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The Middleborough Assessors Office provides the following services (and more) to the public: Motor Vehicle & Boat Excise Abatements, Real Estate Exemptions, Real Estate and Personal Property Abatements, Tax Deferral Applications and Information, Chapter Land Applications and Information, Charitable Exemption Applications and Information, Property Record Cards, Tax Maps, Owner Information, Assessment Information, On Site Property Inspections
If you need a copy of your deed or a subdivision plan, please contact the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds at 508-830-9200. They are located at 50 Obery St, Plymouth, MA 02360 and they can provide those records to you.
The Department of Revenue and Massachusetts General Laws require the Board of Assessors to maintain a reinspection program of the properties within the community. The program consists of an inspection of all properties in Middleborough every 9 years i.e., Cyclical Reinspection.
The Board of Assessors is responsible to maintain a full and fair market value of all properties in Middleborough. This can only be accomplished if the data we have is accurate. The collection and maintenance of current and accurate property inventory data is a critical element in determining uniform, fair market value.
The final goal is uniform, fair market value of all properties in Middleborough. In other words, a fair assessment of your property.
A revaluation is an update of all assessments in the town conducted under the direction of the Board of Assessors. The Board of Assessors are state certified individuals whose duties are to discover, list and value all real and personal property in a uniform and equitable manner. The Board is not involved in the collection of property taxes.
The staff of the Assessors Office does the revaluation of all Residential property. The Assessor/Appraiser has many years of experience in property assessment and is familiar with the real estate market in the Town, and the Board of Assessors hires consultants to assist with the field review of all Commercial and Personal property in Town.
Proposition 2 1/2 places constraints on the amount of money raised by taxes (the levy) and how much the levy can be increased from year to year. The statute provides annual increases of the levy limits as: (1) prior year levy times 2.5 percent, and (2) an additional amount based on the valuation of certain new construction and other allowable new growth. Under no condition can this allowable new growth be the result of a property revaluation and/or update. In no event may the levy limit exceed the levy ceiling of 2.5 percent of the total full and fair cash value of the Town.
To arrive at "full and fair cash value" for your property, the Assessors must know what "willing sellers" and "willing buyers" are doing in the market place. The objective is to gather the most current information and data on the cost of construction, changes in use and economic conditions which may affect property value. The Assessor collects records and analyzes a great deal of information about properties and market characteristics in order to estimate the fair market value. The market estimate or assessment should reflect the status of the property as of January 1. For example January 1, 2009 is the assessment date for Fiscal Year 2010
State law requires that your property be assessed at market value, full and fair cash value. Market value is defined as the amount a typical, well-informed purchaser would be willing to pay for the property. For a sale to be a market value (arm's length) sale, the seller must be unrelated, the seller must be willing (not under pressure) to sell, the property must be on the market for a reasonable length of time, the payment must be in cash or its equivalent, and the financing must be typical for that type of property. Property foreclosures and bank sales are not considered “arm’s length” transactions.
The process takes approximately two months.
Unless you are selling alcoholic beverages, you do not need a liquor license.
This is considered a “public records” request. You must provide a written request to the Town Clerk located on the 1st Floor of the Eastern Bank Building at:20 Centre StreetMiddleborough, MA 02346
The Town Clerk will date stamp your request and forward it to the department that maintains the documents you are seeking. A cost estimate for research time and fees for photocopies will be provided to you within four days of receipt of your request. At this time, you can decide if you wish to move forward with the request. The Town has 10 days to respond to a public record’s request. Please note, however, minutes of meetings can also be obtained for free through the Board of Selectmen page.
You need to reach out to the Selectmen's Office. Depending on your request the proper paperwork will be provided and the process will be explained.
Most, but not all projects require a building permit. The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor Registration and Renewal website indicates which activities require a permit.
