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Town of Heath
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Volunteering

Volunteering makes up a significant portion of the Heath "work force." Some examples of boards and committees that keep the Town running are our Select Board, Board of Heath, Cultural Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and more.

There are also volunteer organizations that enrich our lives are the Heath Historical Society, the Friends of the Heath Library, the Heath Herald, the Heath Agricultural Society, and the Volunteer Fire Department.

(1) To volunteer for boards, committees, and commissions that are staffed by appointment.

Use the Volunteer Form to express your interest. Your name will remain on file to be considered by the Select Board when an opening comes up. You will also be notified if there is a current opening. Scroll down to the About Town Boards and Committees section to learn more.

2) To run for an elected volunteer position (modest stipends apply to some positions)
Contact the Town Clerk for more information on elections and openings. Unsalaried eected positions:

  • Select Board
  • Library Trustee
  • Finance Committee
  • Planning Board
  • School Committee
  • Municipal Light Board (Broadband)
  • Constable

(3) Other community volunteer opportunities
Emails and links:

About Town Boards and Committees:
Some boards and committees remain very active. while others need new energy to get worthwhile initiatives back on track.

Board of Health

Performs many important and crucial duties relative to the protection of public health- the control of disease- the promotion of sanitary living conditions- and the protection of the environment from damage and pollution.
Building Use Committee Building Use Committee The Building Use Committee has oversight of short-term use of Community Hall and Jacobs Road. Short-term is defined as less than 9 months.
Conservation Commission The primary function of the Conservation Commission is to preserve and protect the local wetland resource areas, as defined in the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.
Council on Aging To meet the needs of the aging by creating an active, healthy, social, and cultural community for Heath.
Cultural Council The Heath Cultural Council provides funding to support artistic and culturally enriching community programs and activities in the Town of Heath and the surrounding area. This is an active committee that would welcome new members.
Historical Commission The role of this commission is not listed on the town website. It has some authority over the area in town designated as the Heath Historic District regarding preservation.

Parks & Recreation

This committee has oversite of Heath's areas designated as parks, recereational areas such a Burnt Hill hiking trails, and fostering recreational opportunities in Heath. The committee is currently involved in a very ambitious trail effort to be part of trails that go from Deerfield to North Adams.

Web Admin

Update pages on the Town Website by request from Town Coordinator and all web pages owners.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Mass General Laws: Boards of appeal powers

Section 14. A board of appeals shall have the following powers:—
(1) To hear and decide appeals in accordance with section eight.
(2) To hear and decide applications for special permits upon which the board is empowered to act under said ordinance or by-laws.
(3) To hear and decide petitions for variances as set forth in section ten.
(4) To hear and decide appeals from decisions of a zoning administrator, if any, in accordance with section thirteen and this section.

In exercising the powers granted by this section, a board of appeals may, in conformity with the provisions of this chapter, make orders or decisions, reverse or affirm in whole or in part, or modify any order or decision, and to that end shall have all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken and may issue or direct the issuance of a permit.

Below are currently less active committees that could use new energy
Agricultural Commission
Once the goal of getting Heath designated as a "Right to Farm" community was achieved, the committee may have lost some momentum.
"AgComs represent the farming community, encourage the pursuit of agriculture, promote agricultural economic development and protect farmlands and farm businesses, and preserve, revitalize and sustain agricultural businesses and land." Mass Assoc of Agricultural Commissions

Mass Gov Handbook for Agricultural Commissions

Building Facilities Committee

Currently not meeting. It was intended as an ongoing committee to assist the Town in assessing the conditions of buildings, creating a priority list, and providing input on how to implement findings. The group did an excellent job assessing the building and creating the priority list, but did not continue with the last peice. New energy and enthusiasm needed her Energy Advisory Committee I believe this was focused on solar but appears to have lost some momentum. May need some new energy in the form of volunteers.

Calendar of Events
MEMORIAL DAY -- HOLIDAY
Mon, May 27, 2024, All Day
Posted to: Select Board
MLB Meeting -- SCHEDULED
Tue, May 28, 2024, 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
virtual
  • Attached File: MLB 2024-05-28 Agenda
  • Heath Planning Board -- SCHEDULED
    Wed, May 29, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Virtual Zoom
    Posted to: Planning Board
    Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Jun 4, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    JRMC Cafeteria
    Posted to: Select Board
    Wed, Jun 5, 2024, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Zoom
  • Attached File: CHF 2024-06-05 Meeting Notice
  • Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Jun 18, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    JRMC Cafeteria
    Posted to: Select Board
    JUNETEENTH -- HOLIDAY
    Wed, Jun 19, 2024, All Day
    Posted to: Select Board
    Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Room 135 JRMC
    Posted to: Council on Aging
    Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Jul 2, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    JRMC Cafeteria
    Posted to: Select Board
    INDEPENDENCE DAY -- HOLIDAY
    Thu, Jul 4, 2024, All Day
    Posted to: Select Board
    Latest News
    New Member Needed for Vacant Finance Committee Seat
    The Heath Cultural Council recently announced funding recipients for the 2024 grant cycle.
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