Public Notices

Conservation Commission public notices are in accordance with Mass. General Laws, Chapter 131, Section 40 – the Wetlands Protection Act. The notices provided here have been modified to make them shorter and to remove repeated MGL citations.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts —— DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES NOTICE OF FILING, PROCEDURAL CONFERENCE AND PUBLIC HEARINGS D.P.U. 17-05 January 30, 2017 Petition of NSTAR Electric Company and Western Massachusetts Electric Company, each doing business as Eversource Energy, pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 94 and 220 C.M.R. § 5.00 et seq., for Approval of General Increases in Base Distribution Rates for Electric Service and a Performance Based Ratemaking Mechanism.

On January 17, 2017, NSTAR Electric Company (“NSTAR Electric”) and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (“WMECo”) (referred to collectively as “Companies”), each doing business as Eversource Energy, filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) seeking approval of increases in base distribution rates for electric service pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 94, as well as other proposals. NSTAR Electric seeks to increase its rates to generate $60.2 million in additional revenues, an approximate seven percent increase over current total operating revenues. WMECo seeks to increase its rates to generate $35.7 million in additional revenues, an approximate 27 percent increase over current operating revenues. The Department has docketed this matter as D.P.U. 17‑05.

The Department has suspended the effective date of the proposed rate increases to investigate the propriety of the Companies’ request. The Companies have requested that any new rates approved in this proceeding be implemented in two phases, with the first phase to take effect on January 1, 2018 and the second phase to take effect on January 1, 2019.

NSTAR Electric’s last base distribution rate proceeding was in 2005. Boston Edison Company, Cambridge Electric Light Company, Commonwealth Electric Company, NSTAR Gas Company, D.T.E. 05-85 (2005). WMECo’s last base distribution rate proceeding was in 2010. Western Massachusetts Electric Company, D.P.U. 10-70 (2011). The Companies’ requested rate increase includes the recovery of merger-related costs and, for WMECo, exogenous costs associated with the Department’s Order in NSTAR/Northeast Utilities Merger, D.P.U. 10‑170 (2012).

Currently, NSTAR Electric and WMECo are separate, wholly owned subsidiaries of Eversource Energy. As part of this proceeding, pursuant G.L. c. 164, § 96, the Department will review the Companies’ request to complete the cor‑ porate consolidation of NSTAR Electric and WMECo. Although the Companies propose that costs will no longer be recorded, tracked or reported separately after the consolidation, the Companies propose to maintain separate rates applicable to NSTAR Electric and WMECo at this time. NSTAR Electric proposes to eliminate separate rates for its three operating units (i.e., Boston Edison, Cambridge Electric Light, and Commonwealth Electric) and establish one rate for each rate class. NSTAR Electric also proposes, pursuant to Investigation into Rate Structures that will Promote Efficient Deployment of Demand Resources, D.P.U. 07-50-A (2008), to implement a rate mechanism to decouple its electric revenues from its sales.

The Companies propose to implement a performance‑based ratemaking (“PBR”) mechanism that would allow each company to adjust its distribution rates on an annual basis through the application of a revenue-cap formula. Within the PBR mechanism, the Companies propose to undertake $400 million in incremental capital investments over the next five years on projects the Companies state are designed to integrate distributed energy resources and improve service reliability, including projects to develop electric vehicle infrastructure and electric‑storage capabilities. Certain of these investments have also been proposed as part of the Companies’ Grid Modernization Plans filed in NSTAR Electric Company and Western Massachusetts Electric Company, each d/b/a Eversource Energy, D.P.U. 15-122/15-123. The Companies state that they intend to revise their filing in D.P.U. 15-122/15-123 to remove these investments.

The Companies’ filing includes a number of rate design proposals, including the consolidation and alignment of NSTAR Electric’s and WMECo’s general service rate classes, the consolidation of a number of reconciling mechanism rates; a new optional time-of-use rate for certain small general service (rate G-1) customers; and a monthly minimum reliability contribution rate for new customers seeking to install distributed generation.

