Select Board



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


Telephone: (413) 323-0403 ~ Facsimile:  (413) 323-0494

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



Jennifer D. Turner, Chair
364 Rockrimmon Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 345-2439

James A. Barry, Vice Chair
162 Shea Avenue, Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 283-9912

Edward G. Boscher, Clerk
14 Springhill Road, Belchertown, MA 01007
(617) 501-1547

Ronald E. Aponte, Member
38 Azalea Way
Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 323-8595

Updated by Select Board:  May 26, 2021

Jennifer D. Turner, Chair
Law Account; Personnel Board; Town Moderator; Planning Board; EDIC; Pioneer Valley Planning Commission; Town Common; Town Clock; Patrick Center Re-Use Committee.

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

James A. Barry, Vice Chair
Board of Registrars and Election; Inspection Services; Rent Control Board; Zoning Board of Appeals; Conservation Commission; Lakes Committee; Energy & Sustainability Committee; Department of Public Works (Sidewalks, Street Lighting, Cemeteries, Transfer Station, Maintenance, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Non-School Buildings & Grounds); PVTA; Professional Engineering; Willard Stebbins Trust Fund for Lake Vale Cemetery; Housing Authority; IDFA.

Edward G. Boscher, Clerk
Tax Title Committee; Finance Committee; Board of Assessors; Parks, Beach and Recreation Committee; Recreation Department; Technology Advisory Committee; IT Department; Town Accountant; Treasurer-Collector; Veterans’ Service Agent; Veterans’ Services Advisory Board; Veterans’ Graves; Memorial Committee; Pathfinder School; Belchertown School Department and School Committee

Ronald E. Aponte, Member
Scholarship Committee; Belchertown Overcoming Addiction Together (BOAT); Historic District By-Law Commission; Historical Commission; Police Department; Fire-Rescue; Police Candidate Review Committee; Civil Defense; Animal Control Department; Animal Control Advisory Board; Council on Aging and Senior Center.

ADA; Town Clerk; Agricultural Commission; Community Preservation Committee; Fair Committee; Communications Committee; BCTV; Board of Health; Cultural Council; Trail Stewardship Council; Family Center.

Three Year (Overlapping) Terms; Five Members; Meetings take place virtually/remote access on Mondays beginning at 6:30 p.m.  (in the event of a holiday falling on a Monday, the Select Board will not meet that week, and also the Select Board 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  Select Board, as well as any town board, are open to the public.

A tag sale permit is no longer required.  Please remember to take down any tag sale signs you have posted.

*please note, we are in the process of changing from a Board of Selectmen to a Select Board. There will be a transitional period as we work to update the language on the website*