Information for Meeting of Select Board
Monday November 02, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Town:Berlin, MA 
Board:Select Board
Time:Monday November 02, 2020 7:00 PM EST
Location:Zoom meetings
on line only
VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - - details within posting
**updated 10/29/2020**
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Only in light of COVID-19 pandemic - Log-in information included below



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 limitation 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 best efforts to post an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting on:

The Town’s Webpage:
The Town’s YouTube channel: 
Approved minutes will be posted to 

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 Town Administrator/ADA Coordinator Margaret Nartowicz at 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.”



Meetings of the 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.


October 26, 2020 – open session


Review/approval of draft to CSX Railway Corporate Office regarding railroad debris/ties left in rail right of way following company’s Summer 2020 track/crossing improvements (with photos)



7:10 PM - Giving Thanks 

PROCLAMATION - Fran Gill - upon retirement from Berlin Family Food Pantry - declaration that Thanksgiving Day 2020 (Thursday, November 26, 2020) be officially-named “Fran Gill Day” in the Town of Berlin for her work to feed Berlin families

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - Bob Blair - upon his extraordinary efforts during the Conservation Commission’s 2020 Fall Roadside Clean-Up

7:15 PM - General Department Update - Police Chief Thomas Galvin

7:25 PM - Historical Commision - Board vote to accept gift of funds from the non-profit Berlin Art & Historical Society to augment balance needed to purchase/install a HVAC system for the Curatorial Building


Fall 2020 Special Town Meeting planning - To be held Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12 Noon at the Berlin Public Safety Complex (attached to/aside the Berlin Town Offices at 23 Linden Street, Berlin, MA)
WARRANT CLOSES at 8PM DURING THIS MEETING -- all articles in final form with accompanying summary statements to be filed in the Select Board’s Office by this time for inclusion on the warrant for this Town Meeting 
Continue review/vote articles for inclusion on the Special Town Meeting warrant
Discuss possible Special Town Meeting postponement due to COVID-19
Update on status of Berlin Boylston Regional School District School Committee Election legislation draft from BBRSD Counsel
Review and approve draft with Select Board edits


Appoint Rachel Boyer to the Council on Aging for a term to expire 5/31/2021, as recommended by the Council on Aging

Review and discuss preliminary draft Board & Committee Handbook


EXECUTIVE SESSION – The Board will enter executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 21 (a)(7) Review/Approval of three (3) sets of executive session meeting minutes: 


And will return to open session thereafter:
  to further conduct its regular business meeting
  only to adjourn the meeting


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.


Please join us in one of 3 ways:

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Or Telephone: Dial US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  Webinar ID: 148 969 555
Telephone caller codes:
*6 to turn on/off your phone microphone
*9 to ‘raise your hand’ from the audience.

Every effort will be made to note the order in which audience members have raised their hand 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.
Scheduled By:Dee Green
Posted At:Oct 01, 2020 3:58 PM EDT
Last Modified:Oct 29, 2020 2:21 PM EDT
Minutes:Minutes are not on record with the Town Clerk's office
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Minutes and Associated Documents

11-2-2020 BOS Open Session minutes approved 11-9-2020.pdf  (download) 88 Kb Nov 10, 2020 7:49 PM EST

Meeting Revision History

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