Beginning this week, calls to 911, police, fire and ambulance will be managed via the state-of-the-art Wachusett Regional Emergency Communication Center (WRECC) in Holden. This change, which will be transparent to callers, brings these benefits:
- Public Safety. There are two full-time dispatchers on duty at the WRECC versus one in West Boylston. This means a dispatcher will now be able to stay on the line with the caller until police, fire or ambulance arrive to provide assistance --- which can be life-saving in an emergency.
- Cost Savings. West Boylston has needed to employ 4 full-time and 6 part-time dispatchers to cover 24x7 shifts with one dispatcher. Now personnel administration including benefits and training will be handled by the WRECC. West Boylston will pay a flat fee based on call volume, a savings of approximately $100k in FY18 over FY17.
- Cost Containment. The WRECC currently supports 3 towns (Holden, Princeton, West Boylston) and can support additional towns. This capacity makes it possible to better contain costs as more towns join the WRECC.
POLICE STATION PROJECT
The building is really taking shape! The project remains on budget and on deadline to be operational by September 2017. Check out the FISP project page for more info and photos.
This year there are 10 seats open for elected positions on 8 town boards. April 14th is the deadline to "pull papers" to run for an elected position in the annual June 6th election.
See our web page on the 2017 Annual Town Election to find out what seats are open, who has already pulled papers and what to do if you're interested in running.
Our Town Clerk’s office is the Go To place for election info, so phone 774-261-4020, stop by or send an email if you have questions.
COFFEE WITH CONGRESSMAN JAMES MCGOVERN
Join us at the West Boylston Senior Center to meet with U.S. Representative James McGovern (D-Worcester) to share your questions and concerns about about health care, immigration, climate change and other issues.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Please register at 508-835-6916.