Celebrate 90 years of service by the Berlin Public Library!!!
Please join us on Saturday October 27th @ 7:30 at 19 Carter for a joint program of the Berlin Historical Society & the Berlin Public Library to celebrate 90 years of service by the Berlin Public Library.
Photos and trustee journals and other library memorabilia will be on display. Library staff, Trustees, and Friends will share their stories and memories and members of the Historical Society will provide historical context.
Refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to share their memories. ... See MoreSee Less
Heating caused more than 9,995 fires over the past five years and is the number two cause of home fires in Massachusetts.
Use your home heating system and space heating appliances wisely and responsibly. That’s the way to Keep Warm and Keep Safe.
Cover the ABCs of Fire Safety
• Make sure there are working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level including one outside the bedrooms. • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly and change batteries twice a year, when you change the clocks. • Hold home fire drills to practice the home escape plan. • Practice home fire safety and set a good example for the children.
Be Careful When Using Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Stoves
If you heat your home by burning solid fuels (coal, firewood, pellets), be careful before, during and after using these kinds of fuels.
• Have the chimney professionally cleaned every year. • Make sure the stove is approved by a national testing agency such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL). • Get a building permit before installing a stove. • Keep anything that can burn three feet away. • Dispose of the ashes in a metal container, with a lid, away from the house, garage and porch.
Space Heaters Need Space
Fires caused by space heaters are rare but often deadly. If you must use a space heater, do so safely.
• Do not use space heaters as your #1 heating source. • Keep anything that can burn three feet away.
Think Safety First When Heating your Home this Winter
• Use only heavy-duty extension cords. • Always turn off when going to bed or leaving home. • Portable kerosene heaters are illegal in MA for home use.
Maintain Natural Gas Equipment
Natural gas is a safe and efficient way to cook, heat our homes and hot water.
• Have your furnace and hot water heater professionally checked every year. • Do not use or store gasoline or painting supplies inside where they can be ignited by the pilot light.
Gas leaks can be dangerous – if you smell something like rotten eggs or you think there might be a leak,
• Move outdoors. • Do not smoke or turn on or off electrical switches - sparks can cause an explosion. • Dial 911 immediately.
Maintain Oil Heating Equipment
Home heating with fuel oil is also safe and efficient.
• Have your furnace professionally cleaned and checked every year. • Don’t let the tank get completely empty. • Call for service if the oil burner releases smoke or soot in the house.
Carbon Monoxide: the Silent Killer
Heating equipment is the leading source of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home.
• Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. • Don’t use the gas stove or oven for heat. • Have furnaces and chimneys checked annually by a professional. • Keep appliance vents and exhaust pipes clear of drifting snow and bushes.
Fuel Assistance For information on fuel assistance, please call the HEATLINE at 1-800-632-8175 (or for Boston only 617-357-6012) or on-line at www.mass.gov/dhcd. ... See MoreSee Less
Special Town Meeting (in a nutshell) October 15, 2018
Meeting commenced at 7PM Articles 1-8 yes/approved Articles 9 & 10 were passed-over/no action taken Articles 11-19 yes/approved Articles 20-21 were passed-over/no action taken Article 22 no/not approved Articles 23 & 24 were passed-over/no action taken Meeting dissolved at 10:22PM...
and at that time, and in keeping with tradition...
participants grabbed the folding chairs and stacked them up before leaving the BMS gymnasium. ... See MoreSee Less
REMINDER: Special Town Meeting Tonight @ 7PM Berlin Memorial School
MOTIONS **Funding source TBD: FinCom meets 6:15PM Monday, 10/15/18, to make its (funding source) recommendations.