The Companies also propose to implement a credit/debit card payment system that will allow customers to pay their bills electronically without a transaction fee. Further, the Companies also propose to make certain changes to their existing storm fund mechanisms, vegetation management programs, and methods used to recover of property taxes. Additional information regarding these and all other proposals can be found in the Companies’ filing.

If the rate request is approved as filed, the Companies state that customers can expect the following bill impacts:

NSTAR Electric – Phase I (January 1, 2018): Residential non-heating customers: • A typical residential non-heating customer using 525 kilowatt-hours (“kWh”) of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $9.08 (7.9 percent); • A typical residential non-heating customer using 343 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $5.05 (6.4 percent); and • A typical residential non-heating customer using 557 kWh of electricity of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill increase of $6.54 (5.2 percent). Residential non-heating low-income customers: • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 438 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $2.87 (4.5 percent); • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 348 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $0.09 (0.2 percent); and • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 502 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill decrease of $3.26 (4.1 percent). Residential heating customers: • A typical residential heating customer using 817 kWh of electricity per month during the winter season in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $12.62 (7.6 percent); • A typical residential heating customer using 590 kWh of electricity per month during the summer season in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $5.07 (4.0 percent); • A typical residential heating customer using 538 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $4.93 (3.9 percent); and • A typical residential heating customer using 716 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill increase of $9.81 (6.6 percent). Residential low-income heating customers: • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 889 kWh of electricity per month during the winter season in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $2.57 (2.1 percent); • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 548 kWh of electricity per month during the summer season in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $1.21 (1.5 percent); • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 547 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $9.52 (10.9 percent); and • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 894 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill decrease of $8.01 (6.1 percent). Commercial and industrial customers: • Commercial and industrial customers in NSTAR Electric’s service area can expect annual bill impacts ranging from a decrease of 3.5 percent to an increase of 14.5 percent, on average, depending on the amount of their usage. Commercial and industrial customers should contact the Companies, as indicated below, for specific bill impacts.

NSTAR Electric – Phase II (January 1, 2019): Residential non-heating customers: • A typical residential non-heating customer using 525 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $1.74 (1.4 percent); • A typical residential non-heating customer using 343 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $1.14 (1.4 percent); and • A typical residential non-heating customer using 557 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill decrease of $1.84 (1.4 percent). Residential non-heating low-income customers: • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 438 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $0.25 (0.4 percent); • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 348 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $0.19 (0.4 percent); and • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 502 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill decrease of $0.28 (0.4 percent). Residential heating customers: • A typical residential heating customer using 742 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $1.29 (0.8 percent); • A typical residential heating customer using 538 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill decrease of $0.94 (0.8 percent); and • A typical residential heating customer using 716 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a bill decrease of $1.24 (0.8 percent). Residential low-income heating customers: • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 778 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Greater Boston service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $0.42 (0.4 percent); • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 547 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s Cambridge service area can expect a monthly bill increase of $0.29 (0.4 percent); and • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 894 kWh of electricity per month in NSTAR Electric’s South Shore, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard service areas can expect a monthly bill increase of $0.48 (0.4 percent). Commercial and industrial customers: • Commercial and industrial customers in NSTAR Electric’s service area can expect annual bill impacts ranging from a decrease of 53 percent to an increase of 50 percent, on average, depending on the amount of their usage. Commercial and industrial customers should contact the Companies, as indicated below, for specific bill impacts.

WMECo – Phase I (January 1, 2018): • A typical residential non-heating customer using 543 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $11.51 (10.1 percent); • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 572 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $3.34 (4.5 percent); • A typical residential heating customer using 790 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $16.41 (10.5 percent); • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 981 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $5.73 (4.8 percent); and • Commercial and industrial customers can expect annual monthly bill increases ranging from 0.6 percent to 18.3 percent, on average, depending on the amount of their usage. Commercial and industrial customers should contact the Companies, as indicated below, for specific bill impacts.

