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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
We understand during this time of crisis, that our residents and voters may still need services that our office provides. Our office will be staffed daily unless the situation becomes severe in our Town. At this time, our office will continue to provide necessary services to the public. As of today, March 18, the building is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Please feel free to call our office for any requests for service, and we will accommodate you.
We will accommodate requests for vital records, voter registrations, absentee ballot requests, and dog licenses either in person (by appointment), or through the mail.
Please be reminded that voter registration is available on line at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ as well as through the mail with the attached voter registration form. The deadline to register to vote in the Annual Town Election (for anyone who is not yet registered) is Tuesday, March 24, at 8:00 pm. At this time, there is no plan to postpone our Annual Town Election. Anyone who feels they are at high risk, have declared themselves to be “self-quarantined”, are unable to get to the polling location, or will be out of Town on Election Day can apply for an absentee ballot. All precautionary provisions for workers, sanitizing, and limited personal exposure as directed by the State will be in place on Election Day. In the event that the severity worsens in our community or surrounding communities, consideration will be made to obtain a court order as required by the law to postpone the election.
If you prefer to obtain your dog license by mail, please send the appropriate payment and a copy of the Rabies Certificate to our office. Fee: $5.00 per dog that is spayed or neutered; $10 per dog if not. Upon receipt we will mail the license and tag out to you. I will waive the deadline to obtain a dog license beyond the March 31st deadline.
To obtain copies of Birth, Marriage or Death certificates, send the information of the record requested and the fee of $5.00 per certified copy.
For all mail services:Office of the Town Clerk 140 Wood Street Somerset, MA 02726
Please feel free to call (508) 646-2818 ext. 7 or 8, for information on services we can provide.
STATE OFFICE CANDIDATE NOMINATION PAPERS - Please call ahead to drop off in person. You can also use the drop box in the parking lot of Town Hall, please call to let us know they are in there! You can mail them in as well. Please be sure to provide contact information for the return of papers.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time of crisis. We will continue to provide services until which time we are unable to do so. We also appreciate your consideration in keeping yourself and others healthy!
The Office of the Town Clerk strives to serve the public as cooperatively and efficiently as possible. The Office of the Town Clerk is the central information location of the Town. We work with all departments in order to provide the residents of Somerset with up to date and helpful information.
The Town Clerk is responsible for a myriad of duties and governed by Massachusetts General Laws. The Town Clerk is the custodian of Town records, the Chief Election Official, the Graves Registrar, the Registrar of Vital Statistics (births, deaths, and marriages), public records officer, and licensing officer.
The vital records in the Town of Somerset date back to its incorporation date, 1790. In addition to vital records, our office also contains records of all Town Meetings, Elections, Zoning decisions, and records of all elected and appointed town officials and employees.
The Town Clerk is also responsible for the issuance of Dog Licenses, Sporting Licenses, Raffle & Bazaar Permits, Business Certificates, and Gasoline Storage Permits.
As the Chief Election Official, the Town Clerk is responsible for conducting all Local, State, and Federal Elections and reporting results as required by State law. The Town Clerk is also the Clerk of the Board of Registrars and works very closely with the Board to maintain accurate voter registration records.
The Town Clerk is also accepts and posts meeting notices of all Town Boards & Committees. In addition, the Town Clerk administers the Annual Town Census.
Following Town Meetings, the Town Clerk is also responsible for the updating and maintaining of By-laws, and maintaining the acceptance of State Statutes as they are accepted.
The position of Town Clerk is elected to 3 year terms in the Town of Somerset. Currently, I, Dolores Berge, am your Town Clerk. I was appointed at the Acting Town Clerk in March of 2011 and then elected in May, 2011, and subsequently in 2014 and 2017, and I am currently a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk. I have a total of 32 years of experience working for the Town of Somerset. Along with my Assistant Town Clerk, Kathleen Maiato, we strive to make our office as efficient and helpful to the residents as possible. It is our pleasure to be your link to the past, present, and future of the Town of Somerset.
WEBSITE CONTENT – PLEASE NOTE: POSTINGS ON THE TOWN WEBSITE ARE FOR ACCOMMODATION PURPOSES ONLY. THE TIMES OF THESE POSTINGS DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE ACTUAL TIMES OF RECEIPT AND POSTINGS AT THE TOWN HALL. THE OFFICIAL POSTING PLACE OF MEETING NOTICES FOR THE TOWN OF SOMERSET IS THE OUTDOOR BULLETING BOARD LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE TOWN OFFICE BUILDING.