Selectmen



OFFICE OF THE
BOARD OF SELECTMEN

 

The Finnerty House
One South Main Street
P.O. Box 670
Belchertown, MA 01007

 

Telephone: (413) 323-0403 ~ Facsimile:  (413) 323-0494
Email:  selectmen@belchertown.org

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Effective: May 29, 2019

 

2019/2020 BOARD OF SELECTMEN

 

 

Edward G. Boscher, Chairman

14 Springhill Road, Belchertown, MA 01007

(617) 501-1547

Gail L. Gramarossa, Vice Chairman

39 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA  01007

(413) 323-4489

 

Jen D. Turner, Clerk

364 Rockrimmon Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

(413) 345-2439

 

Brenda Q. Aldrich, Member

P.O. Box 1462, Belchertown, MA 01007

413-323-6810

 

Nicholas J. O’Connor, Member

13 Maplecrest Drive, Belchertown, MA 01007

(610) 955-3192

 

 

 

 

LIAISON DUTIES
Updated by Board of Selectmen:  June 10, 2019

 

Edward G. Boscher, Chairman

Board of Registrars & Election; Inspection Services; Moderator; Rent Control Board; Tax Title Committee; Town Accountant; Town Clerk; Treasurer-Collector; BCTV; IDFA; Finance Committee; Department of Public Works (Sidewalks, Street Lighting, Cemeteries, Transfer Station, Maintenance, Wastewater Treatment Plant); Non-School Buildings & Grounds; Town Common; Town Clock: PVTA; Professional Engineering; ADA Committee; Willard Stebbins Trust Fund for Lake Vale Cemetery; Veterans’ Services Advisory Board; Veterans’ Graves; Memorial Committee.

 

The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen is an Ex-Officio Member of Library Board of Trustees and Liaison to Clapp Memorial Library.

 
Gail L. Gramarossa, Vice Chairman

Agricultural Commission; Board of Health; Lakes Committee; Pathfinder School; Belchertown School Department and School Committee; Council on Aging and Senior Center; Housing Authority; Belchertown Opioid Awareness Task Force (BOAT).

 

Jennifer D. Turner, Clerk
Zoning Board of Appeals; Planning Board; EDIC; Town Common Lighting Committee; Pioneer Valley Planning Commission; Conservation Commission; Community Preservation Committee; Cultural Council; Fair Committee.
 

Brenda Q. Aldrich, Member

Board of Assessors; Historic District By-Law Commission; Historical Committee; Personnel Board; Police Department; Fire-Rescue; Police Candidate Review Committee; Civil Defense; Animal Control Department; Animal Control Advisory Board; Law Account.

 

Nicholas J. O’Connor, Member

Technology Advisory Committee; IT Department; Trail Stewardship Council; Family Center; Scholarship Committee; Skate Park Committee; Parks, Beach and Recreation Committee; Recreation Department; Patrick Center Re-Use Committee.

 

 

Three Year (Overlapping) Terms; Five Members; Meetings take place on Mondays beginning at 7:15 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Hall (in the event of a holiday falling on a Monday, the Selectmen will not meet that week, and also the Selectmen will not meet on the 5th Monday of any month.  They are the executive branch of the Town government and are responsible for policy decisions and carrying out most of the decisions of the Town made at Town Meeting. Their other powers and responsibilities are:

  • Approval of all bills and payroll before they are paid by the Town Treasurer. Signing all notes, bond issues, abatements, and weekly town warrants which itemize all town department bills and payroll.
  • Overseeing procedures to "override" or "exempt" the Proposition 2 1/2 tax limit and setting the classification rate for taxing different types of property in Belchertown.
  • Issuance of business licenses. Granting and issuing licenses and permits which include liquor licenses; common victualler's licenses; transfer station permits; Class I, II and III auto licenses; amusement licenses; and entertainment licenses. Refer to the end of this booklet for a complete listing of licenses and where to obtain them.
  • Investigation into the conduct of any town department.
  •  Control of town property (except school property).
  • Calling town meetings by the issuance of the Town Meeting Warrant.
  • Awarding bids and contracts.
  • Approval of placement and construction of public utility facilities.
  • Acting as License Commissioners, Police Commission, Fire Commission, and Highway Commissioners.

Meetings of the Board of Selectmen, as well as any town board, are open to the public.


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