New Salem Town Notices
STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS
ANNOUNCE SEASON’S FIRST POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
Residents urged to cover up, use bug
spray to avoid getting bitten
BOSTON – Wednesday, July 9, 2014- The
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that West Nile
virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time
this year. A WNV infection was confirmed by the State Laboratory Institute
today in a mosquito sample which was collected on July 3 in the Town of
Clinton. No human cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been
detected so far this year. There are no risk level changes associated
with this finding.
“Today’s findings are a reminder of
the importance of protecting ourselves and our families from the threat of
mosquito-borne illness,” said DPH State Public Health Veterinarian Dr.
Catherine Brown. “Personal prevention consists of using mosquito repellents,
wearing long loose clothing to reduce skin exposure, making sure screens are
tightly fitting and dumping standing water. Because of the very warm weather
and the periodic thunderstorms we’ve been having, dumping standing water is
is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In
2013, there were eight human cases of WNV infection identified in
Massachusetts. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of
50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will
have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like
illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.
People have an important role to
play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide),
permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol
(PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET
products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be
used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon
eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for
many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during
evening or early morning.
Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito
Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long
pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit
the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either
draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains.
Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths
Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting
screens on all of your windows and doors.
Protect Your Animals
should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by
eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading
pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito
breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the
summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep
horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to
mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito
repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV
and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report
to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and
to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.
More information, including all WNV
and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance
Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or
by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at617-983-6800.
Town Hall Scheduling
The Town Hall is open for the
summer. Please contact Nancy Aldrich, the Town Coordinator, for information on
how to reserve the space for events. She can be reached at 978-544-6437 on
Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Town Clerk Office Hours for July
The Town Clerk’s office will be
closed Monday, July 7, 2014 and Monday, July 14, 2014. Anyone with urgent
business should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your message will be
returned as soon as possible.
FY2015 Real Estate and Personal
Property 1st Quarter Tax Bills Due
This is to remind you that FY2015
1st Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills have been mailed out
and are now payable. The due date for this quarter’s bills is August 1, 2014.
Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.
Payment stubs for this bill as well
as the FY2015 2nd Quarter bill were included in the mailing sent out at the end
of June. If you have trouble locating the stub and wish to find out the amount
due you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, phone
number and the address of your property. The Tax Collector will call you with
the amount of your bill. You may also email your request for this information
New! It is now possible to look up
your bill information online at www.unitaxonline.com
whether or not you plan to pay online.
• Enter www.unitaxonline.com
in your web browser.
• Select Town of New Salem
from the drop down menu on the home screen and click Submit.
• Select bill type under
transactions (Motor Vehicle, Personal Property or Real Estate).
• Then click on Need help
locating your bill? on the transaction screen.
• Fill in the requested information
and your bill information will be provided.
Non-cash payments may be deposited
in the tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall at 15 South Main
Street or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 South Main St., New Salem,
MA 01355. Bills may also be paid online at www.unitaxonline.com -
please note that the online option is not available after the due date. Cash
payments may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 South Main
Street on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Annual Town Election Results
Selectperson, 3 years
Board of Health, 3 years
Assessor, 3 years
Planning Board, 5 years
Planning Board, 4 years (to fill vacancy)
School Committee, 3 years
Rulf Fountain 6
School Committee, 2 years (to fill vacancy)
Library Trustee, 3 years
Library Trustee, 2 years (to fill vacancy)
New Salem Planning Board Seeks Part-time Clerk