At a minimum, construction documents (for single and two-family dwellings) shall include the following:
A Home Improvement Contractor ("HIC") is defined as any person who owns or operates a contracting business who, through himself or others, undertakes, purports to have the capacity to undertake, offers to undertake, or submits a bid for residential contracting work to an owner, as such work is defined in 780 CMR R6 and Massachusetts General Law chapter 142A (which are the rules and regulations pertaining to the program). All HICs must be registered with OCABR.
A CSL is required for any work that involves a building’s structural elements and the holder had to have passed an examination which demonstrates knowledge of the building code. A holder of an HIC registration is not required to pass an examination. The holder is registered with the state and must pay a fee which is deposited in to the Guaranty Fund at the Office of Consumer Affairs. These serve as protections for consumers in the event of a dispute between a homeowner and an HIC.
To protect you as the consumer! When contractors register with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, they must make a contribution to the Guaranty Fund. Consumers may be eligible for reimbursements through the fund should something go wrong during the construction process. Please view M.G.L, c. 142A, § 5 for more information.
A Home Improvement Contractor may enter in to contracts with homeowners, however if he / she does not hold a valid CSL, he / she must hire an active Construction Supervisor Licensee to supervise the project. It is the responsibility of both the Home Improvement Contractor and the Construction Supervisor’s Licensee to obtain all building permits prior to beginning the project.
Beginning July 1, 2008, all individuals who perform roof replacement, siding, and window replacement will be required to hold both a Home Improvement Registration and a Construction Supervisor’s License.
No, an HIC is not required for new construction. The Construction Supervisor Licensee however must apply for all required building permits and architect plans for review by the local inspector. When the local inspector is satisfied that the project meets the requirements of the Building Code / BBRS the building department of your local city / town will issue your building permit. The permit must be placed on site.
Building Departments are required to receive building permit applications with accompanying construction documents for review prior to performing construction in order to assure that the project is completed in accordance with the building code and related standards and is safe to occupy upon completion. Upon satisfactory review, a building permit card is issued to the applicant. The permit card must be posted at the job site until completion.
Yes, after all necessary permits are acquired, the contractor is required to schedule inspections with the municipal inspector as the job progresses. For example, if you were to construct a deck attached to your home, the contractor must call for inspections; at the placement of the footings, when the structural frame is completed and possibly at other points of construction as determined by the municipal inspector. Larger projects, such as the addition of a family room or bedroom, would require more points of inspection. Although inspection processes may vary slightly from town to town, typically inspections are required for the following:
Upon final inspection, a certification of occupancy may be issued.
Application for a permit is required to be made by the owner or lessee or their agent of the building (e.g.; the HIC registrant ). If application is made other than by the owner, written authorization of the owner must accompany the application. Such written authorization shall be signed by the owner and shall include a statement of ownership and shall identify the owner’s authorized agent, or shall grant permission to the lessee to apply for the permit. The full names and addresses of the owner, lessee, applicant and the responsible officers, if the owner or lessee is a corporate body, shall be stated in the application.
It is the responsibility of the registered HIC to obtain all permits necessary for work covered by the Home Improvement Contractor Registration Law, M.G.L. c. 142A. An owner who secures his or her own permits for such shall be excluded from the guaranty fund provisions as defined in M.G.L. c. 142A.
While you may certainly obtain your own permits, be aware that if you do, you will fall into a homeowner exemption that will disqualify you from being eligible to receive recourse through M.G.L c. 142A, the HIC Law, or the statutorily authorized Guaranty Fund, should a problem arise. It is the responsibility of the registered HIC to obtain all permits necessary for work covered by the Home Improvement Contractor Registration Law, M.G.L. c. 142A. If the HIC you are contracting with refuses, you may wish to reconsider using that contractor’s services.
If you choose to perform building construction work on your own home, or if you choose to hire unlicensed, unregistered persons, you must secure your own building permit under what is called the homeowner exemption. In doing so, you assume all responsibility for the project (i.e. ensuring the end product conforms with all pertinent codes, laws and ordinances) and you forfeit any and all rights under the Home Improvement Registration program.
