The following town offices are up for election at this year’s annual town
election in 2015:
Selectboard 3 year term
Board of Health 3 year term
3 year term
Planning Board 5 year term
School Committee 3 year term
School Committee 3 year term
School Committee 1 year term (to fill vacancy)
Library Trustee 3 year term
Library Trustee 1 year term (to fill
If you are seeking election, nomination papers are available from this
office. The required number of signatures to be an official candidate
included on the ballot is 20, however it’s always wise to have a few extras
should there be difficulty verifying any signatures.
important dates for this year’s annual election on Monday, May 4th are:
Last day to obtain nomination papers, Friday, March 12th,
Last day to submit papers to registrars of voters for certification, Monday, March 16th,
Last day to file nomination papers with town clerk, Monday, March 30st, and
Last day to register to vote, Tuesday,
My office hours are Mondays 6-9 PM and by appointment if necessary.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.
Help bring High Speed Internet to New Salem
WiredWest is a cooperative of small
towns in western Massachusetts dedicated to bringing affordable, reliable,
high-speed internet service to those of us who have been without it for far too
long. Thirty-two member towns including New Salem are working together to build
and operate a regional state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that will bring
broadband internet, digital phone, TV and more to our homes and businesses.
The cost to build the network in
these towns is an estimated $79 million. The state is contributing up to 40% of
the funds through the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, but the towns must
provide the rest, because no one else will.
For New Salem to become a “Fiber
Town” and be part of the WiredWest network, two things must happen:
40% of the households in your town
must sign a conditional commitment for service and make a $49 deposit, which
will be applied to your first month’s bill once the network is completed. As of March 27 we are 52% of the way to this goal. If you haven't already done so, please consider signing up now.
A 2/3 vote in a town meeting this
spring is needed to approve borrowing the funds each town must contribute as
its share of network construction costs.
If we meet these goals, the design
and build out of the network will begin. We must act together, now, to get
broadband, so join the campaign. Go to http://register.wiredwest.net
to sign up online. If you lack internet access or prefer to pay by check, you
can sign up at the New Salem Library or use invitation you received in the mail this week.
Use our Calculator Tool to determine how this project affects your own household costs.
NEW - Frequently Asked Questions
New Salem Broadband Committee
For more information: Broadband Committee Page
WiredWestNew Salem Transfer Station News
New Wood Pellet Bag Recycling Program:
This is a pilot program and can only accept pellet bags – no other plastic bag or plastic film product. Bags must be dry and empty. They must be bundled together. There will be twine at the New Salem Transfer Station if needed. It’s very important for participants to follow the guidelines so that all material can be recycled and not rejected by the end market. Residents in New Salem may deliver pellet bags to the Transfer Station during normal operating hours. There is no fee. New Salem residents can bring their bags clean and bundled to the Wendell Transfer Station also. There is no fee there either.News from the Franklin County Waste Management DistrictTransfer Station Bags Winner:
Carol Bright won the package of New Salem Trash Bags for picking up the rubbish on the side of the road. Good work Carol. If you are interested in trying to win the free rubbish bags talk to Bob at the New Salem 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.
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 Transfer Station Bags Winner:
Keep bringing in that trash and you could be the next person to win free bags
from the Transfer Station.
. 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.Suggestion Box at Transfer Station
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.
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)
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
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.