Town of Berlin, MA shared Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice and Nashoba Associated Boards of Health's post.
Meet Tamara Bedard, RN. Tamara serves as the Community Health Manager for all residents in the towns of: Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Town of Ashby, Massachusetts, Town of Harvard, Massachusetts, Ayer, Massachusetts, Town of Berlin, MA, Town of Bolton, Boxborough, Massachusetts, Dunstable, Massachusetts, Groton, Massachusetts, Lancaster, Massachusetts,Littleton, Ma Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Pepperell, Massachusetts, Shirley, Massachusetts Stow, Massachusetts, Townsend, Massachusetts and Devens, Massachusetts. ... See MoreSee Less
The Assessors Department seeks a qualified candidate to serve the office as a Property Lister. The position requires a detail oriented person with excellent customer service skills. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) interior and exterior inspections of property, tracking building permit data, taking digital photos, and data entry of collected data, other duties as assigned.
The position is 25 hours with benefits. The rate of pay range is $19.20 to $22.93 per hour depending on experience. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Resumes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The full job description is available online at the link below. Berlin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This application should be sent to the Selectmen’s Office, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, MA 01503 (or by email to email@example.com) and must be received by the Board of Selectmen no later than Noon 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
BERLIN BOARD OF SELECTMEN Thomas Andrew Christine Keefe Lisa Wysocki
ALERT FOR COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE OF ROUTE 128 BLACK BEARS ACTIVE AND SEEKING FOOD
Due to recent reports of bear sightings and problems from Rte 495 to the Berkshires, MassWildlife is reminding police departments, ACOs, conservation commissioners and other municipal officials that black bears have emerged from winter dens and are actively looking for food. A bear recently destroyed a chicken coop in Chelmsford, killing several birds, while bee hives have been raided in other parts of the state. In these cases, the hives and coops did not have electric fencing, which provides the only real protection from hungry bears. In the Connecticut Valley and Berkshires, attacks on sheep, alpacas, and goats have been reported. Birdfeeders from the Route I- 495 corridor to the Berkshires are being destroyed or emptied for seed and suet. This reminder is offered to underscore that the only way to prevent repeat bear visits and to minimize potential conflicts is to remove all sources of food and properly secure animals.
This information is offered to your department to help you respond to bear reports and sightings in your town. MassWildlife has found that municipal officials should expect excitement, concern, and questions from citizens and the media when a bear is seen in town. Share this information on your website, through social media, local news outlets and other municipal departments in your town or city. Share MassWildlife’s YouTube video “Don’t Feed Bears, Keep Them Wild!” and find more bear information at www.mass.gov/bears.
Remember, the presence of a bear is not an immediate public safety threat. In most instances, a bear is simply seeking the most accessible and nutritious food source available which is most often bird seed, garbage, compost or unsecured chickens, rabbits or livestock. Therefore, the most important message to convey to your staff, the public, and the media is: The only way to prevent repeat visits is to remove or properly secure all sources of food. Bears that learn to feed at bird feeders, raid chicken coops, rabbit hutches and beehives, rummage through trash and compost or attack livestock will repeat this behavior. If these foods are available, bears will continue to spend time in neighborhoods, backyards and farms increasing the likelihood of adverse encounters. Everyone needs to do their part to keep bears wild and out of trouble by taking preventive and responsible actions.
WHEN A BEAR IS REPORTED IN YOUR COMMUNITY--ADVICE FOR POLICE and ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS
• Leave the bear alone and advise callers to do the same. • Keep people far away and do not try to follow or track the bear. Pursuit stresses the animal and risks it bolting into traffic or a group of bystanders. Bears will often climb a tree to avoid people; leave the bear alone and it will come down when all is quiet and it feels comfortable. In most situations, a bear will find its way back into a more suitable area if given the chance. • Contact MassWildlife. During business hours contact your local MassWildlife District Office or the MassWildlife Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6359 to report sightings and get advice. If you need advice before/after business hours, on weekends, or holidays, contact the Environmental Police Radio Room at 1-800-632-8075. • If a bear is in a situation that may cause a public safety threat, contact MassWildlife or the Environmental Police. The risk presented by a bear in a densely populated area can be assessed by the Environmental Police or MassWildlife. The agencies will provide advice and determine if deploying the Large Animal Response Team (LART) is necessary. LART consists of MassWildlife biologists and Environmental Police Officers with specific training in chemical immobilization of large animals. Decisions on the appropriate response in these situations are governed by a standard protocol addressing public safety threats. In most cases, bears in residential areas do not require a LART response and will leave the area on their own.
ADVICE FOR CITIZENS
Urge homeowners and food-related businesses to remove or secure all food sources including bird feeders, trash, open compost bins or dumpsters, pet food, and grain. Bears are smart and will learn these are predictable and readily available sources of food, which puts people and pets at greater risk. Poultry and rabbit owners, as well as beekeepers, should invest in electric fencing to protect their coops, hutches, and hives.
People should be aware that irresponsible human behavior also puts bears at risk. Massachusetts General Law allows bears to be destroyed by property owners if bears are discovered raiding hives, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, or attacking livestock or pets.
