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Canine situation continues, emergency administration plan crafted by Hampden selectmen

HAMPDEN – Three months after a listening to concerning a canine that had escaped its fenced-in yard, the house owners have been as soon as once more in entrance of the Hampden Board of Selectmen on Nov. 7.

Animal Management Officer Shelley Sears knowledgeable the Board of Selectmen {that a} neighbor had as soon as once more complained a few canine proprietor who had been the topic of a earlier grievance. Neighbor Lorena Severino despatched Sears two clips from her doorbell digital camera on Oct. 15 displaying a then-10-month-old mastiff owned by Lyndsay Bibeau, on Ella’s Servino’s property.

Bibeau appeared earlier than the board accompanied by an unnamed one who mentioned the posts of a sequence hyperlink fence on the rear of the yard, which was owned by Nice Horse, have been set too far aside and the canine chased a squirrel underneath the fence. He mentioned the canine got here again into the yard after about 5 minutes. Since then, I’ve said that I’ve bolstered the fence with rebar to keep away from an identical incident sooner or later. Bibeau added that the canine had completed a six-week obedience course and was now carrying a habits correction collar.

Board of Selectmen member Craig Rivest advised requiring the canine be on a leash when within the yard.
Board Chair John Flynn instructed the couple that it’s the duty of the house owners to safe their pets. Bibeau’s companion mentioned he checks the fence weekly to verify it’s safe and that the canine isn’t allowed exterior with out grownup supervision. Regardless of this, Sears mentioned that is the third time the canine has escaped since July.

Choose Board member Donald Davenport confirmed with Sears that there had been no bites. Bibeau’s companion claimed that Severino was afraid of canine and that’s the reason she complained to Sears.
“The neighbors simply need to dwell in peace and go of their yard,” Sears mentioned.

Flynn instructed the couple, “We do not need to come again each month.” He mentioned a roaming canine might be harmful to the animal, too, due to site visitors. Flynn mentioned that whereas they couple was “making an attempt,” if there was one other report of the canine off Bibeau’s property unattended, “It isn’t going to finish effectively.”
Sears will observe as much as affirm the fence restore and the behavioral collar.

Emergency Administration Plan

Hearth Chief Ed Poulin and Police Chief Scott Trombly introduced the board with a draft of the brand new Emergency Administration Plan. Trombly referred to as it a residing doc that must be reviewed and up to date each 5 years. The latest model is anticipated to be accomplished by June 2023.

Massachusetts Emergency Administration Company Native Coordinator Scott Flebotte defined that after the Emergency Administration Plan was accomplished, the subsequent step could be to create a Continuity of Operations Plan, which identifies the order of succession in authorities and the place the federal government would meet in a disaster, amongst different matters.

Whereas these plans are usually not required by the state, Flebotte mentioned he suspects their inclusion will have an effect on what grant funding is out there to cities.

“That is your doc,” Flebotte assured the board, including that something might be modified to higher swimsuit Hampden.

Backyard Membership

The Backyard Membership made a number of requests to the Board of Selectmen, together with asking for a key to Academy Corridor. Backyard Membership Historian Connie Witt mentioned that previously the Backyard Membership, which meets and hosts packages on the town-owned constructing, must request the Police Division open the constructing. Nonetheless, the Police Division’s key has since been misplaced.

The group additionally requested a key to the storage at Academy Corridor, the place it want to retailer the tables for its annual plant sale in addition to miscellaneous tools that’s presently saved at varied members’ homes. Flynn wished to verify with the Historic Fee, which makes use of many of the storage for its town-owned belongings.

Witt requested to hold the 2 state legislature-issued commemorations for the group’s ninetieth anniversary on the wall in the principle corridor.

“Not very historic,” Flynn mentioned, declaring they have been solely a few months outdated, however Davenport mentioned they have been historic within the sense that they’re state recognitions. As a substitute, Flynn advised displaying them on an easel throughout conferences and packages.

The entrance door key was permitted, however City Administrator Bob Markel will talk about the storage key and wall house with the Historic Fee to verify there are not any issues.

land acquisition

Minnechaug Land Belief President Sherry Himmelstein and Vice President Jennifer Bagge instructed the board that the belief had approached and reached an settlement with a Walnut Road landowner about buying 14 acres of land for $59,000. Himmelstein mentioned there have been “ample funds” within the Group Preservation Committee accounts for the land, which might have to be permitted on the Annual City Assembly within the spring.

Whereas the landowner mentioned the parcel is buildable, Himmelstein defined that there’s not sufficient frontage on the Walnut Road cul-de-sac to permit for entry with out an easement from a neighbor. Additional, Bagge mentioned, a portion of the property is marshland with 200 ft of Scantic River frontage and the grade was too steep for simple constructing.

Usually talking, the landowner indicators an settlement with the belief, which then indicators it over to the city. Himmelstein mentioned she had spoken with city counsel about the potential for the city buying the property instantly forward of the City Assembly.

Flynn and Rivest each shared that they have been “uncomfortable placing the city on the hook” earlier than a proper vote at City Assembly.

On the problem of stump grinding on town-owned land close to a trailhead, Himmelstein mentioned it was a possible legal responsibility as the skinny stumps may “impale” somebody in the event that they fell. The belief will search city reimbursement on the Annual City Assembly.

aspect stroll

Markel introduced up the subject of sidewalk building on Somers Street, from the Centennial Commons residences to the Senior Heart on Allen Road. Markel reminded the board that the Division of Recreation had given the city $25,000 for a design research, which consulting agency Tighe & Bond accomplished for $21,000. The agency estimated the mission would value roughly $341,000.

“Is it one thing the city is desirous about?” Flynn requested, noting that seniors haven’t expressed a lot enthusiasm for the mission. Davenport advised a survey to gauge curiosity, however Rivest wished to maneuver with extra urgency on the sidewalk, involved that cash from the Gaming Fee, devoted to tasks that mitigate MGM Springfield on line casino influence, could be gone earlier than a survey was accomplished.

It was determined Markel would purchase estimates and request the funding. He mentioned the city can “not take” the cash whether it is determined that the mission isn’t within the city’s curiosity.


Flynn requested residents to volunteer for the Hampden-Wilbraham Planning Committee, the subsequent step in fulfilling the district’s strategic plan.

“We want extra individuals to take part. No extra sitting on the sidelines and bark about issues however not step up,” Flynn mentioned.

Markel deliberate to attend a webinar on Nov. 8, concerning the AudioEye program, which might make the city’s web site accessible to these with disabilities. He’ll deliver his suggestion on whether or not to undertake the software program again to the board.

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