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FY2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property 1st Quarter Tax Bills Due

The 1st and 2nd quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills were mailed out by June 30.  This is to remind you that FY2017 1st Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable.  The due date for the 1st quarter’s bills is August 1, 2016.  Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.

 

If you have questions regarding your bill you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, phone number and the address of your property.  You may also email your request for information to newsalemtax@aol.com.  Questions regarding the assessed value of your property, abatements or exemptions should be directed to the Assessors at (978) 544-5814.

 

Non-cash payments may be deposited in the tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355. Payments may also be scheduled or paid online at www.unitaxonline.com. Cash payments (exact change only, please) may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 S. Main Street on Tuesdays 5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon. 

 

Assessment information and abatement forms can be found on the Assessors or Tax Collector pages at the town website at www.newsalem-massachusetts.org.


Notice from the Animal Control Officer
Please do not drop animals off at the
Animal Control Officer’s residence. Please call 978 544-7530 and I or a substitute will happily pick it up. There are many new protocols that must be followed.  I came home last week and there was a dog in a crate at my home with no information - no one had called ahead and there was no note. It is necessary to know who is dropping off said animals in case more information is needed. If animals are dropped off without calling ahead, I will have to change the area of the kennel and add video security. Thank you for understanding. I/we do act on all calls received.

On another note - please do not feed wildlife! There are tons of bear issues (they like bird feeders and trash). It is illegal to trap and move wildlife to a different location (even for us). If there is a problem with nuisance wildlife, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police. Thank you, Gail Spring, New Salem Animal Control Officer.”
The 7-day, emergency statewide dispatch phone number is 1-800-632-8075.

 

Board of Health News
Anyone interested in collecting the recyclable cans and bottles from the New Salem Transfer Station should submit a written request and what organization will benefit from it to New Salem Board of Health 19 South Main Street, New Salem Ma. 01355. The cans need to be picked up weekly when the Transfer Station is open and you need to have a valid Transfer Station Permit.


June 2016 Broadband Update
Members of the Broadband Committee, Selectboard and Finance Committee are currently working with Massachusetts Broadband Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Local Services on a process to assess New Salem’s financial viability to own and operate a sustainable broadband network.
As the state will not fund shared regional ownership, all towns must build and own their own network. WiredWest has developed and is modifying an alternate plan to regionalize management, maintenance and share a common Internet Service Provider in order to comport with state guidelines and benefit from a regional operations model – but not ownership.
In the meantime, we are moving forward with steps that the state has set forward in order to proceed with the build so that our participation in the project is not delayed. We are pleased that MBI is assisting us in these efforts and that WiredWest is providing advice and support as we move through this process.
It is yet unknown what changes this will bring to residents in terms of monthly subscription costs and service. We will hold a townwide information session when we know enough to make such an event meaningful and productive.

MaryEllen Kennedy and Kathy Soule-Regine, Co-Chairs, New Salem Broadband Committee 

Board of Health News
Town Litter Raffle: Bob Jillson won the free New Salem Transfer Station bags in the Board of Health’s Town Litter Pick-Up Raffle for the month of April. Thank you for helping to keep New Salem clean. Want to enter the raffle? Talk to Rob Roy at the Transfer Station.


New Salem Firefighter’s Association Upgrade Office at Fire Station

Members of the New Salem Firefighters' Association have begun upgrading an underutilized office at the fire station. The new space will greatly improve access for training, meetings and storage. Thanks to all who volunteered their time to help Wednesday: Members Joe Cuneo, Larry Eaton, Ricky Misner, Cam Dunbar, Daniel Thayer, Roger Spring, and retired members Arthur Adams and Bruce Dunbar.


Veterans' Services

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


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.


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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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

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


New Salem Community Garden Facebook Page


Broadband Committee page


How do I contact....?


Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 


Online Tax Payments


Burn Permits

 

New Salem News Needs New Editor:  

Jane Clukay will no longer be doing the New Salem News after the July Newsletter. It is hoped that someone or some organization will step forward to continue it, as it is important to this town. If you or your organization is interested, please contact Ta Mara Conde, chair of the New Salem Recreation Committee, the town committee that sponsors the New Salem News, at tamara@historicgravestone.com

Thank you to Jane for all her work to bring us the New Salem News!

New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns - Uniquely Quabbin

There is a new, free, 56-page magazine with a glossy cover and a photo of the New Salem Route 202 Look-Out by Dale Monette on the back cover. Look for it at New Salem General Store. It contains articles by 20 local writers and has Calendar Listings of Events in the area from for May to September. Note: New Salem resident, Jane Clukay, is the Associate Editor and Calendar Listing Editor.


New Spring Schedule for Worcester to Northampton MaxBus
The Maxbus that stops in New Salem on the way to Worcester and Northampton has a new spring schedule. The bus leaves about an hour later in the morning and returns an hour or so earlier in the afternoon. The schedule can be found at www.maxpressbus.com or at the New Salem General Store.


Hazardous Waste Day is October 1st

Saturday, October 1st is Hazardous Waste Day. Pre-registration is required between August 25th and September 26th. For more information go to:

franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html.

Please note that this event takes place concurrently at two collections sites - Greenfield Community College and the Orange Transfer Station.

 

Board of Assessors Seek One Replacement

The Board of Assessors is seeking one replacement for the pending retirement of chair, Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years. It is required that the board have three members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a quorum. The board meets twice monthly (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.) through most of the year and meetings are normally under two hours in length.  There is a stipend for board members. Please call our office at 978-544-5814, if you are a town resident and are interested in joining the board.  Potential candidates would
meet with the current Board and upon their recommendation, be appointed by the Selectboard. When the members term is expired they must be elected. Current members of the Board as of this date are Eric Hamm (Chair), Phyllis Stever and David Briand.

 

Personnel Committee
Due to a recent resignation, the Personnel Committee is looking for a new member. Contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.

 

Website Committee
The New Salem Website committee is down to two active members and needs additional volunteers. Please contact Mary-Ellen Kennedy at 978-821-2597 or Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.

 

Energy Committee
The New Salem Energy Committee is on a hiatus as only two members remain. They are now working with Wendell on grants for energy upgrades at Swift River School. The Town of Wendell has suggested working with New Salem on “Solarize Mass” which provides group rates on multiple solar installations. Please contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in working with the Energy Committee.


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.


Spring Clean Sweep Bulky Waste Day
The Franklin County Solid Waste District will be holding its Spring Clean Sweep Bulky Waste Day on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information on any of these programs or events, contact the Franklin County Solid Waste District: 413-772-2438, info@franklincountywastedistrict.org.


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.


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

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.