Thursday, July 20, 2017

Library Summer Exhibit

Summer Exhibit at Ashby Library
The talented artists from Ashby Elementary School, grades K-4, are showing samples of their art in the Gallery at the Library this summer. Come in and see the creativity of our young, local artists! Summer hours apply.


Request for Photographs of Ashby for the Library's Fall Exhibit
The Gallery Coordinator is asking Ashbyites to submit copies of their favorite photos of Ashby for an exhibition that will be up from the beginning of September until late Fall. The photos will be grouped by location so that we can see all the different ways we see the same thing. Please put your name, contact info, whether you want your photo copy 
back, and where the photo was taken (and when, if you know). Photo copies at least 5x7 are appreciated so that they are more easily viewed but smaller ones will be accepted.
These copies can be dropped off any time during normal summer hours. This is one of the Library's contributions to Ashby250. Please forward this to your picture-taking friends.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Marijuana Zoning Bylaw Survey

The May, 2017 Annual Town Meeting passed a 1 year moratorium on recreational marijuana growing and sales facilities.  The moratorium included a provision for a planning process to develop a bylaw dealing with recreational marijuana for the the 2018 town meeting.

The Ashby Planning Board would like you to participate in the process by submitting the 2 question survey.  

This survey only covers the question of whether or not residents want to consider permitting the growing or sales of marijuana or would prefer to ban either or both altogether. If residents wish to consider either or both, future surveys and public forums will look at the restrictions that may be placed on facilities.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ashby Weekend Events

SATURDAY JULY 1st

CELEBRATION OF THE HORSE will be showcased at the Ashby Stock Farm.  Join us for an afternoon of delight at this historical and splendid equestrian center.

Gates open at 11:00 am, with a Horse Demonstration from 1:00PM - 3:00PM.  This exciting program will feature Grand Prix Dressage, Driving Display, Jumping, Western Pleasure, Musical Quadrille, and the "Ashby Leadline Invitational."

Additional festivities will include a Breed Exhibition, hay rides, a country music concert, horse vendors and tradesmen, and a food tent.

Admission is free.  Parking is available in the field next to the Ashby Fire Department.  No dogs, please.

SUNDAY JULY 2nd
Starting at 1PM, Ashby will host an OLD-FASHIONED "VINTAGE" BASEBALL GAME at the ballfield near the Ashby Elementary School.

The Mudville Baseball Club (upper) of Holliston, MA will take on the Woodstock Hilltoppers (lower) from Woodstock, CT.  Play will be based on the "Massachusetts Rules" drawn up in 1858 when baseball was emerging as America's Favorite Pastime!

Admission to the game is free and will include an Ice Cream Social courtesy of the 873 Cafe, with music by Q THA MUZIK after the game.

MONDAY JULY 3rd

Independence Day and Ashby's 250th will be celebrated with the classic "NIGHT BEFORE THE 4TH" at Allen Field.
Gates open at 4PM and admission is free.  A donation to the Ashby Fire Department is appreciated, and will enter you into a drawing to help light the bonfire!

There will be the traditional chicken BBQ (advance tickets recommended, call 978-386-5502). Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, chili, popcorn, and ice cream will be available.

Festivities will include the Ashby Minutemen, Ashburnham Light artillery and the 1812 Overture with cannon salute.  Games will include a bounce house, obstacle course, climbing wall and much more!

Music will be provided by The Ashboys™ from 4:00-7:30.  The town band concert will begin at 7:30, followed by the bonfire at sunset.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting June 28, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
June 28, 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 Annual Appointments for FY2018

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of One Board of Selectmen Member and Town Administrator as NMRSD Regional Agreement Subcommittee Representatives

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2017 Common Victualler’s License for the Community Council

7.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

8.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

9.      Public Comments (if any)


10.  Adjourn

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting June 14, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
June 14, 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 Chairman’s Signature on Year End Transfers

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Annual Appointment of Townsend Police Officers as Special Police Officers in Ashby for FY2018

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Tuition Reimbursement Agreement

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Jason Patnaude as Cemetery Maintenance Laborer