WMECo – Phase II (January 1, 2019): • A typical residential non-heating customer using 543 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill decrease of $0.07 (0.1 percent); • A typical residential non-heating low-income customer using 572 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $1.16 (1.5 percent); • A typical residential heating customer using 790 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $1.41 (0.8 percent); • A typical residential low-income heating customer using 981 kWh of electricity per month can expect a monthly bill increase of $3.15 (2.5 percent); and • Commercial and industrial customers can expect annual bill impacts ranging from a decrease of 12.7 percent to an increase of 15 percent, on average, depending on the amount of their usage. Commercial and industrial customers should contact the Companies, as indicated below, for specific bill impacts.

The Attorney General, through the office of ratepayer advocacy, may intervene, appear and participate in Department proceedings on behalf of any group of consumers in connection with any matter involving rates of an electric com‑ pany or gas company. On January 25, 2017, the Attorney General submitted a notice of intervention on behalf of the Companies’ ratepayers in this case. Further, pursuant to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(b), the Attorney General filed a notice of retention of experts and consultants to assist in her investigation of the Companies’ filing. The Attorney General has requested Department approval to spend up to $550,000. Pursuant to G.L. c. 12, § 11E(b), the costs incurred by the Attorney General relative to her retention of experts and consultants may be recovered by the Companies in rates.

The Department has scheduled the following public hearings to receive comment on the Companies’ filing:

Persons interested in commenting on the Companies’ filing may appear at any of the public hearings or may file written comments by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on May 31, 2017. Reasonable accommodations at public or evidentiary hearings for people with disabilities are available upon request. Contact Theresa Kelly at [email protected] or (617) 305‑3642 to make such request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way the Department can contact you if we need more information. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be able to be accommodated. A procedural conference in this matter will take place at the Department’s office on March 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Any person who desires to participate in the evidentiary phase of this proceeding must file a written petition for leave to intervene or to participate in the proceeding no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on February 24, 2017. A petition filed late may be disallowed as untimely, unless good cause is shown for waiver under 220 C.M.R. § 1.01(4). To be allowed, a petition under 220 C.M.R. § 1.03(1) must satisfy the standing requirements of G.L. c. 30A, § 10. Any person who seeks to intervene in this matter and also desires to comment on the Attorney General’s notice of retention of experts and consultants must file such comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on February 24, 2017. Written comments, petitions for leave to intervene or to participate, and comments on the Attorney General’s notice of retention of experts and consultants should be addressed to: Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing. In addition to the above filing requirement, one (1) copy of all materials filed with the Department should be sent to each of the following: (1) Marc J. Tassone, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; (2) Cheryl M. Kimball, Keegan Werlin LLP, 265 Franklin Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110 (counsel for the Companies); and (3) Joseph W. Rogers, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Ratepayer Advocacy, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02108. Further, in addition to paper filings with the Department, all documents also must be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e‑mail attachment to [email protected] and the Hearing Officer, [email protected]; or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 17-05); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing. All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.mass.gov/dpu. A copy of the Companies’ filing and the Attorney General’s notice of retention of experts and consultants is available for inspection during regular business hours at the following locations: (1) the Companies’ offices, 247 Station Avenue, Westwood, Massachusetts 02090; (2) the Morse Institute Library, 14 E. Central St, Natick, Massachusetts 01760; (3) the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; (4) the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; (5) the Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street, Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630; (6) the New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740; (7) the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360; (8) the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201; (9) the Springfield City Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, Massachu‑ setts 01103; (10) the Vineyard Haven Public Library, 200 Main St, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568; (11) the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301; and (12) the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. These filings also are available on the Department’s website, http://www.mass.gov/dpu. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), contact Theresa Kelly at [email protected] or (617) 305-3642. Any person desiring further information regarding the Companies’ petition should contact the Companies’ counsel, Cheryl M. Kimball, Esq. at (617) 951‑1400. Any person desiring further information regarding the Attorney General’s notice of retention of experts and consultants should contact Joseph W. Rogers, Assistant Attorney General, at (617) 727‑2200. Any person desiring further information regarding this notice should contact Marc J. Tassone, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at (617) 305-3500

