Berlin, MA

Open Meetings as of Saturday October 1, 2022 8:21 AM EDT

All meetings before Wednesday October 5, 2022 12 AM EDT
must already be posted.

www.mytowngovernment.org

BoardDateTime
Historical Commission Mon Oct 3, 2022 11:11 AM EDT
Historical Commission Mon Oct 3, 2022 11:12 AM EDT
Board of Assessors Mon Oct 3, 2022 6:30 PM EDT
Select Board Mon Oct 3, 2022 7 PM EDT
Conservation Commission Tue Oct 4, 2022 6 PM EDT
Energy Committee Tue Oct 4, 2022 7 PM EDT
Board of Health Tue Oct 4, 2022 7 PM EDT
Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Wed Oct 5, 2022 5:30 PM EDT
Conservation Commission Wed Oct 5, 2022 7 PM EDT
Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee Thu Oct 6, 2022 9 AM EDT
Library Trustees Tue Oct 11, 2022 6 PM EDT
Agricultural Commission Tue Oct 11, 2022 7 PM EDT
Planning Board Tue Oct 11, 2022 7:30 PM EDT
Zoning Board of Appeals Wed Oct 12, 2022 7 PM EDT
Historical Commission Fri Oct 14, 2022 10 AM EDT

Historical Commission
Monday October 3, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

4 Woodward Ave., Bullard House

Agenda:
Bullard House site visit

Meeting 1 of 15

Historical Commission
Monday October 3, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

4 Woodward Ave., Bullard House

Agenda:
Bullard House site visit

Meeting 2 of 15

Board of Assessors
Monday October 3, 2022 6:30 PM EDT

Zoom meetings
Virtual Zoom Meeting see below for link
on line only

Agenda:
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL -
Board Members, Staff
PUBLIC COMMENT – up to Chair
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
CORRESPONDENCE
ASSESSING DIRECTOR - General Department Update
SIGNATURE ITEMS
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURNMENT
The Board may enter into EXECUTIVE SESSION if needed.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 3, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Board of Assessors - Mon 10/3/2022 6:30PM - TA Channel 1
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The Assessor will join the Select Boards Meeting at the following Zoom Link

7:15 pm Classification Hearing with Select Board

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Meeting 3 of 15

Select Board
Monday October 3, 2022 7 PM EDT

VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - Zoom.com - details within posting

Agenda:
BERLIN SELECT BOARD MEETING
Monday, October 3, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Only in light of COVID-19 pandemic - Log-in information is included below

NOTICES & AGENDA

NOTICES

VIRTUAL MEETING NOTICE:  Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limits on the number of people that may gather in one place due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and as amended since this meeting of the Town of Berlin Select Board will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible.

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real-time, via technological means. The Town of Berlin will use its best efforts to post an audio or video recording, transcript, or another comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting on:

The Town’s Webpage: http://www.townofberlin.com/berlin-tv
The Town’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/townofberlintv 
Approved minutes will be posted to www.mytowngovernment.org/01503 

For this meeting, members of the public who wish to attend the virtual meeting may attend via the Zoom Webinar platform in one of two ways: (1) with both audio & video access, or (2) by telephone/audio-only.

Zoom Virtual Meetings

Zoom Meetings provide remote meeting capability for meeting participants and audience members alike.  Meeting attendance can be achieved in one of two ways (either way, see log-in directions at the end of this meeting posting):

Video conference (recommended) – requires an Internet-enabled device with a camera and microphone (laptop, tablet, smartphone, or PC - there needs to be a camera and microphone to be seen, heard, and hear discussion); or

Telephone only – By making a telephone call to a Zoom Meeting access telephone number and entering the meeting ID#.  You will be unable to see other meeting participants or any documents presented during the meeting.

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS NOTICE: Attendees who may need accommodations should contact the Town Administrator/ADA Coordinator at townadmin@townofberlin.com at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE: The Town of Berlin does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, genetic information, homelessness, citizenship, or any other class protected by state or federal law.”

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AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Meetings of the Berlin Select Board are generally recorded for transmission on both the Berlin Cable Television Access Channel and YouTube.  Your voice, image, and/or telephone number may be recorded.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
* September 26, 2022, Open Session

CORRESPONDENCE

GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT

HEARINGS, APPOINTMENTS, AND PRESENTATIONS
* Townwide Radio Project Update
* 7:15 PM - Tax Rate Classification Hearing - Joint Hearing with the Board of Assessors
* General Department Update - Police Chief Eric Schartner

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORT online at:
http://www.townofberlin.com/town-administrator/pages/town-administrator-reports 

OLD BUSINESS
* Riverbridge payment status: (i) Public Safety Mitigation payments; (ii) Boundless Adventures 50% Net Annual Leasehold Revenues Agreement payments
* Discuss/Vote on Rockwell Apartments Rent Increase Request
* Vote to Approve Municipal Disclosure - Recreation Committee Chair Julie Lee

NEW BUSINESS
* Approve for Board Signature - Nov. 8, 2022, State Election Warrant for Public Posting by Constable 
* Potential for a Fall Special Town Meeting 
* Vote to Approve TA Notice of Anticipated Appointment - PT Police Officer Christopher Shea

BOARD QUESTIONS & COMMENTS/LIAISON UPDATES

EXECUTIVE SESSION – The Board will enter an executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 21 (a) 

(3) To discuss strategy with respect to litigation (Review of Maplewood Farms Agreement/Status)
(6) To consider the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property (River Run/Town Right of First Refusal)