ARTICLE 1- TOWN ADMINISTRATOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT SPECIAL LEGISLATION I move to authorize the Selectmen to petition the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives in General Court to approve a Special Act titled “An Act Establishing a Board of Selectmen-Town Administrator Form of Government for the Town of Berlin” as described in Article 1 of the warrant provided, however, that the General Court may make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the Board of Selectmen approves amendments to the bill before enactment by the General Court which are within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to approve such amendments. (Town Management Study Committee)
ARTICLE 2- TOWN ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH PREP CONSULTANT** I move to transfer from Free Cash** the sum of sixteen thousand dollars ($16,000.00) for the purpose of engaging a consultant to assist the Town in the initial preparation of the hiring of a Town Administrator, said sum to be expended by the Board of Selectmen. (Town Management Study Committee)
ARTICLE 3 - AMENDMENTS TO REGIONAL SCHOOL AGREEMENT I move to approve the amendment of the Berlin Boylston Regional School Agreement “Appendix I – Apportionment of Chapter 70- and Regional Transportation Aid” as described in Article 3 of the warrant. (Berlin School Committee)
ARTICLE 4 - HIGHWAY FY19 PAYROLL TRANSFER –SALARY TO PT WAGES I move to transfer three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) from FY19 budget Line Item 66 - Highway Salary, to FY19 budget item 68 - Highway PT Wages. (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 5 - C.O.A. FY19 PAYROLL TRANSFER –SALARY TO PT WAGES I move to transfer twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) from FY19 budget Line Item 83 COA Salary to FY19 budget item 84 COA PT Wages. (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 6 - MATCHING GRANT FUNDS** I move to transfer from Free Cash** the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) to fund the Town’s portion of any grants received which require a matching contribution by the Town, said sum to be expended by the Board of Selectmen. (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 7 - FIRE – SELF CONTAINED BREATHING APPRATUS MATCHING GRANT** I move to transfer from Free Cash** the sum of nineteen thousand dollars ($19,000.00) as a matching grant for the purpose of purchasing of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and related equipment, provided, however, that no expenditure shall be made hereunder unless the Town is allocated a federal grant for such purposes in the amount of one hundred ninety thousand ($190,000.00). (Fire/EMS Department)
ARTICLE 8 - FIRE/EMS - ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (ALS) OFFSET FUNDING** I move to transfer from Free Cash** the sum of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00) to supplement the amounts appropriated in the FY19 budget Line Item 52 Fire & EMS Department. (Fire/EMS Department)
ARTICLE 9 - PUBLIC SAFETY - DORM SPACE DESIGN/ENGINEERING** I move the Town transfer from Free Cash** the sum of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) for the purpose of designing and engineering the finish out construction of the second floor of the Public Safety Facility; including all incidental and related expenses. (Police and Fire/EMS Departments)
ARTICLE 10 - MERGE/AMEND EARTHWORKS & LIKE KIND SOIL GENERAL BYLAWS I move to amend the Town of Berlin General Bylaws by deleting both in their entirety: (1) Article XII “Earth Removal and Import”; and (2) Article XIX “Like Kind Soil” And, in their place, create a new Article XII “Earth Removal and Import” as written in the amended article as made available at the point of entry to the meeting room as follows:
Article XII - Earth Removal and Import
SECTION 1 – Purpose. The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate earth filling operations for the protection of human health, public safety, welfare, and the integrity of the natural resources of the Town of Berlin
SECTION 2 - Establishment of Earthwork Board. The Board of Selectmen shall serve as the Earthwork Board for the Town of Berlin
SECTION 3 – Applicability. A. The filling of any lot or lots, not in public use, as part of a single project or series of related projects for any business, industrial, research or commercial building or multifamily residential development with greater than one hundred cubic yards (100 cy) in total of topsoil, soil, borrow, rock, sod, loam, peat, humus, clay, sand, gravel or stone or any other earth material (“earth material”) within any twenty-four month period shall be done only in accordance with this bylaw. B. The importation or exportation of any earth material as described in Section 3(a) above and/or fill imported into or exported from the Town may be done only if it is accessory, subordinate and incidental to the ongoing use of a property or proposed development or redevelopment project (“Project”). The importation of earth materials and/or fill is “accessory, subordinate and incidental” when the scale of the fill activity represents no more than that limited by the following standards: 1. Construction Projects: There shall be a one to one relationship between square feet of building area of the Project and the cubic feet of such fill. For example, if fill is required to support and enable the construction or reconstruction of several buildings with a combined total of 20,000 square feet of finished area, a maximum of 20,000 cubic feet of fill may be imported to the site. 2. Re-Grading: The applicant shall be required to demonstrate that the re-grading is necessary to achieve a specific objective for the use of the Property, rather than being done to provide a reason to import large quantities of earth materials and/or fill.
