Saturday, December 18, 2010

Selectmen's Meeting Agenda for December 22, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of December 6 and 8, 2010
3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W25P in the amount of
$44,355.73, Vendor Warrant W26B in the amount of $__________ and
Vendor Warrant W26B1 in the amount of $8,583.38
4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Advance of Funds in
Lieu of Borrowing Report (Treasurer)
5. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Agreement for Housing
Rehab/Septic Program Participants Case #8 (MRPC)
6. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Agreement for Housing
Rehab/Septic Program Participants Case #9 (MRPC)
7. 7:30 p.m. - Selectmen Review Kennel License Application for Sarah Power
8. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund
Transfer #11-13 in the amount of $130.15 to the Historical Commission
Expense Account
9. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund
Transfer #11-14 in the amount of $2,333.87 to the Municipal Building Repair
Account
10. Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Gail Farley as
Registrar and from the Town Hall Clerical Support Position
11. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on 2011 Liquor Licenses for:
 31 Store – Retail Package Goods, All Kinds of Alcoholic Beverages
 American Legion – Club License, All Kinds of Alcoholic Beverages
 AshbyMarket – Retail Package Goods, Wines and Malt Beverages
12. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Common Victualler’s
License Renewals for 2011 for:
 31 Store
 American Legion
 AshbyMarket
 Mr. Mike’s (Alliance Energy, LLC)13. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on General (Video Games)
License for The American Legion for 2011
14. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2011 Class II and Class III
Motor Vehicle License Renewals and accompanying Conditions for P&S Trucks
& Parts, Inc.
15. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on 2011 Motor Vehicle
License Renewals (including Class II Conditions) for:
 B&Z Enterprises Class II
 G&M Automotive Class II
 State Line Auto Sales Class II
 Tip Top Motors Class II
 Tracy’s Auto Body and Sales Class II
16. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report
17. Public Comments (if any)
18. Adjourn

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Transfer Station Holiday Schedule

ARCTS Holiday Schedule

The Ashby Recycle Center & Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, Decmber 25 but will be open regular hours on Saturday, January 1, 2011. The regular 2nd and 4th Saturday schedule will resume after then.

Town Hall Bulletin Board at Monty Tech

Monty Tech Cabinet Shop Students Construct Bulletin Board for Ashby Town Hall

Monty tech working on bulletin board

Ashby bulletin board on the floor in the cabinet shop at Monty Tech. The glass, the doors and the roof are not yet installed.

bulletin board at Monty Tech

Students standing up the bulletin board to move it.

The bulletin board will be located in front of Town Hall.

bulletin board at Monty Tech

Up and ready to go on the cart.

It will be used for posting public meetings, warrants and elections.

bulletin board at Monty Tech




On to the cart.

The bulletin board will comply with the new Open Meeting Law.

bulletin board at Monty Tech

Ready to move out. Jim Brook, the teacher in charge of the construction is on the left.

Thank You Monty Tech!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for December 8, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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


2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of November 23, 2010


3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W23P in the amount of $43,258.77, Vendor Warrant W24B in the amount of $353,305.78 and Vendor Warrant W24B1 in the amount of $81,805.55

4. 7:15 p.m. – Selectmen hold Tax Rate Hearing (Harald Scheid)

5. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Jessica Johnson as Accounting Clerk and Administrative Assistant to the Police Department, EAW with a 90-day probationary period (Chief Drew)

6. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Anthony Montesion as Reserve Police Officer (Chief Drew)

7. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Glen Casey as Reserve Police Officer (Chief Drew)

8. Request for Selectmen’s Approval of New Police Department Policies (Chief Drew)

9. Request for Selectman’s Approval and Signature on Subordination Agreement #1 for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Recipient Case #6 (MRPC)

10. Request for Selectman’s Approval and Signature on Subordination Agreement #2 for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Recipient Case #6 (MRPC)

11. Request for Selectmen’s Signature on FY11 CDBG Grant Application Support Letter (MRPC)

12. Request for Selectman’s Signature on FY11 CDBG Grant Application Cover Sheet (MRPC)

13. Collins Center Discussion

14. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-09 in the amount of $324.71 to the Police Expense Account

15. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-10 in the amount of $767.00 to the Fire Department Expense Account

16. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-11 in the amount of $210.00 to the Municipal Building Repair Account

17. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-12 in the amount of $188.99 to the Highway Overtime Account

18. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on ABCC Liquor Licenses Renewal Forms

19. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Tom Dorward as Historical Commission Member for a fill-in term FY10-FY12

20. Selectmen Discuss Response to District Local Technical Assistance Program from MRPC (Alan Pease)

21. Request for Selectman’s Signature on DLTA Grant Application Cover Letter

22. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on DLTA Grant Application

23. Selectmen Discuss Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Projects Program (Alan Pease)

24. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

25. Public Comments (if any)

26. Adjourn

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Error, Corrected Date Christmas Tree Lighting

The correct date for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Common is Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4:00 pm. Some of you may have received an incorrect post stating it is on Saturday. My apologies for the error.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on the Common this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4:00 pm. The ceremony will be followed by hobo stew served at the Congregational Church.

