Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ashby Legion Annual Car Show September 6th

American Legion HCB 6th Annual Car Show for Veterans, September 6th at Allen Field (rain date Sept. 7th). Vehicle Registration Contact 386-7977.

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting September 9, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
September 9, 2015

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of August 26, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

5.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

6.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

7.      Public Comments (if any)


8.      Adjourn

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting July 29, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
July 29, 2015

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

2.      Selectmen Enter into Executive Session to Conduct Contract Negotiations with Non-union Personnel and will Reconvene in Open Session

3.      Selectmen Amend Minutes of June 8, 2015 and Approve Minutes of July 15, 2015

4.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Julie Costello as Town Accountant

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Jennifer Collins as Assistant Town Administrator/Assistant Town Accountant

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Promotion of Officer Derek Pepple to the Grade of Sergeant

8.      Tree Warden Update on Town Common Trees (Allan Dawson)

9.      Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update

10.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

11.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

12.  Public Comments (if any)


13.  Adjourn

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beatles for Sale, Concert on the Common, August 1st at 7:00 pm

The Beatles for Sale - A Tribute to the Music of the Beatles Ashby Town Common, 835 Main St. (route 119), Saturday, August 1st 7:00 PM, Rain date: Sunday August 2nd. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashby Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

Real Estate Taxes Due August 3, 2015

Real Estate Taxes Due Aug3rd --- Since the 1st falls on a weekend, the official due date for first quarter FY2016 real estate tax payments is Aug3rd.  Click here to make online payments.   Thank you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting July 15, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
July 15, 2015

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

2.      Lode Star Solar Power Presentation (Alan Pease)

3.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Chairman’s Signature on MRPC DLTA Grant Agreements (Alan Pease)

4.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of June 17, 2015

5.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Chairman’s Signature on FY15 Audit Engagement Letter

7.      Request for Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Sam Armstrong-Champ as Broadcast Technician

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Lee O’Brien as Accounting Clerk, effective July 3, 2015

9.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Megan Schultze as Part-time Police Fire Signal Operator, PFSO with a Probationary Period of One Year

10.  Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on a One Day Liquor License for the Holmes-Curran-Bennett Annual Car Show

11.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

12.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

13.  Public Comments (if any)


14.  Adjourn

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Reminder Taxes are Due

Taxes Due Aug1st --- A reminder your first quarter FY2016 real estate tax payments are due by Aug1st.  If you did not receive this bill or if you have questions or, please call the Tax Collector at 386-2427 x 13.  Bills are mailed 30 days in advance of due dates, and payments are posted effective the date of receipt.  Late payments pay interest first; the resulting tax shortfall and accrued interest are added to the next quarterly bill.  
Click here to make online payments.   Thank you.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting May 20, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
May 20, 2015

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of April 22, May 2, and May 6, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Veijo Kopsala to the Energy Efficiency Committee (Requested by Alan Pease)

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Board of Selectmen Member to the Earth Removal Board for Vacated Fill-in Term to June 30, 2017

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointments to the New 250th Celebration Committee

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Conditional Appointment of Charles Schmidt as Highway Truck Driver/Laborer with a Probationary Period of 1 Year

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Conditional Appointment of Bruce Vinal as Highway Equipment Operator with a Probationary Period of 1 Year

9.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

10.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

11.  Public Comments (if any)


12.  Adjourn

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ashby Memorial Day Schedule, May 25, 2015

Ashby Memorial Day Schedule

Monday, May 25, 2105
  •  9:30 AM Decoration Assemble at the American Legion Post 361
  • 10:00 AM Decoration of the Ashby common by All Veteran’s
  •  1:00 PM All Veterans Assemble at the American Legion Post 361
  •  1:15 PM Color Guard Detail, Firing Squad, Minister, and Bugler Depart for Services at West Cemetery
  •  1:30 PM Memorial Services at West Cemetery
  •  1:45 PM All Marching Units Assemble at the American Legion Post 361
  •  2:00 PM March to Revolutionary and 1812 Cemetery
  •  2:15 PM Memorial Day Ceremonies on The Ashby Common
  •  2:30 PM Marching Units Depart to Glenwood Cemetery
  •  3:00 PM Marching Units Depart to Glenwood Cemetery Fire Pond for Sea Service Ceremonies
  •  3:10 PM Marching Units Depart to The Ashby Common
  • 3:20 PM Ceremonies at The Ashby Common to Include Raising of The American Flag and Playing of The National Anthem
  • 3:25 PM Dismissal of All Marching Units and Refreshments at The American Legion Post 361 and The Removal of All Decoration's From the Ashby Common
  • 3:30 PM The Sons of The American Legion once again will be putting on a Chicken BBQ. Serving time will be after the Parade. Tickets are still only $10.00 for a half chicken with vegetables, rolls, and a dessert.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Selectmen's Municipal Electric Aggregation Meeting, May 13, 2015

Selectmen to Hold a Special Meeting for Municipal Electric Aggregation - Community Choice Power Program May 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

This Could Effect Your Electric Rates. The Public is Encouraged Follow the Link, Become Informed and to Attend the Meeting.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting May 6, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
May 6, 2015


