Annual Report of the Town Clerk

The population for the Town of Somerset according to the 2017 Annual Town Census was 17,255.  The total number of registered voters in the Town of Somerset reported per election in 2017 is as follows:

Annual Town Election – May 8, 2017 – 13,278

Our office has taken full advantage of the Town’s website, www.townofsomerset.org by providing residents with as much up to date information regarding the services we provide, along with informative postings of meeting notices, election information, trash pick-up information, campaign finance information, marriage license information and fees related to our services. 

I am very pleased to say that our office continues to take advantage of the Senior/Veteran Work-Off Program.  In 2017, our office utilized 4 residents from this program.  They have been a wonderful asset to our office especially during the busy times such as during census and elections.  I would like to thank Sharon Wiggins, Shelagh Taylor, Arlene Harnett, and George Tripp for their contributions to the Office. 

The Office of the Town Clerk offers many services on a walk-in basis to the residents, such as, issuing marriage licenses; sporting licenses; dog licenses; transfer station passes; certified copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates; voter registration; absentee ballot applications; and raffle and bazaar permits.  In addition, the Office of the Town Clerk serves as the filing/clerical office for the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the filing office for the Planning Board.  Residents can also obtain Town Meeting warrants, sample ballots for elections, annual reports and the annual street list ($15) in our office.

The Office of the Town Clerk is currently responsible for the sale of cemetery lots at the Nathan Slade Cemetery.  Cemetery lots are available in single, double and 4 grave lots.  Cemetery lots are currently sold to current and former Somerset residents at $450.00 each.  Ongoing maintenance continues at the cemetery, including repairs to fallen stones.

Our office is pleased to continue to sell sporting licenses, freshwater fishing licenses and saltwater recreational fishing licenses to area residents.  With the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s implementation of on-line purchasing only, many of our neighboring communities chose to eliminate this as a service out of their Town Clerk’s office.   We have welcomed customers from the surrounding area and encourage them to continue to take advantage of this service that Somerset offers. 

As the Chief Election official of the Town of Somerset, the Town Clerk serves as the liaison office of the Board of Registrars and maintains voter registrations and all materials related to elections.  The Town Clerk is responsible for the coordinating and administrating all local and State elections. 

As required by Massachusetts General Laws, minutes of the Annual Town Meeting, Special Town Meetings and all election results for the year were permanently recorded in the Town records. 

During the calendar year of 2017, the following were issued:

Dog Licenses – 436   

Raffle & Bazaar Permits – 4      

Zoning Variances and/or Special Permits - 39

Business Certificates Issued – 32, Withdrawn – 6

Graves sold – 55

Burial Permits issued - 123               

Deaths recorded - 266       

Births recorded - 95

Marriages Intentions filed - 76         

Marriage Certificates Issued - 78    

Sporting Licenses:  Sporting – 55, Hunting – 12, Freshwater Fishing – 50, Saltwater Fishing - 120   

Respectfully submitted,

Dolores Berge, CMMC - Town Clerk