Library Events for December

Holiday Closings: The Library will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Special Event in December!

Contempaissance – Flute and Guitar Through the Ages

Thursday, December 9 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Library Come to the library and enjoy the music of the season with musicians Chris Glanville and Gary Jackson. This talented duo will perform holiday themed musical selections spanning 800 years of history from the Medieval Age all the way through to the Jazz and Popular tunes of the recent past. The concert is free and can be enjoyed by all ages. It is supported in part by a grant from the Ashby Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

Chick Flick Nights

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm Movies on a big screen at the Library! Ladies – Join us for laughter and fun!

Preschool Story and Craft-NOTE: New Day and Time!

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm Drop in and enjoy stories and a related craft activity. Open to 3, 4, and 5 year olds with their caregiver. Enjoy special fun on the second Wednesday of each month when Mrs. Cathy Johnson joins us for a sing-along.

Adult Reading Group

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 – 7:30 The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise, by Julia Stuart

Wednesday, January 12, 6:30 – 7:30 Book to be decided at the December meeting.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for Tues. Nov. 23rd

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of November 10, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W21P in the amount of $_______________, Vendor Warrant W22B in the amount of $__________

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-07 in the amount of $46.15 to the Highway Overtime Account

5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-08 in the amount of $500.00 to the Highway Overtime Account

6. Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of the Resignation of April Alden as Parks Commissioner effective November 16, 2010

7. 7:30 p.m. – CDBG FY2011 Application Hearing (MRPC)

8. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Amendment #1 for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Participants Case #6 (MRPC)

9. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Modification of Mortgage Amendment Cost for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Participants Case #6 (MRPC)

10. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Amendment #1 for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Participants (MRPC)

11. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Modification of Mortgage Amendment Cost for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Participants (MRPC)

12. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG FY09 Agreement for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Participants Case #7 (MRPC)

13. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

14. Public Comments (if any)

15. Adjourn

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda November 10, 2010

Agenda Due to technical difficulties I can only provide a link to the agenda this week.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Vote Tuesday Nov. 2nd

Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 7 am -8 pm at Ashby Elementary, Ballot

Friday, October 29, 2010

Police Anti-Theft VIN Etching, Saturday the 30th

The Ashby Police Department in conjunction with the Ashby Fire Department and the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force will sponsor an Auto Glass “VIN Etching” Day on Saturday October 30, 2010 from 9AM to 2 PM. The event will be held at the Ashby Fire Department located at 1093 Main St, Ashby. Details

Flu Shots, Nov 3rd at AES

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health is conducting Flu shots Nov. 3rd, 3:30 - 6:00pm at Ashby Elementary. Please see the notice for details.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda October 27, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of October 13 and 14, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W17P in the amount of $43,509.31, Vendor Warrant W18B in the amount of $693,178.64 and Vendor Warrant W18B1 in the amount of $14,085

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-02 in the amount of $84.08 to the Historical Commission Expense Account

5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #11-03 in the amount of $984.00 to the EMT Expense Account

6. Constellation Energy Pricing Proposal (Craig Brazell)

7. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Christopher Ryan as Land Use Agent (Land Use Board/Commission)

8. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Housing Rehabilitation Agreement Amendment #1 for Housing Rehab Program Participant (MRPC)

9. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Modification of Mortgage Amendment Cost for Housing Rehab Program Participant (MRPC)

10. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Kathryn Becker as Council on Aging Director

11. Selectmen Discuss Highway Superintendent’s Memo regarding Diesel Tank Repairs

12. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

13. Public Comments (if any)

14. Adjourn

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Job Listing for Accounting Clerk and Administrative Assistant to the Police Department

The Town of Ashby is accepting applications for the part-time, non-benefited position of Accounting Clerk and Administrative Assistant to the Police Department. Duties include assisting Town Accountant with preparation of accounts payable, payroll, receivables processing, and maintaining accounting files. A thorough knowledge of principles/practices of municipal accounting, financial computer applications and accuracy is a prime requisite. Police Department Administrative Assistant duties include bills and payroll submittals & tracking, electronic reporting for grants, data entry for firearms licensing, ordering supplies, filing and organizing and other clerical/accounting duties as deemed appropriate. A background check including CORI check and finger print submission is required. No more than 19 hrs./week with schedule t/b/d. Minimum two years of higher education preferred.

