Information for Meeting of Select Board
Monday March 23, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

Town:Berlin, MA 
Board:Select Board
Time:Monday March 23, 2020 6:30 PM EDT
Location:Zoom Meeting only - virtual remote participation only
**updated 3/19/2020** 
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), 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: 
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•	March 2, 2020
•	March 9, 2020

•	Letter of Support to Town of Bolton re: Wattaquadock Hill Road Truck Exclusion 
•	Attorney James F. Mears, Jr. 3/11/2020 letter to the ABCC regarding New Flat Penny LLC’s appeal of the Board’s 3/9/2020 revocation of the all-alcohol restaurant license for the New Flat Penny LLC, 263 West Street, Berlin, MA


7:00-7:05 PM  Coronavirus (COVID-19) business/updates, including:
	Joint Declaration of Emergency between the Boards of Health and Selectmen (for signature by the respective chairs)
	Fire/EMS Chief and Emergency Management Director Kenneth Clark
7:10 PM	National Grid – pole hearing
	 installation of one singularly-owned (SO) pole on River Road West to service the Berlin Community Garden (land owned by Riverbridge) – Plan online under “News” at - VOTE TO AUTHORIZE SIGNATURE ON THE TRIPLICATE ORDER COPIES BY THE CHAIR

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 limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, this public hearing of the Berlin Board of Selectmen is being conducted via remote participation.  No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but the public can listen/view/participate in this meeting while in progress by Zoom Meeting protocol read aloud at the outset of this meeting and as posted in the official agenda posting for this meeting.  Members of the public attending this meeting virtually will be allowed to make comments if they wish to do so, during the portion of the hearing designated for public comment, by raising their hand in the Zoom Meeting platform, or by speaking in successive order for those who join telephonically only.

7:15 PM	Finance Committee – FY21 budget discussion

7:30 PM	Planning Board - 2020 Annual Town Meeting zoning articles 

•	Online at

•	Vote to include articles for 2020 Annual Town Meeting 
•	Draft FY21 Budget - TA recommendations on budget requests

•	Approval of three Special Events Applications (approval votes to be contingent both on approval of the Berlin Police Department a week before the respective events, and the lifting of the Declaration of Emergency proclamations of both the Governor of Massachusetts (3/10/2020) and the Town of Berlin (if so voted this evening, 3/23/2020):
1.	4 Jake’s Sake 5K road run – May 1, 2020
2.	Bicycles Battling Cancer – June 14, 2020
3.	Charles River Wheelers bike tour group for 2 dates -
	May 10, 2020 (rain date May 31, 2020) and
	October 11, 2020 (rain date of October 18, 2020)


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

(7) – Vote/approve executive session meeting minutes (March 9, 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 Chairman 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.
Scheduled By:Dee Green
Posted At:Feb 06, 2020 8:51 PM EST
Last Modified:Mar 19, 2020 9:43 PM EDT
Minutes:Minutes are not on record with the Town Clerk's office
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Minutes and Associated Documents

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