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.

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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.

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Town of Barre Bylaws:

Winter Parking Ban

Snow Removal Ban

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