Information for Meeting of Select Board
Monday October 04, 2021 7:00 PM EDT

Town:Berlin, MA 
Board:Select Board
Time:Monday October 04, 2021 7:00 PM EDT
Location:VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY - - details within posting
** Updated 9/30/2021 **
Monday, October 4, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting Only in light of COVID-19 pandemic - Log-in information included below



VIRTUAL MEETING NOTICE:  Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limits on the number of people that may gather in one place due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and as amended since this meeting of the Town of Berlin Select Board will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible.

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real-time, via technological means. The Town of Berlin will use best efforts to post an audio or video recording, transcript, or another comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting on:

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For this meeting, members of the public who wish to attend the virtual meeting may attend via the Zoom Webinar platform in one of two ways: (1) with both audio & video access, or (2) by telephone/audio-only.

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ADA ACCOMMODATIONS NOTICE: Attendees who may need accommodations should contact Town Administrator/ADA Coordinator Margaret Nartowicz at at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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Meetings of the Berlin Select Board are generally recorded for transmission on both the Berlin Cable Television Access Channel and YouTube.  Your voice, image, and/or telephone number may be recorded.


September 27, 2021, Open Session




7:00 PM - PUBLIC HEARING: Vote to Ratify Tax Classification Vote of 9/20/2021 (Hearing opened 9/7/2021;  Continued to 9/20/2021) - complete Public Hearing Notice follows within this Agenda
7:10 PM - Veterans Services Officer Appointment - Brian D. Stearns
7:30 PM - PUBLIC HEARING: Transfer of Section 12 Annual All Alcohol Restaurant Liquor License - complete Public Hearing Notice follows within this Agenda
Applicant: TGI Fridays, Inc.
Current License Holder: GC Friday’s Boston, LLC [Berlin License # 2021-XX and ABCC License # 00007-RS-0094]
Licensed Premises: 601 Donald Lynch Blvd., Berlin side of Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA
Proposed Local Liquor License Manager: Nicole Crosby
 7:45 PM - General Department Update - Highway & Facilities


Discuss and decide Berlin representation at the October 26 BBRSD School Committee meeting to select the bargaining representative for the Towns of Berlin and Boylston.
November 8, 2021, Special Town Meeting Warrant Review

TA notice of intent to appoint:  PT Temporary Conservation Agent, FT Highway Driver/Laborer, FT Public Safety Administrative Assistant
TA Recommendation to appoint Fred Cummings Acting Highway & Facilities Superintendent
Introduce 1st DRAFT Entertainment License Policy & Procedure


EXECUTIVE SESSION – The Board will enter executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30A, Section 21 (a)(____): NONE SCHEDULED
And will return to open session thereafter:

  to further conduct its regular business meeting
  only to adjourn the meeting


Listed agenda items were reasonably anticipated by the Chair and may be discussed at the meeting. Other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law. Items may be taken out of printed order. Meeting posted in accordance with the Open Meeting Law - M.G.L. Chapter 30A, §§ 18-25, inclusive.


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Or Telephone: Dial US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  Webinar ID: 148 969 555
Telephone caller codes:
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Every effort will be made to note the order in which audience members have raised their hand to be ‘called upon’. Discretion to entertain comments and questions from the audience rests with the Chair pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. When recognized by the Chair, callers must clearly state their name and address before asking a question or making a comment.


Per Mass. General Law Chapter 40, Section 56, the Berlin Select Board shall hold a public hearing on Monday, October 4, 2021, at 7:00 PM.  At that time, the Select Board will meet jointly with the Board of Assessors to discuss and determine the certified valuation of each class of property; the minimum residential factor; and the allocation of the tax burden among the four classes of real property (Residential, Open Space, Commercial and Industrial; and Personal Property).  The hearing will be held virtually on the Zoom meeting platform with access as follows:
* Website link:
* iPhone one-tap: +16465588656,,148969555#  or +13017158592,,148969555#
* Telephone: Dial +1 646 558 8656   Webinar ID: 148 969 555
Interested citizens may present oral feedback at the hearing, or may send written comments to the Board before the hearing via email to or US MAIL to: Berlin Select Board, 23 Linden Street Box #6, Berlin, MA 01503.
Margaret Stone
R. Scott Hawkins
Christine Keefe


Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 138 of the Mass. General Laws, as amended, an application has been made and information is given, for approval of a Transfer of a Section 12 Annual All Alcohol “Restaurant” License (for sales/service/consumption on-premises) FROM GC Friday’s Boston, LLC (currently licensed as Berlin #2021-23 and ABCC # 00007-RS-0094) TO: TGI Friday’s, Inc. d/b/a/ TGI Friday’s, LICENSED PREMISES located entirely within the Solomon Pond Mall location #4258, Berlin, MA with mail address of 601 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Marlborough, MA, and a Change of Local License Manager to Nicole Crosby. The premises are described as follows: approximately 7,000 square feet of floor space at the Solomon Pond Mall having one floor and 3 exits.  A hearing on the above application will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021, at 7:30 PM. For this meeting, members of the public who wish to attend the virtual meeting may attend via the Zoom Webinar via (1) Internet at; (2) One tap mobile at +16465588656,,148969555#  or +13017158592,,148969555#; or (3) Telephone by dialing +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 and entering Webinar ID: 148 969 555.  All interested parties should plan to attend.
Margaret Stone
R. Scott Hawkins
Christine Keefe

Scheduled By:Dee Green
Posted At:Jul 19, 2021 12:24 PM EDT
Last Modified:Sep 30, 2021 5:12 PM EDT
Minutes:Minutes are not on record with the Town Clerk's office
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Minutes and Associated Documents

10-4-2021 SB Open Session Meeting minutes approved 10-12-2021.pdf  (download) 129 Kb Oct 12, 2021 7:16 PM EDT
Legal Notice REDO - classification hearing - SB 9-13-2021 hearing requested by M Reed 9-28-2021.doc  (download) 354 Kb Sep 28, 2021 2:41 PM EDT
TGI Fridays - Hearing Notice- Transfer of AA Restaurant License - Solomon Pond Mall - TO TGI Fridays Inc..docx  (download) 26 Kb Sep 30, 2021 2:29 PM EDT

Meeting Revision History

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