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Who are the Federal, State and County Officials representing Sudbury? Town Clerk Town Clerk
How Can I Find Safe and Appropriate Homecare? Social Worker
What is the process for becoming an Election Worker at the Polls? Town Clerk Election
Where do I vote? Town Clerk Election
Who are Sudbury's elected Town Officials? Town Clerk Town Clerk
What is a Business Certificate and Who Must File? Town Clerk Town Clerk
Where do I apply for a DBA Certificate/Business Certificate? Town Clerk Forms
How is a dog license obtained? Town Clerk Dogs
How do I obtain a copy of a Birth Certificate? Town Clerk Forms
How do I obtain a copy of a Marriage Certificate? Town Clerk Forms
What is a Wetland? Conservation Commission Conservation
What is the Sudbury Master Plan? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
How is the Master Plan used? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
Why should I care about the Master Plan and the update? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
Who’s creating the Master Plan? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
How can I get involved? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
How long is the update process? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
Where can I get more information about the Master Plan and other resources? Master Plan Steering Committee Master Plan
Does Sudbury Public Health Nurse Offer Memory Screenings? Board of Health Nurse Health Department
How to Report Possible Food-borne Illnesses Board of Health Nurse Health Department
What do I do if I need help during a storm? Board of Health Nurse Health Department
Where Do I Dispose of Needles & Prescription Medications? Board of Health Nurse Health Department,
Police - Information
Where is Sudbury's Emergency Shelter & What Should I Bring? Board of Health Nurse Dogs,
Health Department
What Are the Important Phone Numbers for Sudbury? Board of Health Nurse Phone Help
Do I Need to Be a Medical Professional to Volunteer? Medical Reserve Corps Executive Committee Health Department
How Do I Volunteer in Sudbury and Massachusetts? Medical Reserve Corps Executive Committee Health Department
What is the Medical Reserve Corps? Medical Reserve Corps Executive Committee Health Department
Where Can I Get My Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose Checked? Board of Health Nurse Health,
Health Department
Can I Get a Flu Vaccine Through the Town of Sudbury? Board of Health Nurse Health - Flu Shot,
Health Department
How do I obtain an Absentee Ballot? Town Clerk Election
How do I dispose of old smoke detectors and fire extinguishers? Fire Department Hazardous Waste
How do I get a copy of a police report? Police Department Forms,
Police - Information
1. What is the Sudbury Historic District Commission (HDC)? Historic Districts Commission Committees,
Historic District
2. What is HDC's contact information? Historic Districts Commission Historic District
3. How do I find out if I live in an historic district? Historic Districts Commission Historic District
4. When and where are meetings held? Historic Districts Commission Historic District,
Meetings
5. How are decisions by the Commission reached? Historic Districts Commission Guidelines,
Historic District
6. What does HDC have jurisdiction over? Historic Districts Commission Guidelines,
Historic District
8. What is the difference between National Register of Historic Places and Local Historic Districts? Historic Districts Commission Historic District
9. What is the process to apply and be granted a COA? Historic Districts Commission Forms,
Historic District,
Permits
10. What are the benefits of a local historic designation? Historic Districts Commission Historic District
11. Can anyone propose a Local Historic Designation? Historic Districts Commission Historic District
12. What resources can you suggest? Historic Districts Commission Historic District
13. Can I make a small change to a Certificate that has been granted? Historic Districts Commission Guidelines,
Historic District
14. Are changes I'm considering “visible from a public way"? Historic Districts Commission Committees,
Guidelines,
Historic District
I can't add Google as my default search engine in Internet Explorer? Information Systems Computer Help,
Internet Explorer
Do I need a permit for a shed? Building Department Permits - Building
When does the Put & Take Open? Transfer Station / Recycling Center Transfer Station / Recycling Center
Where would Veterans obtain Service records? Veterans' Agent Veterans
What are the contact numbers and websites for the Veterans' Administration and the Massachusetts State Department of Veterans' Services? Veterans' Agent Veterans
Where can I make my tax payments online? Collector / Treasurer Collector / Treasurer
I want to organize a committee for a candidate, ballot question or political action. How do I get started? Town Clerk Election
What is the Credit Union's routing number? Lincoln-Sudbury Credit Union Lincoln-Sudbury Credit Union
I have turned my vehicle back in to the leasing company, may I apply for the abatement? Assessors Office Excise Tax
What is the process for approval? Cultural Council Cultural Council
How is payment for approved grants received? Cultural Council Cultural Council
What criteria are used to make grant decisions? Cultural Council Cultural Council
When are applications due? How should they be completed? Cultural Council Cultural Council
Who qualifies for funding? Cultural Council Cultural Council
What are the Recycling Materials accepted at the Transfer Station? Transfer Station / Recycling Center Transfer Station
Is there anything families can do to improve the upkeep of the Cemeteries? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
Can the funding model for Cemetery maintenance be changed? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
What is the Town doing given this lack of funding for cemetery maintenance? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
Who oversees the investment of the Perpetual Care Trust? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
What happened in 2009 and 2010? It appears that the cemeteries are only being minimally maintained? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
Does relying on the interest earnings provide enough funding for proper maintenance of the Town Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