Visit our bear web pages at www.mass.gov/bears or contact MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6359 for assistance with electric fencing, securing livestock or other information. ... See MoreSee Less
Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 138 of the Mass. General Laws, as amended, application has been made and information given, for approval of a Change of Location for the Wine and Malt Sec. 15 license for Berlin Liquors, LLC, W. Matthew Senie, Manager from 59 River Road West to 3 Bassett Road, Berlin, MA (a < 1,000 feet move). The premises for said new license location are described as follows: storefront space within the Riverbridge mixed-use development, consisting of 1,634 square feet of retail space in a building located at 3 Bassett Road, Berlin, MA, with two (2) entrance and four (4) exits.
A hearing on the above application will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 8:15 p.m., in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room 206, Berlin Town Offices Building, 23 Linden St., Berlin, MA. All interested parties should plan to attend.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN Thomas Andrew Christine Keefe Lisa Wysocki ... See MoreSee Less
The Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee announces 3 public forums regarding the proposal for the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting to fully regionalize (Grades K – 12) the Berlin and Boylston Schools:
1. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. - Regionalization Forum with Presentation and Q & A Session at XIX Carter, 19 Carter Street, Berlin.
2. Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2 p.m. – School Committee Policy Sub-Committee Meeting at BBRSD Central Office, 215 Main Street, Boylston.
3. Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. - Regionalization Forum with Presentation and Q & A Session at Mosaic Commons, 22 Village Lane, Berlin. ... See MoreSee Less
Open voter registration! Town Clerk's Office, 2nd floor Berlin Town Office Building 23 Linden Street on Tuesday, April 17 2018 from 9am to 5 pm for Annual Town Meeting (Mon. & Tue., May 7 & 8) And Annual Town Election (Mon, May 14) -Town Clerk's Office ... See MoreSee Less
Berlin Rail Trail Advisory Committee FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Q: Can local volunteers work on the construction of the Rail Trail? A: NO This property is not owned by the town of Berlin; the town has no authority regarding construction. The property is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) which in turn entered into a 99 year lease with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Per the lease, two phases are required: design and building. Before the Town (and/or the Town and DCR jointly) begins to construct the trail, it must submit a Construction Access Permit and a proposed design to the DCR for review, revision and approval by the DCR, the MBTA and the Massachusetts Historic Commission. Per the DCR, construction must be done within MASSACHUSETTS HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION specification DCR can construct a trail with no Berlin input/approval if funds become available to them.
Q: How much will the construction of the Rail Trail cost? How much of this will be the responsibility of the town? A: The consensus is a rail trail has the base cost of $1million per mile (a formula used for other rail trails built in Massachusetts). In 2013 the DCR filed an Expanded Environmental Notification Form with the State in it Berlin’s 2.3 mile section was estimated to cost $2,355,000
Initial costs; design, permitting and title search are the responsibility of the town. The engineering design and permitting fee is typically between 10% and 20% of the construction cost. Once the design is approved by the 3 state agencies, the town would then need a diligent and aggressive committee to research and apply for any available grants, to alleviate the town from further costs. Some towns have also received funds from local businesses, and these would need to be solicited. Paul Jahnige, DCR’s representative—said that there may be some available DCR monies in the future, but the reality is Berlin is the end of the line, monies will go to Waltham, Weston and Wayland first.
Q: CRIME, is a reoccurring question among residents A: Police Chief Tom Galvin reported after his research he believes, crime on a rail trail is reflective of the crime in the community. Berlin Police presently have a mountain bike that could be used for trail patrol. Both Police and Fire feel that an ATV would be beneficial to them for dealing with the trail. Because the land is State property, State Police can also be contacted if there is an issue to be addressed.
Q: Who maintains the Rail Trail, will the Budget of our Highway department be impacted? A: Berlin Highway Department will need to mow trail edges, blow leaves, and keep the parking area plowed during winter months. The Highway Superintendent has reported that this will add to his budget. Major upkeep, such as surface repair, will be the responsibility of DCR.
Q: What is the policy regarding litter? A: DCR has the policy of CARRY IN, CARRY OUT. Trail users are expected to carry out everything that goes in with them. Volunteer groups or individuals can patrol the trail periodically for trail pick up.
Q: Where is parking for the Rail Trail located? A: This has still not been determined. Several locations have been suggested, (1) the commuter lot at 495 – which will require an ADA compliant ramp to be built (2) the corner of Route 62 and Coburn Rd. (3) Highland St. (4) Sawyer Hill Rd and possibly (5) the old Highway barn on Carter Street. If St. Josephs church agrees the church parking lot has also been suggested – if the trail begins at Coburn, users would need to walk along Route 62. Some factors on this subject that must be considered are the upkeep, space, safety of the location and any designated parking lot along with the access paths to the trail must be ADA and AAB compliant.
Q: Can dogs be walked on the trail? A: DCR requires that dogs must be leashed when walking on the trail, owners are expected to pick up after their own animals.