SECTION 4 -Work for which permit required; exemptions. A. A permit shall be required under this by-law for the removal or importation of earth materials or fill in the course of excavation incidental to the construction of a principal use, accessory use and the installation of walks, driveways, parking lots and similar appurtenances to said principal or accessory use. B. If a permit issues to import earth materials and/or fill, specific proposed deliveries may be rejected as set forth below; an issued permit does not serve to pre-approve all deliveries of imported earth material and/or fill. C. Exemptions. 1. A permit shall not be required under this by-law for the removal of earth materials or importation of earth materials and/or fill incidental to the construction of a single-family residential building on a single parcel or lot of land for which a permit has been issued and to the installation of walks, driveways and similar appurtenances to said building; provided, that the quantity of material removed does not exceed that displaced by the portion of building, walk, driveway or similar appurtenances below finished grade or in the course of customary use of land for farming as defined in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 128, Section 1A or agricultural composting as defined in 330 CMR 25.00 and 310 CMR 16.00. 2. The exemptions in paragraph (1) do not cover removal or importation of earth from the premises involving topographical changes or soil-stripping or loam-stripping activities, nor shall tentative or final approval of a subdivision plan be construed as authorizing the removal or importation of earth material from streets shown on the subdivision plan.
SECTION 5 – Importation Limitations and Prohibitions. A. No earth materials and/or fill may be imported into any areas that fall within the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission in any manner, for example due to the presence of wetlands, riverfront areas or the Buffer Zones it is charged with regulating without a valid Order of Conditions. B. Imported earth material and/or fill may not contain debris, rebar, concrete, other building materials, clay, seashells, asphalt, glass or any solid waste of any kind. Imported materials must be soil of similar origin and/or clean fill.
SECTION 6 - Earth Works Advisory Committee. The Earth Works Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as the “Committee”) shall be established as follows and have the following powers and duties. A. The Committee shall consist of five (5) members, the Building Inspector, a representative of the Conservation Commission, a representative of the Board of Health and two representatives shall be appointed by the Selectmen one (1) year terms. B. The Committee shall file with the Board of Selectmen a written report, with recommendations, seven days (7) prior to each hearing of the Earthworks Board, and no such permit may be granted until such report has been filed.
SECTION 7 – Application Requirements. A. An application for a permit shall be in writing and, among other documents required by the Earthwork Board, shall contain an accurate description of the portion of land from which earth is to be removed or to which earth is to be imported, shall state fully the purpose for the removal or importation thereof and shall include plans of the land involved in such form as the Earthwork Board may require. The Earthwork Board may charge reasonable fees for filing an application for earthwork. Upon receipt of an application for a permit for removal or importation of earth from or to any land, the Earthwork Board shall refer the application to the Earth Works Advisory Committee and appoint a time and place for a public hearing, notice of which shall be given to the applicant and shall be published at least twenty-one (21) days before such hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in town. B. The following information shall be submitted with all applications: 1. The location of the proposed excavation; 2. The legal name and address of the owner of the property involved; 3. The legal name and address of the petitioner, which address shall be used by the Board for all correspondence hereunder; 4. Property lines, names and addresses of all abutting property owners within three hundred (300) feet of the property line, including those across any streets; 5. A detailed plan of the land involved, prepared by a Registered Civil Engineer, or a registered surveyor, and acceptable to the Board, at a scale of 1"‐20', or as determined appropriate, showing the entire parcel of land based on a perimeter survey and showing existing topography by five (5) contours within one hundred (100) feet of, and including, the site of the proposed excavation cut/fill operation or to the property line. This contour plan shall show locations of a sufficient number of test borings made to determine the average depth of top soilsoil layers and classifications before excavationcut/fill operations; 6. A detailed plan of the land involved, prepared by a Registered Civil Engineer, or a registered surveyor, and acceptable to the Board, showing five (5) foot contours of the site as of the completion of the excavation project, all drawn to a scale acceptable to the Board. The plan shall further show the maximum depth that the applicant intends to excavate, the type of material the applicant intends to extract from the land, the manner and depth in which he/she shall replace the top soil, and the type of reseeding and planting he/she proposed to use; 7. Natural features such as wetlands, the 100 year flood plain, ground cover and surface and groundwater. Water‐table elevation shall be determined by test pits and soil borings. A log of soil borings shall be included, taken to the depth of the proposed excavation, congruent with the size and geological makeup of the site; 8. A topographical map showing drainage facilities, final grades and proposed vegetation and trees; 9. Erosion and sediment‐control plan; 10. The amount and cost of proposed restoration materials; 11. The proposed form of performance security to be used. 12. The amount of eartyh material in cubic yards to be imported into or exported from the property. 