Sunday, February 18, 2018

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting February 21, 2018


SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
February 21, 2018

1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

6.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

7.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

8.      Comments (if any)

9.      Adjourn

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Selectmen's Meeting Postponed to Thursday, February 8th

The regularly Selectmen's meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 is postponed until Thursday, February, 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm. The agenda remains the same.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting February 7, 2018


SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
February 7, 2018


1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Discussion re:  DLTA Application (Alan Pease)

5.   Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Tricia Foster as Planning Board Member
      until the Next Town Election (Alan Pease)

6.   Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Wayne Stacy as Planning Board
      Associate Member .(Alan Pease)

7.  Request Selectmen’s declaration that Maja Hall is available for lease by the Town,
      with terms providing primary consideration for an Ashby-based organization, or
      an organization providing services primarily to Ashby citizens.

  
       8.  Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on One Day Liquor Licenses
      for the Fitchburg Rod and Gun Club (2)

       9.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

     10.  Comments (if any)

     11.  Adjourn

Monday, January 22, 2018

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting January 24, 2018

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
January 24, 2018


1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

5.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

6.      Public Comments (if any)


7.      Adjourn

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Public Forum on Proposed Recreational Marijuana Zoning Bylaw

Public Forum on Proposed Recreational Marijuana Zoning Bylaw
at 7:45 pm, Wed., January 24th in Town Hall, Ashby Planning Board. All are Welcome to Attend and Comment - http://ashbyma.gov/plan/zone-amend.html for more information

Summary of Proposed Bylaw to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Cultivation, Manufacture and Sales

Residential District; the area around center of town except for Residential Commercial B District.
• Not permitted.

Residential Agricultural District; outlying areas, the majority of the town is in this district.
• Cultivation (growing) at up to 4 locations by special permit. Indoors not to exceed 1,000 square feet of growing area, outdoors not to exceed 5,000 square feet. Sales to the public are prohibited.

Residential Commercial A District; located along Fitchburg State Rd. from 119 almost to Fitchburg town line.
• Not permitted.

Residential Commercial B District; this is the district that runs west from the center of town to the Fire Station along Rt. 119.
• 1 location for retail sales of marijuana by special permit. Cannot be within 500 feet of school property. Can be in same location with other types of retail sales.

Industrial District; located along Fitchburg State Rd. in the area of Madigan’s (formerly Micro-Tool).
• Cultivation (growing) or manufacture of marijuana products at 1 location. No size limit. Permitted by special permit. Sales to the public are prohibited.

Comment; 7:45 pm, Wed., January 24th in Town Hall. Written comment accepted.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Nomination Papers Available for Annual Town Election

Positions Available for Annual Town Election, April 23, 2018

Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk's office during regular business hours.
Position
Current Office Holder
Selectman, 3 yearsMichael McCallum
Assessor, 3 years 
Collector, 3 yearsBeth Ann Scheid
Constable 1 year 
Board of Health, 3 yearsScott LeClerc
Board of Health, 2 years 
Planning Board, 5 yearsJean Lindquist
Cemetery Commissioner, 3 years 
Park Commissioner, 3 years 
Park Commissioner, 1 year 
Library Trustee, 3 yearsJohn Mickola
Library Trustee, 3 yearsMichelle Thomas
Library Trustee, 3 yearsRoberta Flashman
Library Trustee, 2 yearsWilliam Pineda
Tree Warden, 2 years 
 

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting January 10, 2018

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
January 10, 2018


1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval to Deficit Spend for Winter Operations (Highway Department)

5.      Selectmen Rescind Vote to Raise 2018 Class II Motor Vehicle License Fee

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on FY10 CDBG Grant Recipient Subordination of Mortgage Lien Agreement (Tax Collector)

7.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

8.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

9.      Public Comments (if any)


10.  Adjourn

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Tax Bill Format & Combined Tax Bills

NEW TAX BILL LAYOUT
Starting with this week’s mailing of the bills due February 1st, all real estate and personal property tax bills will be printed, sorted for bulk rate and/or multi-stuffed by Globe Direct located in Taunton, MA.   Only those bills with an exact 100% match for both naming and addresses will be multi-stuffed.
Our new bill layouts are printed on both sides; see samples below.  Bills scheduled for Dec 28thmailing.