Q: Will horseback riding be allowed on the trail? A: This is one area Paul Jahnige has pointed out to be a problem area for the Town of Berlin. Specifications require the trail be 10 feet wide with 2-foot shoulders on each side. An equestrian path requires an additional 6-foot adjacent path. The width of the present trail does not entirely accommodate this, extra construction could remedy this but that would require additional money and possibly disturb contaminated soil that naturally comes with rail beds.
Q: Will hunting be allowed on the Rail Trail? A: Berlin is a hunter friendly town, and there is hunting around the trail. Paul Jahnige said hunting is not allowed on DCR property and his opinion is hunting and mixed-use trails do not mix.
Q: Will privacy fencing be provided if requested? A: DCR prefers plantings and screening to serve this purpose.
Q: Can the town provide wildlife cameras if requested by abutters?’ A: This is a subject our committee has never discussed; the question was raised by an abutter. There would need to research done if this is a possibility and who would pay for this.
Q: Will there be lighting provided on the trail? A: Hours for all DCR properties are from DAWN TO DUSK, lights will not be necessary.
Q: What surface material will be used and who makes the final decision on this? A: DCR prefers asphalt (asphalt functions as safe cap for the soil contaminants that comes with abandoned rail ways), their second choice is crushed stone aggregate.
Q: Will restroom facilities be provided, and who is responsible for these? A: These are not planned.
Just a question-the salary on that position is listed as “Salary: $118.23-$23.28 per 18 hour work week commensurate with experience.”
Before I tell friends that might be interested, I’d like to be able to tell them what the salary IS. Is that per hour? Per total 18 hours? What does that even mean? If it’s per hour, HAHAHAH, $118/18 is $6.50 per hour. If it’s per hour, that seems excessive at the $118, but the $23 per hour seems legit.
Berlin Fire Chief Roger E. Wheeler (Ret.), 92, of Berlin, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018. He is pre-deceased by his loving wife Helen (Bradley) Wheeler and his daughter Nancy (Wheeler) Domenici, and is survived by his twin sons, Peter and Paul Wheeler, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Chief Wheeler is also pre-deceased by his brothers Philip and Frederick Wheeler, and his sister Norma (Wheeler) Andrews. Born in Berlin, Chief Wheeler is the son of the late Roland and Freda (Stone) Wheeler.
Roger's career was dedicated to public service. He enlisted in the United States Army during the height of World War II, when he was just 18 years old. Roger served in the 2nd Armored Division, Company A, 702 Tank Destroyer Battalion, earning the rank of Sargent. Arriving in France in 1944 during the Invasion of Normandy, the 2nd Armored Division fought in several key campaigns which would turn the tide of the War in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. After he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, he received an honorable discharge from the Army following the Allied Victory and occupation of Germany. He received many awards and citations including the prestigious Purple Heart.
After returning home from the war, Roger began his public service career. In 1947, he joined the Berlin Police Department, followed by the Berlin Fire Department. Roger served as a Patrolman for the Berlin Police Department from 1947 to 1970, and retired after 21 years to focus on his Fire Service career. During his 43 years on the fire department, Roger served as a Forest Warden, Fire Engineer, Assistant Chief, and in 1964, was appointed Chief of Department. After 26 years of dedicated service as Chief, Roger retired on his 65th Birthday in August, 1990. While serving both the Police and Fire Departments, Roger served two terms as a Selectman on the Berlin Board of Selectman from 1956 to 1962. Between his service on many other town boards and committees, Roger started a family owned construction company, Roger E. Wheeler & Sons, Inc. in 1955 which is still family owned and operated to this day.
Roger’s greatest joys in life were his family, friends, the fire service and the military. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He always remained a dedicated supporter of the Fire Service and the men and women of the Armed Services long after his retirement. He was loved, admired, and respected by all who knew him or had the honor of serving with him in the military, and Fire and Police Departments. He will be remembered as someone who loved his family, his country, his town and his Fire Department.
The Berlin Fire & EMS Department regrets to announce the passing of retired Chief Roger Wheeler. Chief Wheeler served the town of Berlin for 43 years! Arrangements will be released once finalized. Rest In Peace Chief! ... See MoreSee Less
The annual winter snow ban for on-street parking lifted yesterday, April 1st. Still, please do what you can to keep streets free of vehicles in cases of pop-up inclement weather (like we're having today). Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
Town Management Study Committee & Select Board Public Forum regarding report on creating a Town Administrator Position
When: April 30, 2018, 7:15PM-8:15PM Where: Berlin Town Offices, 23 Linden Street
The Town Management Study Committee (TMSC) has submitted its report to the Select Board regarding restructuring Berlin’s Town government to meet the needs of the future. The TMSC created by Town Meeting in May 2017 was tasked to specifically investigate models of governance featuring a Town administrator that would preserve Berlin’s Open Town Meeting forum.
In advance of Berlin’s May 2018 Town Meeting, the Select Board and TMSC invites residents to a public forum to review what was learned from the research, the recommendation to create a Town Administrator position, the town meeting article related to this proposal and next steps. The goal is to provide information in advance of Town Meeting in order to answer questions and address concerns.