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the availability for public review and comment on proposed amendments to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Federal Fiscal Years 2017 to 2021. The proposed amendments are a compilation of statewide highway and transit actions as advanced by MassDOT. These projects are available for review at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/planning/Main/StatewidePlans/StateTransportationImprovementProgram.aspx under “Amendment 3 – Proposed”. The public review and comment period will begin January 31, 2017 and end on March 1, 2017. All comments can be forwarded to the MassDOT STIP Coordinator, by mail to MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza, Room 4150, Boston MA 02116, by e-mail to [email protected]; or by fax at 857.368.0639. 01/31/17

 

BERKSHIRE COUNTY

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PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT – Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization  The Berkshire MPO is seeking public comment on the following: 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment- An amendment (2nd amendment) has been proposed to the FFY 2016 – 2019 Berkshire Region TIP. These amendments concern 1) Highway- increasing the cost of the Lee/Lenox bridge replacement, (Project 607551) Valley Street over Housatonic River, from $1,500,612 to $3,446,487, and 2) Transit- add the purchase of a replacement van (RTD0004395) $79,324, remove replacement van and funding (RTD0005121) and reduce the cost of state funding to $63,436 for the purchase of a replacement van (RTD0004344) Public Participation Plan Amendment (PPP) – An amendment to the Public Participation Plan (PPP) to shorten the public comment period from 30 days to 21 days for amendments to and the adoption of certification documents: Regional Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program and Unified Planning Work Program. Copies of these amendments can be obtained by: 1. Phone: Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), 413-442-1521, ext. 20; 2. BRPC web site: www.berkshireplanning.org; 3. Walk-in: BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield MA 01201. Comments on the TIP amendment are due by February 24, 2017 and comments on the PPP are due by March 10, 2017 and should be addressed to the Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization/BRPC, 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield MA 01201 or via email to [email protected] The Berkshire MPO is tentatively scheduled to approve the TIP amendment February 28, 2017 and the PPP amendment on March 28, 2017 . The MPO meetings are at 4 PM at the BRPC offices. This notice complies with the Berkshire Region MPO’s Public Participation Plan and satisfies the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s public participation process for the development of its Program of Projects. 01/25/17

PUBLIC NOTICE – RIGHT-OF-WAY MAINTENANCE – As required by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 132B, National Grid (New England Power and/or Massachusetts Electric Company) hereby gives notice that it intends to selectively apply herbicides along specific transmission line rights-of¬way in 2017. The selective use of herbicides to manage vegetation along rights-of-way is done within the context of an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) program consisting of mechanical, chemical, natural and cultural components. In right-of-way vegetation management the pest or target is vegetation (primarily tall growing) that will cause outages and safety issues. National Grid’s IVM program encourages natural controls by promoting low growing plant communities that resist invasion by target vegetation. The selective use of herbicides and mechanical controls are the direct techniques used to control target vegetation and help establish and maintain natural controls. Rodeo, and possibly one of the following herbicides, Arsenal or Arsenal Powerline will be applied directly to the surface of stumps immediately after target vegetation is cut (Cut Stump Treatment). Garton 4 or Garton 4 Ultra will be applied selectively to the stems of target vegetation using hand¬held equipment (Basal Treatment). Krenite S or Rodeo, mixed with Escort XP, and one of the following herbicides, Arsenal or Arsenal Powerline, or Milestone will be applied selectively to the foliage of target vegetation using hand-held equipment (Foliar Treatment). Applications shall not commence more than ten days before nor conclude more than ten days after the following treatment periods. Municipalities that have rights-of-way scheduled for herbicide treatments in 2017: Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, North Adams. Municipalities that have rights-of-way that were treated in 2016 but may require some touch-up work in 2017: Cheshire, Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge. Treatment Periods: January 30, 2017 – May 31, 2017 – CST – Basal. May 31, 2017 – October 15, 2017 – Foliar – CST – Basal. October 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017 – CST – Basal. Further information may be requested by contacting (during business hours, Mon-Fri from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm): Mariclaire Rigby, National Grid, 939 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01610. Telephone: (508) 860-6282 or email: [email protected]

