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Town Election Notice

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
Assessor                    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 vacancy)

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.

The 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, April 14th.

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.
Stacy Senflug
Town Clerk


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:

1.      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.

2.      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

broadband@newsalem-massachusetts.org

For more information:
Broadband Committee Page

WiredWest

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 District

Transfer 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 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.




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Town of New Salem Municipal Offices         

 

Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

 

Town Coordinator

Selectboard

 

Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Clerk

Tax Collector

Assessors

 

Frequently Used Links                


Meeting and Notice Calendar


Town & Local Events Calendar & News


Broadband Committee page


How do I contact....?


Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 


Online Tax Payments

 

Burn Permits

 

 

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
In 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 clavin.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