Early Voting starts October 24
For the first time, Massachusetts voters will be able to cast their ballots before Election Day. This year, you have the option to cast your State Election ballot in person, by mail, or at your polling place on Election Day.
The early voting period will begin on October 24 and end on November 4. To vote by mail, download the Early Ballot Application and mail it to Town Clerk Stacy Senflug,Town Hall Annex, 24 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355. Early ballot mailing will begin October 24.
You can also vote early in person during the Town Clerk's office hours, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24, and Monday, October 31.
Regular voting hours are 7:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.
You can see a sample ballot here Contact Stacy Senflug with questions at (978) 544-2731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day
The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation Facility at 66 Ashfield Rd. (Rt. 112 South), the Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Rd., and the Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.
New Salem residents may bring bulky items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items. Materials will be recycled whenever possible; disposal fees apply for most items. For more details see http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/cleansweep.html
Fiscal Year 2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property 2nd Quarter Tax Bills Due
The 1st and 2nd quarter FY 2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills were mailed out June 30. FY2017 2nd Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable. The due date for the 2nd quarter bills is November 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 and phone number and the address of your property. You may also email your request for information to email@example.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 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 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
Primary Elections Results
86 of 706 voters - 12% turnout
Rep in Congress
Hurley 41; Morneau 20; Blank 6
Senator in General Court
Rosenberg 61; Blank 6
Rep in General Court
Andrews 61; Blank 6
Donelan 62; Blank 5
Rep in Congress
Senator in General Court
Peltier 16; Blank 3
Rep in General Court
Whipps Lee 19
From Stacy Senflug, firstname.lastname@example.org
As of July 1, 2015, New Salem is part of the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans' Services District. More information here.
The Selectboard is meeting October 11th (due to the Monday Holiday) and 24th at 7 p.m. in the Stowell Building. This follows the usual schedule of meeting every other Monday. If the Monday is a holiday, the Selectboard meets on the Tuesday of that week. To verify a meeting date, contact the Town Coordinator at 544-6437.
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.
June 2016 Broadband Update
Board of Health News
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
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.
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.
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014
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.
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.