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 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


Notice of Property Inspections by Assessors Office – FY2016

April 17, 2015

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 newsalemassessor@hotmail.com.

The New Salem Board of Assessors

Phyllis Stever, Chairperson
Eric Hamm, Assessor

FY2015 Real Estate and Personal Property 4th Quarter Tax Bills Due
This is to remind you that FY2015 4th Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable.  The due date for these bills is May 1, 2015.  Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.


NEW It is now possible to look up your bill information online at www.unitaxonline.com whether or not you plan to pay online.  

  • Enter www.unitaxonline.com in your web browser.
  • Select Town of New Salem from the drop down menu on the home screen and click Submit.
  • Select bill type under transactions (Motor Vehicle, Personal Property or Real Estate).
  • Then click on “Need help locating your bill?” on the transaction screen.
  • Fill in the requested information and your bill information will be provided

Alternatively, if you have trouble locating your bill(s)/information and wish to find out the amount due you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, phone number and the address of your property.  The Tax Collector will call you with the amount of your bill(s).  You may also email your request for this information to newsalemtax@aol.com.

Non-cash payments may be deposited in the black tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall at 15 S. Main Street or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355.  Bills may also be paid online at www.unitaxonline.com through the due date. Cash payments may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 S. Main Street on Tuesdays 5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon.

Broadband Committee Update

We made it to our WiredWest Fiber Campaign minimum sign up goal! Our next goal is to sign-up 60% of the households in town to increase our chances of being among the first towns to be wired.

Below is some additional information about the project.  An important mailing with more details was sent out this week.

A Few Questions and Answers for the New Salem/WiredWest Broadband Project

Why do I need to sign up now?

We need a minimum of 40% of households to sign up to be part of the network.

Towns with the most subscribers are more likely to be built first (with completion as early as 2017) so it is critical to get as many people as possible to sign up now. Our goal is 60% of households.


How will this project be financed?

Towns that are part of the WiredWest network and a $40 million State of Massachusetts grant will fund this project.


How much will my taxes increase?

The tax increase could gradually rise to a maximum of $17 per month (about $204 per year) for an average single family home ($205,439). However, the tax increase could be zero because WiredWest expects to be able to return revenue to the town from monthly subscriptions that could cover all or part of the town’s debt.


Many households will save on telephone, Internet and television bills offsetting any tax increase.



Average current expenses

Average potential future expenses





Satellite or Mobile Internet

(1-12 Mbps)


High-speed Fiber Optic Internet

(25 Mbps–NO data cap)




Max. Added Real Estate Tax







For the average household in

this example, we expect:

Savings of $34 per month or over $400 per year.

Visit our websites at www.newsalem-massachusetts.org or www.wiredwest.net for more information.

See the calculator tool to determine how this project affects your household costs.


Why are we using taxpayer dollars for this? Shouldn't a private company cover the costs?

New Salem has relatively few households and low population density.

Rural wiring costs are high and for a for-profit commercial Internet provider the expense has been too high.

Over the last 20 years, various companies have declined requests to deliver broadband Internet to us.

New Salem joined WiredWest because our town has been unable to get reliable and fast Internet access.


I don't use computers or the Internet. Why should I care about broadband?

Even if you don't use the Internet yourself, there are compelling reasons to support the plan:


1.     Home value.  Many of our residents have already encountered extreme difficulty selling or renting their homes because there are few people who are willing to move to an area that lacks adequate Internet service. When it's time to sell your home, you will get upwards of 20% less for your home if high-speed Internet is not available.[i]


2.     Infrastructure for all, now and in the future. The fiber-optic cable and network adds value to the town just as a fine library, school, and municipal services police, fire, and highway add value. Taxpayer support of infrastructure is essential.


3.     Sustaining community. If high speed Internet is not available to residents of the town, the town will change. Young people will move away. Workers who want to telecommute will not live here. New Salem will not grow in vitality. This has happened to other towns when broadband is unavailable.

[i] Source: The Guardian [New York] 1 Mar. 2014: "Fast broadband now considered vital by increasing numbers of homebuyers." Online.   Estimate confirmed by professional local realtors at Jones Realty, Amherst, Massachusetts.


NEW - Frequently Asked Questions

New Salem Broadband Committee


For more information:
Broadband Committee Page


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.

Sign up for WiredWest and help make New Salem a Fiber Town. Sign me up!

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Town of New Salem Municipal Offices         


Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Coordinator



Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

Town Clerk

Tax Collector



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Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 

Online Tax Payments


Burn Permits



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
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.


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