Public Records Access Officer
Per the Act to Improve Public Records, signed into law on June 3, 2016, the Super Records Access Officer for the Town of Lakeville is Lillian Drane, Town Clerk. To request copies of public records, you can reach Ms. Drane at the Town Clerk's Office by telephone at (508) 946-8800, by email at email@example.com or by mail at 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347.
Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
To view the FY17 Budget passed at the Town Meeting on June 6, 2016, please click here.
Results from April 4, 2016 Election
The Town's Annual Election was held on April 4, 2016. To view the winners of the election races, please
Results of June 6, 2016 Annual & Special Town Meeting
Jan 23, 2017
Board of Selectmen 6:30 PM
Jan 24, 2017
Old Colony Policy Subcommittee 5:00 PM
Jan 25, 2017
Assawompset School Council 8:15 AM
Apponequet School Council 5:00 PM
Jan 30, 2017 10:00 AM
F/L Middle School Council 2:45 PM
Feb 01, 2017
Old Colony Budget Subcommittee 5:30 PM
Feb 07, 2017
M/L Herring Fishery Commission 7:00 PM
BREAKFAST WITH THE POLICE - JANUARY 19, 2017
The Lakeville Police Department would like to invite Lakeville residents 60 and over to have Breakfast with the Police on January 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Lakeville Senior Center. This is a free event! Please RSVP to the Senior Center at (508) 947-7224. In case of snow, the breakfast will be held on January 20th.
REAL ESTATE TAX BILLS SENT OUT
Lakeville Tax Collector, Debra A. Kenney, has announced that tax bills for Fiscal 2017 assessment for Personal Property and Real Estate were mailed on December 31, 2016 and will be due and payable in two parts. The first bill will be due on or before February 2, 2017 and the second bill will be due on or before May 1, 2017. Taxpayers are reminded that both the February and May bills were mailed in the same envelope.
Taxpayers have the option of paying both amounts in February or making the two payments as indicated on the bill. Bills not paid on time will be subject to a 14% interest charge figured from the due date of each bill.
Property owners who have not received a tax bill in the mail may contact the Tax Collector’s office at 508-946-8801. Office hours are Monday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
It is important that taxpayers who have recently sold their property send the bill to the new owner for timely payment.
The deadline for the filing of abatement applications is February 2, 2017 as printed on the bill. For information regarding qualifications for exemptions and abatements, you may call the Assessor’s office at 508-946-8809 during regular business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Fridays. Tax bills must be paid on time to avoid penalties even if an abatement application is pending.
2017 DOG LICENSING BEGINS
2017 Dog licenses are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The registration period is January 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017. In order to license a dog, owners will need to provide a copy of a valid rabies certificate and certificate of spaying/neutering. The fee is $16 per dog if the dog has not been spayed or neutered or $10 per dog if your dog has been spayed or neutered. Dogs licensed after April 30th will be assessed a late fee of $50.00 in addition to the license fee; after September 30th the late fee increases to $100.00. Non-payment could result with a court summons to Fourth District Court in Wareham, MA.
A reminder to license dogs has been included on the 2017 Annual Town Census form. Residents may complete the mail-in form and submit payment through the mail or stop by the town clerk’s office on Monday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 AM and Friday 8:00 AM to noon.
If you no longer have a dog please notify us at 508-946-8800 as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
2017 CENSUS FORMS HAVE BEEN MAILED
The 2017 Census Forms were mailed to each household the first of January and residents are urged to review, update, sign and return them as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Even if there were no changes, we still need them to be returned. All occupants, including children, should be listed, although information obtained for residents under age 17 remains confidential.
Forms can be mailed to Town Clerk, 346 Bedford Street or put into the drop box outside the Town Office Building. Any resident who did not receive a census form, or who might need another one, should call Town Clerk’s office 946-8800.
Town census is important for many reasons. First and foremost, it establishes legal residence for voting privileges and town benefits. It is also the vehicle by which annual street lists are printed for distribution to police, fire and medical personnel. It is the census figures that are used to determine grants or to receive state and federal reimbursements and aide. School enrollments are also based on town census. Please make sure you and your families are counted.
NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE FOR ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION-APRIL 3, 2017
Nomination papers for the April 3, 2017 Annual Town Election are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The last day to obtain papers is February 9, 2017 and the deadline to return them is February 13, 2017.
Papers can be pulled from the Town Clerk’s office on normal business days from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday. For more information, call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 946-8800.
Available positions include:
One Year Term:
Three Year Term:
One- Selectman; One- Board of Assessors member; One- Board of Health member; One- Cemetery Commissioner; One- Finance Committee member; Two- Park Commissioners; and One- Library Trustee
Five Year Term:
One- Planning Board member
Also, Freetown Lakeville Regional School District Committee member as follows: Lakeville: One-Three Year Term and Freetown: Two- Three Year Term
150th ANNIVERSARY EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OF THE LAKEVILLE HISTORICAL COMMISISON
The Lakeville Historical Commission invites you to apply for this year’s scholarship. The scholarship provides $250 to an individual who plans to complete a project in something related to history, historic preservation, a focused study on Lakeville preservation, history, architecture or other similar topic related to Lakeville or Southeastern Massachusetts.
Interested applicants should complete the Application Form (click here) or it can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office at the Town Office Building.
Applications need to be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office. Applications will be reviewed by the Lakeville Historical Commission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathleen Barrack at 774-259-1320.
RESULTS FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SURVEY
The Economic Development Committee has released the results of the Economic Development Resident Survey. To view the results, please click here.
STATE HOSPITAL AND ROUTE 105 REDEVELOPMENT STUDY
AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOTTERY - WATER STREET
The Middleborough Housing Authority is holding a lottery for Affordable Rental Units in Water Street Crossing, 7 Water Street, Lakeville, MA. For information on income requirements and application, please click here.
The Organizing Committee says Thank YOU!
Thank you to the citizens of Lakeville and surrounding communities who came out in some very disagreeable weather on Saturday, October 1 to attend Lakeville’s 12th annual Arts & Music Festival. By coming out to shop, watching the performers and eating at one of the two church food booths you showed support for the Festival and it is appreciated!
The Lakeville Arts Council and the 2016 Festival Organizing Committee would like to thank everyone who volunteered, sponsored, and helped in anyway to make this year’s event successful!
We would like to hear from anyone who attended the Festival and would like to share a moment, a comment, suggestion, or simply would like to share an idea or even a photo or 2 with the 2016 Festival Organizing Committee, please email at LakevilleFestival@hotmail.com or comment on our FACEBOOK page, or write us via USPS at Lakeville Arts & Music Festival Committee, c/o Town Offices, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, 02347. Any input would help the Committee make improvements for the 2016 Festival. We hope to see everyone again in 2016! Our first meeting will be in March 2107. New members are always welcomed!
MAKE A PLAN AND EMERGENCY KIT DURING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges families to ‘Make a Plan’ during Emergency Preparedness Month. To view information on making a Family Emergency Plan, please click here. To view information on making an Emergency Kit, please click here.
DOG LICENSES DUE
The Town Clerk would like to remind residents that all dogs 6 months and older must be registered by April 30, 2016. Proof of valid rabies vaccinations must be on file or presented at licensing. If you are unsure if your dog is licensed, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at (508) 946-8800.
MASTER PLAN SURVEY
The Lakeville Master Plan Implementation Committee is conducting a resident survey to understand the Town residents’ vision of their community and to assist the Committee in designing Lakeville’s future.
The survey can be filled out online by clicking here. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Office of the Town Clerk or the Treasurer/Collector. Thank you for contributing to make Lakeville a better place to live.
NEW VETERANS CEMETERY
The Cemetery Commission would like to announce that a Veterans Cemetery is now available to any veteran who enlisted while living in Lakeville, came back to Lakeville after serving or resides in Lakeville is eligible to be buried there. The Veterans Cemetery will be located in Thompson Hill Cemetery. The fees would be $1.00 for the cemetery plot and $300 for perpetual care. For information on the Veterans Cemetery, please contact Cemetery Commissioner Kenneth Upham at (508) 763-3008.