Send résumé to the Town of Ashby, Attn: Jennifer Collins, 895 Main Street, Ashby, MA 01431 or email directly to tabos@ci.ashby.ma.us

Starting pay rate: $15.07-$15.48/hr. Deadline for applications: 11/10/10. EOE.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Parking Restrictions on Main Street

The traditional Ashby Halloween event-will be held Sunday, October 31, 2010 in Ashby Center from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

To improve safety through increased visibility, we are prohibiting parking on Main Street from South Road to the library from 4:00 p.m. until the event ends.

You will be able to access your driveways but we seek your cooperation and ask that you do not park on the street from 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions please call 978-386-5652. Thank you for helping to ensure a safe Halloween.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Drew, Chief of Police

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ashby Crime Prevention Event, Auto Glass Etching

PUBLIC SAFETY
CRIME PREVENTION EVENT

Saturday October 30, 2010
9AM to 2PM
At
Ashby Fire Station
1093 Main St, Ashby, MA

The Ashby Police Department in conjunction with the Ashby Fire Department and the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force will sponsor an Auto Glass “VIN Etching” Day on Saturday October 30, 2010 from 9AM to 2 PM. The event will be held at the Ashby Fire Department located at 1093 Main St, Ashby.

The process which takes approximately 10-15 minutes, etches the V.I.N. (Vehicle Identification Number) of your vehicle on all of the glass windows and a certificate will be issued. This provides a visible deterrent to theft and can be good for a discount of up to 15% off your comprehensive auto insurance.

The moment your vehicle is reported stolen, its Federally Registered Identification – VIN – becomes the mark of a stolen vehicle. Thieves are less likely to risk the theft of an easily identified vehicle, nor are they willing to spend the necessary time, effort, and money required to replace VIN marked windows.

A ten dollar ($10.00) fee is charged to the customer to offset the cost of supplies and equipment used in etching a vehicle.

In order to participate, you will need to have the following items;

1. A vehicle with a current and valid registration.
2. The fee of $10.00 (Cash Only).
3. A valid driver’s license in your possession.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Pamela Surette, Program Coordinator of the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike


Friday, October 8, 2010

Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccination in Ashby, October 21, 2010 at 12-2:00 pm in the Legion. Other locations that Ashby residents can receive free vaccinations.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Last Day to Register to Vote for State Election

Last Day to Register to Vote in the Nov. 2nd State Election is Wednesday, Oct 13th

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Free Money Management Classes in Ashby

Having trouble keeping up with all those bills?

Worried about that mortgage payment?

You are not alone.

Do you have concerns about your finances? This FREE class is being offered once a week for 4 weeks and designed to help you:

  • Develop a budget
  • Create a savings plan
  • Set financial goals
  • Prevent delinquencies and foreclosure
  • Learn about IDAs
  • Obtain and understand your Credit Report and Credit Score
  • Repair poor credit

*Free individual counseling available by appointment

where: Ashby Town Hall, 2nd floor
895 Main Street
Ashby, Ma 01431

when: Monday evenings, November 1, 8, 15 and 22, 6:00 pm TO 8:00 pm

light dinner provided

register by October 28th by calling 978-343-5706 or toll-free 888-978-6261 (Montachusett Opportunity Council Inc.)

Presented by the Towns of Ashby and Hubbardston and the North Central MA NeighborWorks®HomeOwnership Center (Greater Gardner CDC, MOC, RCAP Solutions and Twin Cities CDC)

Draft Report on the Town Administrator Position


Executive Summary

At the request of the Ashby Board of Selectmen, the Collins Center researched the Town Administrator position and analyzed options for possible changes to it that could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Town government. The full report provides a summary of that research, the options reviewed, and the recommendations the Center is making, as well as the methodology used and the principles underpinning the work.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Notice of Abandoned Checks

September 29, 2010
"Notice of Names of Persons Appearing to be Owners of Checks Issued by the Town of Ashby, Which Have Not Been Cashed and are Deemed Abandoned"

Information about a check may be obtained by a person expressing an interest in the check by addressing an inquiry to Kate Stacy/Treasurer of the Town of Ashby, 895 Main Street – Lock Box 12, Ashby MA 01431 Phone # 978-386-2424 Extension 23.

Name

Address

Town or City

State

Nashoba Valley EMS Inc.