ADJOURNMENT

The listed agenda items were reasonably anticipated by the Chair and may be discussed at the meeting. Other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law. Items may be taken out of printed order. Meeting posted in accordance with the Open Meeting Law - M.G.L. Chapter 30A, §§ 18-25, inclusive.
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Every effort will be made to note the order in which audience members have raised their hands to be ‘called upon’. Discretion to entertain comments and questions from the audience rests with the Chair pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. When recognized by the Chair, callers must clearly state their name and address before asking a question or making a comment.
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Meeting 4 of 15

Conservation Commission
Tuesday October 4, 2022 6 PM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
Room 218
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
Kickoff Meeting for Horseshoe Pond Acquisition Project

Meeting 5 of 15

Energy Committee
Tuesday October 4, 2022 7 PM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
Adoption of Previous Meeting Minutes
Election of new Chair
$60,000 Renewable Energy Credits
Green Community Grant discussion
Town Barn power purchase agreement
Establishing regular meeting schedule

Meeting 6 of 15

Board of Health
Tuesday October 4, 2022 7 PM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
HEARING ROOM 227
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
7:00 PM Walk-ins
7:45 PM New Business

Meeting 7 of 15

Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
Wednesday October 5, 2022 5:30 PM EDT

Berlin Town Hall - Training Room (lower level)

Agenda:
*Call to Order
*Approve Minutes
*Street Sign Requests, if any
Traffic and Infrastructure Updates
Review Complete Streets Prioritization Plan
*Any other business not anticipated by the Chair 48 hours before the meeting
Adjourn

Meeting 8 of 15

Conservation Commission
Wednesday October 5, 2022 7 PM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
1.) Minutes of previous meeting (review, amend, approve)
2. a)Treasurer's report - Funds available
     i) Annual budget balance
    ii) Wetland Fund balance
   iii) Open Space Fund balance
    iv) Fill out and sign all required forms (deposit & reimbursement forms, warrents....)
   b) Receipts
   c) Invoices
3)  Mail/MACC/DEP
   a) Periodicals - review/distribute
   b) Notices (meetings, seminars, etc)
4) Business, issues, projects/needs discussion, decision, and/or response
5) New Business issues, projects)
6. Land Acquisition and Management (May require executive session)
7. Availability for next meeting.

Meeting 9 of 15

Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee
Thursday October 6, 2022 9 AM EDT

Berlin-Boylston Public Schools, Central Office
215 Main Street, Boylston MA 01505

Agenda:
BERLIN-BOYLSTON REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Budget, Facilities, and Safety Subcommittee
Berlin-Boylston Regional School District Offices
215 Main Street, Boylston, MA
Thursday October 6, 2022
9:00 AM


  I.        Call to Order 

II. 	Unfinished Business
A.	Nonunion Employee Compensation Benchmarking
○	Substitute Teachers
○	Paraprofessionals
○	Principals and Assistant Principals
○	Central Office Staff

B.	FY24 Budget Process
○	Timeline and Key Dates
○	Aligning the District Improvement Plan with Budget Needs
 
C.	OPEB Funding Plan
III. 	New Business
A.	Facilities Assessment of Boylston Elementary School
B.	School Bus Performance
C.	Cell Phone Service/Coverage at Tahanto
IV.	Comments / Future Agenda Items
V. 	Adjournment


The listing of items 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.  
The Berlin-Boylston Regional Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, genetic information, homelessness or any other class protected by state or federal law.

Meeting 10 of 15

Library Trustees
Tuesday October 11, 2022 6 PM EDT

Berlin Public Library
23 Carter Street, Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
1. Review previous Meeting Minutes
2. Review Director's Report
3. Review Financials
4. Old Business
5. New Business
6. Trustees' Concerns
Adjourn

Meeting 11 of 15

Agricultural Commission
Tuesday October 11, 2022 7 PM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
Room 227
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
Acceptance of Minutes
Treasurer's Report
Review incoming correspondence
Agricultural Commission e-mails
Old Business:
New Business:
Meeting availability:

Meeting 12 of 15

Planning Board
Tuesday October 11, 2022 7:30 PM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
218
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
Review mail and pay bills
Old Business
New Business
Timely items for Planning board consideration

Meeting 13 of 15

Zoning Board of Appeals
Wednesday October 12, 2022 7 PM EDT

Zoom meetings
VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY VIA ZOOM WEBINAR
on line only

Agenda:
7:00PM continuation of a public hearing for relief under
Chapter 40A, Section 10 of Massachusetts General Laws from
the height, size, and illumination of a proposed sign for Berlin
Memorial School, 34 South St.
7:30PM continuation of a public hearing for variances from parking restrictions in addition to site plan approval and special permit for a cannabis cultivating and manufacturing facility at 10 Bigelow Road, Berlin/Hudson.
8:00PM public hearing for a special permit to build an addition for non-conforming uses and structures at 263 West Street.
Approve past meeting minutes.
Sign warrants.
Communications received.
Any unforeseen issue that may properly come before the Board.
Availability for next meeting.
Adjourn.

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Meeting 14 of 15

Historical Commission
Friday October 14, 2022 10 AM EDT

Berlin Town Offices
Room 227
23 Linden St. Berlin MA, 01503

Agenda:
Topic: Historical Commission - Open Meeting

 
Prior Minutes

Bullard House:

Historical Collection:

Demolition Delay

Other Historic Preservation

Other business

Adjournment

Meeting 15 of 15