Information for Meeting of Select Board
Monday April 26, 2021 7:00 PM EDT

Town:Berlin, MA 
Board:Select Board
Time:Monday April 26, 2021 7:00 PM EDT
Location:Zoom meetings
on line only
VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - - details within posting
**updated 4/22/2021**
Monday, April 26, 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 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 Board of Selectmen 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 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.

April 20, 2021 open session



7:10 PM - General Department Update - Fire & EMS Department


Annual Town Meeting preparation: Review of draft ATM Motions
Final preparation (?) - Coffee Talk 9.0 - scheduled for 6:30PM on Thursday, April 29th on Zoom - “Pre-Town Meeting & Budget Forum”
TA Goals & Objectives Work Session with Select Board - Discussion

Approval/renewal of license
License Type:  	Junk, Old Metals and Second-Hand Articles Dealers’
License (with restrictions listed thereon) 
License Holder: 	Berlin Auto Parts
Licensed Premises: 	76 Coburn Road 
License Period: 	5/1/2021 through 4/30/2022
Appointment: Beth Christensen to the Recreation Committee (term thru 5/31/2022)
Road Opening Permit Form - Updates
Job Description Updates for Approval - Laborer/Driver, Library Assistant, COA Van Driver


EXECUTIVE SESSION – The Board will enter executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 21 (a) exemption(s):
#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 Firefighters’ Union Local 5298 I.A.F.F.

#7 To comply with, or act under the authority of, any general or special law or federal grant-in-aid requirements: Review/Approve/Release (if appropriate) Executive Session meeting minutes: 
September 8, 2020
November 9, 2020
December 10, 2020
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 open session 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:Apr 22, 2021 3:03 PM EDT
Last Modified:Apr 22, 2021 3:03 PM EDT
Minutes:Minutes are not on record with the Town Clerk's office
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Minutes and Associated Documents

4-26-2021 SB Exec Sess Exemption 3 Fire Union Negotiation Strategy - Approved & Released 6-21-2021.docx  (download) 19 Kb Jul 09, 2021 12:04 AM EDT
4-26-2021 SB Exec Sess Exemption 7 Prior ES Minutes - Approve 6-21-2021 Released 5-10-2022.docx (1).pdf  (download) 69 Kb May 11, 2022 12:04 PM EDT
4-26-2021 SB Open Session Meeting minutes approved 5-3-2021.docx  (download) 22 Kb May 04, 2021 7:12 PM EDT

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