How is the $412.50 spent for the maintenance of the cemetery? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
What happens to the $412.50 once it is received by the Town? Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
Where do the funds to maintain the Town Cemetery Department Cemetery Maintenance - Perpetual Care Fund
Where do I register to vote? Town Clerk Election
Where should I mail my tax payments? Collector / Treasurer Collector / Treasurer
I don't drive. How can I get around Town? Commission on Disability Commission on Disability
I am new to Massachusetts. Where can I learn about residency requirements, vehicle registration and other general information regarding this state? Town Clerk Town Clerk
Who should I contact if I notice a safety issue with an existing walkway in town (ex: overgrown vegetation, pot holes, cracks, low-hanging tree branches)? Planning & Community Development Walkways
My neighborhood wants a walkway installed on our street, but an easement will be necessary to accommodate a walkway on my property. What is an easement and what are my rights as a property owner? Planning & Community Development Walkways
What is the procedure for having a new walkway constructed in my neighborhood? Planning & Community Development Walkways
What department should I contact if a tree has fallen or if there are broken tree limbs on a street blocking passage? Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee Traffic Safety
What department should I contact if there are any obstructed views at intersections due to overgrown vegetation? Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee Traffic Safety
What is the procedure for requesting traffic enforcement in a particular area? Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee Traffic Safety
Who do I contact if I have concerns about traffic issues related to development projects, i.e. trucks blocking streets or parking in inappropriate areas; noisy vehicles causing congestion on smaller roads; or trucks traveling at high speeds? Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee Traffic Safety
What is the procedure for requesting the installation of traffic lights, street signs and/or crosswalks in town? Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee Traffic Safety
What is the procedure for requesting a change to the speed limit on a particular road? Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee Traffic Safety
How does the town ensure that walkways are fully accessible for persons with disabilities? Planning & Community Development Walkways
What are the names of the 9 watersheds in Sudbury? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
How do I obtain a copy of a Death Certificate? Town Clerk Forms
How can I get my soil tested and why is this a good idea? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
What are my options if a Beaver dam is cauing a serious health hazard on or near my property? Health Department Health Department
What are my options if a Beaver dam is causing a serious health hazard on or around my property? Conservation Office Conservation Office
23 - Is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury section described as a Secondary Route in the Plan? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
21 - Is the Bruce Freeman Rail trail mentioned in the Plan? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
22 - Is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury section described as a Primary Route in the Plan? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
20 - What is the Massachusetts Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
How do I apply for a special permit or a variance from the Board of Appeals? Building Department Forms
What is the strange-looking orange machine I saw on the Sudbury River? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
A pond near me is covered by green scum in the summer. What causes this and should I be worried about it? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
I have a pond (or stream) on my property and would like to remove some trees and shrubs along the edge. Are there any restrictions I should be aware of? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
I am having flooding problems on my property due to beaver activity in the area. What can I do? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
What are some ways to have an eco-friendly lawn? Ponds and Waterways Committee Ponds and Waterways Committee
New Trench Regulation - What are the requirements for the excavation and trench safety regulation? Building Department Building Department
How do I get more information on Lyme Disease and tick related topics? Health Department Health - Lyme Disease
Whom should I contact concerning wild animals- i.e: foxes, skunks, raccoons, etc Health Department Health Department - Wild Animals on Property
Who do I contact regarding flu shot/ flu clinic information? Health Department Health - Flu Shot
Should I contact the Board of Health about road-kill? Health Department Health - Road Kill
What do I do if I have Mosquito complaints/questions/concerns regarding mosquito spraying/ non-spraying? Health Department Health Department - Mosquito Spraying
How close can a proposed house addition be from a septic system? Health Department Health Department - Septic System Setbacks
I am selling my house. How do I get a Title 5 septic inspection? Health Department Health Department - Title 5 Inspection
How do I dispose of old propane tanks? Fire Department Hazardous Waste
Community Gardening in Sudbury Conservation Commission Conservation,
Conservation Office
Why does the fire engine come when I call for the ambulance? Fire Department Fire Department
08 - How will the safety of trail users and motorists be maintained where the trail intersects a roadway? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
06 - Would there be a curfew for the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
07 - What is the Town Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
05 - Would motorized vehicles, especially motorcycles and snowmobiles, be allowed on the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
04 - How would the security of abutters and of trail users be maintained? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
03 - What rail trails are near Sudbury? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
02 - What kinds of rail-trail studies exist? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
