The Town of Pelham

Town Clerk Update

Town Clerk PHONE NUMBER 413-253-0512
Please feel free to leave a message. OR E MAIL TO: pelhamtownclerk@comcast.net fax 413-256-1061

Link to Official Results for Presidential Priamary March 1, 2016

PELHAM LOCAL ELECTION WILL BE ON THE MAY 10, 2016  

OFFICES THAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT ARE:

(1) Board of Selectmen three year term,

(1) Board of Assessors three year term,

(1) Board of Assessors one year term to fill vacancy

(1) Board of Health three year term,

(2) School Committee three year terms

(2) Library Trustees three year terms,

(1) Planning Board five year term,

(1) Planning Board one year term

(1) Moderator one year term,

(1) Auditor one year term,

(1) Cemetery Commission three year term,

(1) Hampshire Council of Governments Councilor three year term

Nomination Papers are no longer available

Recently there has been some confusion on joining and resigning from Boards and Committees.

If you are currently serving on an Elected board and wish to resign, you must send your resignation with your signature on it to the Town Clerk stating your resignation date.

If you are serving on an Appointed Board or Committee and wish to resign, you need to send your resignation with your signature on it to the Board of Selectmen stating your resignation date.

If you wish to be appointed to a Board or Committee to fill a vacancy; then the the procedure is as follows:  A new member cannot be appointed until the resignation of person leaving is final. The position vacancy will be posted on the town web site for two weeks.  The person that wants to be appointed writes and signs a letter of intent wishing to be appointed to a named vacancy and sends it to the Board of Selectmen. It is also helpful if the Chair of the Board or Committee writes a letter or comes to the Select Board Meeting in support of the appointment. The Select Board puts it on the agenda for a meeting and appoints that person who then must see the Town Clerk to be sworn in and complete other paperwork prior to participating in a meeting.

If you are newly elected, even if you were already in that position before, you still must be sworn in again.

YOUR ENROLLMENT AS A VOTER

There is new information from the Office of the Secretrary of State to clarify Voter Enrollment Questions Simply Click on the link below to open this page and read it. Since Voting Regulations are changing, you will need to make sure you have signed up for the correct Party or Affiliation. You can change your Party or Affiliation at any time but you must meet the deadline prior to each election in order to change your voter status for that election.

Online Voter Registration Now Available

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s website at www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment.

Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.

With the Presidential Primary only months away on March 1st, 2016, now is the time to visit Secretary Galvin’s website to check your voter registration status and make any updates as necessary.  

Link to Annual Town Meeting Minutes May 2015

PLEASE ....MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT TOWN DATES

You may also register for future elections or town meetings by contacting the Town Clerk or going on line to the www.sec.state.ma.us web site. Please note that there are deadlines prior to each event to register or change your party affilliation.

The Pelham Local Elections will be May 10, 2016 time not yet determined

Last date to register to vote for May 7, 2016 Town Meeting

and the Local Election will be April 15, 2016

2-4 PM and 7-8 PM at the Rhodes Building

State Primary will be Sept 8, 2016

polls will be open 7AM - 8 PM

in the Ramsdell Room at Library Complex 2 South Valley Road

Last Date to register to vote is August 19,2016

2-4 PM and 7-8 PM at the Rhodes Building

The Presidential Election will be Tuesday November 8, 2016

polls will be open 7AM - 8 PM

in the Ramsdell Room at Library Complex 2 South Valley Road

Last Date to Register to vote is October 19, 2016

2-4 PM and 7-8 PM at the Rhodes Building

Absentee Ballots and Early Voting will be available for this election

The State of Massachusetts has put a new access into their system so you can check your voter registration status. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

if you have a MA drivers license, you can register to vote

or change your party affiliation at registertovoteMA

Feel free to try this out and if you have any questions or feedback let me know but make sure you use Pelham and 01002 zip code even if your mailing address is Belchertown 01007.

The Board of Selectmen made appointments for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Please make sure that your Committee members are sworn in before your next meeting or they will not count in the quorum or be voting members. Also many Inspectors are included in the new appointments and need to be sworn in as well.

YOUR DOG LICENSES EXPIRE MARCH 31, 2016 LATE FEES WILL BE ADDED FOR DELAYED AND NON LICENSING OF YOUR DOGS . YOU CAN CHECK TO MAKE SURE A CURRENT COPY OF YOUR DOG'S RABIES CERTIFICATE IS ON FILE BY CALLING 253-0512

IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR COPY OF THE RABIES CERTIFICATE YOUR VET CAN FAX A COPY TO 413-256-1061.