                2-window envelope                       RealEstate                          PersonalProperty

COMBINED TAX BILLS
At our last town meeting, Ashby voters approved the combining of smaller real estate and personal property tax billings.  Taxpayers who were used to receiving 4 quarterly tax bills ranging from $0.01 up to $25.00, will now only receive two tax billings per year.  For example:
A $4.17 tax assessment which historically billed quarterly as:  $1.04 + $1.04 + $1.05 + $1.04, will now bill as $2.08 due Aug1st and $2.09 due Feb1st.  At the higher end of the eligible range:

A $50.00 annual tax (the cap for combining bills) will be $25.00 due Aug1st and $25.00 due Feb1st.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting December 27, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
December 27, 2017


1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Common Victualler’s License Renewals for 2018 for:

v  Camp Middlesex
v  Convenience Mart

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2018 Motor Vehicle License Renewals (including Class II Conditions) for:

v  Tip Top Motors                                   Class II
v  Tracy’s Auto Body and Sales             Class II

6.      Selectmen Discuss Liquor License Fees for Calendar Year 2018

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on 2018 Liquor Licenses for:

v  873 Roadhouse, LLC - All Alcoholic Restaurant License
v  873 Market, LLC - Retail Package Goods, All Alcoholic Beverages
v  American Legion – Club License, All Kinds of Alcoholic Beverages
v  Ashby Market – Retail Package Goods, Wines and Malt Beverages

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Chairman’s Signature on Comstar Non-Contractual Write-offs Approved by Fire Chief

9.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

10.  Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

11.  Public Comments (if any)


12.  Adjourn

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting on December 13, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
December 13, 2017

1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Community Choice Power Program (Alan Pease)

5.      Energy Efficiency Committee Update (Jim Hubert)

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on FY2017-FY2020 Highway Union Contract

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Vote on 2018 Liquor License Renewals

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on General (Video Games) License for The American Legion for 2018

9.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Common Victualler’s License Renewals for 2018 for:

v  873 Cafe
v  American Legion
v  Ashby Market

10.  Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2018 Class II and Class III Motor Vehicle License Renewals and accompanying Conditions for P&S Trucks & Parts, Inc.

11.  Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2018 Motor Vehicle License Renewals (including Class II Conditions) for:

v  B&Z Enterprises                                 Class II
v  G&M Automotive                              Class II

12.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

13.  Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

14.  Public Comments (if any)


15.  Adjourn

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ashby Band Christmas Concert, Dec. 16th at AES

ASHBY BAND Christmas Concert, Ashby Elementary, Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Free Admission.

The Ashby Concert Band under the musical direction of Robert Healy will present their 4th annual Holiday Christmas Concert at the Ashby Elementary School. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided by the school's PTO.

The 33-piece professional concert band will be joined again this year by the New Players Theatre Guild Festival Singers from Fitchburg under the direction of Nancy King. The Guild Singers will perform “Irving Berlin’s Christmas” medley, “A Festive Christmas Celebration”, “The Christmas Song”, “The Little
Drummer Boy”, & a medley called “A Classical Christmas”. Other highlights include selections from a “The Toy Trumpet”, “Sleigh Ride”, “A Christmas Festival”, “March of the Toys”, “Hallelujah Chorus”, and other traditional holiday favorites.

In the tradition of the summer performances, the concert will end with Stars and Stripe Forever in a special Christmas arrangement.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held on Sunday, December 17 @ 6 pm. This is a family friendly concert which celebrates the season and the long tradition of music in Ashby.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Council on Aging Director Position is Available

The Ashby Council on Aging is seeking a part-time (8hrs/week) Director at $15.46/hour.   The Director is responsible for all aspects of working to meet the needs of approximately 500 seniors.  Please apply to Ashby Council on Aging, 985 Main Street, Ashby, MA 01431.  This position will remain open until filled.

