Upcoming Events

  1. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings -  August 5, 2014
    4. Signatures:  Payment Vouchers
    5. Old Business:  Land Values FY14 BC Neighborhood, Property Card Changes Protocol, Boat Excise, CAI Online
    6. New Business: 
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings:  September 8
    9. Executive Session for litigation
    10. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Aug 25 06:00 pm
  2. Technology Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approve text of letter to Selectboard regarding use of Town Hall steeple for WIFI service
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Upcoming Meetings
    5. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Aug 25 06:15 pm
  3. Select Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open
    2. Warrants: Payroll and vendor
    3. Minutes: August 11, 2014
    4. New Business: a. Senior Center long-range planning; b. Fall Festival Town Hall Use Application; c. Special Town Meeting Warrant
    5. Old Business: a. Town Counsel letter to Tennessee Gas Pipeline or Town Counsel determination that no response appropriate; b. Hilltown Networks' proposal to provide internet service and use of Town Hall
    6. Liaison Reports
    7. Mail
    8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    9. Public Comment
    10. Next Select Board Meetings: Monday, September 8, 2014; Monday, September 22, 2014 (Special Town Meeting, 7 pm, to be followed by Select Board meeting.)
    11. Close
    Mon, Aug 25 07:00 pm
  4. Personnel Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Continue updating draft Personnel Policies and Procedures
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Public comment
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Aug 26 07:00 pm
  5. Conservation Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Ch
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Continuation of Double Edge Theater discussion
    4. Tighe & Bond NOI on Smith Road
    5. Review of on-line building permits
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Aug 27 07:30 pm

Members

NameTitleContactTerm
Laura Bessette
Doug Cranson
Harry Dodson
David Kulp
Tom Poissant
Johanna Andersen-Pratt
Ray Sears
Will ThayerCon. Comm. appointment
Gregory Thorpalternate
Susan Todd
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Meetings

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at noon at Dodson Associates on Main Street. Pizza lunch is served.

Tree Committee Minutes

  1. Microsoft Word document Oct 26,2011
  2. Microsoft Word document Sep 28,2011

Goals and Responsibilities

Work with the Tree Warden to plant, protect and maintain Ashfield's public street trees. Meet regularly with the Tree Warden. Keep the Select Board informed of committee's work.

Coordinate with the Ashfield Tree Warden and the Massachusetts Highway Department on tree clearing, maintenance and planting issues on state highways in town.

Coordinate with the Ashfield Tree Warden and WMECO on tree clearing and maintenance issues on town roads.

Raise funds for tree planting and maintenance from private individuals, foundations and corporations. Advocate for tree related public funding.

Educate the public on the value of street trees and organize special events, Arbor Day activities and participation in efforts such as Tree City USA.

Organize volunteers to plant and maintain trees along public ways and public lands throughout Ashfield. Create a "Friends of Ashfield's Trees" group to work with the committee on fundraising, planting and maintenance.

Ensure that the requirements of the Public Shade Tree Act (MGL Chapter 87) are applied in Ashfield including the requirement to hold public hearings before the clearing of trees from town roads.

Advocate/educate for the reduction of hazards to trees: road salt, compaction, excavation, mowing damage, road widening, overhead utility lines.

Promote the historic character and beauty of Ashfield's roads and highways.

Work with the Tree Warden to ensure that trees do not threaten roads and public utilities.