Board of Health announcement
The Board of Health Office will be closed on Thursday, September 3rd and will reopen on Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 am.ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT
The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its annual household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, October 3rd
at GCC Main Campus and Orange Transfer Station.
Residents and businesses must pre-register by September 24th. Online registration forms may be completed at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org
. Paper registration forms will soon be available at participating town offices and transfer stations. Participants will be assigned an appointment time to bring wastes to the collection; appointment time will be provided by mail after registration is processed.
The full announcement is here
For more information, contact the District office at (413) 772-2438, email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org
. MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD). The District is an equal opportunity provider.
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 email@example.com, or phone Hugh at 978-544-1856.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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.