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting November 29, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 29, 2017

1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Matt Leonard as Tree Warden effective 11/14/17

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Angela Jack as Town Clerk Clerical Support, Employee-at-Will with a probationary period of 1 year

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Steve Beauregard as Highway Superintendent, effective immediately, Employee-at-Will

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Vote to Designate Board Member to Approve and Sign on Warrants and Designate Back up Member to Approve and Sign Warrants

8.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

9.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

10.  Public Comments (if any)


11.  Adjourn

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bids Are Solicited for Surplus Town Equipment

                                                                 TOWN OF ASHBY
                                          SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
The Town of Ashby is accepting sealed bids for the following surplus equipment:
·         6 yard stainless steel Torwel sander, pony motor driven
·         6 yard stainless steel Torwel sander, converted to hydraulic
·         Two (2) Wisconsin pony motors
·         Ariens 7hp snow blower, model 1099s
·         Pressure washer, model 1404
·         2003 Ford 350 Pickup 4x4
·         1949 Ford Tractor model 8N
·         2008 Ford Crown Vic
·         Western style horse saddle
·         2004 Ford F-450 ambulance (diesel)
·         Generator, trailer mounted
·         Two (2) Electric Booster Hose Reels, w/100’ of hose each

All items are offered as is/where is without any warranty, actual or implied, as to mechanical viability or physical condition.
For bid forms, terms and conditions, access information, please contact the office of the Town Administrator, Ashby Town Hall, 895 Main Street, Ashby 01431:  978-386-2501 x25.
Bids will be accepted at the same location until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read.
The Town reserves the right to reject any and all bids, in whole or in part, in the best interest of the Town.
Robert B. Hanson
Town Administrator/Procurement Officer

INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS

1. The items enumerated on the first page are available for inspection as follows:
·         The 2008 Crown Vic and the horse saddle may be inspected at the Ashby Police Department, 893 Main Street, during business hours Mon-Friday; please call ahead to 978-386-5652.
·         The ambulance, hose reels, and generator may be inspected at the Ashby Fire Department, 1093 Main Street during business hours on a Monday or a Tuesday; please call ahead to 978-386-5522.
·         All other items may be inspected at the Highway Department garage, 192 Breed Road, during business hours (7AM – 3PM) on a Monday or a Tuesday; please call ahead to 978-386-2424 x26.
2. All items are offered “as is/where is” with no warranty, actual or implied, as to mechanical or physical condition.
3. SUBMISSION OF A BID ON ANY SURPLUS ITEM SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS A CERTIFICATION THAT THE BIDDER HAS INSPECTED THE ITEM, AND IS INFORMED, TO HIS/HER OWN SATISFACTION, OF ITS STATUS AND CONDITION. NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS WILL BE ALLOWED.
4. All bidders must submit their bids on the enclosed bid form, which must be returned in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “Bid – Surplus Equipment” and bearing the name and address of the submitting party. All bids must be received at the Office of the Town Administrator, Town Hall, 895 Main Street, Ashby by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read.
5. Upon award of a bid on any item, payment must be made, in cash, or by certified check or money order, payable to the “Town of Ashby” by 4:00 PM on Monday, December 18th, unless other arrangements have been made, with the approval of the Town Administrator.
6. All items awarded must be claimed by the successful bidder and removed from Town property by 4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 20th, unless other arrangements have been made, with the approval of the Town Administrator. 




                                                            BID FORM

1. For 6 yard Torwel sander, pony motor driven:
            Bid: $___________               
(same number in words) ___________________________________

2. For 6 yard Torwel sander, converted to hydraulic
            Bid: $___________
            (same number in words) ____________________________________

3. For Wisconsin pony motors (two available)
               Bid: $ ______________ each
               (same number in words) ___________________________________

4. For Ariens 7 hp snow blower, model 1099s
               Bid $ _______________
               (same number in words) ___________________________________

5. For pressure washer, model 1404
                Bid $ _______________
                (same number in words) ___________________________________


6. For 2003 Ford 350 pickup 4x4
              Bid $ __________________
              (same number in words) ______________________________________

