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:  July 1, 2020

2020/2021 BOARD OF SELECTMEN


  Gail L. Gramarossa, Chairman

39 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 323-4489
email: ggramarossa@belchertown.org

Jennifer D. Turner, Vice Chairman

364 Rockrimmon Street, Belchertown, MA  01007
(413) 345-2439
email: jturner@belchertown.org 

James A. Barry, Clerk

162 Shea Avenue, Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 345-2439
email: jbarry@belchertown.org 

Nicholas J. O'Connor, Member

13 Maplecrest Drive, Belchertown, MA 01007
(610)  955-3192-323-6810
email:  noconnor@belchertown.org 

Edward G. Boscher, Member

14 Springhill Road, Belchertown, MA 01007
(617) 501-1547
email:  gboscher@belchertown.org 

 

LIAISON DUTIES
Updated by Board of Selectmen:  July 13, 2020

Gail L. Gramarossa, Chairman

Board of Registrars & Election; Inspection Services; Moderator; Rent Control Board; Tax Title Committee; Pathfinder School; Belchertown School Department and School Committee; Council on Aging and Senior Center; Housing Authority; Belchertown Overcoming Addiction Together (BOAT). 

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

 
Jennifer D. Turner, Vice Chairman

Agricultural Commission; Zoning Board of Appeals; Planning Board; EDIC; Pioneer Valley Planning Commission; Conservation Commission; Community Preservation Committee; Fair Committee; Lakes Committee; Finance Committee.

 

James A. Barry, Clerk

Board of Assessors; Historic District By-Law Commission; Historical Commission; Police Department; Fire-Rescue; Police Candidate Review Committee; Civil Defense; Animal Control Department; Animal Control Advisory Board; Law Account; Town Common; Town Clock; Parks, Beach and Recreation Committee; Recreation Department.

 

Nicholas J. O'Connor, Member

ADA Committee; BCTV; Board of Health; Cultural Council; Technology Advisory Committee; IT Department; Trail Stewardship Council; Family Center; Scholarship Committee; Patrick Center Re-Use Committee.

 

Edward G. Boscher, Member

Town Accountant; Town Clerk; Treasurer-Collector; Personnel Board; IDFA; 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; Veterans' Services Advisory Board; Veterans' Graves; Memorial Committee.

 

 

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 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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