Tax Collector’s Office Closed June 4 Through June 25
The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Thurs June 4 through Thurs June 25
- 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.
Town Vote on Authorizing Borrowing for Franklin County Tech School
On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from noon to 8:00 pm at the Town Hall Annex at 24 South Main Street, there will be an election to authorize borrowing funds for the Franklin County school repairs/renovations. Please come out to vote!
New Salem Broadband Committee Update
Town Meeting passed the authorization to borrow, just one more step to complete the process!
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 is one more important action needed to bring high-speed Internet to our town:
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
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 email@example.com
The New Salem Board of Assessors
Phyllis Stever, Chairperson
Eric Hamm, Assessor
New Salem Transfer Station News
The New Salem Transfer Station will be open on Saturday, July 4th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Winners: The winners for April on the cleanup New Salem contest were Sue and Bob Jillson. They 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. Thank you Sue and Bob for caring about keeping your town 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.