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Town of Leverett
Sustainability
Conference
April 16, 2016Marjorie McGinnis
Executive Administrator
Manager of Municipal Li...
About Leverett
•  Population 1,800
•  Franklin County
•  Bordering Towns: Amherst, Montague, Sunderland, Wendell,
and Shut...
Sustainability = People Want to
Live/Visit Here
•  Broadband
•  Town approved debt authorization of $3.6 million to build ...
LeverettNet Dedication
October 2015
16
4/21/16
4/21/16
5
Other Features
•  Town Efforts
•  Well maintained
•  Good schools
•  Safety Complex built in 2002
•  Library built in 2003...
Community Organizations
•  Leverett Village COOP
•  Peace Pagoda
•  Leverett Crafts and Arts
•  Rattlesnake Gutter Trust
•...
4/21/16
8
Peace Pagoda
Land Preservation
•  Paul Jones Working Forest
•  Teawaddle Hill Farm
•  Rattlesnake Gutter
•  Trails Committee – Trust an...
History kept Alive
•  Historical Society and Historical Commission
•  Cemetery Commission
•  Active preservation of histor...
Political Activism
•  Residents politically involved
•  Active board and committees
•  Town meeting resolutions – local, r...
Summarize
Support, Involvement, Belief, Work
12
4/21/16
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  1. 1. Town of Leverett Sustainability Conference April 16, 2016Marjorie McGinnis Executive Administrator Manager of Municipal Light Plant 4/21/16 1
  2. 2. About Leverett •  Population 1,800 •  Franklin County •  Bordering Towns: Amherst, Montague, Sunderland, Wendell, and Shutesbury •  Form of Government: elected three-member Selectboard, several other elected and appointed officials •  Approximately 43 miles of roads •  2012 per capita income was $36,503 (MassDOR) •  Approximately 53% of the land in town is classified under M.G.L. Chapter 61 for forest, agriculture, or recreation protection. 4/21/16 2 Location •  Influence of Amherst/Northampton area •  Franklin County •  Access to urban but live remote
  3. 3. Sustainability = People Want to Live/Visit Here •  Broadband •  Town approved debt authorization of $3.6 million to build a fiber to the home internet system in 2012 – now called LeverettNet •  Construction started in 2013 and was complete in 2015 •  Overseen by a newly created Leverett Municipal Light Plant – Created under M.G.L. Chapter 164 •  Offer symmetrical 1-Gigabit-per-second (1 Gbps) Active Ethernet connectivity for every household/business location in town •  Offer internet alone, phone alone or both – no TV •  Managed through contracts for Internet Service Provider (ISP), Network Operator and Maintenance services •  Connects to the Internet through a 2-Gigabits-per-second connection to Massachusetts Broadband Institute "middle mile" network  •  Promotes home businesses/education/worldwide connection and participation 4/21/16 3
  4. 4. LeverettNet Dedication October 2015 16 4/21/16
  5. 5. 4/21/16 5
  6. 6. Other Features •  Town Efforts •  Well maintained •  Good schools •  Safety Complex built in 2002 •  Library built in 2003 •  Community Preservation Act passed in 2002 •  Agricultural Commission passed in 2006 •  Affordable Housing Trust passed in 2007 •  Energy Committee •  Green Communities Designation 2011 •  Community Compact 2015 4/21/16 6
  7. 7. Community Organizations •  Leverett Village COOP •  Peace Pagoda •  Leverett Crafts and Arts •  Rattlesnake Gutter Trust •  Active Historical Society •  Farms •  Multiple religious organizations 4/21/16 7
  8. 8. 4/21/16 8 Peace Pagoda
  9. 9. Land Preservation •  Paul Jones Working Forest •  Teawaddle Hill Farm •  Rattlesnake Gutter •  Trails Committee – Trust and Conservation Commission •  CPA funds 4/21/16 9
  10. 10. History kept Alive •  Historical Society and Historical Commission •  Cemetery Commission •  Active preservation of historic sites - buildings/cemeteries •  North Leverett Sawmill •  National Register designations •  Museums •  School programs •  CPA funds 4/21/16 10
  11. 11. Political Activism •  Residents politically involved •  Active board and committees •  Town meeting resolutions – local, regional and national issues •  Feeling of connection to Amherst/Northampton area, Franklin County area and the world 4/21/16 11
  12. 12. Summarize Support, Involvement, Belief, Work 12 4/21/16

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