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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Henry Woods Building
40 West Street Box 431
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: (978) 355-2504 ext.117
Fax: (978) 355-5009
Alternate Health Agent: Phil Leger
Administrative Assistant: Andrea Mastrototoro
Office hours: Monday 2pm - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 2pm - 6pm
Dana Mascroft, Chairman 2013
Margaret Frost Member 2014
Dr. Samuel Pickens Member 2015
Meetings: Henry Woods Building 2nd Monday of the month 5:00 pm, Selectmens Meeting Room
Public Services (fees may apply) Perc Test Application, Submit Plans for Septic Systems, Well Permit
Applications ,Food and Milk Permits,Tobacco Permits, Recreational Camp Permits, Septic Installer's Permits,
Septage Collection Permit, Disposal Works, Respond to Housing and Nuisance Complaints,
Transfer Station Stickers, Rubbish Hauler Application.
Please use the Forms page to print out your Applications.
Town Meetings are open to the public and dates are set by the Board of Selectmen. The Annual Town Meeting is usually held on the 2nd Monday in June at 7 p.m. Only registered voters of Barre are allowed to vote on warrant articles. The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Meeting is 20 days prior and 10 days prior for Special Town Meetings (Excluding if last day falls on weekends or holiday).
FYI from The Mass. Federation of Building Officials regarding Homeowners pulling permits
40 West Street
Barre, MA 01005
(978) 355-2504 Ext. 122
Secretary: Diane M. Cook
411 Wheelwright Rd.
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: (978) 355-5020 Fax: (978) 355-5034
Thomas George 5C
Stephen Leger 3M
Monday through Thursday
6:30am to 3:00pm
3rd Thursday of each month @ 4:30pm
Location: D.P.W. Building-441 Wheelwright Rd
49 Grandview Terrace
Barre, MA 01005
P: (978) 355-6643
First Friday of the month at Grandview Terrace at 12:30pm
The Barre Housing Authority administers subsidized public housing for Elderly/Handicapped and Family residents.
Residents of both developments must meet income and asset eligibility guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Elderly residents must be at least sixty (60) years of age. Handicapped persons have no age limit however; they must meet the state regulatory definition of handicapped persons.
Applications for housing may be obtained by phone (978)355-6643; by mail or in person at the housing office located at 49 Granview Terrace. Universal applications for state housing may be obtained via the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development website; www.mass.gov/dhcd
The Board is composed of four (4) elected members and one (1) state appointee.
Frank Q. Jones, 20 Dana Road - 44 Edward Lane - term to expire 2013
Bernice Clark - 218 Walnut Hill Rd- (to replace Charles N. Gouin original term to expire 2010) - term to expire 2009
Grace M. Yaglou - 728 Walnut Hill Rd - (to replace James H. Bowren's term to expire 2011) term to expire 2009
Marion B. Dwight - 146 Bldg 3-Ruggles Ln #36 (to replace Raymond T. Howard's term to expire 2012) term to expire 2009
State Appt. VACANT DUE TO RESIGNATION OF R. Pellegrino, 109 Bentley Rd 2009
Dog Licenses are annual licenses from April 1st to March 31st. All dogs 6 months of age or older must be licensed each year with the Town of Barre. Licenses are only available thru the Town Clerk's Office and may be purchased in person or by mail.
In order to license your dog you must present the following items to the Town Clerk Office;
Male and Female $15.00
Neutered & Spayed $10.00
Late fee (after June 1) $20.00 each dog. (unless it is a new dog or you are a new resident licensing for 1st time).