99 Pleasant Street

Groton

MA

John Steffian

40 South Road

Ashby

MA

John Steffian & Frances Steffian

40 South Road

Ashby

MA

Pamela Peeler

708 Main Street

Ashby

MA


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ashby's 20th Annual Pumpkin Festival & Craft Fair

On the Common
Saturday, October 2nd, 10am - 4pm
Rain Date October 3, 12- 4pm

  • live music throughout the day featuring country and children's music
  • food
  • children's games
  • a pumpkin decorating contest
  • face painting
  • fire truck tours
  • a tractor parade
  • craft tables.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Asian Longhorned Beetle Presentation at the Library

Not Wanted Dead or Alive: Asian Longhorned Beetle

Please join the Ashby Conservation Commission on Thursday September 30th @ 7pm at the asian long horn beetleAshby Free Public Library for a presentation on the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

This pest attacks a wide variety of hardwood trees, particularly maples, and is considered a serious threat to the nursery, lumber, wood products, maple syrup, and tourism industries in our state.

If it became established over a large area, it could also significantly disrupt the forest ecosystem.

Come learn to distinguish the beetle from “look-alikes” and recognize signs of it presence.
There will be a presentation from the Forest Pest Outreach & Survey Project and specimens to view from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for September 29

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of September 15, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W13P in the amount of $____________ Vendor Warrant W14B in the amount of $_________

4. Request for Selectmen’s Discussion of Constellation NewEnergy Evaluation and Signature on Data Request Form (Alan Pease)

5. Request for Selectmen’s Vote and Signatures on Commitment Letter to meet Green Community Status Requirements (Alan Pease)

6. Request for Selectmen to Award Highway Road Materials Bids

7. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Department of Veterans’ Services VS5/VS-6 Certification Form

8. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Faith Anttila as Cultural Council Member for a 3-year term to expire on June 30, 2013

9. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Joanne Boudreau as Cultural Council Member for a 3-year term to expire on June 30, 2013

10. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Letter to Principal regarding UN Day Activities

11. Selectmen Discuss Funding Source for Library Building Exterior Work

12. Selectmen Discuss Madigan’s Buildings Site Visit

13. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

14. Public Comments (if any)

15. Selectmen Enter Executive Session to Discuss Strategy with Respect to Collective Bargaining

16. Adjourn

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Draft Ashby Village Sewer Feasibility Study

The Draft Ashby Village Sewer Feasibility Study is available. The Planning Board is seeking comments on it. Comments will be reviewed and included in the final draft.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Election Reminder

State Primary Election, Tuesday, September 14th, 7am-8pm at Ashby Elementary

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September Well Adult Clinic

Well Adult Clinic at American Legion Sept. 16, 12-1 pm. Vision Screening by D'Ambrosio Eye Care, blood pressure screening by town nurse.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for September 15, 2010

MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of September 1, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W11P in the amount of $_____________ and Vendor Warrant W12B in the amount of $____________

4. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Letter to Ashby Residents regarding CDBG Funding for Road Projects

5. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Modification of Mortgage Amendment Cost for Housing Rehab Program Participant (MRPC)

6. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on (3) CDBG FY09 Agreements for Housing Rehab/Septic Program Participants (MRPC)

7. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Request for Release of Funds and Certification Form for Community Development Fund I (MRPC)

8. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Acceptance of Deed for the Mary Damon Forest Legacy Parcel

9. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Amended Proposal Authorization for Design and Construction of Sewer Disposal System Connection (Board of Health Member)

10. Request for Selectmen’s Acceptance of Resignation of Bruce Adams as Board of Health Chairman effective September 1, 2010 11. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

12. Public Comments (if any)

13. Adjourn

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ashby Legion's First Annual Car Show

Ashby American Legion Post 361 Just a reminder to all - The 1st Annual Car Show for Charity - to be held on Sept. 5th @ Allen Field - Gates open @ 9:00am. There is a $2 donation at the door for adults. There will be music & food and fun all day! The weather looks as though it will be with us for the day! So come on out and support our cause

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Register to Vote for State Primary Election

August 25, 2010 is the last day to register to vote at the State Primary Election to be held on September 14, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for August 18, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of August 4 and August 11, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W07P in the amount of
$39,404.77, Vendor Warrant W08B in the amount of $21,189.79

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on FY2010 CDBG
Community Development Fund I Contract

5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on FY2010 CDBG
MRPC Management Services Contract (Ann Carabba)

6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Statement of
Authorization for FY2011 Council on Aging Formula Grant

7. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Federal FY2012
Forest Legacy Grant Letter of Support (Al Futterman)

8. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on State Primary
Warrant (Town Clerk)

9. Update on the Collins Research Group.

10. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

11. Public Comments (if any)

12 Adjourn

Friday, August 13, 2010

Join the Ashby Cultural Council - We need new members!!


