Colrain Solar Action Information Session

Come learn about solar options for Colrain, Saturday April 27, 5:00pm at the Colrain Central School

Aging in Place: How the Internet of Things Supports Independence

The main goal of this workshop is to introduce older adults to the Internet of Things (IoT) and demonstrate how it can support their independence in various aspects of life.

Spring 2024 'Clean Sweep' Bulky Waste Recyling Day

Saturday, May 11 from 9 am to noon, drop off bulky waste at three different locations in Franklin County.

Woodlands Partnership Info Session at Colrain Central School

Inform your vote for the June 4th Annual Town Meeting

Griswold Memorial Library Receives Top Honor!

The Library has been named a FINALIST for the National Medal for Library Services from the Institute of Museum and Library Services!

Excise Tax is due April 2, 2024

Motor Vehicle excise tax commitment #1 has been mailed and is due 4-2-2024

Colrain Renewed as a Member of The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

After a 3-year planning process, the Franklin County & North Quabbin Age-Friendly project has completed Phase 2: Needs & Assessment & Action Planning

Fiscal Year 25 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Closing Date Announced.

The closing date for the Fiscal Year 25 ATM Warrant is April 12 at 4:00 PM.

WE'RE HIRING! Town Administrator Job Posting

We are now seeking applicants for the position.

Mohawk Trail RSD and Hawlemont RSD Launches Phase II of Sustainability Study

The Districts have partnered with BERK12 and need your input by filling out an introductory survey.

Community Preservation Act Public Information Session

The Ad-Hoc CPA Exploratory Committee invites residents to attend an information session at the Colrain Central School on March 16, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

Proposed MTRSD FY2025 Budget Presentation

The Colrain Finance Committee is urging all residents to view the MTRSD public hearing video recording regarding the FY2025 school budget


Town Election nomination papers are available in the Town Clerk's office.

Please fill out the Library's 2024 Community Survey!

This information helps us to evaluate our library services and programs, and plan for the future!

GCC’s Cyber-Seniors Program: Technology Resources for Older Adults

Funded with a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, GCC is offering workshops for older adults in Franklin County - most are free!

CPA Ad-hoc Study Committee Information Session

The CPA Ad-hoc Study Committee will be holding a remote information session on 2/28/24 at 7:00PM.

We Want to Hear From You About Digital Equity!

Join us for the first of three community meetings.

Fiscal Year 2025 Annual Town Meeting Scheduled.

The Selectboard has scheduled the FY25 ATM for June 4, 2024 at 7:00 PM at the Colrain Central School.

Colrain Awarded Dam Removal Study Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards $350,000 to Support Dam Removal Studies in 7 Municipalities

Sign-up for Colrain Alert Notification System

Receive town-wide emergency and non-emergency notifications via telephone, email or text.


The Town of Colrain has signed a twenty-four month contract with its current supplier, Dynegy Energy Services.

Franklin County Bikeway Road Sign Installation

FRCOG has secured funding to install wayfinding signs on the Franklin County Bikeway network

Transfer Station Stickers Available at the Town Office


Colrain Awarded $1,000,000 Massworks Grant

These funds will be used to fund the construction costs to repair Jacksonville Rd. engineering and permitting is underway.

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Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests for Colrain Residents

Test Kits Available at the Town Office

ATTENTION: Whip City Subscribers with Phone Service

Whip City phone service subscribers will see a $2.25 increase to monthly bill.

Another happy Transfer Station sticker recipient - Thanks Betty!

former Library Director and prominent town resident Betty Johnson happily picks up a new transfer station sticker!

First Transfer Station Sticker issued!

resident Tim Slowinski had the honor of receiving the first Transfer Station Sticker issued! Thanks Tim!

Over 60 Transportation

Franklin Regional Transit Authority Providing rides for adults 60 yrs+ for medical appointments, shopping, meals and social trips.

The Town of Colrain is seeking a full-time Equipment Operator /Truck Driver/Laborer for its Highway Department.

The Town of Colrain is seeking a full-time Equipment Operator /Laborer for its Highway Department see below:

Letter of Introduction from Congressman McGovern

James P. McGovern represents the Second Congressional District in MA, which Colrain is now part of.