Most construction projects will require both a licensed and registered contractor. A contractor possessing only a home improvement registration may perform only small projects that would typically be considered ordinary repairs to a property (such as painting, wallpapering, repairing existing decking and similar jobs). Larger projects, such as building a deck or an addition to an existing home or any project that includes structural work (to an existing single to four family, owner occupied home) would require both a license and registration. However, the license and registration may not necessarily be possessed by the same person. AAA For example, a registered contractor could subcontract larger projects to another individual and / or company as long as that individual or company possesses both a license and registration to perform the work.
The important thing to remember is that most construction work performed on your single to four family, owner occupied home will require the services of a licensed and registered contractor and that the registered contractor is required to secure the permit for such work, clearly listing the subcontractor if he / she is to act a s the supervisor of construction (in possession of the construction supervisor license). Homeowners who secure permits for such work under the homeowner exemption clause may forfeit all protective rights identified by M.G.L, c. 142 A (The Rules and Regulations for Home Improvement Contractors).
Homeowners should make sure that the contractor and / or all subcontractors that will be employed are appropriately licensed and registered. The municipal building official will also ask to see both the license and registration of a contractor (or contractors) at the time of building permit application is filed.
Yes, view M.G.L., c. 142A for more information.
Information Regarding Floodplain on Your Property
The COA newsletter published the monthly menu in each issue. We ask that people sign up at least the day before for the lunch. Some call in at 508-946-2490 and book their lunches for the month. Some join us on the same weekday preceding or following their favorite activity. We ask for a $4 donation for the lunch which includes a cold or hot drink, bread, the lunch and dessert (and no tax or tip). There are days when we can add people to the lunch for that day but it is always better to sign up sooner. If you need to cancel. Simply call by 9 a.m. of the lunch day and we can cancel the lunch for you.
The COA does not have “members” per se, everyone is welcome. We do have a sign up to receive the monthly newsletter in the mail and we also use “scan” cards for those who are with us often to keep track of the numbers of people served by the agency. Only Meals on Wheels and transport have limitations of 60 and over or disabled. Everyone is welcome!
Monthly newsletters are always available at the COA front desk. If you have a computer you can always go to the Town Website to view and download.
If you want to receive an electronic copy:
SUBSCRIBE TO MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
The Supportive Day Program provides safe and nurturing care for those who can’t or should not be home alone all day. We provide transportation for our participants who are greeted at the door and are welcomed in for coffee / tea and a breakfast baked goods. The program begins at 9 a.m. and the morning continues with:
A hot lunch is served at noon in our dining room with our community lunch program. The afternoon continues with quiet and active activities, groups and one-on-one and wraps up with a snack before the ride home. The program is available 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and also 1 / 2 day schedule. The fee is $30 for the full day. Scholarships may be available. Contact Susan Adams, Supportive Day Program Director.
Supportive Day Program Brochure
The COA has a contract with GATRA to run 2 different van services within Middleboro. One is curb-to-curb and one is a fixed route.
To schedule a ride for the curb-to-curb service, simply call the COA by 1 the previous day. The van will pick up at the curb of your residence and bring you to your destination. The pick up and drop off time can be scheduled at the same time or if it is appointment, you call the COA when you are ready to be picked up. Riders must be 60 and over or disabled. A ride one way cost $1.25 or a pass for 10 rides for $10 can be purchased.
Riders use the van for Middleboro medical appointments, errands and social visits. The vans transport to Hannaford supermarkets on Tuesday and Stop and Shop on Thursday. The other van is a fixed route within Middleboro. Riders flag down the van along the route. The route includes both housing complexes, Southeast Medical Center, the downtown area, and the YMCA. Brochures outlining the route are available at the COA and on GATRA’s website.
