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November 8 Election Results

Town of New Salem votes can be seen on the Town Clerk's page here.


Board of Health hours at Thanksgiving
The week of Thanksgiving the Board of Health office will be open on Tuesday,  November 22, from  9 a.m. to noon and closed on Thanksgiving.  Contact Donna Ballentine with questions.

Fiscal Year 2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property 2nd Quarter Tax Bills Due

The 1st and 2nd quarter FY 2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills were mailed out June 30.  FY2017 2nd Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable. The due date for the 2nd quarter bills is November 1, 2016. Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.

If you have questions regarding your bill, you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name and phone number and the address of your property. You may also email your request for information to
newsalemtax@aol.com. Questions regarding the assessed value of your property, abatements or exemptions should be directed to the Assessors at (978) 544-5814.

Non-cash payments may be deposited in the tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355. Payments may also be scheduled or paid online at
www.unitaxonline.com. Cash payments (exact change only, please) may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 S. Main Street on Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon.

Assessment information and abatement forms can be found on the Assessors or Tax Collector pages at the town website at
www.newsalem-massachusetts.org


October Broadband Update

On March 14th the Baker-Polito Administration with theMassachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) issued a joint letter to participating towns supporting the concept of “last mile” broadband projects.  This effectively signaled the end to the Governor’s months long “pause” on the broadband project.

Our participation in a May petition to the Governor and other political action paid off in a clear directive from the governor for the project to begin. New Salem was chosen as one of the six first round towns.

As it has been MBI’s policy not to fund a shared regional ownership; all towns must build and own their network. In response, WiredWest has developed an alternate plan to regionalize management, maintenance and a shared Internet Service Provider to comport with state guidelines and benefit from a regional operations model – but not ownership.

Members of the Broadband Committee, Selectboard, Finance Committee and the Town Clerk have been working since June with MBI and the State on a process to assess New Salem’s financial viability to own and operate a sustainable broadband network. We are pleased that MBI is assisting us in these efforts and that WiredWest is providing advice and support as we move through this process.

We completed our town readiness profile assessing financial viability and received our “green light” letter from the State and Bond Counsel in August.

In September we received our final approval from MBI and can proceed with the preliminary step of the construction project which is a pole survey.

New Salem is scheduled for pole surveying to begin on November 13. This is expected to take four to five weeks to complete and is paid for entirely by funds from MBI. You may see workers and trucks marked “Osmose” along town roads during this time.


Further details of our plans will be laid out through additional communication and informational sessions in the coming months. We do not want to miss this chance to bring broadband to New Salem as it will not come around again.

The New Salem Broadband Committee


Veterans' Services

As of July 1, 2015, New Salem is part of the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans' Services District.  More information here.


Town Selectboard

The Selectboard is meeting October 11th (due to the Monday Holiday) and 24th at 7 p.m. in the Stowell Building. This follows the usual schedule of meeting every other Monday. If the Monday is a holiday, the Selectboard meets on the Tuesday of that week. To verify a meeting date, contact the Town Coordinator at 544-6437.


Notice from the Animal Control Officer

Please do not drop animals off at the Animal Control Officer’s residence. Please call 978 544-7530 and I or a substitute will happily pick it up. There are many new protocols that must be followed.  I came home last week and there was a dog in a crate at my home with no information - no one had called ahead and there was no note. It is necessary to know who is dropping off said animals in case more information is needed. If animals are dropped off without calling ahead, I will have to change the area of the kennel and add video security. Thank you for understanding. I/we do act on all calls received.

On another note - please do not feed wildlife! There are tons of bear issues (they like bird feeders and trash). It is illegal to trap and move wildlife to a different location (even for us). If there is a problem with nuisance wildlife, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police. Thank you, Gail Spring, New Salem Animal Control Officer.”
The 7-day, emergency statewide dispatch phone number is 1-800-632-8075.


Board of Health News

Anyone interested in collecting the recyclable cans and bottles from the New Salem Transfer Station should submit a written request and what organization will benefit from it to New Salem Board of Health 19 South Main Street, New Salem Ma. 01355. The cans need to be picked up weekly when the Transfer Station is open and you need to have a valid Transfer Station Permit.

Town Litter Raffle: Bob Jillson won the free New Salem Transfer Station bags in the Board of Health’s Town Litter Pick-Up Raffle for the month of April. Thank you for helping to keep New Salem clean. Want to enter the raffle? Talk to Rob Roy at the Transfer Station.


Recycling Information
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014

 
New Salem Firefighter’s Association Upgrade Office at Fire Station

Members of the New Salem Firefighters' Association have begun upgrading an underutilized office at the fire station. The new space will greatly improve access for training, meetings and storage. Thanks to all who volunteered their time to help Wednesday: Members Joe Cuneo, Larry Eaton, Ricky Misner, Cam Dunbar, Daniel Thayer, Roger Spring, and retired members Arthur Adams and Bruce Dunbar.