8.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

9.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

10.  Public Comments (if any)


11.  Adjourn

Monday, June 12, 2017

Town Ordered Auction of Real Estate

Town Ordered Public Auction of Real Estate. Five Properties Will be Auctioned on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Town Hall. Registration is Required to Bid. More Information.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Special Town Election, July 11, 2017 for Debt Exclusion

Special Town Election, July 11, 2017 from Noon to 7:30 pm at Ashby Elementary School. This is a Debt Exclusion Election for Three Articles Passed at Town Meeting Relating to School Repairs. Warrant

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Public Safety Building Committee

Public Safety Building Research Committee will meet at 5:30 pm, May 31, 2017 at Town Hall, 2nd floor. Anyone interested in participating on the committee should attend. Agenda

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade! Monday May 29th: 

  • 1:30pm parade marchers meet at the Ashby American Legion Post 361 Ashby MA 01431,
  •  2pm parade starts, 
  • Chicken BBQ at Ashby Legion following the parade (starts around 3:30). Tickets for the Chicken BBQ are $10 and can be reserved at the Legion ahead of time. Includes 1/2 chicken, red skin mashed potatoes, cole slaw, roll and Hoodsie Cup.

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting May 31, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
May 31, 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 Appointment of Corin Campbell as Full-time Patrolman effective 6/4/17 with a One Year Probationary Period

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on 2017 Common Victualler’s License for the “Convenience Mart” located at 1274 Main Street (already approved on 5/19/17)

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on a One Day Liquor License for the Fitchburg Rod and Gun Club

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Re-appointment of Wayne Stacy as MRPC Representative for a One Year Term expiring June 30, 2018 and Chairman’s Signature on Re-appointment Form

8.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval of Comstar Non-Contractual Write-offs as approved by the Fire Chief

9.      Request for Selectmen to Call Special Election for the Town Meeting Override Ballot and Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Warrant for Override Questions

10.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

11.  Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

12.  Public Comments (if any)


13.  Adjourn

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Selectmen's Agenda for April 19, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
April 19, 2017

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

2.      Update on FY18 School Budget and associated Topics (Superintendent Landers)

3.      Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes

4.      Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Katherine Lotti to the Historical Commission for a 3 Year Term

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Joseph Monseur as Broadcast Technician, effective immediately

7.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

8.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

9.      Public Comments (if any)


10.  Adjourn

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Annual Town Election, Absentee Ballots Available

Election on Monday, April 24, 2016, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm at Ashby Elementary School

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots are available through the Town Clerk’s office. If you physically unable to get out to the polls on election day or are going to be out of town that day you can still vote.
The process is simple! To request an application for yourself or a relative, please call the town clerk’s office (978) 386-2424 ext.10. Ballots can be mailed back but must arrive by the close of the polls on Election Day.
If you have any questions please give me a call. We want everyone to have the opportunity to vote!!
Christina Ewald, Town Clerk

Monday, April 3, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting April 5, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
April 5, 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.      Tree Warden Update (Allan Dawson)

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Judith Fenerty as Part-time Dispatcher effective 3/23/17

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Dylan Denis as Part-time Reserve Police Officer effective 4/9/17 with a probationary Period of One Year

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Sean Sheridan as E-911 Coordinator, Fill-in Term until June 30, 2017 (requested by Alan Pease)

8.      Discussion re:  Disposition of Maja Hall

9.      Discussion re:  Inclusion of temporary Moratorium on Recreational Marijuana Establishments on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant

10.  Request for Selectmen to review and approve Warrant Articles on the Special and Annual Town Meeting Warrants

11.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

12.  Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

13.  Public Comments (if any)


14.  Adjourn

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting March 22, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
March 22, 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 Appointment of Daniel Adorn as Full-time Dispatcher effective March 26, 2017 with a Probationary Period of One Year

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

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Annual Re-Appointment of Joe Mazzola as Veteran’s Agent for a one-year term ending April 30, 2018

