What’s Happening in Chester?

There is  still a SERIOUS WATER RESTRICTION in place for the town of Chester.  Residents are asked to conserve to be best of their ability until further notice.

Veterans Agent available the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.  or call 413-587-1299

                                                                             MBI/COMCAST NEWS  

Currently Comcast is in the “make ready” mode, which means they have submitted requests to CMELD,  Eversource, and Verizon for certain information needed to firmly schedule construction time.  They expect to be ahead of schedule, with construction beginning by June/July, if all the information comes back in a timely manner.  Construction will not be a town by town project, but rather a “whenready” they will start, wherever that may be.  They need to apply for pole locations, and receive the proper licensing, all of which is in the works.  As for costs, the majority of users will fall under the “standard installation”, for which there is no cost.  For those with driveways over 100’ Comcast will contact the owners to deal directly with their acceptance/denial of service and the costs involved.Comcast asked that residents  be patient, that the things that are being done at this time are not something they can “see”, but they will keep in touch with the town about their starting date for construction.  They also expressed the opinion  that the “construction” period will take the least amount of time.  They will be using their crews from all over the Northeast to complete.   They expect to be ahead of schedule, which contracts them to be completely done by August of 2018. 

                                                                               TOWN OF CHESTER, MA

                                                                   INVITATION FOR BIDS/SCOPE OF WORK

 The Town of Chester, acting through its Board of Selectmen, invites sealed bids for the demolition and removal of one structure: a two-story residential family building located at 37 Middlefield Rd.  Work to include removal/disposal of all building materials, grading and finishing the site.

Bid documents including INFORMATION FOR BIDDERS AND BID FORMS for the proposed work may be obtained from the Board of Selectmen’s office, 15 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA 01011 from 9:00  AM to 3:00 PM, M-W, beginning March 1, 2017.  Bids will be accepted at the Town Administrator’s Office, 15 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA until 3:00 PM, April 5th, at which time they will be publicly opened and read.   Minority businesses are encouraged to submit bids.   

Contact Patricia Carlino, Town Administrator (413) 354-7760 with questions; re: specifications.  A briefing session / site visit will be conducted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 9:00 AM in front of the project site located at 37 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA 01011.

Bids are subject to M.G.L. c. 149 §44A-J and to minimum wage rates as required by M.G.L. c. 149, §§26 to 27D inclusive.    Bidders must use the approved bid form and mark: CHESTER BID

#17-001: Demolition and Removal of Building Located at 37 Middlefield Rd. on the outside of the sealed envelope. 

The Town of Chester reserves the right to waive any informalities and to reject any or all bids if such rejection is deemed to be in the best interest of the Town.  All bids will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disability.  The Town is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.






               FINANCE COMMITTEE


                Chester Cultural Council News

The Chester Cultural Council welcomes artists, artisans, educators, lecturers and performers from Massachusetts to apply for state and town funding for cultural programs for the upcoming year.

The Cultural Council’s mission is to provide access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for adults, teens, and children in the community.

Applicants will be able to file their applications online at mass-culture.org or on paper. Paper applications should be mailed to Chester Cultural Council, 15 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA 01011 and must postmarked no later than Thursday, Oct. 15th. for more information please call 354-7760 or contact the CCC at townofchester.net


Part Time Library Director
Hamilton Memorial Library
Chester, MA
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree and
Library Experience Preferred.
Software Evergreen, Excel, Word
Salary $17.00 per hour No Benefits
18 Hours per Week
Closing Date for applications: 3/15/17
Please send resume and 3 professional
references to Hamilton Memorial Library
15 Middlefield Rd. Unit #7
Chester, MA 0101
Attn: Gale LaScala or email to
The Town of Chester is an Equal
Opportunity Employer

Interested in the Trails Project:  Go online to:

coordinator@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org for more information.

Chester Historical Society  www.chestermass.com