Welcome to Barre, Massachusetts

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.

List of Records Access Officers (RAO)  for the Town of Barre

 

Henry Woods Building- 40 West Street, Barre

Town Clerk - Ellen Glidden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Mary Ann Gendron, Asst. Town Clerk, 978-355-2504 ext. 5

RAO for Town Clerk and all Elected Boards (not identified below) and Super RAO


Boards Assistant -  Mary Ann Gendron, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 134

               RAO Planning, Zoning, Conservation and Alt. SRAO

 

Town Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 101

               RAO for Town Admin/Selectmen, all Selectmen appointed committees (not identified below) and Alt. SRAO

 

Veterans Agent, Anthony Musnicki, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 126

RAO for Veterans 

 

Building Commissioner, Brianna Skowyra, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 105

RAO for Code Enforcement 

 

Treasurer/Collector, Nancy Talbot, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 133

RAO for Treasurer/Collector

 

Town Accountant, Jean Joel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 132

RAO for Accountant 

 

Assessor, Michael Landry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 103

RAO for Assessors

 

Police Chief, John Carbone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 100

RAO for Police Department

 

IT Director, Adam Suzor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext 122

RAO for I.T. 

 

Board of Health Admin., Andrea Mastrototoro, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 117

RAO for Board of Health

 

Cemetery Admin., Paula Bartkus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2504 ext. 104

               RAO for Cemeteries

 

Fire Chief, Robert Rogowski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-5030

               RAO for Fire Department/EMS/Emergency Management

 

Senior Center - 557 South Barre Road

COA Director, Lester Paquin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-5004

RAO for Council on Aging

 

Woods Memorial Library - 19 Pleasant Street

Library Director, Stephanie Young, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-2533

               RAO for Library

 

DPW Building- 441 Wheelwright Rd

DPW Superintendent, Jason Pimental, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-5007/5013

RAO for DPW  (Highway, Water, Sewer, Parks & Commons)

 

Grandview Terrace- 146 Ruggles Lane, #49

Housing Authority Director, Louise Chaffee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-6643

               RAO for Housing Authority

 

Quabbin Regional School District Office- 872 South St

QRSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Marshall, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-355-4668

               RAO for Quabbin Regional School District

 

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District - 1050 Westminster Street-Fitchburg, MA 01420

Monty Tech Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sheila Harrity, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.978-345-9200

RAO for Montachusett Vocational Technical School District 

 

Attached are helpful links:  

Public Records Access, 950 CMR 32:  http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/lawlib/900-999cmr/950cmr32.pdf

Town Committee Vacancies 

Currently there are openings on the following town committees: (3) Finance Committee, multiple openings on the Energy Advisory Committee, multiple openings on the Youth Commission, (1) Alternate position on the ZBA, (1) Member on Scenic Byway Advisory Committee, (1) Regular Member on the Civilian Law Enforcement Review and Advisory Board and (1) Alternate Member, (1) Lost Villages Scenic Byway Committee, (3) regular member openings on the Capital Planning Committee.  Appointment applications can be downloaded from our website or by contacting the Board of Selectmen’s Office.

Own a business in town? Use the link below to take our survey. Don't forget to join us on July 14th to discuss how to promote business in Barre!

 

https://goo.gl/gwqffm

Click here to view our Capital Improvement Plan created by the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management of UMass. They will be doing a short presentation at the beginning of our Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Approximately half the articles on the Annual Town Meeting relate to this plan.

 

Click here to view the Capital Improvement Plan Draft.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RESULTS.

In August of 2014 the Town was notified that Senator Brewer, prior to his retirement, was able to secure a $3,000,000 earmark under the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to construct a new public safety building.  The Board of Selectmen created a Public Safety Building Committee and adopted a charge for the Committee to act as an advisory committee to the Selectmen to select an Owner’s Project Manager (as required by MGL Chapter 149 Section 44 on projects costing over $1.5 Million), to select a Design firm, space needs for each public safety department and the final scope of work for the construction of the building.  A Request for Qualifications was put out in October of 2014 and the Town selected Vertex Companies, Inc. as their OPM in December of 2014.  The Town put out a Request for Proposals  for Architectural and Engineering Services at the end of December 2014 and selected Jacunski Humes, Inc in March of 2015.  From that date on, the Public Safety Building Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Town Administrator have been working diligently with Jacunski Humes to come up with a design that fit the space needs of the Police, Fire and EMS departments within the allotted budget.  After the initial space needs assessment, it was determined that inclusion of the Fire Department would significantly exceed the $3,000,000 budget, therefore the final design includes the Police and EMS departments.  Jacunski Humes put together two proposals for the future construction of a Fire Station that will be adjacent to the Public Safety Building, when the Town is able to fund the construction of a new Fire Station. 

It is also noteworthy that the Town worked with Stetson Home, a non-profit organization that does not have to pay taxes, to donate 4 acres of land on South Street to build the Public Safety Building in lieu of the services they receive from the Town. 

The project is currently out to bid and General Contractor bids are due April 5, 2016 and construction is expected to begin in May 2016.  Below are the schematic design of the building and the layout of the building on the South Street parcel.

The Town of Barre is proud to announce that our Town Common will be featured as the logo on the Berkshires to Boston jersey that more than one hundred riders wear on a four day, 240 mile bike tour that crosses Massachusetts from the New York border to downtown Boston.  Barre has been a destination stop along the tour since 2013.  The organizer of the Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour, Gary Briere of River’s Edge Cycling LLC, had the following to say about the Town of Barre and using the Barre Common on the 2016 jersey:

"We're excited to introduce our new jersey for this year.  It features one of our rider's favorite stops along the tour, the beautiful common in Barre, MA.  The town of Barre goes out of their way to welcome our riders.  They open up the restrooms at the town hall, welcome us in for lunch in the many restaurants along Main St. and generally demonstrate the warm hospitality that is so evident in all our little communities along the way.   This year's jersey features Barre's flag-flying town hall and Main St. on the edge of the common.  A few bikes lean against the white fence and, of course, our ever-present mascot, Sprocket is there to welcome riders.   Like the Hancock Shaker Village and Zakim Bridge jerseys, the Barre Common is sure to be a popular addition to our rider's wardrobe."

Below is the final product of how the Barre Common on the jersey. 

 

" The Town of Barre is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information"

 

Click Here to view the following

Town of Barre Bylaws:

Winter Parking Ban

Snow Removal Ban

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