Colrain Achieves Complete Streets Tier 2 Status

The Town has recently achieved Tier 2 status in the MASSDOT Complete Streets Program allowing it to apply for and access Tier 3 funding.

Town receives results of FY 22 independent audit

The towns independent auditor presented the results of the fiscal year 22 audit to the Selectboard on 7/25/23. The reports can be viewed below.

Quarterly Taxes

Colrain has moved to Quarterly Taxes.

Town Seeks Equipment Operator/Laborer

The Town of Colrain is seeking a full-time Equipment Operator /Laborer for its Highway Department see below.

New Food and Paper Waste Compost Program at the Colrain Transfer Station

On May 30th, a new food and paper waste compost program will begin at the Colrain Transfer Station on Charlemont Rd.

Free Compost Bins Available

Colrain residents can get a backyard compost bin at no cost. Inquire at the transfer station.


The Selectboard have approved the Fiscal Year Annual Town Meeting Warrant.

2023 Town Election Results

Edited to include final tally

New Loader/Backhoe has arrived!

The loader backhoe approved for purchase at the FY 23 ATM was delivered this week. It will prove to be a valuable tool.

Congratulations to Paula Harrison!

Newly Certified Massachusetts Municipal Collector.

Five towns band together in redundant broadband network

A new broadband network for Colrain, Charlemont, Heath, Leyden and Rowe that improves the resiliency of internet access.

New Safety Railings Installed At Transfer Station!

You may have noticed new railings at the transfer station. Funding was obtained through the MIIA (Town’s Insurance Carrier) Risk Management Program.

Fiscal Year 25 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Closing Date Announced.

The closing date for the Fiscal Year 25 ATM Warrant is April 12 at 4:00PM.

High Speed Internet Guidelines for New Construction from Whip City Fiber

Tips for your contractor when planning a new home or renovation

Hale Johnson prints for sale!

Friends of GML fundraiser

Press Release

Whip City Fiber and Colrain Sign a 10-year Contract for Gigabit Internet

Colrain Signs 10-year Agreement with WCF

From a Recent Whip-City Fiber Newsletter.

Colrain Awarded $1,000,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program Grant

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced the Town is the recipient of a Massworks Grant to support the rehabilitation of Greenfield Road.

Regional Mattress Recycling Program Begins October 24, 2022

Bring all clean & dry mattresses & box springs to our Transfer Station for Recycling - Cost $35

FY23 1st half Tax Bills have been mailed

FY23 Real Estate, Personal Property, Fire District RE and PP were mailed October 5, 2022

Free Rapid Covid-19 Tests and N95 4-ply Masks

Covid-19 tests and N95 masks are available free to residents at the Town Offices M-Th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Primary Results Posted

Results for the midterm Primaries are posted.

Early Voting Hours Posted

Please go the Town Clerk’s page to see when Early Voting hours occur.

Collector’s office closed

Collector’s office closed Thursday, August 25th

MassDot Grant Supports Sanders Brook Bridge Design

The Town is the recipient of a $100,00 grant to fund the design of a bridge replacement on Adamsville Rd. over the Sanders Brook.

Fiscal Year 2021 independent Auditor Reports

On July 26, 2022 the Colrain select Board met with the Town’s Independent Auditor and voted to accept the results of the FY 21 audit.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day - September 24, 2022

Pre-registration required: begins in mid-August & ends September 16, 2022


Join the conversation Friday, June 24, 2022, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Charlemont Fairgrounds

Colrain is a recipient of an award from the inaugural Municipal Fiber Grant Program!

The Town was proud to accept a $400,000 grant award from the Municipal Fiber Grant Program at a recent award ceremony held at the Taunton City Hall.

Collector’s hours

Collector’s hours for Thursday, May 26, 2022 will be 11 am to 4 pm

Museum commemorates Colrain Resident’s role in Boston Tea Party

David Lyons’ headstone marked with a commemorative plaque.

ATM Warrant - Finance Committee Recommendations on Articles

The Colrain Finance Committee has voted their recommendations regarding the proposed fiscal Year 2023 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.Warrant

Annual Town Meeting Warrant Approved and Posted

The Annual Town Meeting Warrant has been approved and posted for the meeting scheduled for June 14th.

