Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ashby Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

Do you have just an hour to spare once per week? Give the gift of your time to an Ashby elder!
Volunteer for the Ashby Council on Aging Meals on Wheels.  Drivers Needed  Mondays or Tuesdays late mornings for approximately 1 hour.
Call or email Kathryn Becker for more information:
(978) 386-2424 ext. 27 or (978) 758-1894

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Request for Proposals, Electric Aggregation

Town of Ashby Request for Proposals

The Town of Ashby hereby issues a Request for Proposals from qualified consultants or companies to develop a program to aggregate the electrical load of electricity users within the Town, both residential and commercial, and, in consultation with the Mass Dept. of Energy Resources and the Mass Dept. of Public Utilities, develop, prepare, implement, secure regulatory approval and perform all services related to administering the Town’s Municipal Aggregation Program.

The RFP package will be available for pick up at the Town Hall, 895 Main Street, Ashby, MA 01431 as of June 8, 2012 or via emailed request to  Separately sealed price and non-price (technical) proposals will be accepted at the Town Administrator’s Office, Ashby Town Hall, 895 Main Street, Ashby, MA  01431 until June 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  Questions concerning this RFP must be submitted in writing to: Douglas Briggs, Town Administrator, Town Hall, 895 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ashby, MA 01431 before noon, on June 13, 2012. Questions may be delivered, mailed, emailed, or faxed to 978-386-2490 or


Solid Waste Attendant Job Available

The Town of Ashby has an opening for a Solid Waste Attendant.  This is a part time position.  Work hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Ashby Recycle Center & Transfer Station. Pay is $14.28 an hour.  Candidates must be over 18.
Duties include monitoring and assisting the townspeople in trash disposal, recyclable materials separation, and collection of fees.  Must be able to lift heavy items.
This requires working outside in all weather conditions.  There are no heated buildings at the Transfer Station.

Application pdf
Application xls
or may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office at Ashby Town Hall or submit resumes to:

John J. Pankosky,
Solid Waste Superintendent
895 Main Street,
Ashby, MA 01431.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting, May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012
1. 7:00 p.m. - Selectmen Open Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
2. Selectmen Approve Minutes of May 16, 2012
3. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Eric Rantala as Municipal
4. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Wayne Patnaude as Cemetery
Maintenance Laborer
5. Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Gerald (Don) Phelan as
CemeteryMaintenance Laborer
6. Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signature on Year-End Transfers
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, May 19, 2012

Open House with the Women Farmers of Ashby

Open House with the Women Farmers of Ashby,  Thursday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 pm at Ashby Free Public Library

Sponsored by Women's Agricultural Network of Ashby (WANA)


- brief introduction to WANA
- showing of "Ladies of the Land" (note: film starts at 7:30, with a running time of about 30 min.)
- free raffle drawing
- refreshments and good conversation

WANA is a locally-based group of women who share a mutual interest in agricultural pursuits. We gather monthly for learning, sharing resources, and considering how we might best serve the Ashby community through special projects and activities.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Correction, Override Election Thursday, June 21st

My apologies.  I sent out a post with the incorrect date for the override election.  The correct date is Thursday, June 21, 2012, noon-7:30 pm at Ashby Elementary School.  Complete override information is here

Overrride Election, June 21, 2012



Shall the Town of Ashby be allowed to assess an additional $460,940.23 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding a supplemental appropriation for the North Middlesex Regional School District budget for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and twelve?

                        YES________________                     NO________________

Assessors Evaluation
of the Impact on Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes

Amount to be raised:  $460,940.23
divided by the total town valuation:  $282,400,824
equals a tax rate increase of:  $1.63 per $1,000
times the average residential valuation:  $212,281
equals an average annual residential tax increase of:  $346.02
divided by the current average annual residential tax bill of:  $3,486
equals a percentage increase of:  9.93 percent 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting May, 16 2012

May 16, 2012

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

2.      Selectmen Approve Minutes of May 4 and 5, 2012

3.      Forest Legacy Update (Cathy Kristofferson)

4.      Request for Selectmen to Call Special Override Election on June 21, 2012 and Request for Selectmen’s Signatures on Warrant for Override Question

5.      Request for Selectmen’s Approval and Signatures on Request for Reserve Fund Transfer #12-11 for Library Building Maintenance Expenses for $4,495.00

6.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Eric Rantala as Park Commissioner until the Next Annual Town Election

7.      Request for Selectmen’s Appointment of Catherine Foster as Board of Registrars Member for a three-year term ending March 1, 2015

8.      Request for Selectmen to Award Emergency Standby Generator Bid

9.      Request for Selectmen’s Review and Approval of New Job Application Form

10.  Any Other Business Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman

11.  Public Comments (if any)

12.  Adjourn

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ashby Housing Rehab Program, 3 Slots Remaining

Ashby Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Best Deal in Ashby!

If you live in your home for 15 years, you owe nothing!

Time is Running Out……
There is $140,000 left in available funds. Only enough for 3 more projects. The grant expires on June 30, 2012 and these funds need to be spent by that date.

What is it?
The program is to assist low and moderate income residents to improve their home or apartment. Eligible improvements include: Chimney or foundation repair, Lead paint/asbestos removal, Roof repair/replacement, Storm window installation.

The maximum funding per project is generally up to $35,000. As long as you own your home, this is a repayment and interest free loan, based on a 15 year forgiveness schedule. It decreases 5% per year up to 15 years, and then you owe nothing!

Income Eligiblility: 
Example: 2 person household, maximum income is $51,400,
              4 person household, maximum income is $64,200.

Apply Today: 

Applications can be obtained on Ashby’s website online or at the Board of Selectmen’s office. Income information is confidential and will only be viewed by MRPC staff, who will determine eligibility.

For any additional information or questions please call Kevin Flynn or Ann Carabba at MRPC:
(978) 345-7376 Ext. 306 or Ext. 305

Monday, May 7, 2012

Selectmen's Meeting Cancelled

The May 9th Selectmen's Meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. A Selectmen's meeting will be held on May 16th at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cemetery Groundskeeper Job Opening

Job Available:

The Ashby Cemetery Commission has a grounds-keeping /maintenance position available. Qualified candidates should have some experience with mowing, trimming and general grounds maintenance , a valid drivers licensee, be self motivated and able to work under the direction of the commissioners and or foreman. This is a part time position and will require up to 20hrs/ week.

Anyone Interested should complete an application available in the Town Clerks office

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Town Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that Town Meeting is Saturday at 9:30 am in Ashby Elementary. Here's a link to the warrant