JOIN THE ASHBY CULTURAL COUNCIL !!

We are looking for new members to join the Ashby Cultural Council. This group supports local artists and brings wonderful cultural programming to Ashby, and it is in danger of folding if we can't attract some new members. We meet 4-5 times a year, with our busiest time coming up in the fall when grant applications are made. Please email us as soon as possible at: ashbyculturalcouncil@gmail.com if you are interested in being part of this wonderful local organization !! Or call 978-386-6880 for more information.

For more information about the Massachusetts Cultural Council:
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/lccgrants.html

photo courtesy of Rick Hamelin, (Pied Potter)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Local Contractors Needed for Ashby Housing Program

The Towns of Ashby was recently awarded Community Development Block Grant funds to conduct a housing rehabilitation program within town.

The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has been hired by the Town to administer the grant program. We are looking for local contractors that might be interested in participating in the program.

The type of renovations that are covered within this program is roofing repairs or replacement; installing insulation; window and door replacement; upgrades to heating, plumbing and electrical systems; drainage and structural issues; removal of lead or asbestos; and repairs or replacement for failed septic systems.

If you are a licensed general contractor, lead remover, electrician, plumber, or septic installer, carry insurance, and are looking for local jobs, please contact Shelly Hatch at MRPC, 978-345-7376, x305.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Selectmen's Meeting Agenda for August 4, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


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


2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of July 21, 2010


3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W05P in the amount of $____________, and Vendor Warrant W06B in the amount of $____________


4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on MIIA Health Benefits Trust Agreement (Town Treasurer and MIIA Representative)


5. Selectmen Discuss Next Round of Community Development Block Grant Applications (Shelly Hatch)


6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on HUD Grant Commitment Letter (Alan Pease)


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


8. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of to the Police Regionalization Study Committee


9. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report


10. Public Comments (if any)


11. Selectmen Enter Executive Session to Discuss the Deployment of or Strategy Regarding Security Personnel and will Reconvene in Open Session


12. Adjourn

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Police-Dispatch Regionalization Committee

The Board of Selectmen is establishing a Committee to look into Police and Dispatch regionalization with Townsend. Residents intersted in being on this committee should contact the Administrative Assistant by Tuesday, August 2, 2010. Please include your name, address and why you would like to be appointed to the committee.

Ashby Townsend Police and Communication Regionalization Analysis from the Division of Local Services, Dept. of Revenue.

Administrative Assistant
978-386-2501 x 11
email

Friday, July 16, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for July 21

DRAFT SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of July 7, 2010
3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Vendor Warrant W56B in the amount of
$____________, Payroll Warrant W03P in the amount of $____________,
and Vendor Warrant W04B in the amount of $____________
4. Selectmen Discuss Committee for Ashby/Townsend Police Regionalization
Analysis
5. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report
6. Public Comments (if any)
7. Adjourn

Friday, July 9, 2010

Ashby Receives $802,179 CDBG grant

Ashby receives $802,179 Community Development Block Grant for Wheeler Road reclamation and repaving; Housing rehabilitation (10 units) (Off site news story)

Ashby Alumni Association "Wall of Fame" Award

Ashby Alumni Association Annual Meeting. The "Wall of Fame" Award goes to Raymond Wilkinson and Richard Wilkinson. (Off site news story)

Meeting Notices Will Be Posted in Back of Town Hall

Effective July 1, 2010 Meeting notices will be posted at the elevator in the back of Town Hall. This is to comply with the new Open Meeting Law requirements until a bulletin board is installed in front of Town Hall.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda July 7, 2010

DRAFT SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of June 23, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W53P in the amount of $_____________, Vendor Warrant W54B in the amount of $_________, Vendor Warrant W54B1 in the amount of $__________, Payroll Warrant W01P in the amount of $_____________and Vendor Warrant W02B in the amount of $_____________

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-37 in the amount of $3,271.68 to the EMS ALS Charges and Fees Expense Account

5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT16 in the amount of $1,405.56 to the Memorial Day Expense Account

6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT17 in the amount of $400.00 to the Highway Expense Account

7. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT18 in the amount of $500.00 to the Highway Road Maintenance Expense Account

8. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT19 in the amount of $1,000.00 to the RCTS Recycling Expense Account