11.13. Origin of imported earth material and destination and exported earth material. C. In addition to the above, the following information must be submitted with all applications for the importation of earth material and/or fill: 1. An existing conditions plan prepared by a registered land surveyor or civil engineer showing all man-made features, property lines, names and addresses of all abutters, existing topography at 5 foot contour intervals of the site and all land within 100 feet of the site, proposed 5 foot contours after the proposed filling is completed, the current soil type and depths from test borings, the presence of wetlands and other resources including buffer zones that would trigger Conservation Commission jurisdiction, as well as existing driveways, septic systems, and vegetation. Where wetlands and other such resources are present, these must be established by an engineer’s delineation approved by the Conservation Commission if located closer than 250 feet from the proposed fill activity. 2. A list of proposed Generating Sites, i.e., the sites from which earth materials and/or fill has been removed, if known at the time of the Application. If not known at that time, such information shall be provided prior to any deliveries from a previously undisclosed Generating Site, which may or may not be approved by the Earthworks Board once disclosed. 3. Deliveries from any proposed Generating Site shall be reviewed and approved by the Earthworks Board only upon a certification by a Licensed Site Professional that the proposed earth material is a match to the earth material at the Receiving Site. 4. The quantity in cubic yards feet of material to be imported under the permit, including a calculation thereof prepared by a licensed engineer. 5. Prior to the commencement of any fill deliveries or any individual phase of deliveries if there are to be several, the Applicant must provide to the Earthworks Board full documentation of the material to be imported to the Receiving Site. This material must include the name and address of those responsible for the removal of the material from the Generating Site and a full analysis of the composition of such soil, including lab reports establishing the nature of the substances contained within the soil. In addition, the Applicant must provide the Earthworks Board with full documentation of those who will undertake the transportation of such materials. The Earthworks Board has the authority to reject any proposed delivery based on the materials submitted pursuant to this sub-paragraph if it finds that the materials do not match sufficiently, or it finds that any such delivery will violate this Bylaw in any material respect. The rejection of a proposed delivery is not inconsistent with the issuance of a Permit; as this Bylaw specifically contemplates delivery by delivery analysis, review and approval. D. Local Transportation Plan. The Applicant must submit to the Earthworks Board a Transportation Plan showing proposed routes through the Town to the Receiving Site; dates and times of day of expected deliveries; measures for protecting Town roads, bridges, and vegetation within the Town’s road rights of way; protection of property owned by others that might be affected by truck movement; and all other relevant logistics related to the transport of the materials within the Town. The Earthworks Board may condition any Permit with limitations on the volume of deliveries during specified time periods, times of deliveries, dust and fumes control, the location of any truck queuing, requirements of engine shut down during queuing and any other reasonable restriction aimed at protecting the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town, its property and the property of others. A permit may be denied by the Earthworks Board it makes a finding that any of the above considerations are unlikely to be properly mitigated to its satisfaction regardless of conditions it might impose on the permit. E. Fees. 1. New permit: five hundred dollars ($500.00). 2. Renewal permit: two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
SECTION 8 - Conditions for granting of permit. A permit for removal or importation of earth materials and/or fill shall be granted only if the Earthwork Board determines that such removal or importation is neither detrimental to the neighborhood nor injurious to the recharge of the water table or the condition of surface water. The exercise of any permit granted under provisions of this by-law shall be subject to conditions, limitations and safeguards to be set forth therein by the Earthwork Board to protect the groundwater supply, health, welfare, convenience and safety of the public and to promote the best interests of the neighborhood and of the town. These conditions may include but are not limited to: method of removal; type and location of temporary structures; hours of operation; routes for transporting the material through the town; area and depth of excavation; distance of excavation from street and lot lines; steepness of slopes excavated; reestablishment of ground levels and grades; provisions for permanent and temporary drainage; disposition of boulders and tree stumps; replacement of loam over the area of removal; planting of the area to suitable cover; and inspection of the premises as permitted by law by the Earthwork Board or its representative.
