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Wednesday, December 31 1969

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Greenfield Launches Financial Transparency Website

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

The Town of Greenfield is excited to announce the launch of a new, easy-to-navigate, financial transparency website that allows citizens to easily analyze town financial data through interactive charts and graphs.  Data is organized by category, department, government area, fund, and vendor.  Local officials believe that this new website will give citizens a view into every level of municipal finances, from fiscal year totals to individual vendor payments.

Greenfield Honors Vietnam Veterans

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Mayor William Martin has issued a proclamation declaring March 29, 2017, Vietnam Veterans Day in Greenfield.  Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who served their country and each other more than 50 years ago.  There will be no parade or celebration only silent, intimate respect.

Parking Lottery Details Revealed

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

In anticipation of the Franklin County Courthouse re-opening on January 1, 2017, parking changes will go into effect on November 1, 2016 and new parking permits for public lots will be sold via a hybrid-lottery system.  In order to handle the increased demand put on public parking, by the return of the Courthouse, permits will be designated to specific lots.

Downtown Parking Changes Coming This Fall

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

The Greenfield Parking Commission recently completed a study of downtown and how it will be affected by the return of the Franklin County Courthouse early next year.  As a result, the commission has come up with a plan that addresses concerns of local residents and businesses who say that increased parking usage by the courthouse will result in widespread unavailability of parking.

Mayor Martin Responds to Email Attacks

This just in from the Greenfield Mayor's Office:

The recent spate of email attacks dispatched to various town departments related to Councilor Penny Ricketts is not only disconcerting but foreign to the community of Greenfield and will not go unchallenged. The Town of Greenfield will pursue, at any cost, individuals that attack our residents because of their race, religion, gender identity, and social and/or physical status. We will seek all legal means available to a municipality to bring criminal charges to a court for resolution. An internal investigation will continue and we will partner with other agencies for a thorough search for the parties responsible.

Sustainable Greenfield Goals Achieved

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Highlights include enhanced services, growing the creative economy, and community beautification. “I’m proud to report that Greenfield continues to make progress on the Sustainable Greenfield Master Plan. This important work improves the community and makes Greenfield a better place to live and work through upgrades to our parks, the downtown, and across town departments, while at the same time reducing both costs to taxpayers and climate change emissions,” said Carole Collins, chair of the Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee.

Mayor Announces Free Holiday Parking

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Effective Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015, and extending through New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016, all “Pay to Park” spaces in kiosk lots will be free.  This applies to parking lots only and, in addition, “Permit Only” spaces are for those people who have purchased parking permits for the lot in question---drivers who park in those spaces without the proper permit will be ticketed.  “It is my intention to assist the downtown business owners in making holiday shopping a pleasant and festive experience for those who come to Greenfield,” said the Mayor.

Greenfield Begins Implementing Technology Master Plan

This just in and adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Last night, the Greenfield Town Council voted in favor of creating a town-owned Municipal Light Plant (MLP) to be named the Greenfield Technology Department (GTD). This vote was the second vote in consecutive years authorizing the town to move forward with its plans to create a municipally owned telecommunications department which will build, own, and operate a broadband network serving the town and every business and resident that chooses to call Greenfield home.

Covered Bridge Repair Update

Adapted from a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Work continues on repair of the wooden covered bridge over the Green River, damaged by tropical storm Irene in 2011. After more than ten years of closure, residents are eager to have the northern transportation route open again.

Solar Farm: See for Yourself

From a Greenfield Department of Public Works press release:

Greenfield’s 2.0 MW Solar Farm has been producing electricity since 6/19/12.  Residents can now go to the town web site and view the production statistics for the facility and monitor real time generation.  Go to the Town web site  www.greenfield-ma.gov .  On the main page scroll down to “Useful Links” and click on “Solar Farm Production Information.” Once at the site you will be able to see production by the day, week, month or year (lower left hand corner).  You will also see a running total of kwh produced and the environmental offsets associated with that production.

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