Veterans' Services

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

FY2016 Real Estate and Personal Property 1st Quarter Tax Bills Due
This is to remind you that FY2016 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 3, 2015.  Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.

Payment stubs for this bill as well as the FY2016 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 to newsalemtax@aol.com.
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 S. Main Street 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 - 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 S. Main Street on Tuesdays 5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon. 

New Salem Broadband Committee Update

Town  Meeting passed the authorization to borrow, just one more step to complete the process!

We met our first goal!  With over 200 households signed up for WiredWest we have achieved and surpassed the minimum 40% household sign up goal to be eligible to be wired for high speed Internet.  Our next goal is to have 80 more households sign up which will put us at 60% of households in town pre-registered. This will increase our odds of being among the first to be wired.

Please sign up!  You can sign up with a credit card online at www.wiredwest.net.  To sign up by mail download a registration form or pick up a form at the New Salem General Store or the New Salem Library and mail it along with your check for $49 to WiredWest, Old Courthouse, 99 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060.

Remember, there is one more important action needed to bring high-speed Internet to our town:

VOTE IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION - Soon after town meeting a majority (>50%) ballot vote is needed to approve the debt exclusion. Date to be announced.

Thanks to everyone who signed up to support this project!

Let’s do this New Salem!


New Salem Broadband Committee


For more information:
Broadband Committee Page

New Salem Transfer Station News
Winners: Jane Clukay won the free bags for the month of June in the Clean Up New Salem raffle. If you are interested in how you can win than talk to Bob at the Transfer Station.

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.

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 newsalemassessor@hotmail.comx8

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 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.

Sign up for WiredWest and help make New Salem a Fiber Town.
Sign me up!

Click Here to Sign Up by Mailor For More Information

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



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