Money Available for Recreation Activities

The New Salem Recreation Committee has money available to sponsor recreation activities for New Salem residents, in addition to its traditional events. If you would like to organize a recreational activity or event, please contact Karen Duplissie at 544-8614, Jeanne Clayton at 544-7924 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660.

Broadband Stories

Our neighbors (and would-be neighbors) talk about why they need broadband. 

See their stories here.

Town of New Salem

Municipal Offices 

 

Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

 

Town Coordinator

Selectboard

 

Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Clerk

Tax Collector

Assessors

 

Frequently Used Links                


Meeting and Notice Calendar


Town & Local Events Calendar & News


New Salem Community Garden Facebook Page


Broadband Committee page


How do I contact....?


Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 


Online Tax Payments


Burn Permits

 

New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns - Uniquely Quabbin

There is a new, free, 56-page magazine with a glossy cover and a photo of the New Salem Route 202 Look-Out by Dale Monette on the back cover. Look for it at New Salem General Store. It contains articles by 20 local writers and has Calendar Listings of Events in the area from for May to September. Note: New Salem resident, Jane Clukay, is the Associate Editor and Calendar Listing Editor.


New Spring Schedule for Worcester to Northampton MaxBus
The Maxbus that stops in New Salem on the way to Worcester and Northampton has a new spring schedule. The bus leaves about an hour later in the morning and returns an hour or so earlier in the afternoon. The schedule can be found at www.maxpressbus.com or at the New Salem General Store.

 

Board of Assessors Seek One Replacement

The Board of Assessors is seeking one replacement for the pending retirement of chair, Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years. It is required that the board have three members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a quorum. The board meets twice monthly (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.) through most of the year and meetings are normally under two hours in length.  There is a stipend for board members. Please call our office at 978-544-5814, if you are a town resident and are interested in joining the board.  Potential candidates would
meet with the current Board and upon their recommendation, be appointed by the Selectboard. When the members term is expired they must be elected. Current members of the Board as of this date are Eric Hamm (Chair), Phyllis Stever and David Briand.


New Salem Agricultural Commission
The Agricultural Commission is looking for new members, as we now have 6 members for generating ideas, assisting with planning and development! The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as, pollinator development, amending soil, best organic practices.  We would like to invite other gardeners from other community projects, so spread the word! If you are interested in having your soil tested, please contact us, as we now have a connection through UMass. We are seeking public input on specific topics you may want more information about, whether that is through public presentations or research findings. Send an email to sspiewak20@yahoo.com, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.

 

Personnel Committee
Due to a recent resignation, the Personnel Committee is looking for a new member. Contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.

 

Website Committee
The New Salem Website committee is down to two active members and needs additional volunteers. Please contact Mary-Ellen Kennedy at 978-821-2597 or Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.

 

Energy Committee
The New Salem Energy Committee is on a hiatus as only two members remain. They are now working with Wendell on grants for energy upgrades at Swift River School. The Town of Wendell has suggested working with New Salem on “Solarize Mass” which provides group rates on multiple solar installations. Please contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in working with the Energy Committee.


Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee.  If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at calvin.layton@gmail.com.


New Kitchen Compost Pails Available at Transfer Station!

The Franklin County Solid Waste District recently purchased a large number of “Sure-Close” kitchen compost pails. These 1.9-gallon pails are meant to collect food waste in the kitchen, and the materials then emptied into backyard or municipal compost bins. The lid latches securely and can be made to stay open for ease of use. The vented lid has pinholes that act as a filter (but with no expensive or hard-to-find filter); moisture can pass through the lid, which reduces odors.

 

New Salem was among 15 district towns received varying amounts of pails: Bernardston, Colrain, Conway, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Orange, Montague, New Salem, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Wendell, and Whately. They are available free at our transfer station while supplies last.  The kitchen pails are also offered for sale to District residents for $5 at the District Office, 50 Miles St., Greenfield; call 413-772-2438 for hours or more info. Earth Machine outdoor compost bins are also for sale for $45 at the District office

 

These municipal compost programs are available free to permit holders at the transfer stations in Leverett, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, and Whately. The majority of this purchase was funded by Mass DEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program  (SMRP) small-scale initiatives grant. The grant requires that funded items contain 35% recycled content; therefore these pails are an avocado green color to mask any color variations in the recycled product. The District previously offered a beige version of the same pail. District Towns also received a total of 44 Earth Machine compost bins, funded by the SMRP grant. For more information, please call (413) 772-2438.


Recycling Information

The Franklin County Solid Waste District has made available information on recycling options in the county. Please see attached flyers.

Recycling in Franklin County Flyer

Why Recycle Flyer

New Electronic Waste Collection Program

The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program.  New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE!  Mitsubishi,  Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.

District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.