Fares are $0.50 for Medicare beneficiaries, elderly and the disabled and students. Others pay $1 per ride. This route is open to the general public.
With the exception of a few specific physicians who are located in the neighboring town of Lakeville, the GATRA vans do not transport to out of town medicals. The COA recruits and coordinates a group of volunteer drivers to transport to medical appointment beyond Middleborough. To request a ride, please call the COA at least 7 days before the appointment, the more time the better. The dispatcher will contact the available volunteer drivers to set up the schedule as possible. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage by an agency OCPC Old colony Planning Council. Those who benefit from a ride will receive a letter to ask for a donation but all contributions are kept anonymous.
The COA depends on its volunteers for a wide range of services including the daily lunch program, Meals on Wheels delivery, out of town medical appointments, supportive day program, grounds maintenance, decorating, instructors, newsletter mailings, and helpers for parties and special events. If you are interested in volunteering, call our Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Hotchkiss, at the COA and make an appointment at 508-946-2490, ext. 16. She will tell you about the openings and match your skills with the needs of the agency. You can volunteer for just a few hours or for many depending on your schedule. Volunteers are always needed.
SHINE stands for Serving Health Information Needs of Elders. The Middleboro COA receives a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and houses the regional office serving 30 towns and cities. SHINE counselors are trained and certified to provide information, counseling and assistance on health insurance needs. These include Medicare, Medicaid, prescription coverage and public benefits. SHINE counselors help those who are preparing to retire evaluate their health insurance options. Appointments are required.
Yes, we offer a HUGS group - Hearts Understanding Grief, a Diabetic Support group, and a group for vision impaired.
This program allows eligible volunteers to provide work for a Town Department in exchange for up to a $750 tax abatement on their primary residence property tax. Applications are due by November 1 and the work is scheduled starting in January and ending by September. Applications are available at the COA front desk and on this Town’s website.
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
We are on the third floor of the Town Annex building at 20 Centre Street, Middleborough, MA.
Please download and fill out the affordable housing rental application.
Every building shall have affixed thereto a number representing the address of such building. Such number shall be of a nature and size and shall be situated on the building so that, to the extent practical, it is visible from the nearest street or road providing vehicular access to the building. (MGL Ch. 148 sec. 59)
Each family home should have the following:
As of April 5, 2010:
For a new construction a fire alarm permit is required.
Power for single and multiple station smoke detectors shall be supplied from a permanently wired connection directly to an AC primary source of power. In addition to required primary power, all household fire warning systems shall have secondary (standby) power supplied from monitored batteries.
Smoke detectors shall be installed in the following locations:
Massachusetts General Laws
Pursuant to Sale or Transfer - M.G.L. 148 section 26F
In most residences, carbon monoxide alarms are required to be located on every level of a home or dwelling unit including habitable portions of basements and attics. On levels with sleeping areas the alarms must be placed within ten feet outside of the bedroom doors. CO alarms do not go inside garages.
Most residences are required to install CO alarms by March 31, 2006. After that date anyone who sells their property will be required to have an inspection by the fire department prior to the sale or transfer of their property.
Carbon monoxide (CO), known as the Invisible Killer, is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that results from incomplete burning of fuels such as:
Each year many people die from accidental CO poisoning and thousands more are injured. This law was passed to protect all of us from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Yes, piling snow on fire hydrants is prohibited; it's a penalty.
No person other than an employee in the service of the commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof or in the service of an independent contractor acting for the commonwealth or any such subdivision shall pile, push or plow snow or ice on or against any fire hydrant or other similar device used for fire protection which is located in any public or private way so as to conceal such hydrant or device or cover any outlet thereof. Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine or not more than one hundred dollars.
Use only charcoal lighter fluid to start charcoal grills. Once the coals have been lighted, never add more lighter fluid to the fire. Flames may travel up the stream of lighter fluid resulting in serious burns.
To keep your home safer this winter you should take the following precautions:
Public Heath Nurses perform the following:
No, anonymous complaints are accepted and investigated.
