Annual Town Meeting
Monday, June 1 7pm
New Salem Town Election Results
64 of 696 voters
10% voter turnout
Selectperson, 3 years
Lisa DeWitt: 52 votes
Board of Health, 3 years
Jenny Potee: 59 votes
Assessor, 3 years
Eric Hamm: 59 votes
Planning Board, 5 years
Sarah Kohler: 50 votes
School Committee, 3 years
Carla Halpern: 57 votes
School Committee, 1 year (to fill vacancy)
John DeWitt: 57 votes
Library Trustee, 3 years
Jane McKay: 62 votes
Library Trustee, 1 year (to fill vacancy)
Judith Northup Bennett: 62 votes
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 email@example.com.
The New Salem Board of Assessors
Phyllis Stever, Chairperson
Eric Hamm, Assessor
WiredWest town meeting bond authorizations are now 12 for 12. Cummington, Plainfield, Shutesbury, West Stockbridge, Blandford, Windsor, Egremont, Colrain, Washington, Monterey, Becket and Rowe all passed with overwhelming majorities or unanimously, and often with record attendance.
New Salem Broadband Committee Update
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 are two more important actions needed to bring high-speed Internet to our town:
VOTE AT THE JUNE 1st ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - Mark your calendar and be sure all of the registered voters in your household attend the meeting. A 2/3 vote is needed to authorize borrowing to fund the project.
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
Tax Collector’s Office Closed May 28 Through June 11
Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Thurs May 28 through Thurs June 11
-Money orders will be accepted in lieu of cash payments during this period of time.
-Money orders or checks may be placed in the black tax payment drop box located in front of the Town Hall.
-Money orders or checks may also be mailed to the Tax Collector, 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355
-Payments for current bills may be made online at unitaxonline.com
-If you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Tax Collector will get back to you as soon as possible.
New 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
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.
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.
New Salem Democratic Caucus Scheduled
New Salem Town Democratic Caucus will be Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 am at the Stowell
Building. The main purpose of the caucus is to select delegates to the State
Democratic Convention. The New Salem Town Democratic Caucus is somewhat later
this year because the State Democratic Convention is on Sept. 19 instead of in
June as in previous years. More information will be forthcoming so stay tuned.
Spring Clean Up Week
The Recreation Committee would like to remind you that Spring Vacation Week is
a great time to help clean up New Salem! Trash which is obviously litter can be
dropped off at the New Salem Transfer Station and you can enter your name in a
raffle for a free set of Transfer Station bags.
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.
Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
the month of April, Jeffrey Duga and children walked the sides of the roads in
New Salem and picked up 15 bags of rubbish. They won the drawing for the
free bags for that month. Hugh MacKay won the May drawing for the free bags for
his part in keeping New Salem clean. Thanks to all of you from the Board of
Health and the Town of New Salem for helping to keep New Salem clean. If anyone
is interested in participating in the drawing for the free trash.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer Station Hours
Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm
New Electronic Waste Collection Program
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,
District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.
Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search
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