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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of April 22, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Discussion re:  Municipal Electric Aggregation (Alan Pease, Energy Efficiency Committee & Mark Cappadona, Colonial Power Group)

5.      Discussion re:  Devens Household Hazardous Waste Update (John Pankosky, Solid Waste Department Superintendent)

6.      Discussion re:  Requirements of Recycling Grant and Request for Selectmen’s Approval of Updated Recycled Product Procurement Policy (John Pankosky, Solid Waste Department Superintendent)

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Donna Leonard from the Board of Registrars of Voters effective July 1, 2015

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Review and Approval of Ambulance Write-offs

9.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

10.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

11.  Public Comments (if any)


12.  Adjourn

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reminder, Tax Bills are Coming Due

May 1st Due Date --- A reminder the final quarterly payment of FY15 real estate and personal property taxes is due by May 1, 2015.  If you have questions or you did not receive this bill, please call the Tax Collector.  Bills are mailed 30 days in advance of due dates, and payments are posted effective the date of receipt.  Click here to make online payments.  Thank you.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting April 22, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
April 22, 2015


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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of April 8 and 14, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Samuel Laszlo, Michael Keniston, and Kelli Lowthers as Broadcast Technicians, Employees-at-Will

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval of the Town Clerk’s Appointment of Christina Ewald as Assistant Town Clerk and Chairman’s Signature on Certificate of Appointment

6.      Discussion re:  Status & Possible Reconfiguration of the 250th Start-up Celebration Committee

7.      Discussion re:  Disposition of Whitney Road (Derek Saari)

8.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

9.      Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

10.  Public Comments (if any)


11.  Adjourn

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Annual Town Election, Monday, April 27, 2015 from Noon to 7:30 pm

The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015, Noon - 7:30 pm. Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk. 
Sample Ballot

2014 Town Report is Available Online

The 2014 Annual Town Report is available online.  The print version will be available the week of April 27th at the Town Clerk's office.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting April 8, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
April 8, 2015


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

2.      Selectmen Elect Board Officers

3.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of March 25, 2015

4.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

5.      Discussion re:  Perambulation of Bounds (Doug Leab)

6.      FY16 Budget/Warrant Discussion

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Annual Town Election Warrant (4)

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Annual Re-Appointment of Joe Mazzola as Veteran’s Agent for a one-year term ending April 30, 2016

9.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Joseph Monseur as Broadcast Technician, Employee-at-Will

10.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

11.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

12.  Public Comments (if any)


13.  Adjourn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting February 25, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
February 25, 2015

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of January 28, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      FY16 NMRSD Budget Discussion (Superintendent Landers)

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Discharge of Mortgages (Tax Collector)

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Special Recall Election Warrant (Town Clerk)

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Weston and Sampson Contract

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Kathy Becker as Council on Aging Director effective May 2, 2015

9.      Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

10.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

11.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

12.  Public Comments (if any)


13.  Adjourn

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Rabies Vaccination Clinic Schedule, Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, Ashby/Townsend, March 14, 2015, 9:00-11:00 am at West Townsend Fire Station. You May Attend Any Clinic on the Schedule.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting February 11, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
February 11, 2015

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of January 28, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

5.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

6.      Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

7.      Public Comments (if any)


8.      Adjourn

Friday, January 30, 2015

Part-Time Civilian Public Safety Dispatcher Position Available

Ashby Police Department – Part Time Public Safety Dispatchers

The Ashby Police Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of Part-Time Civilian Public Safety Dispatcher(s). Responsibilities include but are not limited to; receiving emergency and non-emergency calls, dispatching Police/Fire/EMS personnel, data entry into a records management system.

Applicants must have; HS diploma or GED, availability and willingness to work “all” shifts including weekends and holidays, flexible and short notice availability is required. Those who possess certifications in E911, EMD, CPR, and CJIS certifications, and prior experience are preferred. Excellent communication skills including verbal and written, basic computer skills, and the ability to multi-task are required. Applicants must pass a background and CORI check prior to employment.

These position(s) are part-time and do not receive benefits. The hourly rate while training is $12/hour which will increase to $15.15 at the conclusion of successful training. Part-time wages increase to $15.30 on June 30, 2015. Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

A letter of interest and resume should be submitted to;
Ashby Police Department
PO Box 280 Ashby, MA 01431
Attn: Chief Fred Alden Or email to: FAlden@Ashbyma.gov 

The Ashby Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
                                               

Monday, January 26, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting January 28, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
January 28, 2015

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of January 14 and January 21, 2015

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on a Common Victualler’s License for Camp Middlesex

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

6.      Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

7.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

8.      Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

9.      Public Comments (if any)


10.  Adjourn

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting January 14, 2015

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
January 14, 2015
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of December 30, 2014
3. Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants
4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Letter of Condolence to the
Catalini Family
5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on One Day Liquor Licenses
for the Fitchburg Rod and Gun Club (3)
6. Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)
7. Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman
8. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report
9. Public Comments (if any)
10. Adjourn

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
December 30, 2014

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of December 17, 2014

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Pamela Sager as Accounting Clerk/Administrative Assistant to the Police Department