Spring Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics in Franklin County

Colrain Elementary School - Friday, May 12, 3 PM - 6 PM


Here are the results of the annual town election for Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Senior (62+) Apartments, Sunderland, MA - 33 Residential Units

Application Deadline: June 29, 2022 at 5 pm; Lottery Date: July 20, 2022

BULKY WASTE DAY - MAY 14, 2022 - 9 am to Noon

Spring "Clean Sweep" Bulky Waste - 3 Locations

Tax Bills for 2nd half of FY22 have been mailed.

Tax bill have been mailed (3-24-2022) and are due Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Upcoming Rabies Clinics for Dogs and Cats

Clinic Locations are Turners Falls and Heath


Tuesday afternoon hours--5:30 PM - 7:30 PM--will start MAY 3, 2022.

TRANSFER STATION Bulky Waste Opening

Bulky Waste at the Transfer Station will open Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Select Board sets FY 23 ATM Warrant closing date

The Select Board Has set the Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Town Meeting Warrant closing date as April 29, 2022.

Special Town Meeting Scheduled

The Colrain Select Board has schedules a STM to consider 3 articles on March 10, 2022 at the Colrain Central School at 7:00PM

Excise tax #1 Mailed

Excise tax #1 mailed and are due Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Select Board Set Date for FY 23 Annual Town Meeting

The Colrain Select Board voted to hold the Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Town Meeting on June 14, 2022 beginning at 5:30Pm.

No Rapid Covid Test available at this time

All Rapid Covid Tests have been distributed and there are no more available at this time.

Are You the Parent of a New Baby?

Contact the Mary Lyon Foundation for your Newborn gift.

Our Beautiful Holiday Tree

Thank You Clint Dodge, Johnnie Chace and Mike Slowinski!

FY2022 Tax Bills mailed

FY2022 Real Estate, Personal Property, Fire District RE and Fire District PP were mailed Friday, Oct 29, 2021.

Free Well Water Testing for PFAS

Apply for FREE well water testing TODAY

Transfer Station TUESDAY HOURS End October 5!

Tuesday hours at the Transfer Station will resume NEXT MAY 2022

Village Intersection Project

To Provide additional clarity as the project progresses here is a synopsis and depiction of the final project.

Special Town Election Results 09/07/2021

See the results for the Debt Exclusion vote held on 09/07/2021

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - Sept. 25, 2021

Pre-Registration Required by September 1st

Congratulations to Catamount Country Store from the Town of Colrain!

U.S. Postal Service acknowledges the extra effort that Catamount Country Store gave during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Excise demand #2 due 8-19-2021

Excise demand #2 due Thursday 8-19-2021. Collector’s office will be open Thursday, 8-19-2021 from 9 am to 4 pm

Special Election Announced

The Town will be holding a special election on September 7th to vote on a Debt Exclusion question

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Residents and businesses must pre-register by September 17!

Colrain Awarded Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant

The Town has received notice that it is the recipient of a $95,500 grant award through the MA Department of Fish and Game

Recycle Your Clothing and Textiles

A Salvation Army drop box for textile recycling is located at our Transfer Station

The Lifeline Benefit

A federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet.

Job Opportunity - Inspector of Animals for the Town of Colrain

Interested? Please contact Kevin Fox, Town Administrator, (413) 624-6306 or

Annual Committee Appointments

Residents interested in joining a town committee.

Coming This Spring!

Village Intersection Improvement Project

MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling Program

A small sampling of private wells in Colrain may qualify for PFAS analysis.

New Ballot Box

A new ballot drop box has been installed in the Town Office Entranceway

The Town of Colrain Fully Funds its OPEB Liability

The Select Board is pleased to announce that the Town’s OPEB plan is "effectively fully funded."

Surplus Fill Policy

Adopted 10/13/20

Arthur Smith Bridge Now Open to Vehicular Traffic

Following a recent Select Board vote the Arthur Smith Bridge is now open to vehicular traffic. Please observe posted signage when enjoying the bridge.

Colrain Broadband

Initial Pricing and Policies for Colrain Broadband Approved by the Select Board and MLP

Annual Report

Copies of the 2021 Annual Report can be picked up at the Town Office in the front entrance.