If you have any questions please contact Kathy at 253-0512 or email pelhamtownclerk@comcast.net.

 

If you are the Chair or Clerk/Secretary of a Board or Committee, Please make sure that Kathy (Town Clerk ) has your contact information (email and phone number )

The 2013 UPDATES for the Code of Pelham are available. If you have a copy or two of the Code of Pelham, please contact me asap so I can correctly update it with the latest changes.

WE ARE NOW USING The Municipal Version

of the On Line Ethics TEST

Every Committe Member and Employee and Elected Official must take this test now even if you have completed one previously. We began a new 2 year cycle so your ethics must be redone, as well as if you have been recently elected. Any questions or for info feel free to call me. The new web site www.muniprog.eth.state.ma.us Remember you must print your receipt and it must be on file in my office. This is a State Mandate

ALL NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS MUST BE SWORN IN AND THEY AS WELL AS ALL EMPLOYEES MUST RECEIVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST PACKETS BEFORE THEY CAN VOTE AT A MEETING, AND DO ON-LINE ETHICS TEST AND RETURN RECEIPTS TO TOWN CLERK


dog licenses expire March 31, 2016

DOG LICENSES ARE NOT VALID WITHOUT A CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION

You must get your new one to avoid costly fees.

The new State Law has a fine for not licensing Dogs of $50.00 and this is not negotiable. There are $10.00 and $25.00 and $50.00 late fees as well.

YOU MUST SUPPLY A CURRENT RABIES CERTIFICATE; and a NEUTER OR SPAY CERTIFICATE upon request

Fees for dog licenses are $3.00 for spayed or neutered
dogs and $6.00 male or female dogs.

Kennel licenses must be done in person

 

To license your dog by mail you must have a current rabies cert and spay/neuter cert on file or include a copy of a rabies certificate and spay or neuter certificate and the appropriate fee(s)and send to: Town Clerk, 351 Amherst Road, Pelham, MA 01002.You can also have your Vet fax it to 413-256-1061 or mail a copy. Licenses and tags can be mailed to you. In order to assist with Town Record keeping please let the town clerk know if you no longer have one of your previously owned/licensed dogs. Thanks. Sorry, Kennel licenses must still be done in office You can also send a (SASE) a self-addressed, stamped envelope, *please do not forget it helps if you are able to send your return envelope with correct postage attached (Note extra postage is required for mailing the cost is $.71 for one tag and $.90 for two tags. More than two dog tags is even more postage. They do not go through the postal machines and need to be handled separately. )

 

 


Town Clerk Kathy Martell will have office hours on Monday and Friday from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm and on other days by appointment .Check the town calendar www.townofpelham.org/calendar for weekly office hour schedule. At that time,Kathy is able to do Voter Registration, Dog Licensing, Vital Records maintenance and Provide Certified Copies of Vital Records.

REMINDERS

Street lists for 2015 are now available from the Town Clerk. The cost is $3.00.

Your census was in the mail at the beginning of the year. Please complete it (and make any corrections on it ) and SIGN IT and return it as soon as possible. EVERYONE living in the house should be listed including all minors/children. A SECOND mailing will be sent soon which costs the town a lot of extra money .

If you receive a census form that is addressed to someone not living at your address please mark Not Here on it and put it back in your Mail Box so the Postal Clerk can return it to the Town Clerk and records can be updated. You will get one addressed to current resident to fill out.

Town Clerk Kathy Martell is available
at the Rhodes Building on most Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and other times by appointment. Check the Town Calendar for hours as well .

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The office of Town Clerk is an elected position. The Town Clerk serves as the Public Information and Legislative Administrator, Chief Election Officer, and Local Registrar of Vital Records and Statistics. This is a multifaceted administrative position; The Town Clerk is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the appropriate process, notification and procedure is adhered to in the making of legislative policy by the town, and of managing public access to this information.

These responsibilities are two-tiered: first are those outlined in 73 chapters and 451 sections of the Massachusetts General Laws, and the second are dictated by the unique Bylaws of the town.

The many duties of the Town Clerk include conducting the Annual Street List, Dog Licensing, Elections, Voter Registration and Vital Records.