BERKSHIRE COUNTY CITY/TOWN INDEX (alphabetical order):

LEE – Town of Lee Conservation Commission Notice of Public Hearing – In accordance with General Laws Chapter 131, Section 40, notice is hereby given that a public hearing of the Lee Conservation Commission will be held in the Land Use Office, Lee Town Hall, 32 Main Street on February 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM on the Notice of Intent filed by Bill Wellspeak, Community Health Programs, for construction of a building addition and the expansion of the parking area both in the buffer zone of bordering vegetated wetlands at 11 Quarry Hill Road. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Kathy Arment, Chair Lee Conservation Commission 02/09/17

LENOX – TOWN OF LENOX INVITATION FOR BID Sealed bids for the Sub-bid Contract for the Heating System Design at the Lenox Community Center will be accepted at the Lenox Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Selectmen’s Meeting Room (Grange Room), 6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240 until 2:00 PM, February 8, 2017, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read. Sealed bids for the General Contract for the Heating System Design at the Lenox Community Center will be accepted at the Lenox Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Selectmen’s Meeting Room (Grange Room), 6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240 until 2:00 PM, February 15, 2017, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read. General bidders must submit a Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) certification of eligibility in the category of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) with their bid. A Pre-Bid Conference and site visit shall start in the main lobby of the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240 at 2:00 PM, February 1, 2017. Plans and Specifications may be obtained electronically on January 25, 2017 after 9:00 AM by emailing BLW Engineers, Inc. at the following email address, [email protected] The Town of Lenox reserves the right to reject any or all bids, wholly or in part in accordance with M.G.L. Ch149. 01/25/17

LENOX – TOWN OF LENOX CONSERVATION COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Pursuant to Chapter 131 Section 40 Massachusetts General Laws, the Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Lenox Town Hall on the subject of a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Mass DOT for the intersection of Route 7 & 20 with Housatonic St. The proposed project consists of extending existing northbound and southbound exclusive left turn lanes within a grassed median island from approximately 225′ in length to 500′ in length. Neal Carpenter, Chairman 02/13/17

OTIS – Town of Otis Conservation Commission Notice of Public Hearing Pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40, the Wetlands Protection Act, the Otis Conservation Commission will hold public hearings on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Otis Town Hall, 1 North Main Road, in Otis, MA to review the following applications: Public Hearing – NOI – Submitted by R. Levesque, on behalf of Saloomey Construction, Inc., 31 South Bay Road, map 17D lot 24, regarding the demolition of existing home and construction of a new single family home with associated site improvements.. Public Hearing – RDA – Submitted by Berkshire Engineering, Inc., on behalf of Harvey D. Homan, 84 Cedar Drive, map 8 lot 3, regarding the construction of a septic system serving the house on site, to replace failed system, all work within the 100′ BZ of White Lily Pond. Public Hearing – NOI – Submitted by Berkshire Engineering Inc., on behalf of Kevin & Juanita O’Rourke, 1 Round Island, map 17D lot 46, regarding extension of existing dock with a 102 SF removable dock module supported by piers & padded feet. Also construction of a 170 SF removable dock module supported by piers & padded feet, and a 720 SF permanent dock structure supported by 21 5-inch piers. 02/14/17

