FY16 Preliminary Real Estate & Personal
Property 2nd Quarter Tax Bills Due
The FY16 2nd Quarter Preliminary Real Estate and
Personal Property taxes are now due and payable. The due date for this
quarter’s bills is November 2, 2015. Payments received after that date will be
charged interest and fees.
Payment stubs for this bill were included with
the 1st quarter bill. 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 to email@example.com.
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. Bills may also be
paid online at www.unitaxonline.com
through November 2 (be sure to enter 2016 for Tax Year). Cash payments may be
made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 S. Main Street on Tuesdays
5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon.
Board of Assessors Seeks Two Replacements
Board of Assessors is seeking two replacements. One for the pending retirement
of chair Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years, and the other for the
open slot previously existing. It is required that the board have three
members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a
quorum. The pending departure of Phyllis will leave the board (and the town) in
a predicament where, with only one assessor, we cannot legally function,
sign paperwork required by the state, and allow the town to operate. 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
Planning Board Seeking New Member
The Planning Board is looking for a new member to replace one who
retired. If you might be interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
phone Hugh at 978-544-1856.
Board of Health Seeking Relief Attendant
Board of Health is looking for a relief attendant at the Transfer Station. You
can either contact Bob at the Transfer Station or see Donna at the Board of
Health office at the Stowell Building on Thursdays from 9:00-noon or call
Board of Health – MEMA Hurricane Season Guidelines
Throughout this hurricane season the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges residents to prepare for the possible impacts of a hurricane or tropical storm. These storms can bring strong winds that cause widespread power outages. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema
. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA
; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA
to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about MassAlerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
. See attached press release
for more details.
As of July 1, 2015, New Salem is part of the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans' Services District. More information here.
New Salem Transfer Station News
Winners: The winner for the July Cleanup New Salem contest was Bruce Spencer. He won a package of 10 trash bags for cleaning up the side of the road. If you are interested in trying to win some free bags, talk to Bob at the Transfer Station and he will let you know what you need to do to try and win.
Suggestion Box at Transfer Station: There will be a suggestion box at the New Salem Transfer Station. If you have any suggestions for ways to improve the Transfer Station just leave it in the box.
Selectboard Meetings: The Selectboard normally meets at 7:00 pm. on every other Monday at the Stowell Building. If the Monday is a holiday, the Selectboard meet on the Tuesday of that week. To verify a meeting date, contact the Town Coordinator at 544-6437.
Notice of Property Inspections by Assessors Office – FY2016
The New Salem Board of Assessors will be conducting property data quality inspections of various properties in New Salem beginning in late April through September of 2015. These inspections will be conducted by Duane Adams, from Mayflower Valuation, and by Kenneth Holmberg, the New Salem Assistant Assessor, both of who who will carry a field ID card and use a personal vehicle Notices are being mailed to all parcels in the areas we plan on inspecting for data quality.
The inspection takes a few minutes generally and includes an exterior inspection and measure of improvements and an interior inspection to verify data such as bedroom and bathroom count, physical condition, and square footage of living space.
The inspections are to verify the data on the property record card to ensure your property value will be based on accurate information. In addition to sale inspections and permit inspections, the Assessors are required by the Department of Revenue’s Guidelines for Development of a Minimum Reassessment Program to conduct cyclical inspections on a portion of parcels each fiscal year to meet our state approval requirement to inspect each parcel at least one every nine years.
The staff of the Assessor’s Office also conducts sale and permit inspections throughout town all year long. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation. As always, we appreciate your assistance in ensuring your data is accurate and your value is fair. We encourage you to review your property record card, available in the Assessors Office. Questions may be addressed to 978-544-5814 or email@example.com
The New Salem Board of Assessors
Phyllis Stever, Chairperson
Eric Hamm, Assessor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.
Bat Exposure Information
If you have questions about potential rabies exposures or how to submit a bat to MDPH for rabies testing, please call the MDPH, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800. Detailed information is attached. For additional information on rabies, you may also visit the website at www.mass.gov/dph/rabies.
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014
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.