SECTION 9 - Performance bond; duration of permit; public hearing. The Earthwork Board may require, as a condition to the granting of a permit for the removal or importation of soil, loam, sand, gravel, stone or other earth material, that the permittee furnish cash, a certified check or a surety company bond to the town as obligee in a penal sum to be fixed by said Earthwork Board as it shall deem sufficient to cover the cost of the performance of all labor and material as shall be required to carry out all the conditions, limitations and safeguards as may be imposed by said Earthwork Board in connection with the removal or importation of the particular substances for which the permit is issued. No permit shall be issued under provisions of this by-law for a period of more than one (1) year, although permits may be renewed. Prior to issuing or renewing any permit, the Earthwork Board shall appoint a time and place for a public hearing, notice of which shall be given to the applicant and all abutters and shall be published at least twenty-one (21) days before such hearing in a newspaper having a circulation in the town.
SECTION 10 - Investigation of violations; suspension or revocation of permit. If the Earthwork Board shall be informed or shall have reason to believe that any provision of this by-law or any permit or condition thereunder has been, is being or is about to be violated, the Earthwork Board shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the facts, and if the Earthwork Board finds any violation, the Earthwork Board shall send a notice ordering cessation of the improper activities to the owner of the premises in question or his duly authorized agent and to the occupant of the premises. If, after such notice, the violation continues, the Earthwork Board or the Building Inspector may suspend any permit it has issued or take such other action as is necessary to enforce the provisions of the chapter and/or seek penalties as provided in MGL C. 40, § 21. Violation of this bylaw shall be punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00) for a first offense; one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a second offense and for each subsequent offence, two hundred dollars ($200.00). Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense. Any permit granted by the Earthwork Board may be revoked for cause shown, after a public hearing, notice of which shall be given to the permittee and shall be published at least seven (7) days before such hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in town. The suspension or revocation of a permit shall not relieve the permittee of his obligations thereunder, except at the discretion of the Earthwork Board.
SECTION 11 - Record of proceedings and decisions. The Earthwork Board shall record all proceedings brought under this by-law in a book to be kept for that purpose and shall file in the office of the Town Clerk a copy of all decisions, and the said Town Clerk shall keep a proper index thereof.
SECTION 12 – Effective date. This chapter shall take effect upon its approval by the Attorney General and publication as provided by law; provided, however, that any continuous earthwork activities in actual legal working operation on the date of enactment, may continue unaffected by this chapter until the termination date specified in said permit. Permits for operation of the latter activities will be required from this Board upon the termination of their existing permits.
SECTION 13 – Severability. If any provision of this by-law shall be held invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not be construed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any of the remaining provisions. (Selectmen)
Article 11 - CABLE ACCESS STATION FY19 FUNDING I move to appropriate from the Peg Access & Cable Related Fund created pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 53F ¾ the sum of forty two thousand five hundred dollars ($42,500.00) to be used in accordance with the PEG Access grant, said sum to be expended by the Cable Access Committee (Cable Access Committee).
