Special Town Meeting, Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm

A New Salem Special Town Meeting will be held at the Town Hall Annex (Old Library), 24 South Main Street, on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. to act on the following articles:


ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $30,000 from Free Cash to the Highway Department to pay for the rebuild of the front-end loader, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $7,000 from Road Machinery Earnings to the Highway Department to pay for repairs to the grader, or take any action thereon.



Show your Transfer Station Sticker

The Board of Health is in the process of hiring a new Transfer Station Attendant. Please be sure to display your sticker where it can be seen when you come to the transfer station. You will be stopped and asked for it if it isn’t clearly visible.

School Committee Meeting & Budget Public Hearing

There will be a New Salem/Wendell School Committee Policy Committee meeting Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Public Hearing on the FY19 budget at 7:00 p.m. at Swift River School.  A vote on the budget will follow during the regular school committee meeting.  Contact BettyLou Mallet with questions.

Town Election Update
The following people will be on the ballot in the town election on Monday, May 7:

Selectboard, 3 year term: Lisa Dewitt, Karyn Briand
Board of Health, 3 year term: Jenny Potee
Assessor, 3 year term: Eric Hamm
Planning Board, 5 year term: Steven Blinder
Planning Board, 5 year term: Tamara Conde
School Committee, 3 year term: no one took out nomination papers
Library Trustee, 3 year term: no one took out nomination papers

Information about running a write-in campaign is available here. Our own Clerk Stacy Senflug reports that she's happy to answer specific questions any potential candidate may have, during her office hours or by email at  newsalemsclerk@aol.com.  Office hours are Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Assessors Reminder: Tax Exemption Forms Due by April 1

Applications for senior and veterans’ exemptions for Fiscal 2018 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018) must be filed with the assessors or postmarked before April 2, 2018.   You must apply every year even if you have received an exemption in the past.

Exemptions for elderly (65 or 70 and older by 7-1-17) are available for New Salem property owners living in New Salem as of July 1, 2017.   Application forms were mailed to those residents who have received them in the past.  Click here for age, income, and asset criteria for the 41-C and 17-D exemptions.  If you think that someone you know could be eligible you should encourage them to contact our office.

Winter-Spring 2018 Broadband Update

Contractors are making steady progress on the design details of the network. The Broadband Committee work with the contractors to confirm design elements (through mapping, research, and onsite reviews): the fiber route, the existing poles to be used, and where new poles will be needed. Where needed to complete the town’s fiber network, the committee is approaching landowners to work out necessary details.


In order to string fiber on utility poles, we must submit applications to phone and electric companies. From there we will receive estimates from them as to how much it will cost for them to perform make ready (pole preparation) prior to our build. The submission of pole applications has started and we are one of the first towns to get to this stage of the network build. This is one of the most prolonged phases of the build and the timing, once the applications are submitted, is in the hands of the utilities. The State and Westfield Gas & Electric (WG&E, our Project Manager) are all working diligently to accelerate the application and make ready process.


For regional assistance, design, and coordination, we continue to work with WiredWest. We also are participating, with other communities, in meetings that focus on regional design.


In March the State sent formal written notification to the Selectboard that additional money will be available to towns that experience cost overruns beyond the original MBI estimates and that New Salem is qualified to receive those funds if needed.


Further updates will be forthcoming as the project moves forward. If you have any questions please contact us at Broadband@newsalem-massachusetts.org - the New Salem Broadband Committee


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.


Future Trash Solutions

Please save the dates for these 2018 collection events. 

  • · Spring “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day: May 5
  • · Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day: Sept. 22
  • · Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day: October 20

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



Frequently Used Links                

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.