevention and recycling paper products allows more trees to remain standing in the forest, where they can continue to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Harvesting, extracting, and processing the raw materials used to manufacture new products is an energy-intensive activity. Reducing or nearly eliminating the need for these processes, therefore, achieves huge savings in energy. Recycling aluminum cans, for example, saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source, bauxite. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40% of the energy needed to make products from raw materials. The amount of energy saved differs by material, but almost all recycling processes achieve significant energy savings compared to production using virgin materials.
Our trash goes to the landfill.
Pizza boxes are recyclable. Remove the round cardboard disk that they pizza sat on and throw it in the trash. The box then can be recycled.
As long as the containers are empty and reasonably clean, you do not need to wash your containers.
Our recycling facility does not accept recyclables in plastic bags. The plastic bags get caught in the shredder and shuts production down. Please put your recyclables directly in the recycling bin.
Bubble wrap is made from the same type of plastic as grocery, dry cleaning, newspaper, and bread bags. All these types of plastics are accepted at local grocery stores such as Big Y, Stop and Shop etc. They are also accepted at stores like Staples, and Office Max. Usually these stores have a bin close to the doors when you enter the store. If you have a large amount, just bring your bag to a store employee.
You can recycle them at your local grocery store, Target, Staples, Walmart. These bags need to be clean and dry. Other types of plastic can be recycled at these locations as well. Ziplock baggies, trash bags, bags from grocery stores, can be recycled.
East Longmeadow participates in dual stream recycling. Although single stream is convenient, mixing everything together leads to wet paper and bits of broken glass that can't be sorted. For the many cities that have now switched to single-stream with the goal of increasing their capture rates, these rising costs have been an unwelcome result. Single-stream wins in volume, but it sacrifices in quality and that costs our town more money. In December our town received $8 per ton for recyclables. Single stream communities received $0.
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The notice you received in the mail tells you when the public hearing is scheduled. It is also published in the legal notice section of the local newspaper. At the first hearing, the applicant will present plans and explain what is proposed for the Board and the audience. The Board will ask questions. Generally where clarification is needed. There will be an opportunity for those in the audience to ask questions or offer opinions. Comments may also be submitted in writing. Since the Board often hears several projects in an evening, hearings last a specified period of time. At the end of this time, the hearing may be either closed or continued.
Occasionally, for simple projects, hearings can be completed in one night and are closed; meaning that no further testimony is taken. More often, hearings will be continued with direction given by the Board to the application on revisions to the plans or information that is needed. Continued hearings may be several weeks or months in the future depending on how long it takes the applicant to gather the required information and the Board's workload.
Occasionally, the hearing process is delayed due to weather, the absence of a Board member or at the applicant's request. To verify that a hearing is being held on a scheduled date, you can call the Planning and Community Development office.
If a Public Hearing is continued or delayed, abutters notices will not be sent back out. Please refer to the Agenda Center and Bulletin Boards.
The East Longmeadow High School Project encompasses all aspects of the planning and construction of the High School, including the selection of the Owner's Project Manager (OPM), designer, and contractor, as well as oversight of the project.
The Town of East Longmeadow is participating in the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for the design and construction of a new High School. Acceptance to the MSBA program does not guarantee state funding. The MSBA approval process must be completed successfully for the state via the MSBA to provide significant financial assistance to the project.
In June 2021, the Town approved funds for the East Longmeadow High School Feasibility Study. The final product of the Feasibility Study will be a construction project proposal for which the Town must approve funding via a Town Vote.
The School Building Committee represents school and town leadership, School Committee, Facilities Department, educators, architects, residents, industry professionals, parents, town meeting members, and more. The Building Committee meets monthly in the School Committee Conference room and via Zoom. The meetings are open to the public, and participation is encouraged. Click here to view the Building Committee calendar.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) is a funding partner for the East Longmeadow HS project and projects across the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) is a quasi-independent government authority created to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth's public schools. The MSBA strives to work with local communities to develop affordable, sustainable, and energy-efficient schools across Massachusetts.
The Legislature created the MSBA in 2004 to replace the former school building assistance program administered by the Department of Education (now the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).
The MSBA, which has a dedicated revenue stream of one penny of the state's 6.25-percent sales tax, is collaborating with municipalities to equitably invest in finding the right-sized, most fiscally responsible, and educationally appropriate solutions to create safe, sound, and sustainable learning environments.
The MSBA offered East Longmeadow HS a grant opportunity for the following reasons:
As part of the MSBA Feasibility Process, the School Building Committee and Project Team are required to explore each of the three options:
Through Module 3 of the Feasibility Process, the School Building Committee will narrow down the options based on findings and input from the community. The evaluations are based on cost, district needs, which option best supports the educational plan, and which option responds best to the community needs.
The MSBA does not decide on the final option that goes forward for a Town-wide vote. The School Building Committee will decide which final option to pursue.
A cost assessment will also be done to show the cost of doing nothing as a result of a failed vote for project funding.
No. Current design renderings are preliminary conceptual diagrams that have not yet been developed to include the District's input. Design concepts will be presented at monthly School Building Committee meetings and Community Forums throughout the feasibility process.
Swimming pools do not qualify for state funds from MSBA. With direction from the School Building Committee, the Project Team will explore saving the existing pool or building a new pool, understanding that all costs associated with pool construction would need to be approved by the Town with no funding from the state.
Applications are available at the Council on Aging at 328 North Main Street and on the Town website.
CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) is a record of all criminal court appearances in Massachusetts for a particular individual, including arrests, convictions, dismissals, and serious violations. All employees of the Town of East Longmeadow, including SWAP applicants, are subject to a CORI & SORI check as required by policy. This information is kept strictly confidential.
A five-member committee consisting of the Executive Director of the Council on Aging, the Director of Assessing, the Director of Municipal Finance, the Human Resource Director, and a member at large will beresponsible for overseeing this program.
All hours must be completed between January 1st and November 30th. You will receive a certificate of completion and a W-2 by January 31st of the following year. The abatement is applied to the following year’s tax bill (i.e. hours worked and credit earned between January 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019 will be applied to FY 2020 beginning on July 1, 2019). Therefore, you will be able to use it for your remaining unpaid taxes for your third and fourth quarter bill (which will be split in half between the two quarters). However, you will not see it credited on your bill statement until your fourth quarter bill dated May 1st.
You will notify your closing attorney to ensure that you are properly credited for your abatement as part of your closing.
Providing your Statutory Tax Exemption and your Senior Work-off Tax Abatement combined does not exceed your total tax liability you would qualify to participate.
Volunteering in your community is always encouraged.
The Building Commissioner, as the Zoning Administrator for the Town, is charged with enforcing all zoning bylaws of East Longmeadow. In East Longmeadow, the Zoning Board of Appeals has the power to hear and decide a reversal of the decision made by the Zoning Administrator. The Zoning Board of Appeals has the power to hear and decide petitions for Variances.
Also, the East Longmeadow Board of Appeals reviews and approves Comprehensive Permits under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B [Sections 20-23] for development of affordable housing proposals. Decisively, the Board of Appeals hears repetitive petition cases and appeals to Site Plan approval if parties of interest should be aggrieved by the findings of the Planning Board. All discussion of matters must be conducted in public under the Open Meeting Law.
To submit a Variance Petition, submit an Appeal to a decision of the Building Commissioner, submit an appeal to Site Plan Approval by the Planning Board, or discuss a matter that could be considered a Repetitive Petition, or discuss a Comprehensive Permit under Chapter 40B, please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development by phone or email.
1. Public Notice
Abutters and others who have expressed interest in keeping abreast of Zoning Board of Appeals cases receive a letter, via the US Postal System, informing them of a scheduled public hearing. This “Notice” is also published in the legal notice section of The Republican newspaper. This information may also be found under the Local Notice Classifieds on MassLive: If someone desires to express their opinion regarding a matter before the Zoning Board of Appeals, but is unable to be present at a meeting, persons of interest are welcome to submit written comment via email or letter to the Department of Planning and Community Development. Comments are provided by the department to the ZBA for consideration. Applicants/Petitioners are required to be present at the Board of Appeals hearing
2. Public Hearing
At the first hearing, the applicant will describe their intent, or give testimony, to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Plans that have been submitted by the petitioner to the Department of Planning and Community Development were made available to the ZBA in advance of the hearing so its members could review the information prior to the meeting and be well prepared for discussion of the petition at the hearing. During the hearing, the Board of Appeals may also consider any comments regarding the petition received from other municipal departments. Written comments from parties of interest unable to attend the hearing may be taken under advisement by the Board of Appeals. Those in attendance may voice comment in support or against the petition to the Board of Appeals. All are requested to please maintain civil, respectful, and courteous discourse and behavior which is conducive to the democratic and harmonious airing of concerns and decision making. The Board may pose questions to the applicant/petitioner. Since the Board often hears several projects in an evening, hearings last a specified period of time. Should additional information to render a decision be required, the ZBA and applicant/petitioner may agree to continue the hearing to a definitive date and time.
3. Close of Hearing
After all testimony is duly considered by the ZBA, the hearing is closed and the Board of Appeals votes on the specific matter that has come before them.