ARTICLE 12 - SPECIAL ARTICLE CLOSE-OUT** I move to close out the following Special Article accounts in the total amount of forty thousand, one hundred twenty three dollars and thirty-eight cents ($40,123.38) and return Highland Commons mitigation funds to their original source and return other balances to: [FinCom/Selectmen – pick one] General Fund Stabilization Fund
Funding From: Art.#: FY Special Article Purpose: Remaining balance: Return to: a. Free Cash Art 9 STM 2015 Selectmen – Inspectors Tablets $6,000.00 General Fund b. Raise & Appropriate Art 25 2016 Selectmen – Energy Audit Pub Safety, Municipal Building and BMS $25,000.00 General Fund c. Free Cash Art 21 2013 1870 Town Hall Generator Repairs $1,850.50 General Fund d. Highland Commons Public Safety Art 26 2018 Fire & EMS Hydraulic Rescue Tools $106.23 Highland Commons Public Safety e. Free Cash Art 15 2018 BMS – Dishwasher Repair/Replacement $4,126.80 General Fund f. Highland Commons Cultural Art 18 2018 BMS – Swing Set Mats $870.50 Highland Commons Cultural g. Free Cash Art 24 2015 BMS – Parking Lot Repairs $1,398.14 General Fund h. Highland Commons Cultural Art 29 2017 Library – Two Computer Carrels $771.21 Highland Commons Cultural (Selectmen)
Article 13 - ABANDONED FUNDS I move to adopt Massachusetts General Law Chapter 200A, Section 9A relative to the disposition of abandoned funds by the Town of Berlin. (Treasurer/Collector)
ARTICLE 14 - BORROWING PREMIUMS I move to supplement each prior vote of the Town that authorizes the borrowing of money to pay costs of capital projects to provide that, in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, the premium received by the Town upon the sale of any bonds or notes thereunder, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bond or notes, may be applied to pay project costs and the amount authorized to be borrowed for each such project shall be reduced by the amount of any such premium so applied. (Treasurer/Collector) ARTICLE 15 - AUTHORITY TO DENY BUILDING PERMITS/LICENSES FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES I move to amend Article XIII, §5(a) of the Town Bylaws to bring such bylaw into accord with the revisions to M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 57 made by the Municipal Modernization Act, by inserting the underlined text and deleting the strikethrough text, as follows:
“The Tax Collector or other municipal official responsible for records of all municipal taxes, assessments, betterments and other municipal charges, hereinafter referred to as the tax collector, shall annually, and may periodically, furnish to each department, board, commission or division, hereinafter referred to as the licensing authority, that issues licenses or permits including renewals and transfers, a list of any person, corporation, or business enterprise, hereinafter referred to as the party, that has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges for not less than a twelve month period, and that such party has not filed in good faith a pending application of an abatement of such tax or a pending petition before the appellate tax board.” (Treasurer/Collector)
ARTICLE 16 - TAX COLLECTOR FEES I move to amend Article XIII of the Town Bylaws by adding Section 7 to provide as follows: “Effective December 1, 2018, all fees collected and accrued by the Tax Collector pursuant to MGL Chapter 60 Section 15 shall be deposited in the General Fund, provided, however, that any fees collected by the Tax Collector under said statute since July 1, 2018 through November 31, 2018 and any fees collected and turned over to the Treasurer from Dec 1, 2018 forward shall not be reimbursed or credited to the Collector. (Treasurer/Collector)
ARTICLE 17 - MARIJUANA TAX I move to adopt Massachusetts General Law Chapter 64N, Section 3, to impose a local sales tax upon the sale of recreational marijuana originating within the Town by a vendor at a rate of three percent (3%) of the gross receipts of the vendor from the sale of recreational marijuana, marijuana products, and marijuana edibles, said excise to take effect on the first day of the calendar quarter commencing at least thirty (30) days after such vote of Town Meeting. (Treasurer/Collector)
ARTICLE 18 - MARIJUANA ZONING BYLAW DEFINITIONS/PROCESS I move to amend the Berlin Zoning By-law Article 16 Definitions by adding new definitions related to Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Establishments and by creating a new Section 585 Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Establishments as described in Article 18 of the warrant for this meeting with the following amendments: Definitions: Article 14 of the Berlin Zoning Bylaw items a, c and i, capitalize “marijuana establishments” Section 585.1, b delete “and other places where children congregate, local historic districts” Section 585.3, a add “acting as” after “Zoning Board of Appeals” Section 585.3, a, 585.4, 4 and 584.4, 5 capitalize “Marijuana Establishments” Section 585.4, 4 change “Site Plan” and “Special Permit” to lower case. Section 585.4, 3, e and 585.4, 3, f change “Planning Board” to “Zoning Board of Appeals” Section 585.4, 5 add “after submission of” after “special permit” (Planning Board)
ARTICLE 19 - LEAST RESTRICTIVE -PROPOSED ZONING USE TABLES – MARIJUANA I move to amend the Berlin Zoning By-Law Section 320 – Table of Principal Use Regulations, as described in Article 19 of the warrant. (Planning Board)
ARTICLE 20 - MODERATELY RESTRICTIVE - PROPOSED ZONING USE TABLES – MARIJUANA I move to amend the Berlin Zoning By-Law Section 320 – Table of Principal Use Regulations, as described in Article 20 of the warrant for this meeting with the following amendment:
Change Registered Marijuana Dispensary in Zones LB (Limited Business) and LI (Limited Industrial) to SR (Special Permit and Site Plan Review) rather than N (not allowed) (Planning Board)
ARTICLE 21 - MOST RESTRICTIVE - PROPOSED ZONING USE TABLES – MARIJUANA I move to amend the Berlin Zoning By-Law Section 320 – Table of Principal Use Regulations, as described in Article 21 of the warrant for this meeting with the following amendment: Change Registered Marijuana Dispensary in Zones LB (Limited Business) and LI (Limited Industrial) to SR (Special Permit and Site Plan Review) rather than N (not allowed) (Planning Board)
ARTICLES 22 – 24 - CITIZENS’ PETITION ARTICLES – MARIJUANA QUESTIONS To be presented by the proponent.
