The Town of Barre is a small rural community located 61 miles from Boston, almost exactly in the center of the State, and covers 44.8 square miles. It has a population of 5,365 is bordered by Phillipston on the north, Hubbardston on the northeast, Rutland and Oakham on the southeast, New Braintree on the south, Hardwick on the southwest, and Petersham on the northwest. Barre is 22 miles northwest of Worcester has a latitude of 42.422N, a longitude of 72.105W and and elevation of 784 feet above sea level. The form of government is Board of Selectmen and open town meeting.
The community was named after Isaac Barré, a member of the British Parliament who opposed the taxation of America.
The town of Barre did not start out as the "Town of Barre". From the beginning of the earliest kept records Barre was part of Rutland. The town was part of the Naquag grant and was made the "Northwest District of Rutland in 1749. In 1774 the town incorporated and was called "Hutchinson". Two years later a petition for a different name resulted in it being called "Barre", with a population of 734. During the Industrial Revolution, it became known for its production of farming equipment and palm leaf hats. During the Civil War it supplied much of the gunpowder used by the Union Army.
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Residential Outdoor Water Use Restrictions
May 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015
CENSUS FORM REMINDER FOR BARRE RESIDENTS
Every household in Barre was mailed a 2015 census form. If you have already returned your form THANK YOU, if you have not yet returned your form please do so now. If you did not receive a form or need a duplicate form please contact the Town Clerk’s Office immediately at 978-355-2504 ext 5 and we will get you a new form or check your status. Every person in every household needs to be accounted for in order to have an accurate resident/census listing. This affects the towns population figure which in turn has some important effects on the community as a whole such as grant funding, school projections, emergency response, veterans benefits and also establishes an individual’s residency just to name a few. Establishing your residency is especially important if you ever find you need proof of your (or one of your family members) residency, such as for college students attending a state school who needs to prove they are a Massachusetts resident to get the state rate or a Veteran who is applying for a welcome home bonus. If you do not return your census, the Town Clerk’s Office CAN NOT certify you were a resident for that year (as we can’t certify something we never received )and we can’t add it after the census is finalized. Also, in accordance with Mass General Law Chapter 51, Sec 4 - failure to respond shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls.
Your cooperation saves a lot of time, money, effort and is greatly appreciated!
Reminder to Barre Residents who own Dogs:
Dog Licenses are due now- AVOID LATE FEES. All dogs 6 months of age or older must have a valid rabies vaccination and be licensed each year. Dog licenses were due April 1st and expire March 31st 2016. Dogs licensed on or after June 1st of each year will be charged an additional late fee of $20 for each dog and all past due balances are carried forward to the new year.
Applications are available just outside the Town Clerk’s Office or online at townofbarre.com to print off and either mail back to Town Clerk or deliver in person during public office hours which are & Wednesday Evenings from or , Wednesday, Thursday 9-4.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are mailing in your application IT MUST BE POSTMARKED BEFORE JUNE 1ST and the last day to renew licenses in person will be Thursday, May 28th by.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The last day and time to Register to vote for the Tuesday, June 16th 2015 Annual Town Meeting to be held at mass.gov) or the Town’s website (townofbarre.com) postmarked on or before May 27th or may do so in person at the Town Clerk’s Office during public office hours which are & Wednesday Evenings from or , Wednesday, Thursday 9-4 prior to on May 27th . The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from on May 27th to accommodate voter registration.at Ruggles Lane School will be at on Wednesday, May 27th 2015 at the Town Clerk’s Office located at 40 West Street. Residents wishing to register to vote for this meeting can do so by sending in a mail in voter registration form available at any state or federal agency, the Secretary of State’s Website (