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Tanya Gaylord as Town Accountant

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Joshua Davis as Temporary Highway Laborer

7.      Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

8.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

9.      Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

10.  Public Comments (if any)


11.  Adjourn

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting December 17, 2014

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
December 17, 2014

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of December 3, 2014

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Pamela Sager as Accounting Clerk/Administrative Assistant to the Police Department

5.      Selectmen Discuss Liquor License Fees for Calendar Year 2015

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on 2015 Liquor Licenses for:

v  31 Store – Retail Package Goods, All Kinds of Alcoholic Beverages
v  873 Roadhouse, LLC - All Alcoholic Restaurant License
v  American Legion – Club License, All Kinds of Alcoholic Beverages
v  Ashby Market – Retail Package Goods, Wines and Malt Beverages

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Common Victualler’s License Renewals for 2015 for:

v  31 Store
v  873 Cafe
v  American Legion
v  Ashby Market
v  Mr. Mike’s

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on General (Video Games) License for The American Legion for 2015

9.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2015 Class II and Class III Motor Vehicle License Renewals and accompanying Conditions for P&S Trucks & Parts, Inc.

10.  Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2015 Motor Vehicle License Renewals (including Class II Conditions) for:

v  B&Z Enterprises                                 Class II
v  G&M Automotive                              Class II
v  Tip Top Motors                                   Class II
v  Tracy’s Auto Body and Sales             Class II

11.  Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

12.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

13.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

14.  Public Comments (if any)


15.  Adjourn

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Christmas Concert

Holiday Christmas Concert by the Ashby Concert Band & Community Chorus,

December 13th, 7:30-9:30 pm at Ashby Elementary School. Admission Free.

(Snow date, Dec. 14th, 6:00-8:00 pm)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Open House at the Ashby Free Public Library, Saturday, Dec.6th, 10:00-1:00 pm

Friends of Ashby Free Public Library, Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 6th, from 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Come meet Santa & Mrs. Claus., hear a holiday story, watch a classic holiday film, make a holiday craft and get a delicious treat with hot cocoa. Chamber Music, Folk Music, Raffles and more.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting, November 19,2014

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 19, 2014
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of November 5, 2014
3. Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants
4. Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)
5. Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman
6. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report
7. Public Comments (if any)
8. Adjourn

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ashby Elementary's Annual Christmas Fair

Ashby Elementary School's Annual Christmas Fair,
Saturday, November 15th, 10:00 - 3:00 at the School.
http://ashbyma.gov/community/Xmas-fair-141115.pdf

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Job Opening for Town Accountant

 TOWN ACCOUNTANT
The Town of Ashby (pop. 3,178) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of TOWN ACCOUNTANT.  Duties include:  general ledger; accounts receivable and payable; preparation of all town monthly financial statements; assistance in budget preparations and annual audits.  VADAR experience is preferred.  Applicants must be fully knowledgeable in municipal finance laws.  A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting and two years municipal experience preferred.  Flexible, approx. 20 hrs/wk.  Send resumes and three references to Jennifer Collins, Assistant to the Board of Selectmen, 895 Main Street, Ashby, MA  01431.  Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. EOE.

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting November 5, 2014

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 5, 2014

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of October 22, 2014

3.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

4.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Justin Baer as Zoning Board of Appeals, Member (Alan Pease)

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Scott Young as Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate (Alan Pease)

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Terry Walsh as Town Accountant, effective November 28, 2014

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval of Comstar Write-offs for $2,826.29

8.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on ABCC Form 43 for Change of Sunday Hours for E.C. 31, Inc. d/b/a 31 Store

9.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on LA-5 Certification Form

10.  Selectmen Approve and Sign on Cable License Renewal (John Pankosky)

11.  Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)

12.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

13.  Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

14.  Public Comments (if any)


15.  Adjourn

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Registered Voters Needed to Count Ballots at the Nov. 4th Election

The Town Clerk is looking for registered voters in Ashby to count ballots on Election evening, Tuesday, November 4th. The polls close at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested please call the Town Clerk at 386-2424, ex. 10.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting, October 22, 2014

1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of October 8, 2014
3. Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants
4. 7:15 Selectmen Hold Tax Classification Hearing (Regional Resource Group)
5. Selectmen Discuss Rules and Regulations for Liquor License Holders
6. Selectmen Discuss All Alcoholic Restaurant License Fee and Hours (Rene
Rainville)
7. Selectmen Approve and Sign on All Alcoholic Restaurant License for 873
Roadhouse, LLC d/b/a The Roadhouse
8. Selectmen Accept the Resignation of Samantha Collyer as Accounting
Clerk/Administrative Assistant to the Police Department
9. Northeast Municipal Gas Pipeline Coalition Update (if any)
10. Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman
11. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report
12. Public Comments (if any)
13. Adjourn

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ashby Police Sponsor Prescription Drug Take Back Saturday, Sept. 27th

ASHBY POLICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 27th AT ASHBY POLICE DEPARTMENT

On September 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashby Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Ashby PD at 893 Main St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds 188.5 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds ?nearly 500 tons? of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines ?flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash? both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an ultimate user of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents? controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Ashby Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.