9. Request for Selectmen’s Authorization to establish a Town and Community Page on Facebook (Alan Pease)

10. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on 2010 Common Victualler’s License for the Community Council

11. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Bill Davis as Tree Warden until the Next Town Election

12. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on House Bill 4792 Letter of Support

13. Request for Selectmen’s Approval to Participate in the NERAC Regional Equipment Cache Program

14. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

15. Public Comments (if any)

16. Adjourn

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ashby Center Sewer Study

The Planning Board has engaged the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission to conduct a study of the feasability of public sewer in the town center. The study will cover the area from Ashby Elementary School to Turnpike Rd. and a smaller core area around the Town Common. Map of proposed area. Scope of Services

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

July 3rd and Band Concert Schedule

July 3rd Band Concert, Allen Field, 7:30 pm
July 3rd Bonfire, Ashby Fire Dept., Allen Field 9:30 pm


July 7th Band Concert, Town Common, 7:30 pm
July 14th Band Concert, Town Common, 7:30 pm
July 21th Band Concert, Town Common, 7:30 pm
July 28th Band Concert, Town Common, 7:30 pm
August 4th Band Concert, Town Common, 7:30 pm

Due to budget reductions there are no Big Band concerts this year.

Selectmen's Agenda June 23, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of June 9, 2010
3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W51P in the amount of $41,742.96,
Vendor Warrant W52B in the amount of $37,498.48, Vendor Warrant W52B1 in
the amount of $48,212.41 and Vendor Warrant W00B in the amount of
$159,306.82
4. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on CDBG AH FY09 Housing Rehabilitation
Agreement Hubbardston Case #7 for $12,315.00 (Shelly Hatch)
5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund
Transfer #10-32 in the amount of $1,277.23 to the Library Building Maintenance
Expense Account
6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund
Transfer #10-33 in the amount of $2,262.25 to the Firefighters Wages Account
7. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer
#10-34 in the amount of $826.80 to the Fire Department Expenses Account
8. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer
#10-35 in the amount of $220.14 to the EMT Wages Account
9. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer
#10-36 in the amount of $425.00 to the CemeteryWages Account
10. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Year End Transfer #10-AT11
in the amount of $515.05 to the Library Building Maintenance Account
11. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Year End Transfer #10-AT12
in the amount of $2,400.00 to the Clerical Wages Account
12. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT13
in the amount of $7,500.00 to the Administration & Operations Expense Account
13. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT14
in the amount of $272.91 to the Fire Department Expenses Account
14. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Year End Transfer #10-AT15
in the amount of $1,200.00 to the EMT Expense Account

15. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on 2010 Boundary Validation
Program Form
16. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Chapter 90 Request
17. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on VADAR Contract
18. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on MIIA Liability, Property and
Casualty Insurance Renewal
19. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on MIIA Cabot Risk Strategies,
LLC Insurance Renewal
20. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Ford Motor Credit Company
Documents for 2 Leased Cruisers
21. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Collins Center Contract
22. Request for Selectmen’s Annual Appointments (see list)
23. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on MART Advisory Board
Appointment Form
24. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Montachusett Joint
Transportation Committee Appointment Form
25. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of a Municipal Ethics Commission Liaison
26. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report
27. Public Comments (if any)
28. Adjourn

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ashby Village District Sewer Study

Initial Meeting, Tuesday June 15th at 7:00pm in the Town Hall

 The study is to examine the feasibility and cost of a public sewer system to serve the center of town.

 The area of the study is Main St. from Turnpike Rd to Ashby Elementary School.

 The topics covered are scope of the study, methodology and potential locations for treatment facility.

 The study will be conducted by the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission with funding from the District Local Technical Assistance grant.

The Public is welcome to come learn and share your thoughts.

Ashby Planning Board

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda June 9, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, June 9, 2010


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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of May 26, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W49P in the amount of $___________ and Vendor Warrant 50B in the amount of $____________

4. Request for Selectmen’s Signature on Letter to Extend Joint Fuel Contracts for #2 Fuel and Gasoline and Diesel for One Year

5. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Townsend Police Officers as Special Police Officers in Ashby for FY2011

6. Request for Selectmen’s Vote on MIIA Health Benefits Trust Rate Proposal and Signature on MIIA Health Insurance Letter regarding the Same

7. 7:30 p.m. – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Presentation (Sheila Lumi)

8. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Mike Bussell as North Middlesex Area Emergency Planning Committee Member for a Term to Expire June 30, 2012

9. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Bill Seymour, Jr. as North Middlesex Area Emergency Planning Committee Member for a Term to Expire June 30, 2012

10. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Dave Rainville as North Middlesex Area Emergency Planning Committee Alternate Member for a Term to Expire June 30, 2012

11. Request for Selectmen’s Signature on North Middlesex Area Emergency Planning Committee Letter

12. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Bill Seymour, Jr. as Community Emergency Response Coordinator for the North Middlesex Area Emergency Planning Committee

13. Request for Selectmen’s Signature on Community Emergency Response Coordinator Appointment Notification Letter

14. Request for Selectmen’s Signature on North Middlesex Area Emergency Planning Committee Memorandum of Understanding


15. Request for Selectman’s Signature on Designation of FEMA Application Agent Form

16. Assistant to the Board of Selectmen’s Report

17. Public Comments (if any)

18. Adjourn

Friday, May 21, 2010

Funding for Residential Solar Heat & Hot Water

Notice of Funding Availability

The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has received funding through the Housing Preservation Grant Program funded by US Rural Development.

These funds are available to income qualified households in Ashby and Hubbardston to install solar heat and/or domestic hot water.

If you are interested please contact Shelly Hatch at 978-345-7376, x305 for more information.

Memorial Day Parade Schedule

Memorial Day Ceremonies on The Ashby Common, May 31st

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
2:30 PM Marching Units Depart to Glenwood Cemetery
3:00 PM Marching Units Depart to The Ashby Common
3:15 PM Ceremonies at The Ashby Common to Include Raising of The American Flag and Playing of The National Anthem
3:20 PM Dismissal of All Marching Units and Refreshments at The American

NOTE……….The S.A.L. once again will be putting on a Chicken BBQ. Serving time will be after the Parade. It’s still only $8.00 for a half chicken with vegetables, rolls, and a dessert. Get your tickets early!

Ashby American Legion Post 361 on Facebook

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Disaster Assistance for property owners affected by the flooding

Disaster Assistance for home owners, renters, and business owners in Middlesex County who were affected by the flooding beginnng March 12, 2010

Apply by Phone 1-800-621-3362
TTY 1-800462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired)

Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov

Please have the following avaialble when you call:

A phone number where we can reach you
Social Security number
Current mailing address
Address of damaged property
Brief description of damages
Insurance information (if you have insurance)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Council on Aging Chores Corps Program Kids & Adults

Volunteers needed for Council on Aging Chores Corps Program Kids & Adults help seniors with yard work. To sign up call Kathryn Becker at 978-386-2424 ext. 27.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda April 28, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, April 28, 2010


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


2. Selectmen Elect Board Officers


3. Selectmen Approve Minutes of April 14, 2010


4. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W43P in the amount of $42,923.56 and Vendor Warrant 44B in the amount of $763,341.72


5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-31 in the amount of $1,157 to the Fire Department Expenses Account


6. American Legion Discussion (Larry Swope)


7. 7:30 p.m. – Pre-Town Meeting


8. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Scott LeClerc to fill Board of Health Vacancy for a Term to Expire on April 25, 2011 (C. Morgan)


9. Selectmen Designate Board of Selectmen Representative for Highway Union Negotiations


10. Town Administrator’s Report


11. Public Comments (if any)


12. Adjourn

Friday, April 23, 2010

Annual Town Election Reminder

Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 26, 2010, 12:00 to 7:30 pm at Ashby Elementary. Specimen Ballot

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Warrant for Annual & Special Town Meeting

Warrant for Annual Town Meeting & Special Town Meeting, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 9:30 am at Ashby Elementary.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Board of Health is Seeking New Member

Board of Health seeking new member to fill a vacant position. Contact Bruce Adams

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda April 14, 2010

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, April 14, 2010


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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of February 9, March 3 and 31, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W41P in the amount of $48,621.19, Vendor Warrant 42B in the amount of $39,711.02 and Vendor Warrant 42B1 in the amount of $61,773.06

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-27 in the amount of $225 to the Assessor Expense Account

5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-28 in the amount of $944.18 to the EMS ALS Charges and Fees Expense Account

6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-29 in the amount of $10.93 to the Historical Commission Expense Account

7. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-30 in the amount of $1,642.50 to Firefighters Wage Account

8. 7:30 p.m. - Selectmen Vote on Notice of Intent to Lay Out a Road (Alan Pease)

9. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on 4 CDBG AH FY09 Housing Rehabilitation Agreements (Ann Carabba)

10. Request for Selectmen’s Approval of Revised Mission Statement for the Energy Efficiency Committee (Jim Hubert)

11. Selectmen Discuss Chapter 90 Monies (Bill Davis)

12. Request for Selectmen’s Announcement and Signatures on Certificate of Announcement regarding a Parcel of Land in Ashby (Department of Conservation and Recreation)

13. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on 120 Waiver Form regarding a Parcel of Land in Ashby (Department of Conservation and Recreation)

14. Selectmen’s Discuss Division of Local Services’ Police and Communications Regionalization Analysis

15. Request for Selectmen’s Approval of EMS Write Offs

16. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Special and Annual Town Meeting Warrant Masters (5)

17. Town Administrator’s Report

18. Public Comments (if any)

19. Adjourn

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ashby Townsend Police and Communication Regionalization Analysis Report

Ashby Townsend Police and Communication Regionalization Analysis from the Division of Local Services, Dept. of Revenue. This report was commissioned by the Selectmen to study the impact of Police and Communication regionalization with Townsend.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda for March 31

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of March 17, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W39P in the amount of $36,262.72, Vendor Warrant 40B in the amount of $27,819.04, and Vendor Warrant 40B1 in the amount of $31,825.00

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-23 in the amount of $2,021.98 to the EMS ALS Charges and Fees Expense Account

5. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-24 in the amount of $564.06 to the Town Office Expense Account

6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-25 in the amount of $10.64 to the Historical Commission Expense Account

7. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-26 in the amount of $327.87 to Police Expenses Account

8. Request for Selectmen’s Discussion and Signature on Local Economic Development Projects Survey (Alan Pease)

9. Request for Selectmen’s Review and Input of Community Bulletin Board Plans (Alan Pease)

10. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on a CDBG AH FY09 Housing Rehabilitation Agreement (Ann Carabba)

11. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Lois Raymond as Assessors’ Clerk, Employee-at-Will

12. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Kathy Becker as Cultural Council Member for a fill-in term FY09-FY11

13. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Katherine Stanwood as Cultural Council Member for a three year term FY10-FY12

14. Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Annual Town Election Warrant

15. Request for Selectman’s Signature on American Lung Association Cross State Trek Acknowledgement

16. Town Administrator’s Report

17. Public Comments (if any)

18. Adjourn

Federal Aid for Individuals Impacted by Flooding

Federal Aid available to homeowners and businesses in Middlesex County impacted by recent flooding.

The available Individual Assistance Programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) include Individuals and Households Programs (IHP), Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Legal Assistance, Tax Relief, and Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. This assistance will assist individuals and businesses in their recovery from the impacts of flooding.

Individuals and business owners, who sustained losses in the designated counties, can initiate the application for assistance process by calling the FEMA Teleregistration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired or registering on-line at www.fema.gov. The toll-free Teleregistration numbers will operate Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 1:00am, on weekends - Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 10:00pm, until further notice.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

2009 Town Report

2009 Town Report is available online at http://ci.ashby.ma.us/clerk/treport/report09/index09.html

Print copies will be available at Town Hall and the Library on April 19th. The Town Report will not be mailed this year.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments for Annual Town Meeting

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Planning Board hearing to be held Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 8:00pm at Town Hall
Annual Town Meeting, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 9:30am.

Flood District; This article amends the Zoning Bylaw to reference the recently updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Notice, Complete Text, Flood Insurance Rate Maps effective June 4, 2010

Agricultural Use Overlay District; This article allows additional commercial uses by right and by special permit for land in commercial agriculture use. Notice, Complete Text

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Selectmen's Agenda, March 17

*warrant amounts were not available at the time this agenda was posted

SELECTMEN’S MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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

2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of March 8, 2010

3. Selectmen Approve and Sign Payroll Warrant W37P in the amount of $_________, Vendor Warrant 38B in the amount of $_________, and Vendor Warrant 38B1 in the amount of $_______________

4. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #10-20 in the amount of $2,074.43 to the Police Expense Account

5. Request for Selectmen’s Input on Possible Projects for the next MRPC District Local Technical Assistance Grant Round (Alan Pease)

6. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Paul Lessard as Electrical Inspector for a one-year term from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

7. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Steve Dubois as Assistant Electrical Inspector for a one-year term from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

8. Request for Selectmen’s Approval of Building Inspector’s Appointments of Richard Kapenas as Plumbing and Gas Inspector for a one-year term from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 and Gary Williams as Plumbing and Gas Inspector Alternate for a one-year term from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

9. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Carlton Mountain to the Board of Registrars for a three-year term ending March 1, 2013

10. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Sarah Leonard as Alternate to the Board of Registrars for a one-year term ending March 1, 2011

11. Selectmen Vote on Special and Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles

12. Town Administrator’s Report

13. Public Comments (if any)

14. Adjourn