WiredWest Broadband Sign Up Options
In order to qualify Wendell to be part of the WiredWest community broadband network, a minimum of 40% of our households must sign up for the service by this spring by paying a $49 deposit for 25 Mbps (unlimited data) internet service. This will be held in escrow and counted towards your first month´s service, which will likely not begin for two years, as the fiber-optic cables need to be wired throughout the participating towns first. If you move or change your mind, you may ask for a refund.
To sign up and pay on-line: https://register.wiredwest.net/
(To pay securely on-line you will be directed to pay via Amazon).
For people who prefer to mail in a check, you can do so by downloading a PDF of the WiredWest Sign Up Form (here), then print it out and fill in the information on the form with a check for your $49 deposit.
Mail form and check to:
WiredWest Fiber Town Campaign
99 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01223
A message from Robbie Leppzer, Chair of the Broadband Committe, March 3, 2015e
After many years of organizing to bring high-speed fiber-optic broadband internet to Wendell and over 30 other towns in western Massachusetts that currently have no broadband access, I´m pleased to announce that WiredWest, the non-profit municipal cooperative that has spearheaded this effort, has now launched a customer sign-up campaign for the actual service.
Town of Wendell Property Auction
Commonwealth Of Massachusetts
Town Of Wendell
Office Of The Custodian
Notice is hereby given that on Saturday, the 14th of March, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Wendell Town Hall, 6 Center Street, Wendell, MA, acting on behalf of the Town of Wendell and in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 60 §77B, I SHALL OFFER FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION the hereinafter described properties acquired by said town by foreclosure of the tax titles thereon.
Public Forum - Capital Planning - November 12th
The Wendell Selectboard and Finance Committee will co-host a public information and public input meeting on Wednesday November 12, at 7:30 PM in the Wendell Town Hall to discuss future planning for the Wendell Fire, Police and Highway Departments.
The meeting will focus on future issues and expenditures regarding public safety investments in Wendell. Among the questions to be discussed will be: Should the town sell the existing engine pumper and purchase a four-wheel drive “Quick Attack” truck to replace it (estimated net expense is about $250,000).
The meeting will be an opportunity for townspeople to express their thoughts on this question, learn about other new developments in these departments, and consider plans the town is developing to address annual equipment replacements for the police, fire, and highway departments. All Wendell citizens are encouraged to attend.
Volunteer to Protect/Steward Land and Get Outdoors
The Wendell Open Space Committee seeks new members. In addition to implementing the Open Space action plan, the Open Space Committee has been involved in exciting past projects, including the purchase of Fiske Pond and development of a management plan for that land, establishment of the Town Forests, stewardship of town conservation parcels, educational programming, sponsoring Earth Day celebrations, and advising town committees on open space issues, and taking the occasional hike on town-owned open space land. We welcome your energy and new ideas! If you have an interest in protecting land for the future use and enjoyment of the community, please contact Ray (978-544-8270) for further info. We currently meet the first Thursday of the month at 4 pm at the Town Offices, though meeting time may be flexible.
Emergency Preparedness in Wendell
Recent prolonged power outages in town triggered the response of several town emergency systems, but also gave rise to some questions about our emergency plans. Here is an update on what town services are available in an emergency.
Thanks to the efforts of many of the town’s first responders, we now have an Emergency Operations Center, located in an office between the Fire Department and the Highway Department. This Center, which can maintain radio contact with Shelburne Falls Emergency Dispatch as well as the Wendell Fire and Police Departments, was staffed and operational during the first days of the power outage. Fire Chief Everett Ricketts was on duty full time, coordinating communication and town emergency servies. Many town residents without water came to the EOC where they could fill water containers.
The Website Committee Wants You!
Can you wrestle a computer mouse with one hand tied behind your back? Do you know where your shift keys are? Can you type with at least 2 fingers? If you can do this and are not intimidated by blinking cursors or colorful graphics, The Wendell Website Committee Wants You!
There are several openings on Town Boards and Committees, including the Cemetery Commission, Recreation Committee, Open Space Committee and the Wendell Cultural Council. Please contact the Selectboard if you are interested in serving.