Information about the May 1 election, is here.
The important dates for this year’s annual election on Monday, May 1st are:
Last day to obtain nomination papers, Friday March 10th,
Last day to submit papers to registrars of voters for certification, Monday, March 13th, and
Last day to register to vote, Tuesday, April 11th.
March Board of Health hours
In March the Board of Health Office will be closed on Thursday, March 16, and open on Monday, March 13, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead. The rest of the month it will be open on Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon.
FY17 Real Estate and Personal Property 3rd Quarter Tax Bills Due
The 3rd and 4th quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills were mailed out in December. This is to remind you that FY2017 3rd Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable. The due date for the 3rd quarter bills is February 1, 2017. 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, phone number and the address of your property. You may also email your request for information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the assessed value of your property, abatements or exemptions should be directed to the Assessors at (978) 544-5814 or 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. Please do not postdate checks. 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 5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-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.
Forms are available from the assessor's office (978-544-5814
) and on our website.
Detached Apartment Planning Board meeting
The Planning Board is considering proposing a change to the Zoning Bylaw to allow for detached accessory apartments, including "tiny houses." Anyone interested in assisting the Board in devising policy regarding this issue is invited to attend our next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on February 1, at the Stowell Building, 19 South Main St. We would like to hear your opinions and ideas on this matter. You may also send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org .
This month the Selectboard meets Mondays on 13th and 27th at 7 p.m. 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.
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014
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.