7. For 1949 Ford tractor Model 8N
              Bid $ __________________
              (same number in words) ______________________________________

7. For 2008 Ford Crown Vic
                 Bid $ _________________
                  (same number in words) _____________________________________

8. For western style horse saddle
                 Bid $ _________________
                  (same number in words) _____________________________________

9. For 2004 Ford F-450 ambulance (diesel)
                 Bid $ _________________
                  (same number in words) _____________________________________

10. For trailer-mounted generator
                 Bid $ _________________
                  (same number in words) _____________________________________




11. For Electric Booster hose reels w/100’ hose (two available, each w/hose)
                 Bid $ _________________
                  (same number in words) _____________________________________


Bid Submitted by:

Name: ________________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________
Contact phone ___________________________________________________


Signed _____________________________________

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting November 15, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA November 15, 2017 1. 7:00 p.m.

1. Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants
3. Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman
4. Assistant Town Administrator’s Report
5. Public Comments (if any)
6. Adjourn

Saturday, November 11, 2017

EMT Certification Course at Ashby Fire Department

EMT CERTIFICATION COURSE BEING OFFERED AT ASHBY FIRE DEPARTMENT
1093 Main St., Ashby, MA 01431
(978) 386-5522 

EMT Basic Course
Start Date: January 2, 2018
End Date: April 18, 2018

Schedule: Tuesday and Sunday 6:00pm - 9:00pm and every other Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuition: $975.00

Includes textbook + CPR Certification
Registration Deadline: 1 2/23/1 7
($275.00 non-refundable textbook deposit required with application)
100% Attendance is Required
FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE THROUGH SALLIE MAE, VA FUNDING:YELLOW RIBBON AND SECTION 30, MA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
*Links on our web site: www.emtsinc.com

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION AND GET MORE INFORMATION WWW.EMTSINC.COM . APPLICATIONS ALSO AVAILABLE AT ASHBY FIRE DEPT.

CONTACT US: 781-826-2011 OR loriemts@emtsinc.com

EMTS, Inc. | (781) 826-2011 | http://www.emtsinc.com

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Clerical Position in Town Clerk's Office Available

Job Posting: Clerical Position- Town Clerk’s Office

The Town of Ashby is seeking qualified applicants for a clerical position in the Town Clerk’s Office. Responsibilities include providing clerical and administrative support for the Department. This includes assistance in administering census and elections, recording vital records and issuance of certain licenses and permits. Applicant must have superior customer service skills and be able to deal effectively with coworkers and the public in a tactful manner. Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Access, Excel, and Word is required, as well as the ability to learn the state Voter Registration Information System, along with various software programs in use within the office.
Wage starting at $13.50/hour.

The Job Application form is available on the Town website www.ashbyma.gov and completed applications should be directed to:
Town Clerk
895 Main Street, Box 4
Ashby MA 01431
tclerk@ashbyma.gov
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Town of Ashby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Part Time Library Position is Available

Help Wanted
Part-time Library Assistant

The Town of Ashby is seeking candidates for the temporary position of Part-time Library Assistant, 7 hours per week at the Ashby Free Public Library. This is a part-time non-benefited position lasting only 3 months.
The Part-time Library Assistant qualifications include:
  • Ability to work well with library patrons, including children, parents and their caregivers.
  • Ability to learn and use a computerized library catalog system and related equipment.
  • Being proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.   
  • Candidates must be reliable, flexible, friendly, and able to work independently as well as part of a team. Should possess excellent customer service skills.
High school diploma required. Prior experience working in a library is preferred. College degree and/or experience working with the public is desired. Wage starting at $13 per hour.
Please send or email application letter, resume and two references by Nov. 15, 2017 to:
Mary Murtland, Director
Ashby Free Public Library
812 Main Street
Ashby, MA  01431
mmurtland@cwmars.org

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting on Nov. 1, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 1, 2017

1.         7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Discussion Solar Access Agreement re:  School

5.      7:30 p.m. - Tax Classification Hearing (Assessors)

6.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

7.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

8.      Public Comments (if any)


9.      Adjourn