PENDING PRELIMINARY CERTIFICATION                                       

Date: November 16, 2015                    


Notice Of Value Adjustments  Disclosure Period NOVEMBER 16TH Thru  DECEMBER 1ST
State law requires towns to assess value of property for tax purposes at 100 percent of the market value.  As the market changes the valuations must also change.  The assessors have completed a revaluation process and now have received permission to release preliminary values for fiscal 2016. 
The list of all taxable property values is available for review at the Town Hall, Stowell Building, and the General Store.  The list is also available online to download at the town's website http://newsalem-massachusetts.org/townoffices/assessors. Owners may contact the board of assessors by phone or email during this two week period with questions or concerns.   Any subsequent adjustments in value  before final value approval will be explained by letter from the assessors to the property owner

Applications for abatement are available online at the above cited assessors website.

Abatement applications must be received by the assessors during the one month period following the mailing of the actual (third quarter) tax bill, typically before February 1st


The Board of Assessors will meet on November 24th at 7PM at 24 S. Main, New Salem.


The Assistant Assessor will be available throughout the disclosure period  on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 till noon excluding November 25th, 26th, and 27th when we will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The office can be reached at the telephone  number and email address cited above.



New Salem Board of Assessors

Eric Hamm (Chairman)

Phyllis Stever


Kenneth Holmberg

New Salem Assistant Assessor

Click here for a list of FY16 Personal Property Values

Click here for a list of FY15 & FY16 Property Values


Board of Assessors Seeks Two Replacements
The 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 board. 


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 hughtfield@gmail.com, or phone Hugh at 978-544-1856.


Board of Health Hours Change and Update

During the week of Thanksgiving, the Board of Health Office will be open on Tuesday, November 24th from 9:00am-noon. The following week it will also be open on Tuesday, December 1st from 9:00am-noon. The Board of Health office will then be back to the normal hours of Thursday from 9:00 am to noon.

 In December, the Board of Health office will be open on Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec 24th from 9am-noon and New Years Eve, Thursday, Dec 31 from 9am-noon.

 Rob Roy won the free bags from the Transfer Station for the month of Oct. Even when he is not working at the Transfer station he is picking up the rubbish on the side of the road and helping to keep New Salem clean. Thank You for all your hard work.

 Demo and metal containers have been taken away for the winter. They will return in April.

Board of Health Seeking Relief Attendant
The 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 978-544-1856.


Veterans' Services

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 News

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.

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.

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.

Recycling Information
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.

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Broadband Stories
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Town of New Salem

Municipal Offices 


Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Coordinator



Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

Town Clerk

Tax Collector



Frequently Used Links                

Meeting and Notice Calendar

Town & Local Events Calendar & News

Broadband Committee page

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Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 

Online Tax Payments


Burn Permits


Household Hazardous Waste Collection
As a resident of New Salem you have access to at least six Household Hazardous Waste collection events each year

· Pre-registration is required
· To see the complete list of collection event dates, times and locations, go to http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/HHWreciprocal.html

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.

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.

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

Transfer Station Hours

The Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm

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.


Personnel Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search

Board/Committee Vacancies

The 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