New Salem/Wendell School Committee

The next meeting of the New Salem/Wendell School Committee will be at its regularly scheduled date of Thursday, February 1, 2018. Thank you.  Conact BettyLou Mallet, mallet@erving.com, with questions.

FY2018 Real Estate and Personal Property 3rd Quarter Tax Bills Due


The 3rd and 4th quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills were mailed out in December.  This is to remind you that FY2018 3rd Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable.  The due date for the 3rd quarter bills is February 1, 2018.  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 at 15 S. Main St. or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355. Please do not postdate checks. 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.  Money Orders may be used instead of cash and can be submitted in all of the above mentioned non-cash methods.


Assessment information and abatement forms can be found on the Assessors page.Assessors

Notice 11-28-17

The Board of Assessors have made an interim adjustment to real estate for the current fiscal year (FY18).

The board is responding to noticeable signs that there have been market improvements reflected by sales both in the sale prices and the total number of sales. These values have been approved by the Department of Revenue so we are notifying the public using the Official Town of New Salem Webpage http://www.newsalem-massachusetts.org/assessors.html.  This notice and a link to the file will be in the upper right hand corner of the assessors’ webpage.

The amount of the change is modest overall, about 4 to 5% total for most properties.

The pdf file will show the exact amount of the change in value by alphabetical order using the owners last name.

If you have any questions please contact our office by email (newsalemassessor@hotmail.com) or by phone 978-544-5814. 

Kenneth Holmberg

Assistant Assessor

Current FY18 Values by Owner

New Transfer Station Wednesday Hours 

Starting Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Transfer Station will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.  For information, contact the Board of Health at 978-544-9673 or nsboardofhealth@gmail.com.

Broadband Update Fall 2017


- The New Salem Broadband Committee holds weekly meetings and additional breakout sessions to work on multiple issues including:  network mapping and design; build preparations; and construction and operation finance.

- New Salem’s WiredWest Delegates/Board of Director representatives attend monthly WiredWest Board meetings. 

- As WiredWest Clerk, MaryEllen Kennedy participates in bi-weekly WiredWest Executive Committee meetings.

September 19th

- Members of the Broadband Committee and Selectboard participate in a detailed planning meeting and on-site review of town specific design issues with representatives from Westfield Gas & Electric (WG&E) and Precision Valley Communications (PVC).  WG&E is the company New Salem has contracted with to design and build our fiber network.  They are employing PVC to do the field engineering, which is mapping distance and showing how to feed fiber to each dwelling.

September 22nd

- Members of the Broadband Committee attend a conference on MLP Management in Heath with presentations by KP Law (New Salem town counsel), MAIA (Town Government Insurance), Attorney Deidre Lawrence (specialist in MLP legal issues) and Goulet, Salvidio & Assoc. (MLP accounting firm).

September 25th

- PVC mappers begin several weeks of field engineering. 

October 6th

- WG&E and state representatives begin bi-weekly phone calls to provide MLP Managers and Broadband Committees updates on Utility pole submissions and make-ready work.

November 15th

- Broadband Committee begins bi-weekly phone conferences with WG&E.  All aspects of the project are discussed with current focus on mapping, design and preliminary build considerations.


- The State announces the availability of additional funding for towns building their own networks.  These monies will be dispersed through a grant process to towns that have construction costs that exceed the original MBI estimates for their network builds.

December 6th

- Broadband Committee members, Cam Dunbar and WG&E Engineers conduct on-site walk-out of locations that will require new pole sets in order to tie all sections of New Salem into the town fiber network.

Further updates will be forthcoming as the project progresses. If you have questions in the meantime please contact us at Broadband@newsalem-massachusetts.org -The New Salem Broadband Committee

Broadband Update Spring/Summer 2017


Let Us Know Where You Have Seen Invasive Species

The Conservation Commission is compiling a list of sites in town where there are patches of invasive plants which will be the target for a work day to remove in the spring.  Our goal is to focus on patches that are small and manageable, or composed of "early detection" species not yet common in town, rather than, for example, tackling whole fields of multiflora rose.  If you know of any such sites, please send an e-mail to Zara Dowling at zara.dowling@gmail.com.  

 Be sure to include these four items: 

1) plant species, 

2) location - either GPS point, street address, or distance from a known road intersection, 

3) approximate size of the patch (number of plants, or dimensions), and 

4) something about the property ownership - either that it is on the road shoulder, or if not, what you know about who may own the land.

Photos needed The Selectboard is interested in photographs to be considered for the next town report.  Please send photos to newsalemselectboard@gmail.com.  The board reports that nature photos are preferred and the pool of choices is often small.  The choice won’t be made until April so there is time to find and submit possibilities.

Free Home Energy Assessment and Light Bulbs
The New Salem Energy Committee wants to remind residents to participate in MassSave, a program which provides FREE home energy efficiency assessments to homeowners and renters.  During an appointment, the assessor will evaluate options to increase energy efficiency in your home and can provide LED high-efficiency light bulbs, programmable thermostats, advanced power strips, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators AT NO COST.  Discounted wireless thermostats are also available.  If you need additional insulation or heating, MassSave can provide FREE air sealing of leaks and drafty areas, as well as 75% off of up to $2000 of insulation improvements.  Rebates for high-efficiency hot water and heating systems are available, as well as 0% HEAT Loans for eligible projects.  You can schedule an assessment at 866-527-SAVE or MassSave.com.  Informational pamphlets are also available at the library.

To reach the New Salem News

The New Salem News normally goes out early Saturday morning, including all news received that week.  To send an announcement or to subscribe, use this email address,  newsalemnews@gmail.com. Please include contact information that will be included in an announcement. It’s very helpful if you send your announcement in the body of the email or as a link instead of an attachment.

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.


Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2017 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim! Guide: https://tinyurl.com/RRRN-2017

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.

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



Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

Town Clerk

Tax Collector



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Meeting and Notice Calendar

Town & Local Events Calendar & News

New Salem Community Garden Facebook Page

Broadband Committee page

Town Board & Committee List

Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 

Online Tax Payments

Burn Permits

2015 Annual Report


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.

New Salem Agricultural Commission
The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as: ticks & Lyme disease, building & amending soil, growing mushrooms, managing invasive speciesbest organic practices, and more. We are seeking public input on your desired topics, through public presentations or research findings, so please let us know what youd like to learn more about. If you are interested in havin your soil tested, we have a connection through UMass. Send an email to nsagcommission@gmail.com, join our meetings, or "like" our page on Facebook.


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.


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.

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.