Upcoming Events

  1. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    1.  MEETING CONVENES – 896 CAPE STREET, ASHFIELD MA
         A.  Announcement on recording devices
    2.  SITE VISITS – 7:00 PM
         A.  Highway Garage, 896 Cape Street
         B.  Old Highway Barn, Main Street (near upper level Belding Memorial Park)
             Recess (travel)
    3.  MEETING RECONVENES – 7:45 PM AT 412 MAIN STREET, ASHFIELD MA
         A.  Announcement on recording devices
    4.  CONSENT AGENDA
        Minutes  6/5/17, 6/12/17    • As Submitted    • As Amended
        Warrants W17-27, 18-01 Payroll & Vendor       
    5.  APPOINTMENTS WITH SELECT BOARD
         A.  Don Jacobs, DI Jacobs Consulting – Salary Study Update
         B.  Susan Todd – Town Common Trees
    6.  DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
         A.  Lt. Governor’s Visit – Last Mile Broadband Grant Status
         B.  MEMA 2007 Nor’easter Disbursement Contract (FEMA-DR-1701)
         C.  FRCOG Renewal Agreements
         D.  Annual Appointments
         E.  Public Records Request Policy
         F.  Apple Valley Bridge/Culvert Quotes
         G.  Massworks Grant Update
         H.  Transfers
         I.  Mold Remediation Update
         J.  Broadband Project Status Update
    7.  TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
    8.  MAIL
    9.  PUBLIC COMMENT
    10. * ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
    11. UPCOMING MEETINGS
    12. ADJOURN
    The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Mon, Jun 26 07:00 pm
  2. Open Space & Recreation Plan Update Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Review of Section 5 Open Space Mapping
    4. Review of Section 4 Associated Mapping
    5. Review of Upcoming Tasks & Timelines
    6. Review of Scheduling - Upcoming Meetings
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Jun 27 07:00 pm
  3. Conservation Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Robert O'Brian's Certificate of Compliance
    4. Assessment of Double Edge Theater's Ashfield Spectical
    5. On-line building permits
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Jun 28 07:30 pm

Voting Q & A

The Q & A below contains some of the more frequently asked and important questions regarding voting for the upcoming November 8, 2016 election.

  • Q. When is the presidential election?
  • A.Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The polls are open from 7 AM- 8PM. The election is also referred to as the State Election.
  • Q. When is the last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote during the November 8th, election?
  • A. The last registration data is October 19,2016. You may register to vote as long as you will turn eighteen (18) years of age on or prior to November 8th.
  • Q. How do I register to vote?
  • A. You may register to vote in person at the Town Clerk’s office which is located at 412 Main Street, Ashfield Town Hall, Ashfield, MA 01330. or you may download a voter registration form and mail it in to the Town Clerk’s office or use the drop box next to the flag pole. You may register by downloading the form from the link above, sign and scan and return by email to townclerk@ashfield.org. If you pick up a registration form at another location (including another Town Clerk’s office), or a voter registration drive, it may be mailed or dropped off at the Town Clerk’s office.
  • Q. Do I need identification to register to vote?
  • A. You do not need to show identification to register to vote. However, the voter is required to provide identification information on the form; either the last four digits of your social security number or your driver’s license number. If you do not have that information when you register to vote you will be asked to show identification at the polls the first time that you vote in that location. The identification required at the polls must include the address at which you are registered.
  • Q. How do I know if I am registered to vote?
  • A. If you registered recently you will receive a confirmation notice from the Town Clerk’s office confirming your registration and indicating your polling location. If you are not sure if you received a confirmation notice or would like to confirm your registration, call the Town Clerk’s office at 413-628-4441, ext. 5. Town Hall Hours.
  • Q. I registered to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles but did not receive a confirmation notice from the Town, what should I do?
  • A. If you registered to vote or think that you registered to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you should receive a confirmation letter as well. These registrations are sent to us electronically through a statewide system. We urge you to call the Town Clerk’s office at (413-628-4441, ext. 5 to confirm your registration if you have not received a confirmation letter. There may be a lag time before the forms from the Registry of Motor Vehicles are received in the Town Clerk’s office. Confirming your voter registration will facilitate voting on November 6th.
  • Q. If I move and changed my address at the Post Office does my voter registration transfer to my new community or my new address within Ashfield?
  • A. No. You must re-register to vote in your new community. If you have moved within Ashfield you must still re-register to vote at your new address.
  • Q. What hours are the polls open?
  • A. The polls will open at 7 AM in the morning and close at 8 PM in the evening. Anyone in line when the polls close will be able to vote.
  • Q. What candidates and ballot questions are on the ballot for this election?
  • A. Sample/specimen ballots will be posted at Town Hall, and here on the website.
  • Q. Do I need to show ID at the polls?
  • A. Massachusetts does not have a voter ID law. The only time that you will be asked for identification is if you are a first time voter and did not provide identification information at the time you registered to vote or if you are an inactive voter. A voter may become inactive when they or the head of household does not return the annual Town census also known as the street listing mailed in January every year. An “inactive” voter will be asked for identification that shows that they live at the address at which they are registered and they will be asked to sign an affirmation of continuous residency. If you want to make sure that you are an active voter you may call our office at 413-6284441 Ext 5. You may change your voter status from inactive to active by re-registering to vote or completing and returning the annual street listing.
  • Q. Who can vote absentee?
  • A. In Massachusetts, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, voters may vote by absentee ballot "if they will be absent from the town on election day, and/or have a physical disability which prevents them from voting at their polling location, and/or cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs".
  • Q. How can I get an absentee ballot?
  • A. You may get an application for an absentee ballot in the Town Clerk’s office or you may download the application at the following link: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm The application must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 12 PM (Noon) on Monday, November 7, 2016. All absentee ballots must be completed following the instructions which are included when they are mailed out. You may also vote, after completing an absentee ballot application, in the Town Clerk’s office during business hours if you find that you will not be able to vote on Election Day for any of the reasons that entitle you to vote absentee. Completed absentee ballots must be received by 8 PM (the time the polls close) on November 8th. A completed absentee ballot, appropriately signed and sealed, may be dropped off at the Town Clerk’s office but may NOT be delivered directly to the polling location.
  • Q. May I request an absentee ballot for my child, spouse or parent?
  • A. Yes, you may fill out the form entitled "Absentee ballot application by a family member". It is available at the Town Clerk’s office or at the following link http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absente_ballot_fam.pdf You may request an absentee ballot be mailed to a family member but you may not take it with you to give to them. The absentee ballot, when it is returned must be sealed following the instructions which are provided to the voter. This ballot may be mailed or dropped off at the Town Clerk’s office.
  • Q. I am a US citizen but live outside the continental United States, how can I vote?
  • A. The link below has very detailed information regarding voting for citizens who live either permanently or temporarily outside of the country and for voting for members of the military and their families. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemil/milidx.htm Please call (413) 628-4441 Ext. 5 if you have any other questions. The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall. Town Hall Office Hours.