Sewage odor near the septic tank or leaching area, slow running drains and toilets. If any of these symptoms develop, have the septic tank pumped.
Typically twice a year.
No, bake sales are exempt as long as food items are not potentially hazardous and are individually wrapped.
No, the Health Department does not retain childhood immunization records. We recommend contacting the child’s Pediatrician for that information.
The Information Technology Department is located in the basement of Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA 02346.
Yes, Public WiFi is available at the Town Hall. Select TOWN1669 from the list of available WiFi networks and, when prompted, read and accept the Town of Middleborough Public WiFi Agreement. Once the agreement has been accepted, you will be able to connect to the internet.
The Mobile App for the Town's new, redesigned website is now available in the App Stores for both Android and Apple devices. To find it in the Google Play Store, search for MA-Middleborough by CivicPlus and install. To find it in the Apple App Store, search for CivicPlus Mobile and install. If prompted to connect to the app for the Town of Middleborough, search for MA-Middleborough and select.
Video On Demand is available for most MCCAM programs
Goverment Channel on demandhttp://vod.mccam02346.com/CablecastPublicSite/search?channel=1&query=GOV
Public Channel on demand
Education Channel on demand
http://vod.mccam02346.com/CablecastPublicSite/?channel=5MET programs on the Ed Channelhttp://middleboroughtv.com/category/video/
Monday | 9pm-7pm
Tuesday | 9am-7pm
Wednesday | 9am-7pm
Thursday | 9am-87pm
Friday | 9am-5pm
CLOSED ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
ADDITIONAL OFFICE/STUDIO HOURS ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT. CALL 774-766-6350
DVD forms are available in the MCCAM office and online.
Information on your event/announcement can be emailed to email@example.com
The Volunteer Form and Access User Agreement must be completed and returned to MCCAM before training can begin.
Government Access programming is on Comcast channel 9 and Verizon channel 34.
The Selectmen's Meetings are LIVE on Monday nights typically at 7pm.
Middleborough Education Television (MET) contributes programming to the MCCAM Education Channel. MET has their own website through the Middleborough School system. You can visit the MET page at www.Middleboroughtv.com
MCCAM welcomes all residents of Middleborough to create and produce their own shows. Equipment and facilities are available for free to use to create your show. Free training is available by appointment
The fireworks are scheduled for July 2, 2021 with a rain date of July 5th.
The multi child discount only applies to children in the same family that will be attending full weeks.
The Planning Department is located in the Town Annex Building on the second floor at:20 Center StreetMiddleborough, MA 02346
The Planning Board meets twice a month on the first and third Tuesday night 6:30 p.m. location of the meeting is in the Middleborough Town Hall Board of Selectmen’s meeting room. Official Schedules are always posted on the Town website. **Currently due to COVID meetings are open to the public via ZOOM. See ZOOM link information in the Agenda Center.**
Yes, the Town Planner, Leeann Bradley, is a Notary Public. She is typically available from 8a - 5p, Monday through Friday.
Submit a written request outlining the matter that you wish to discuss along with 5 copies of all substantiating material. The Planning Board must receive the request by 4 p.m. the Tuesday before the Planning Board meeting.
There are five elected members and one associate member.
Yes, all Planning Board meetings are open to the public.
Yes, all Planning Board meeting minutes are available to the public either on the Planning Commission page or copies can be made available at the Planning Department but copying fees apply.
An application for the endorsement of a plan believed not to require approval under the Subdivision Control Law. A Form A or Approval Not Required (ANR) plan divides land into house lots when the lots have frontage on an existing street.
Five copies are needed.
The Planning Board has 21 days after the submission of a Form A plan to approve the application. Therefore, the best time to submit a Form A application would be the Tuesday prior to 4pm before the next scheduled Planning Board meeting.
Landfill permits cost $25.00. We accept Cash, Check, Discover and Master Card.