01 - How can the effects of a rail trail in Sudbury be estimated? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (6) Safety & Quality of Life
04 - When will Phase II be completed? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (5) Other Towns
03 - What will Phase I look like? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (5) Other Towns
02 - What is the status of the rail trail studies in the towns along the proposed trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (5) Other Towns
01 - What are the proposed phases of trail construction along the entire Lowell-Framingham right of way? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (5) Other Towns
07 - How will disruption to wildlife along the trail be minimized? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
06 - How much clearing would be required to construct the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
05 - Will the Town of Sudbury's wetlands bylaw apply to the rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
04 - What will happen to the old ties? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
03 - What will be the impact of the rail trail on the Town of Sudbury's wells? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
02 - What happens if contamination is found on the old rail bed? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
01 - How will environmental damage be avoided? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (4) Environment
19 - With the backlog of needed road and bridge repairs, how can the state consider spending state and federal funds on a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
17 - Who would pay for the maintenance of the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
18 - Who would pay for policing of the rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
16 - What would it cost to maintain a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
14 - Do the rails have any value? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
15 - Who would pay for the costs of a future major trail improvement, especially resurfacing? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
12 - What are the land acquisition costs for the railroad right of way? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
13 - What agreements with the Executive Office of Transportation EOT would be required to convert the state-owned section to a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
11 - What if the trail conversion is done entirely with Sudbury funds? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
09 - Who makes the decisions on how the rail trail is designed, financed and constructed? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
10 - What must be done if trail conversion is done with state and federal funds? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
08 - How much control would the Town of Sudbury have over the design and construction process? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
07 - What are Sudbury's options for funding the design and construction of a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
06 - How can we justify spending money on a rail trail with the continuing pressure on the Town's finances? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
04 - Where would dollars for the Town's portion of the rail trail come from? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
05 - How much money has the Town of Sudbury spent in studying the rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
03 - If the rail trail were partially funded from the federal transportation act, what fraction of the costs would be borne by Sudbury? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
02 - How much would designing and constructing a rail trail in Sudbury cost? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
01 - What are the usual steps in the process of building a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (3) Development Process and Costs
8 - What is the status of the informal walking path that currently exists along some section of the rail bed? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
06 - Will the trail be plowed in the winter? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
07 - Has construction started on the rail trail south of Route 20? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
05 - What kind of surface will be on the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
04 - What is the width of the railroad right of way? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
03 - Is it feasible to construct a rail trail on the old rail bed? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
02 - How long is the rail bed in Sudbury? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
01 - Who currently owns the rail bed? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (2) Physical Properties
13 - How can I be kept informed about the rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
12 - How will residents have input to the approval and design of the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
11 - What other organizations, not connected with Town government, are involved in planning for a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
10 - What Town of Sudbury organizations are involved in investigating a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
09 - What are Sudbury's concerns about a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
08 - Who are the members of the RTCAC? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
07 - What is the RTCAC? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
05 - Who was Bruce Freeman? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
03 - Why is the Town of Sudbury considering construction of a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
04 - What is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
02 - Which old railroad in Sudbury is the focus of current attention? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
07 - Will Sudbury's rail trail become heavily used like the Minuteman Bikeway in Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington and Bedford? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
05 - Where will users park? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
01 - Who will use the rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
