The Town of Barre is a small rural community located 61 miles from Boston, almost exactly in the center of the State, and covers 44.8 square miles. It has a population of 5,365 is bordered by Phillipston on the north, Hubbardston on the northeast, Rutland and Oakham on the southeast, New Braintree on the south, Hardwick on the southwest, and Petersham on the northwest. Barre is 22 miles northwest of Worcester has a latitude of 42.422N, a longitude of 72.105W and and elevation of 784 feet above sea level. The form of government is Board of Selectmen and open town meeting.
The community was named after Isaac Barré, a member of the British Parliament who opposed the taxation of America.
The town of Barre did not start out as the "Town of Barre". From the beginning of the earliest kept records Barre was part of Rutland. The town was part of the Naquag grant and was made the "Northwest District of Rutland in 1749. In 1774 the town incorporated and was called "Hutchinson". Two years later a petition for a different name resulted in it being called "Barre", with a population of 734. During the Industrial Revolution, it became known for its production of farming equipment and palm leaf hats. During the Civil War it supplied much of the gunpowder used by the Union Army.
March 9, 2016
Notice to Barre Water Department Customers:
The Town of Barre Water Department has recently been contacted, by some consumers, regarding the quality of their water. Our Department is committed to providing you with accurate information, therefore we felt it best to reach out to our customers at this time.
First and foremost, your drinking water is safe. The Water Department conducts routine sampling and testing and the results are provided and submitted to MassDEP by an independent laboratory. Small amounts of mineral, primarily iron, have been found in the water system supplied by Well #1- However, lab results are well below the Massachusetts Drinking Water Standards.
Although, our water tests have come back “clean,” we felt we should be proactive in making sure that we continue to provide quality drinking water. Therefore, we conducted a cleaning of Well # 1 and also scheduled a cleaning of all Water Storage Tanks- which will be conducted in the next month or so. Please note that each time a complaint was received, the Water Department investigated and/or flushed the area(s) in question. Most of the “discolored” water complaints we received, upon investigation by the Water Department, were actually due to the collection of sediment in customers Hot Water Tanks. In these cases, the discoloration was mainly present in the hot water. If you are encountering this problem, we suggest scheduling routine maintenance of your hot water tank.
Due to the short winter this year, Baltazar Construction will resume the Barre Common Reconstruction Project starting the end of the week of March 14th. This phase of the project, Phase III, will include Exchange Street, Broad Street, a portion of School Street North, Park Street and Grove Street. The areas of construction are indicated by diagonal lines on the map below:
CENSUS FORM REMINDER FOR BARRE RESIDENTS
Every household in Barre was mailed a 2015 census form. If you have already returned your form THANK YOU, if you have not yet returned your form please do so now. If you did not receive a form or need a duplicate form please contact the Town Clerk’s Office immediately at 978-355-2504 ext 5 and we will get you a new form or check your status. Every person in every household needs to be accounted for in order to have an accurate resident/census listing. This affects the towns population figure which in turn has some important effects on the community as a whole such as grant funding, school projections, emergency response, veterans benefits and also establishes an individual’s residency just to name a few. Establishing your residency is especially important if you ever find you need proof of your (or one of your family members) residency, such as for college students attending a state school who needs to prove they are a Massachusetts resident to get the state rate or a Veteran who is applying for a welcome home bonus. If you do not return your census, the Town Clerk’s Office CAN NOT certify you were a resident for that year (as we can’t certify something we never received )and we can’t add it after the census is finalized. Also, in accordance with Mass General Law Chapter 51, Sec 4 - failure to respond shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls.
Your cooperation saves a lot of time, money, effort and is greatly appreciated!