Landfill permits may be purchased at the Middleborough DPW 65 Sachem Street. Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The address of the Middleborugh Landfill is 207 Plympton Street, Middleborough MA
Trash Service Form
Monday through Friday8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m.
View our Marriage License page for more information.
View our Obtaining a Dog License page for more information.
Please refer to our Notary Services Guidelines.
The record of your birth would only be in this office if your parents were living in Middleborough at the time of your birth or you were born in Middleborough.
Access our Staff Directory to find all Town offices with phone numbers.
View our Staff Directory to find all Town office locations.
Access our Staff Directory to find which offices are located at the Bank Building.
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Access our Resource and Staff Directory to help find what services you are looking for.
View our pamphlet on trash and recycling (PDF).
Access our Selectmen's Documents page for information regarding the auditorium rental and costs.
View our Selectmen's documents page for more information regarding earth removal permits.
View our Selectmen's documents page for more information on road opening / trench permits.
Permits may be obtained through Wastewater Clerks at:48 Wareham StreetMiddleborough, MA 02346
The cost is $10.
We are located at the third floor of the town office building (Eastern Bank building):20 Centre StreetMiddleborough, MA 02346
The answer to this question is not easy to determine in a quick answer here. It is based on the individual question or issue that a veteran or their eligible dependent asks. Benefits from the state have one set of rules that cover them and the Veterans Affairs (VA) has a different set altogether.
Transportation is provided through the Nathan Hale Foundation located in Plymouth, MA.
In a majority of cases the answer is yes. We work strictly by appointment so call in advance. In most cases I will mail out the forms that need to be filled out and ask that you fill in as much as you’re able prior to our scheduled appointment. This helps to keep me on schedule and allows me to schedule more appointment each day.
Simply contact our office and set up an appointment. We will assist you in filling out the forms and direct you to the various things that need to be done with the paperwork before it is mailed in.
Call 888-442-4551 and they’ll be able to answer your questions
We have all the forms available and will assist you through the entire process from application to appeal if needed.
The answer to this question is a little bit complicated. The VA health care system services veteran and veterans only. They service veterans based on your financial status. The average working class family normally meets the income guidelines for the veteran to enroll in the VA health care system. Call and ask for an appointment to apply and I’ll send out the form along with a cover page for you to fill out and we'll also set up an appointment to meet with you and fine tune the application form.
This is a needs based program and in a majority of cases if you are receiving any income from employment, pensions, or social security in an of its’ forms you’ll be over income and assets and will not qualify. It never hurts to however and discuss the programs with our department. You may be surprised.
This is money that the VA will pay monthly if you meet the income and asset guideline. In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this program you must:
A majority of the cases that I’m working currently are veterans and their eligible dependents that are in nursing homes or assisted living arrangements. This is not to say that there are not people living independently in their own homes, apartments, or senior housing complexes that would not qualify for this program. If medical assistance is needed or a regular basis and you’re spending down your income and or financial assets you may qualify. Contact our office for further determination of this program and to apply.
Faucets: Check all faucets and piping for leaks by monitoring for drips of water under sinks and from exposed pipes. Perform an inspection with the water on and off, as some leaks only occur when the water is on.Toilets: Add a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the food coloring appears in the toilet bowl, this means you have a leak. Some toilet leaks are intermittent, so you don't always see or hear the water running. Check plumbing in the basement by monitoring for drips of water coming from exposed pipes. Occasionally, leaks develop behind walls or in areas that are not visible. Read your meter periodically to monitor for drastic changes walk irrigation lines in your yard, check irrigation heads or saturated areas in yard. Monitor the leak detector on your meter head even the slightest movement may indicate a leak.
The leak detector looks like: or
Actual readings are obtained quarterly via our electronic meter reading system. If the meter transmission unit (radio reader) is not functioning, you will receive an estimated bill based on previous usage. If your property is equipped with a radio reader unit and you received an estimated bill please call the Water Department at 508-946-2482.