JUST ADDED - 2nd date for Open House -- THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 20th from 9AM - 12 Noon with limited refreshments. Come on by!
I think this is just awesome! You didn’t need to do this open house at all, BUT you did. It takes time to coordinate a community open house and then to add Saturday hours too, in an effort to make it available to the entire community...that is something. I very much appreciate your gesture. Thank you.
Will anyone be able to take photos to post?? We’d love to come see it but will be at work/school. ☹️ If any photos could be posted it’d be greatly appreciated!! 👍🏻😁
Agreed, wish it could be on the weekend or in the evening (or all of it, daytime, a couple nights, 1 weekend)
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 New Section 15 All Alcohol Package Store License, for RWJ Beverage (MA) LLC, Michael Reardon, Manager. The premises for said license are described as follows: a retail package store of 2,122 square feet, located at 1 Highland Commons West, Berlin, MA 01503 (within BJ’s Wholesale Club).
The hearing on the above application will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 8:00 p.m., in Room 206 of the Berlin Town Offices Building, 23 Linden St., Berlin, MA. All interested parties should plan to attend.
BERLIN BOARD OF SELECTMEN Christine Keefe Lisa Wysocki Margaret Stone ... 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 New Section 15 All Alcohol Package Store License, for Highland Commons LQR LLC, Ronald Kendall, Manager. The premises for said license are described as follows: a retail package store of 14,725 square feet, located at 24 Highland Commons East, Berlin, MA 01503.
The hearing on the above application will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 206 of the Berlin Town Offices Building, 23 Linden St., Berlin, MA. All interested parties should plan to attend.
BERLIN BOARD OF SELECTMEN Christine Keefe Lisa Wysocki Margaret Stone ... See MoreSee Less
The Board of Selectmen, acting in its capacity as Berlin Earthwork Board, will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Offices Building, Room 206, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, MA to consider the application of ¬WDA Design Group on behalf of Riverbridge North LLC of Berlin, MA and The NRP Group LLC of Cleveland, Ohio for an Earthwork Permit for the importation of up to 26,000 cubic yards of earth material in furtherance of its planned construction of 204 apartments (known as Riverbridge Phase 2B – The Portage at Riverbridge) located at 65 River Road West, Berlin, MA (also known as Street #59 River Road West, as shown on Town of Berlin Assessors’ Map 3, Block 13, Lots 0, 2 & 3) as filed with the Selectmen’s Office on Monday, October 1, 2018. Any persons wishing to be heard on this matter may appear at the above stated time and place.
HEADS UP -- this TEST takes place today at about a quarter after 2PM...
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency 📳 Tomorrow (Wednesday) 10/3, you’ll get a test emergency alert message on your phone at 2:18 PM EDT. This is a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system. Please help share this reminder so your friends and family members are prepared.
What to expect: 🔸 You’ll hear a loud tone & vibration. 🔸 A message box will pop up on the screen and will show a message that starts with “THIS IS A TEST” and ends with “No action is needed.” 🔸 If you’re watching TV or listening to the radio, you may also see or hear a test message around the same time.
This nationwide test is to ensure that during a major national emergency affecting public safety, it will be possible to alert people quickly. FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission will be evaluating the readiness of the emergency alert infrastructure to see if improvements are needed.
For more information, please visit fema.gov/emergency-alert-test. ... See MoreSee Less