Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
To view the FY16 Budget passed at the Town Meeting on June 15, 2015, please click here.
Results from April 6, 2015 Election
The Town's Annual Election was held on April 6, 2015. To view the winners of the election races, please
Results of June 15, 2015 Annual & Special Town Meeting
DATES TO NOTE:
Jul 29, 2015
Board of LibraryTrustees 3:00 PM
Board of Selectmen 6:30 PM
Finance Committee 6:30 PM
Jul 30, 2015
Board of Assessors 11:30 AM
Aug 04, 2015
Economic Development Committee 6:00 PM
Aug 10, 2015 10:00 AM
Old Colony Evaluation Subcommittee 5 PM
Aug 11, 2015
Lakeville Conservation Commission 7:00 PM
Aug 12, 2015
Board of Selectmen 7:00 PM
Aug 26, 2015
Board of Selectmen 9 AM
Sep 08, 2015
Lakeville Conservation Commission 7:00 PM
WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING ON CENTER STAGE ON THE EVENING OF JULY 28TH?
The Lakeville Arts Council is sponsoring a FREE summer concert featuring the Wicked Blue, a southeastern Massachusetts rock & blues cover band on Lakeville’s Center Stage Tuesday evening, July 28 between 6 and 8 pm. Some of the band's influences include: Tedeschi/Trucks Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Rondstat, Maroon 5, and Gladys Knight to name a few.
Where is Center Stage? If you have been to any of the last ten annual Lakeville Arts & Music Festivals, you know where the stage is. If you have not been, the stage is located across the driveway on the grass in front of the Lakeville Public Library between the two retention ponds and behind the white building. It is now a permanent stage thanks to the past ten years of donations during the Lakeville Arts & Music Festival.
Bring your folding chair or a blanket and bring a friend or two for a FREE evening of musical entertainment.
What else will take place this evening may surprise you and be of some interest. Norm Orrall operates Norm's Natural Farm in Lakeville. He will present: Backyard Garden, Backyard Fun! during the bands break. The presentation will be a 15 minute chat to give the first time gardener a few simple tips and tools to take the stress out of organic gardening. Let Norm connect with your inner farmer! And if you show up between 6 and 8PM you can catch Norm and a few other farmers across the street at 241 Main Street on the Somethin’s Brewin’ Book Café lawn at "Grow Your Own Lakeville".
If the weather is expected to be rainy, we will move into the Library’s Meeting Room!!! Eating and drinking soft drinks is allowed inside the Meeting Room.
For additional information on Wicked Blue please visit www.LakevilleArts.com and be sure to like us on FACEBOOK.
PRELIMINARY TAX BILLS FOR FY16
Lakeville Tax Collector, Debra A. Kenney, has announced that Preliminary tax bills for Fiscal 2016 Personal Property and Real Estate were mailed on June 30, 2015 and will be due and payable in two parts. The first bill will be due on or before August 3, 2015 and the second bill will be due on or before November 2, 2015.
Taxpayers are reminded that both the August and November bills were mailed in the same envelope. Taxpayers have the option of paying both amounts in August 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.
We have added a payment option to this year’s billing. For your convenience, we have included two addressed envelopes with your tax bills for your payments to be sent directly to our lock box. It is important for taxpayers that have recently sold their property to send the bill to the new owner for timely payment.
Property owners who have not received a tax bill in the mail may contact the Tax Collector’s Office. A copy of your bill may also be printed from the Lakeville website. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday; 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday. Please call the Tax Collector’s Office at 508-946-8801 if there are any questions.
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.
CLEAR POND IS NOW OPEN
Clear Pond is now open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The season will end on August 22, 2015. Pond passes can be purchased at Clear Pond. Daily passes are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 16 years. Family season passes can be purchased for $100.00 for Lakeville residents (id required). This pass covers two adults and children living in the same house). Non-residents can purchase a season pass for $130.00, which covers two adults and children living in the same house. Lakeville Senior Citizens 60 years and older are free. For more information, please call 508 947-1100 or email email@example.com.
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.
Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment. Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.
With the Presidential Primary only 8 months away on March 1, 2016, now is the time to visit Secretary Galvin’s website to check your voter registration status and make any updates as necessary.