65 or older? You can sign up for a discount on your water / wastewater usage at the Water Department business office. You may also call or email the Water Department to confirm that your are on the senior discount rate. Must be your primary residence.
If you are purchasing or selling a home contact the Water Department at 508-946-2482 to request a final meter read. Please contact our staff a week prior to the closing. We will read your meter and prepare a bill to be paid on the day of the final reading. The Collector’s office will provide a paid receipt to take to the closing. There is a $10 to $15 fee for a final reading.
Please call the Water Department Business office at 508-946-2482 for water main locations and availability. You may also obtain a copy of Guidelines and Specifications for water service tie in’s at the business office.
If you are away for an extended period of time, you may request your water be shut off at the curb. There is a $25 fee for a curb shut off and a $25 fee for a curb turn on. Once the water service is shut off, all faucets should be completely drained and winterized. Please notify us of your forwarding address, so that you may receive your water and sewer bills.
Your water meter is read from left to right, just like a car odometer. Your meter reads in cubic feet. 7.48 gallons equals 1 cubic foot of water.
You can obtain a transaction history by calling the Water Department at 508-946-2482. For duplicate bills contact the Collectors office at 508-946-2420.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to protect the service pipe and water meter from freezing. If your meter does freeze, the Water Department will replace the meter, and you will be charged for the meter. If the service pipe freezes, it is the owner’s responsibility to thaw the frozen pipe or consult a licensed plumber.
Tips on preventing your pipes from freezing:
We flush the fire hydrants to:
Hydrant flushing notices are posted on the town website, in the local newspaper, on the local cable station, as well as business's throughout the town.This activity, which takes place over a four to a six week period, may cause discolored water in varying degrees in all sections of the distribution system. Residents who experience discolored water should flush their systems by opening a cold water faucet for a few minutes and then wait for about an hour. If the water is still not clear, the flushing procedure should be repeated.
The Water Department regrets that it cannot be responsible for any damage resulting from the flushing activity that is a necessary and normal maintenance function. Fire hydrants provide a direct connection with the public water system. If you see anyone, who is not a Town of Middleboro employee, opening a hydrant please call the Water Department at 508-946-2482 or The Middleborough Police Department at 508-947-1212.
Cross connections that contaminate drinking water distribution lines are a major concern. A cross connection is formed at any point where a drink water line connects to a equipment (boilers), systems containing chemicals (air conditioning systems, fire sprinklers systems, irrigation systems), or water sources of questionable quality.
Cross connection contamination can occur when the pressure in the equipment or system is greater than the pressure inside the drinking water line (back pressure). Contamination can also occur when the pressure in the drinking water line drops due to fairly routine occurrences (main breaks, heavy water demands) causing contaminants to be sucked out from the equipment and into the drinking water line (backsiphonage).
Outside water taps and garden hoses tend to be the most common sources of cross connection contamination at home. The garden hose creates a hazard when submerged in a swimming pool or when attached to a chemical sprayer for weed control. Garden hoses that are left lying on the ground may be contaminated by fertilizers, cesspools, or garden chemicals.
Community water supplies are continuously jeopardized by cross connections unless appropriate valves, known as backflow prevention devices, are installed and maintained. We survey all industrial and commercial facilities in our town to make sure that all potential cross-connections have been identified and eliminated or properly protected by a backflow prevention device. We also inspect and test each back flow preventer to make sure that it is providing maximum protection. Please be cognizant of potential cross connections and support the Town in preventing contamination of our distribution system.
The Zoning Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Room, Town Hall.
View the fees for submitting an application the board (PDF).
The application must be submitted to the Town Clerks office located at:20 Centre Street1st FloorMiddleborough, MA 02346
Generally once an application is received by the Town Clerk a hearing will be held within three weeks.
No, the filing fee is not reimbursable.
The six zoning districts are as follows: