The Cummington Board of Health is pleased to announce that the Westfield River was tested again on Monday, June 20th, 2020, for Ecoli.
The results of two tests, one near the Lilac Bridge and one near Walker Road both now meet the acceptable limits for Massachusetts Bathing Beaches.
Therefore, the ...read more...
On Monday July 20, 2020 – road construction will begin on Bryant Road between Route 9 and West Cummington Road.
Bryant Road will be closed to through traffic from Route 9 (Near the Bryant Library) to the intersection at West Cummington Road near the Bryant
There are now two bins at the Transfer Station for items to be recycled.
The new bin is for the cans, glass, and plastics (i.e., milk cartons, juice boxes, soup/stock containers) and those can be mixed together. Please keep cardboard and paper together (no shredded paper; staples and binding on paper ...read more...
The Bryant Free Library will be open Saturday mornings from 8:30-12:30 with curbside delivery of books, magazines, dvd's etc. starting this Saturday, June 27th. Items can be ordered by calling Librarian Mark DeMaranville at 634-5400 and leaving a message. A mask is required when picking up with 1 transaction at ...read more...
Dog licences are available by mail through the town clerk. Please send the following info along with a check made out to the Town of Cummington to:
Town Clerk at PO Box 128
Name of dog
Copy of rabies material
name of ...read more...
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Meeting times: Tuesday & Thursday Mornings - 8:30-10:15
|Term: Appointed by the Selectboard for 1 year|
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-10:15 am.
Requests for inspections/meetings can be made by calling office phone: 413-200-5013, cell phone: 413-205-6504 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When is a building permit necessary?
As a homeowner or contractor, there may be times when you are uncertain whether it is necessary to secure a building permit. The following guidelines should be used: Work Requiring a Permit: (The following list is not meant to be exclusive, if you are in doubt as to whether the work you are considering needs a permit, please call the Building Inspector.)
• New homes, additions, garages, or storage sheds.
• Interior renovations, involving the cutting away of any wall or structural member.
• Decks and ramps.
• Roofing (when re-roofing more than 25% of existing roof).
• Siding (when re-siding more than 25% of existing house).
• Window or exterior door replacement.
• The installation of swimming pools, hot tubs, or spas.
• Fences over 6ft high.
• Retaining walls over 4ft high.
• Wood stoves, fireplace inserts, fireplaces, or chimneys.
• Demolition of any existing structure.
• Signs-new or alteration of existing signs.
• Change of use (e.g., from storage to living space.)
A Permit Is Not Necessary For Ordinary Repairs: "Any maintenance which does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical or other utilities."
Why Should I get a permit? Because it is the law. Massachusetts Building Code(780CMR 110.0) states: "It shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a building or structure...without first filing a written application with the building official and obtaining the required permit therefore."
In addition, a building permit is for your own protection. The building inspector will require the work performed to meet the standards of the Mass Building Code, which translates into your security. Insurance companies may require a Certificate of Occupancy or approval of the building official for certain work. If you are a licensed contractor, failure to secure a building permit could result in the loss of your license.
How To Obtain a Permit: Permit applications can be found, generally, at Town Offices. There are four separate permit applications(general, swimming pools, wood stove/ chimney, and roofing/windows/siding). Follow the directions on the application and mail or deliver the application to the Cummington building inspector’s office in the Cummington Community House, Cummington MA.
How Long Does it Take? In most cases, a completed application can be approved within 7-10 days. A notice will be sent, advising you of a date when the permit can be picked up at the town office, and the appropriate fee paid.
What happens if I don't get a permit? Fees will be doubled if work has been started prior to issuance of a permit. In addition, local zoning by-laws and the Mass Building Code have provisions for fines and/or prosecution for work done without a permit, in violation of by-laws.