VACANCIES ON TOWN BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
The Selectmen would like to announce that there is currently a vacancy on the Town's Finance Committee. There are also vacancies on the Rent Control Board; Cable TV Advisory Board and Town Forest Committee. Interested candidates should send in a letter of interest to the Selectmen by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Selectmen's Office, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347.
YES, IT'S TIME AGAIN TO PLAN THE LAKEVILLE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL!
The annual Arts & Music Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 3, 2015 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. What a great way to celebrate the cultural life of our town and the region, as well as an effective way to share information with the rest of the community.
The Organizing Committee will always welcome new participants to the planning process. Please consider joining us one or two meetings. The next meeting will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Lakeville Town Offices, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville.
Anyone with questions can contact the committee at LakevilleFestival@hotmail.com.
Check us (Lakeville Arts & Music Festival) out on FACEBOOK!!
INCREASE IN TRANSFER STATION PERMIT PRICES
Please be advised that as of April 1, 2015, the price of the Transfer Station Permits will increase from $40.00 to $50.00. The price of additional stickers in a household will remain at $10.00.
Stickers for the upcoming year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) will be available for sale beginning on April 1, 2015.
LAKEVILLE LITTER LIFTERS MONTHLY PICKUP
Lakeville's Earth Day Clean Up may be over, however, our task to rid the town of litter has just begun for 2015.
Please consider joining Lakeville Litter Lifters on one or more of the following Saturdays: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, and October 17.
We meet at 9:00 AM at the Old Town Hall (the white building at the corners of Bedford and Precinct Streets) on the dates listed above. We then decide on an area in town in need of a clean-up and work on it for an hour or so. When we're done, the roadside looks nice, sometimes passersby may holler their thanks and we may even discover a surprisingly beautiful or fascinating wild thing.
Do something different once a month for an hour to make your town shine this spring, summer, and fall--- help us to clean up Lakeville and meet some new friends in the process!
For any questions, email us at LakevilleLitter-Lifters@hotmail.com or check us out on Facebook!!!
TIME TO LICENSE YOUR DOG
Lillian Drane, Acting Town Clerk, would like to notify residents that new dog licenses will be issued starting January 2, 2015. To obtain a Dog License by mail or at the Town Clerk's Office, you must have the following:
1) Proof of current rabies vaccination,
2) Spay or neuter certificate, (if not on file already),
3) Payment in the amount of $10.00 for an altered dog or $16.00 for dogs that aren’t.
Checks are to be made out to: Town of Lakeville. If you request it by mail - please complete Mail-In form (click here for the form) and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and mail it to: Town of Lakeville, Town Clerk’s Office, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347. Failure to license by April 30, 2015 is subject to a $10.00 late fee.
If you no longer have a dog please notify us at 508-946-8800 as soon as possible. Any questions? Please call us, or drop by Monday 8:00 am. - 7:00 pm. Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 am.-4:30pm, and Friday 8:00 am – Noon Town Clerk’s Office, 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347.
Licenses will be processed and mailed as received. All rabies and other papers will be returned to you along with your new license and tag.
BUY A BRICK FOR VETERANS WALKWAY
The Lakeville Historical Commission and Preserve Our Local Landmarks (POLL) are sponsoring a Brick Fundraiser to create a Veterans Walkway at the Historic Town House to recognize veterans and their families. The walkway will be built on the pathway adjacent to the Veterans Honor Roll. To view more information, please click here. To fill out an order form, please click here.
DONATIONS FOR BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS
If you have driven through the Route 105/18 intersection, you may have noticed the plantings that have occurred there, making for a pretty view. The Selectmen would like to announce that these improvements were made possible by the members of the Lakeville Lions who donated their time and labor. The Town Office Building has also had new plantings with whiskey barrels being put in place with plantings. These barrels can be"adopted" by residents or businesses, allowing for new plantings to be put in place seasonally.
If you would like to make a donation to the beautification projects, please contact the Selectmen's office at (508) 946-8803.
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.
LAKE CAM WEB PAGE
To view the LakeCAM webpage, please click here.
Opportunity to become a Volunteer Observer-Middleborough/Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission
The Selectmen would like to make Lakeville residents aware of the opportunity to serve on the Middleborough/Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission as a Volunteer Observer. For information on the duties, please click here. Any residents that would like to be considered for appointment should submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen. Letters can be submitted by email to email@example.com or to the Selectmen's Office at 346 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347.