The New Salem Planning Board is seeking a part-time clerk to provide administrative support, assistance, and handle correspondence for the New Salem Planning Board. Requirements: personal computer or access to one, access to email, knowledge of office procedures and equipment, including word processing, scanning, and filing, and good communication skills. Work will be performed mostly at home at your own convenience, and occasionally at town offices. Some Thursday evening meetings required. Approximately 10 hours per month as needed. $12 per hour. One year position, with probability of extension. To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.Board of Health Hours Changed
The Board of Health Clerks Hours will now be on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Board of Health Raffle Winner Announced
Congratulations to Michelle Duga for winning the raffle for the month of April at the Transfer Station. Michelle brought in a bag of trash that she picked up on the side of the road. We will continue to have the drawing each month so continue bringing in the
trash from the side of the road and put your name in the basket and you might win a bag of 10 bags. That will save you $15.00. Thank you for keeping New Salem clean.New Salem Transfer Station’s Compost Program
The New Salem Transfer Station accepts compostable waste. All food wastes are acceptable, including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, cheese, eggs, eggshells, fruits, vegetables, bread, grains, and small amounts of bones. Also acceptable are non-recyclable paper wastes such as paper towels and napkins, paper egg cartons, paper plates, and soiled paper and cardboard such as pizza boxes. (Clean pizza boxes may be recycled with mixed paper recycling.) Before depositing in the compost barrels, dirty pizza boxes must be ripped into quarters. It is very important to keep the following items out of the compost collection barrels: plastic bags, wrappers or films; liquids; pet wastes or bedding; Styrofoam; plastic; metal; glass; or anything else that is not biodegradable. Do not deposit food in plastic bags! For a yes/no compost guide, ask the transfer station attendant or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Compostable buckets are available at the New Salem Transfer Station. Questions? Please contact the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District at 413-772-2438 or email@example.com. Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014 for a great guide on how to dispose of anything from A to Z (this was the guide printed in the Greenfield Recorder).
Police Office Hours
Beginning on Monday, March 3, 2014, and continuing every Monday
evening until July, the New Salem Police Department will hold office hours from
4:30-5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for people to come in and discuss
and police-related business or concerns. Fire arm licensing will not be
handled during these office hours, but will continue to happen on an
appointment only basis
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.
Health Connector Training Seminar
Now that open enrollment for health insurance has ended, FHCC is providing additional information on qualifying events for MassHealth, as well as health insurance through the Health Connector. To be sure, if you are applying for subsidized health insurance (MassHealth) you can apply at any time! If you are seeking a qualified health plan (your everyday private plan) through the Health Connector, you will need a qualifying event. Attached is a document explaining qualifying events. There will be a Health Connector Training Seminar at the Franklin Hampshire Career Center on May 14th at 1:30 p.m. We will be utilizing the computer lab and will be able to walk you through the process. Premium Assistance is now available through the Health Connector! January 2014 saw many changes to eligibility. Assistance is now available based on income and current cost of your insurance plan. MassHealth is now available to most Massachusetts residents making below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level. Come to our training to see how you can apply! We will walk through the website. To sign up, please contact: Franklin Hampshire Career Center, One Arch Place #2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or call 413-774-4361.
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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.
Hazardous Waste Disposal Day
Hazardous Waste Disposal Day
pre-registration is mid-August to September 12th.
Bulky Waste Day
Bulky Waste day is October 18th
Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
the month of April, Jeffrey Duga and children walked the sides of the roads in
New Salem and picked up 15 bags of rubbish. They won the drawing for the
free bags for that month. Hugh MacKay won the May drawing for the free bags for
his part in keeping New Salem clean. Thanks to all of you from the Board of
Health and the Town of New Salem for helping to keep New Salem clean. If anyone
is interested in participating in the drawing for the free trash.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Transfer Station Attendant
A new Transfer Station Attendant has
been hired. The new attendant is Robert Roy who likes to be called Bob. Bob is
a 20-year Navy Retired Chief Engineer who worked on submarines. After he retired,
he worked as a counselor in shelters for abused children in Florida. He is a
native of Massachusetts and moved to New Salem three years ago. Please welcome
Bob. We will miss Al, who was been offered a promotion at his other job and as
a result, was no longer be able to work on Saturdays.
Transfer Station Hours
Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm
New Electronic Waste Collection Program
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,
District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.
Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search
Selectboard is looking for people to fill the following Board/Committee
vacancies. Please contact the Town Coordinator, Nancy Aldrich, at
978-544-6437 if you are interested in serving:
Energy Committee - 1 vacancy
Website Committee - 2 vacancies
Cultural Council - 1 vacancy