Information for Meeting of Select Board
Monday October 25, 2021 7:00 PM EDT

Town:Berlin, MA 
Board:Select Board
Time:Monday October 25, 2021 7:00 PM EDT
Location:VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - - details within posting
** Updated 10/21/2021 **
Monday, October 25, 2021, 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 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 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:
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 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.


October 12, 2021, Open Session
October 18, 2021, Open Session


Letter of support for the (MA) Green Future (requested by Climate XChange Education & Research group)
Textile Diversion Program (CMRK)



7:10 PM - General Department Update - Police Dept.
7:20 PM - Special Event Application - “Halloween Stroll”
Public Land/Way: South Commons fields/parking lot, 34 South Street 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 30th from 2 PM to 5 PM 
Rain date/time: Sunday, October 31 - same times
The event includes: games, music/DJ, and food
Applicants: Berlin Recreation Committee and Berlin Lions Club
Clean-Up Complete by: same day/6 PM
7:25 PM - Special Event Application - “Halloween Trick-or-Treating”
Public Land/Way: Town of Berlin Public Ways, 1870 Town Hall (12 Woodward Ave), Bullard House (4 Woodward Ave), Berlin Public Library (23 Carter Street) in addition to private participating properties
Date/Time: Sunday, October 31st from 6 PM to 8 PM 
Applicants: Berlin Recreation Committee and Berlin Lions Club


November 8, 2021 Special Town Meeting updates, if any; Review Draft Motions
TA Recommendation to extend Historical Commission’s use of Old Fire Station for temporary storage needs.

Approval of street signs per PD, FD, and Highway Dept. recommendations:
"Reduced Speed Ahead" sign - Prior to "35 mph sign" near 159 West Street
"No Engine Break" sign - Prior to 159 West Street and 167 West Street
Recommendation to Appoint Interim Police Chief
DRAFT Nuisance and Dangerous Dog Hearing Procedures
Recommendation to Appoint 1870 Town Hall Manager

EXECUTIVE SESSION – The Board will enter executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 21 (a)(3): To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares. (Berlin Police Union Local 264, MCOP)

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:

Webinar link:   
Or iPhone one-tap US: +16465588656,,148969555#  or +13017158592,,148969555#
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:Jul 19, 2021 12:31 PM EDT
Last Modified:Oct 21, 2021 8:06 PM EDT
Minutes:Minutes are not on record with the Town Clerk's office
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Minutes and Associated Documents

10-25-2021 SB Open Session Meeting minutes approved 11-1-2021.docx.pdf  (download) 74 Kb Nov 01, 2021 7:12 PM EDT

Meeting Revision History

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