7.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

8.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report

9.      Public Comments (if any)


10.  Adjourn

Monday, March 6, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting March 8, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
March 8, 2017
1. 7:00 PM – Selectmen open Board of Selectmen’s meeting
2. Selectmen approve minutes of previous meeting(s)
3. Selectmen approve and sign payroll and vendor warrants
4. Request for Selectmen’s approval and signatures on Comstar contractual write-offs
5. Request for Selectmen’s approval and signature for two (2) one-day liquor licenses for the                   Fitchburg Rod and Gun Club.
6. Request for Selectmen’s appointment of Corin Campbell as part-time Reserve Police Officer,   effective 3/12/2017, with a one-year probationary period.
7. Request for Selectmen’s appointment of Peter Niall as Building Inspector for a one year term, April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
8. Request for Selectmen’s appointment of Richard Hanks as Building Inspector (Alternate) for a        one-year term, April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
9. Request for Selectmen’s appointment of Paul Lessard as Electrical Inspector for a one-year       term, April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
10, Request for Selectmen’s appointment of Harry Parviainen as Assistant Electrical Inspector for a one-year term, April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
11. Request for Selectmen’s approval of the Building Inspector’s appointments of Richard           Kapenas as Plumbing and Gas Inspector and Gary Williams as Plumbing and Gas         Inspector (Alternate) to one-year terms, April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
12. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Deb Vogt to the Board of Registrars of Voters for a           three-year term, ending March 31, 2020.
13. Request for the Selectmen’s Appointment of Krishnabi as Alternate to the Board of    Registrars of Voters for a one-year term, ending March 31, 2018.
14. Any other business not reasonably anticipated by the Chairman
15. Assistant Town Administrator’s Report
16. Public comments (if any)
17. Adjourn

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting February 22, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
February 22, 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 Comstar Non-Contractual Write-offs



5.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman



6.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report



7.      Public Comments (if any)




8.      Adjourn

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Agend for Selectmen's Meeting February 8, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
February 8, 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 FY10 CDBG Grant Recipient Subordination of Mortgage Lien Agreement (Tax Collector)


5.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Dispatchers’ Union Memorandum of Agreement


6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Judith Fenerty as Part-time Dispatcher, effective 2/12/17 with a Probationary Period of 1 Year


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


8.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on a One Day Liquor License for the Fitchburg Rod and Gun Club


9.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman


10.  Assistant Town Administrator’s Report


11.  Public Comments (if any)



12.  Adjourn

Monday, January 23, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting January 25, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
January 25, 2017
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Previous Meeting(s) Minutes
3. Request for Selectmen’s Approval to Deficit Spend for Winter Operations (Highway Department)
4. Selectmen Approve and Sign on Payroll and Vendor Warrants
5. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Letter of Thanks to Lorraine Pease
6. Request for Selectmen to Declare a Fire Protection Emergency
7. Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman
8. Assistant Town Administrator’s Report
9. Public Comments (if any)
10. Adjourn

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nomination Papers Available for Annual Town Election

Nomination papers are available for the 2017 Town Election at the Town Clerk's office. More information at http://ashbyma.gov/clerk/election-town-2017.html

Monday, January 9, 2017

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting on January 11, 2017

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
January 11, 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 FY10 CDBG Grant Recipient Subordination of Mortgage Lien Agreement (Tax Collector)


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


6.      Request for Selectmen’s Re-Appointment of Steve Beauregard as Acting Highway Superintendent


7.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Chris Ewald as Backup Veterans' Graves Agent, Fill-in Term to expire June 30, 2017


8.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Erik Salo as Full-time Police Officer, effective 1/22/17, Contingent upon Successful Completion of Required Conditions


9.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Fire Truck Lease


10.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman


11.  Assistant Town Administrator’s Report


12.  Public Comments (if any)



13.  Adjourn

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Immediate Opening for Public Safety Dispatcher

Ashby Police Department has an Immediate Opening for a Full Time Public Safety Dispatcher. $17.43 per hour. Follow link for more information. http://bit.ly/2hYob0g

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Concert Postponed

The 3rd Annual Christmas Concert scheduled for Saturday evening at Ashby Elementary School has been postponed to Sunday, 12/18/16 at 6:00 pm at the same location.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

3rd Annual Ashby Holiday Christmas Concert

The Ashby Concert Band Will Hold the 3rd Annual Holiday Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm in Ashby Elementary School. They Will be Joined by the New Players Theatre Guild Festival Singers. Admission is free. This is a great concert not to be missed!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, December. 4th

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on the Town Common at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4th. 


