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:
Oct 07, 2015
Old Colony School Comm & Adv. Board 6:00 PM
Open Space Committee 7:30 PM
Arts & Music Festival Committee 7:00 PM
Board of Health 6:00 PM
Oct 08, 2015
Energy Advisory Committee 7:00 PM
Oct 13, 2015
Lakeville Conservation Commission 7:00 PM
Board of Assessors 4:30 PM
M/L Herring Fishery Commission 7:00 PM
Oct 14, 2015
Board of Selectmen 7:00 PM
Council on Aging 10:00 AM
Town of Lakeville Taxpayer Notice
Debra A. Kenney, Lakeville Tax Collector, would like remind residents that the first and second quarter FY16 Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills were mailed on June 30, 2015. The second quarter bill was attached to the first quarter bill at the time of mailing and is due and payable on November 2, 2015.
If you cannot locate your bill, please call our office at 508-946-8801. You also have the option of paying online through the Town’s website, www.lakevillema.org, at the “View or Pay your Bill” button on the Town’s homepage. For your convenience, motor vehicle bills can now also be paid online.
The Lakeville Tax Collector’s 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.
THE LAKEVILLE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL COMMITTEE SAYS THANKS!
Thank you to the citizens of Lakeville and surrounding communities who came out in some very disagreeable weather on Saturday, October 3 to attend Lakeville’s 11th annual Arts & Music Festival. By coming out to shop, watching the performers and eating at one of the two church food booths showed support for the Festival and it is appreciated!
The Lakeville Arts Council and the 2015 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 2015 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 2106. New members are always welcomed!
LAKEVILLE TRANSFER STATION PRICE CHANGES
Effective September 24, 2015, the following price changes are in effect: mattresses and box springs are now $30.00; computer monitors and tv's up to 19" are now $15.00; tv's larger than 19" up to 32" are now $20.00; tv's larger than 32" are now $25.00; window and portable air conditioners are now $15.00 and refrigerators and freezers are not $15.00. The above price increases are due to increased disposal fees.
WOMEN VETERANS' RETREAT - OCTOBER 24, 2015
On October 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Ted Williams Camp will host a Women Veterans' Retreat. For more information, please click here.
ANNUAL ANIMAL INSPECTIONS
The Town of Lakeville Board of Health would like to inform Town Residents that the “Yearly Animal Inspections” will be proceeding and will be conducted by the Lakeville Animal Inspector from now until the end of the year. If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Health Office at (508) 946-3473.
NOTICE FROM ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
With the school year approaching, David Frates, Animal Control Officer, would like to remind residents that it is good idea to leave your dogs at home when taking your student to the bus stop. Every year at this time, he responds to dog attacks at school bus stops. Even the most friendly dog can become overwhelmed if children get noisy and excited about the new school year and seeing their friends. Family dogs can interpret this as a need to protect their family members. Add in other dogs that are at the bus stop and the situation becomes a dog fight with people in the way. So for your dog's safety, as well as, everyone else, he recommends leaving your dog at home for the trip to the bus stop.
GATRA is conducting a Transportation Needs Survey to define the long-distance transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities in the Towns of Carver, Lakeville, Middleborough and Wareham. To take the survey, please click here.
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.
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.
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.