How to pay Taxes while the Town Office is closed to the public.

(No Cash accepted at this time) Online payments, USPS or Town office mail slot are accepted at this time.

Recycling Changes Take Effect July 1

New contract with the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

Community Meetings with Superintendent Finalists

Message To the Community from the Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee


Send in your applications for mail-in ballots for the June 15th town election

Real Estate and Personal property due date moved to June 1, 2020.

The Board of Selectmen voted to move RE and PP due date to June 1, 2020.


Mail-in ballots available for Elections

Excise interest and penalties waived

Interest & penalties on excise will be waived to June 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Update 4/4/20

Latest Information from FRCOG

COVID Update 3/28/20

Valuable Information From FRCOG

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Corona virus update March 17, 2020

see latest update below

Excise Due Date Extended

Excise due date extended to Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Be aware of e-mail scamming re: Coronavirus

Scammers are working overtime. Please read below:

Coronavirus Update 3/15/20

Please see below the latest update regarding information and guidance for residents regardinf the Coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: COVID-19

Update From the Town office

Invitation for Bids - CANCELLED

PV Solar for Colrain Highway Garage

Public Libraries Bridge the Digital Divide

Recorder article by Chelsea Jordan-Makely, Library Director

Colrain Proceeds with Broadband Make-ready Work

The Greenfield Reporter article of 11/29/19

FY 20 Tax Rate Certified

The Town’s FY 20 Property Tax Rate has been certified by the Department of Revenue at $19.93 per thousand. This represents a $.64 decrease from the previous year.

The First New Pole!

Pictured Here Is The First Of Approximately 136 New Poles To Be installed Over The Next Few Weeks as a Milestone Step Towards Constructing The Towns New Broadband Network

Congratulations To Colrain on Recently Becoming a Green Community

The DOER Commissioner and other Green Community officials came to the Colrain Town Office to award us our first Green Community Grant of $129,888

Colrain 2018 Annual Report

The Town is pleased to provide it’s residents with the 2018 Annual Report. Hard are also available at the Town Office.

Colrain Congratulated For Successfull Completion Of Community Compact Best Practices Grants

Please Read the Attached Letter Congratulating the Town for Successfully Implementing Two Best Practice Initiatives Funded through the Commonwealth’s Community Compact Program!

Fiscal Year End Audited Financial Statements and Accompanying Reports

The Town is Pleased to Report the Results of The Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018 Audit For Your Review.

Municipal Electricity Aggregation Plan Petition

Notice of Filing and Public Hearing

Colrain Designated a Green Community!

Thanks to a tremendous effort by the Town’s Energy Committee Colrain has recently achieved Green Community Designation. Please read the attached official notification letter.

Volunteers Wanted

The Selectmen are seeking residents willing to participate in a new ad-hoc committee to study possible waste water solutions / options for the Town.

Calendar of Events
Mon, Apr 22, 2024, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Colrain Town Office - 55 Main Rd, Colrain, MA 01340
Posted to: Council on Aging
  • Attached File: Council On Aging Agenda 2024-04-22
  • Mon, Apr 22, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Zoom -
    Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Colrain Fire Station - 51 Main Rd, Colrain
    Posted to: Council on Aging
    Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Highway Garage, 9 Jacksonville Rd, Colrain, MA
    Posted to: Select Board
    Thu, Apr 25, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Colrain Town Office - 55 Main Rd, Colrain, MA 01340
    Posted to: Council on Aging
    Latest News
    Come learn about solar options for Colrain, Saturday April 27, 5:00pm at the Colrain Central School
    The main goal of this workshop is to introduce older adults to the Internet of Things (IoT) and demonstrate how it can support their independence in various aspects of life.
    Saturday, May 11 from 9 am to noon, drop off bulky waste at three different locations in Franklin County.
    Inform your vote for the June 4th Annual Town Meeting

    Would you like to make a donation to the library?

    Donations help support our beloved library as we work towards enhancing its grounds and historic building.

    Find us on venmo @ColrainLibraryFriends, or by cash or check, payable to the Friends of the Griswold Memorial Library (leave at the library or mail to FOGML, c/o 67 Foundry Village Rd., Colrain MA 01340).