SHEFFIELD – PUBLIC NOTICE Public notice is hereby issued, pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 111, Sections 150A and 150Al/2, and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Regulations at 310 CMR 16.00, that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued the following for the Berkshire Resource Management, Inc. (BRM) property at 1883 North Main St., Sheffield, MA: a Draft Recycling, Composting or Conversion (RCC) permit for a Recycling Operation. The application by the proposed operator, J.H. Maxymillian, Inc., proposes to accept, process (crush), handle and store clean Asphalt, Brick & Concrete (ABC) rubble within a designated area of the BRM property (the Site). The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday 8:00 AM to Noon (No ABC crushing on Saturdays), on an “as needed” basis throughout the calendar year, rather than on a continuous basis. ABC rubble will be pre-sorted and source-separated prior to acceptance at the Site, and will consist only of clean (i.e. not painted, coated or otherwise contaminated) ABC rubble. The Operation will accept and handle an average of 60 tons per day of ABC rubble, for a maximum of 250 days during the calendar year. The maximum amount of ABC rubble accepted in one calendar year will be 15,000 tons, and the maximum amount of ABC rubble accepted in any one day will be 1,200 tons. All incoming and outgoing trucks transporting ABC rubble into and out of the Site will use the existing BRM site access road off Rt. 7. Copies of MassDEP’s Draft permit are available for copying and examination along with the application at the Department’s Western Regional Office, 436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA 01103, and at the Sheffield Board of Health, Town Hall, 21 Depot Square, Sheffield, MA, 01257. Interested parties may submit written comments for a period of thirty days, to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Management Section, 436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA 01103. 01/26/17

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY:

Eversource – SPECIAL NOTICE – VEGETATION MANAGEMENT. We, Eversource Energy routinely remove vegetation capable of growing into, or inhibiting access to, our power lines along rights-of-way (ROW’s). Our integrated program utilizes mechanical and chemical (herbicide) control, as well as the existing botanical composition of the ROW to accomplish this. All herbicides Eversource uses are approved for use in sensitive areas by the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. All applications are performed by State licensed applicators, in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations, and in accordance with label instructions. Potential herbicides to be used: CST/Basal: Accord-Rodeo EPA#241-346 / Garlon4 Ultra EPA#62719-527; Polaris EPA#228-534; Arsenal EPA#241-346 Foliar: Accord-Rodeo EPA# 524-326; Arsenal EPA#241-346; Escort EPA# 352-439; Krenite EPA#352-395; Polaris EPA#228-534 Application dates: CST / Basal Application Dates: 2-25-2017 to 11-29-2017 Foliar Application Dates: 5-20-2017 to 11-15-2017 Locations: Pursuant to Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000; Section 10 – be advised that Eversource will be making herbicide applications to control woody vegetation along ROW’s as follows: Ashfield, Bernardston, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Montague, Northfield, Plainfield, Shelburne, Sunderland, Leverett.

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY CITY/TOWN INDEX (alphabetical order):

GOSHEN – Town of Goshen LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS – The Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Goshen will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., February 16, 2017 in Goshen Town Hall to hear the following application: 1. Berkshire Trail Properties LLC have applied for a special permit to demolish an existing dwelling and construct a 26′ W by 60′ L by 23′ H metal building for use in steel fabrication and storage at 82 So. Main St., Goshen, MA 01032. All interested persons should attend the hearing. Copies of the applications are available for review at the office of the Town Clerk. February 2, 9

HADLEY – The Hadley Planning Board will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, beginning at 7:15pm, in the Hadley Senior Center Meeting Room. The purpose of the Hearing is to review the application of Eversource Energy for Special Permits: Large Scale Ground Mount Solar, Site Plan Approval, Erosion & Sediment Control and Construction in Aquifer, for a proposed 3504 solar panel installation on S. Maple St, near Moody Bridge Rd intersection. The applications and plans may be viewed in the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours.James J. MaksimoskiChairmanFebruary 7, 14

NORTHAMPTON – Northampton Public Hearings – Thursday February 23, 2017 – Planning Board, Council Chambers, 210 Main St 7:00 PM Rescind Kensington Estates Subdivision Approval on Map ID 41-32 7:05 PM Site Plan Major Project for construction of 17,600+- sf 2 story office building Prince St, Village Hill, Map ID 38A-108. All permit files viewable by Map ID www.northamptonma.gov/948/public-file-cabinet February 9, 16