Monday, November 28, 2016

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting November 30, 2016

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 30, 2016


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 Authorization to have Jennifer Collins as Selectmen’s Representative for Liquor License Electronic Reporting to ABCC


5.      Request for Selectmen’s Votes on 2017 Liquor License Renewals (Public Input Accepted)


6.      Request for Selectmen’s Review of Ambulance Receivable Contractual Write-offs and to Note in Minutes the Amounts for September, 2015 through August, 2016 (Town Accountant)


7.      Discussion re:  Recycling Center & Transfer Station Fee Schedule Changes (John Pankosky, Solid Waste Department Superintendent)


8.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman


9.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report


Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting November 16, 2016

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 16, 2016


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 Police Union Contract



5.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Thomas Dorward as Keeper of the Town Clock, Effective Immediately



6.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman



7.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report




8.      Public Comments (if any)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Last Day for Early Voting & Absentee Ballots

The last day for early voting in Ashby is Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 8:00 to noon at the Town Clerk's office, 895 Main St.

Absentee ballots will be available until until noon, Monday, November 7, 2016 in the Town Clerk's office.

The election will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at Ashby Elementary School.

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting, Nov. 2, 2016

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
November 2, 2016


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.      7:15 p.m. – Tax Classification Hearing (Assessors)
  

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval for a transfer from CAMA to IASWorld\Tyler Technology for the Board of Assessors
  

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Easement Papers for the Water Line

  
7.      Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman


8.      Assistant Town Administrator’s Report
  

9.      Public Comments (if any)




10.  Adjourn

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fire Department Open House, Saturday, 10/22/16, from 10:00 - 2:00

Open House at the Fire Station this Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Come join the Department after Town Meeting.  There will be children's activities, fire safety demonstrations, touch a truck, food and refreshments.  Their guest will be Smokey the Bear – come and enjoy the fun!

Special Town Meeting Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

Special Town Meeting October 22, 2016 at 9:30 am in Ashby Elementary. Warrant

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen (i) to enter into an agreement for “payments in lieu of taxes” pursuant to M.G.L. c. 59, s. 38H(b), or any other enabling authority, for personal property taxes attributable to a solar photovoltaic energy facility to be installed on certain property located in the Town of Ashby and shown on Assessor’s Map 8 as Lots 57 and 57A, for a term of years and on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen deems in the best interests of the Town, and (ii) to take all actions necessary or appropriate to administer and implement such agreement; or take any other action relative thereto.

Brief Explanation: The intent of a PILOT (“Payment in Lieu of Taxes”) Agreement is to assure that the Town will receive an established and dependable annual return from personal property taxes relative to a particular enterprise, irrespective of potential fluctuations in the personal property rate or the condition or productivity of the personal property involved. The PILOT agreement does not include any consideration for real estate taxes, which will be handled in the usual manner.

Article 2. To see what sum of money the Town will vote to transfer from “Fire Chief Salary” account to “EMT Wages” account; or take any other action relative thereto.

Brief Explanation: There is an excess in the Fire Chief Salary account and a deficiency in the EMT Wages account. The transfer will forestall a shortfall in the wages account.

Article 3. To see if the Town will approve the $60,000 borrowing authorized by the North Middlesex Regional School District, for the purpose of paying costs of a feasibility study/schematic design for a window and door replacement project at the Hawthorne Brook Middle School, 64 Brookline St, Townsend, MA 01469, including all costs incidental and related thereto (the “Project”), which proposed repair project would materially extend the useful life of the school and preserve an asset that otherwise is capable of supporting the required educational program, and for which the District has applied for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee. The MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any Project costs the District incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the District; provided further, that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this vote shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Project Funding Agreement that may be executed between the District and the MSBA; or take any other action relative thereto.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Country Auction to Benefit Ashby 250th Celebration Committee

Country Auction, September 10th at 4:00 pm, On the Common by Ashby 250th Celebration Committee.

Furniture, pottery, glassware, 10,000 baseball cards, prints, paintings, books, tools, lighting, fishing gear, sporting ephemera, automotive, Annalee dolls, household goods, quilts, linens, fabric, and much more. Preview 10:00 - 4:00.