Information for Meeting of Select Board
Monday February 01, 2021 6:00 PM EST

Town:Berlin, MA 
Board:Select Board
Time:Monday February 01, 2021 6:00 PM EST
Location:Zoom meetings
on line only
VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - - details within posting
**updated 1/29/2020**
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6:00 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.

6:00 p.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION – The Board will enter executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 21 (a)(7) and Section 21 (a)(3): 

Reason #7:  Review of Executive Session Meeting Minutes of:

May 6, 2015
September 8, 2020
October 5, 2020 #3 portion
November 9, 2020
December 10, 2020
December 21, 2020

Reason #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 Board and the chair so declares (Berlin Police Union Contract & Fire Department Contract)

And will return to open session thereafter:


January 25, 2021 open session




7:05 PM - General Department Update - Police
7:20 PM -  Lori Fearebay visit, 2020 Annual Town Report project update
7:35 PM - Capital Planning Comm & Town Admin present FY21 capital recommendations & Capital Improvement Plan to SB (pursuant to Bylaw Art XXI, §3(D); TA Act §6(4)
7:45 PM - Four (4) Pole Requests for placement within the Right of Way (ROW):
2 Singularly-Owned (SO) Poles on Bridge Road
Petitioner: National Grid Poles on Bridge Road
SO Pole #0-50 
SO Pole #2 & 1-50 
2 Jointly-Owned (JO) Poles on River Road West
Co-Petitioners:  National Grid & Verizon 
JO Pole #9-50 
JO Pole #14



Stoddard Conservation Restriction - Randall Road
Shared Streets - Authorization to apply remaining grant funds to pedestrian crossing signals and 3 benches in village center
FY22 Budget Updates


2021 Annual Town Meeting 
Discuss logistics - date(s), time(s), location
Open 2021 Annual Town Meeting Warrant: Meeting to take place Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:30 PM outside at Berlin Memorial School, 34 South Street, Berlin, MA 01503. Any articles to be included on the warrant must be received by the Select Board office no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, February 22, 2021 at which time the warrant closes. Email articles to 
Vote Recreation Committee member appointments - Mark Adams, Kerri Lewis



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:Dec 28, 2020 11:40 AM EST
Last Modified:Jan 29, 2021 8:56 AM EST
Minutes:Minutes are not on record with the Town Clerk's office
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Minutes and Associated Documents

2-1-2021 SB Exec Sess - Exemption 3 Fire Union - Approved and Released 6-21-2021.docx  (download) 18 Kb Jul 08, 2021 10:50 PM EDT
2-1-2021 SB Exec Sess - Exemption 7 review ES Meeting Minutes - Approved 6-21-2021 Release 5-10-2022.pdf  (download) 63 Kb May 11, 2022 11:21 AM EDT
2-1-2021 SB minutes Open Session - approved 2-8-2021.docx  (download) 19 Kb Feb 08, 2021 9:00 PM EST
Joint Pole Request 3 - JO 9-50 on River Road West ROW renumbering for 2-1-2021.pdf  (download) 154 Kb Jan 20, 2021 5:51 PM EST
Joint Pole Request 4 - JO 14 on River Road West ROW renumbering for 2-1-2021.pdf  (download) 156 Kb Jan 20, 2021 5:51 PM EST
NGRID Pole Request 1 - SO 0-50 on Bridge Road ROW renumbering for 2-1-2021.pdf  (download) 137 Kb Jan 20, 2021 5:50 PM EST
NGRID Pole Request 2 - SO 2 & 1-50 on Bridge Road ROW renumbering for 2-1-2021.pdf  (download) 145 Kb Jan 20, 2021 5:51 PM EST
Pole Hrgs NOTICE REVISED - 4 consecutive with 2 NGRID SO & 2 jointly NGRID-Verizon JO - SB hearings 2-1-2021.pdf  (download) 218 Kb Jan 20, 2021 5:50 PM EST

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