PLAINFIELD – Notice of Conservation Commission Public Hearing Legal Notice Relative to Notice of Intent Pursuant to the Town of Plainfield M.G.L. c.131, Section 40. The Plainfield Conservation Commission will hold a Public Hearing on a Notice of Intent submitted by Plainfield Solar, LLC, 4 Liberty Square, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109, to construct a large ground-mounted solar array, on Union Street, Map 15, Lots 1 & 17 in Plainfield, MA. The hearing is in accordance with the Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L Chapter 131, Section 40). The hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Plainfield Town Hall, Main Street, Plainfield, MA. The application is available for inspection during regular business hours at the Town Offices, 304 Main Street.Judy Williams, Chairperson, Plainfield Conservation Commission February 14

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February 1, 2017 Notice of Public Comment The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization will open 30-day public review and comment periods for Draft Amendments to the 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program and Draft Amendments to the 2017 Unified Planning Work Program. The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization will also open a 45-day public review and comment period for a Draft Update of the Public Participation Plan. The comment period for the Draft Amendments to the 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program and Draft Amendments to the 2017 Unified Planning Work Program will begin on Friday, February 3, and will end on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The comment period for the Draft Update of the Public Participation Plan will begin on Friday, February 3, and will end on Monday, March 20, 2017. Copies of the draft documents are available for review at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, located at 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA, by calling (413) 774- 3167 x 139 to request copies, or on the FRCOG website at www. frcog.org

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LEVERETT – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES NOTICE OF FILING AND PUBLIC HEARING D.P.U. 17-06 February 2, 2017 Petition of the Town of Leverett for approval by the Department of Public Utilities of a municipal aggregation plan pursuant to G.L. c. 164, §134. On January 26, 2017, the Town of Leverett (“Town”) filed a request with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) for approval of a municipal aggregation plan pursuant to G.L. c. 164, § 134. General Laws c. 164, § 134 authorizes a municipality to procure electric supply on behalf of consumers within its municipal borders through a municipal aggregation program. Eligible electricity consumers not already enrolled with a competitive electric supplier would be automatically enrolled in the municipal aggregation program unless they chose to “opt-out,” in which case they would continue to receive basic service provided by their electric distribution company, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, d/b/a Eversource Energy. The Department docketed this petition as D.P.U. 17-06. The Town has retained Colonial Power Group, Inc. (“Colonial”) to serve as its agent in this proceeding and to assist in the implementation of the municipal aggregation program. The Town seeks a waiver on behalf of the competitive electric supplier(s) chosen for the municipal aggregation program, of certain information disclosure requirements contained in G.L. c. 164, § 1F(6) and 220 C.M.R. § 11.06(4)(c). A copy of the Town’s petition is available for public viewing during regular business hours at the Department’s offices, One South Station – 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110 and on the Department’s website at http://www.mass.gov/dpu. Documents on the Department’s website may be accessed by docket number (D.P.U. 17-06) in the file room at http://web1.env.state.ma.us/ DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber. A copy of the petition is also available for public viewing at the Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. The Department will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed municipal aggregation plan. The hearing will take place on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at the Department’s offices located at One South Station – 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Any person who desires to comment may do so at the time and place noted above or may submit written comments to the Department not later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on March 20, 2017. An original hard copy of all written comments must be filed with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Two copies of all written comments must also be sent to Elizabeth Lydon, Hearing Officer at the Department of Public Utilities. One copy of all written comments should also be sent to the attorney for Colonial, James M. Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. All documents should also be submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) by e-mail attachment to [email protected] and to the Hearing Officer, Elizabeth Lydon, [email protected], or (2) on a CDROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 17-06); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing. All documents submitted in electronic format will be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.mass.gov/dpu. Reasonable accommodations at public or evidentiary hearings for people with disabilities are available upon request. Contact Theresa Kelly at [email protected] or (617) 305-3642. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way the Department can contact you if we need more information. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be able to be accommodated. In addition, to request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), contact Theresa Kelly at [email protected] or (617) 305-3642. Any person desiring further information regarding the Town’s filing should contact James Avery, Esq. at (617) 488-8100. Any person desiring further information regarding this notice should contact Elizabeth Lydon, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at (617) 305-3500.