03 - Will many users come from out of town? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
01 - What is a rail trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (1) General
06 - Will there be restroom facilities on the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
04 - Will equestrians be allowed to use the trail? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
02 - Would the trail be used for ΓÇ£transportationΓÇ¥ in addition to ΓÇ£recreationΓÇ¥? Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Rail Trail - (7) Uses
What are the veteran benefits available to women veterans? Veterans' Agent Veterans
What are the Federal Benefits coordinated by the Veterans' Services Office? Veterans' Agent Veterans
What Local/State Services and Benefits are available to eligible veterans? Veterans' Agent Veterans
Which veterans are eligible for services under Massachusetts General Laws? Veterans' Agent Veterans
What is the Federal and State definition of a "Veteran"? Veterans' Agent Veterans
Where do I bring my hazardous waste? Transfer Station / Recycling Center Hazardous Waste
When is the deadline for filing for an abatement? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
What options do residents have in regards to Coyotes on their property? Police Department Police - Information
How do I schedule an inspection? Building Department Permits - Building
When does the Building Department Issue Permits? Building Department Permits - Building
How is new construction assessed? Assessors Office Property Value
If I move out of state, do I still owe the bill? Assessors Office Excise Tax
I sold my car; do I still owe this bill? Assessors Office Excise Tax
If I move from Sudbury to another municipality in Massachusetts, to which community do I pay my bill? Assessors Office Excise Tax
If I paid less for my car than the value on the bill, is there an error? Assessors Office Excise Tax
Once the M.S.R.P. has been established for a vehicle, I am interested in purchasing; how can I determine how much I will have to pay in excise tax? Assessors Office Excise Tax
Does the Assessor need to inspect my house? Assessors Office Property Value
What should I do if I think my assessment is too high? Assessors Office Property Value
Why does my assessment change if I don't make any changes to my house? Assessors Office Property Value
Should all four quarterly tax payments be in equal amounts? Assessors Office Real Estate Tax
How do I apply for a Building Permit? Building Department Permits - Building
What are the residential setbacks? Building Department Permits - Building
What are the minimum area and frontage requirements in residential zones? Building Department Permits - Building
How do I submit a notice to be posted on the Sudbury Channel 8 Community Bulletin Board? Cable Television Committee Cable - Local Access
How do I find out when a program I'm interested in is playing? Cable Television Committee Cable - Local Access
What is the process for obtaining a Marriage License? Town Clerk Forms
When are elections held? Town Clerk Election
Where can I get the permit forms for a wetlands filing? Conservation Office Conservation
Is camping permitted on town conservation lands? Conservation Office Conservation
How often does the Conservation Commission meet? Conservation Commission Conservation
How do I know if I need a Wetland Permit? Conservation Commission Conservation
When does the Design Review Board meet? Design Review Board Committees - Meetings
What is the fee for a sign application? Design Review Board Fees
How do I go about removing an Underground Storage Tank? Fire Department Underground Storage Tank
Can I bring my children to visit the fire station? Fire Department Fire Department
How can I obtain a burning permit? Fire Department Permits - Fire
I am a retired town employee and have questions about my benefits; who should I call? Human Resources / Assistant Town Manager Employee - Retiree Benefits
What does the town do with its old computer equipment? Information Systems Information Systems
How often does the Planning Board meet? Is it easy to get on an agenda? Planning & Community Development Committees - Meetings
What will the Planning Board do with the Master Plan? Will it be another study that collects dust on the office shelves? Planning & Community Development Master Plan
If I have an emergency, what information do you need? Police Department Police - 911
What happens when I call 911? Police Department Police - 911
When am I required to file an accident report? Police Department Police - Information
Can I have my fingerprints done at the police station? Police Department Police - Information
Is there a charge for false alarms? Police Department Police - Information
How do I calculate my speeding ticket? Police Department Police - Information
What are the Bus transportation policies? Sudbury School Committee School
What are the emergency closing and delay policies? Sudbury School Committee School
How do I apply for an appointment to a Town Committee? Select Board's Office Forms
What are the hours of operation of the Transfer Station? Transfer Station / Recycling Center Transfer Station
Where can I find more information and answers to other questions about Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise taxes? Collector / Treasurer Excise Tax
What if I don't own the vehicle for the entire year? Collector / Treasurer Excise Tax
How is excise tax computed? Collector / Treasurer Excise Tax
What determines Massachusetts residency? Collector / Treasurer Excise Tax
What is an excise tax? Collector / Treasurer Excise Tax
When making a tax payment, who do I make the check out to? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
Why isn't my name shown as the record owner on my tax bill? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
How can my mortgage company get my bill? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
When are tax bills due? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
When are tax bills issued? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
How can I find out if my mortgage company has paid my tax bill? Collector / Treasurer Real Estate Tax
I have a question about my income taxes. Should I call the Town Accountant's office? Accounting Department Income Tax
If I am looking for payment for goods or services that I have provided to the Town, who should I call? Accounting Department Accounting - Payments to Vendors

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