About the BoardThe Ashland Select Board consists of five members each elected for three year terms. Specific powers and responsibilities of the Select Board are set forth in the Town's Charter.
The Board serves as the chief policy-making body of the town. It is the local licensing authority for a broad range of activities including sale of alcoholic beverages, lodging houses, blasting operations, automobile dealers, junk dealers, pawnbrokers, parking and traffic regulation, storage of gasoline, restaurants, special events and entertainment.
The Board also has the responsibility to appoint and oversee the work of the Town Manager. They appoint Town Counsel and oversee matters of litigation related to the town. They enact rules and regulations for a wide variety of issues related to the town.
The Board typically meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Most meetings begin with "Citizen's Participation" which is another way to communication with the board.
Vision Statement - The Town of Ashland will be a prosperous and fiscally sound community with a full range of housing, business, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities in a safe, inclusive and attractive environment for residents and visits. We will embrace all differences and ensure that all persons have the opportunity to enjoy, contribute and be part of the Ashland community.
Mission Statement - The Ashland Select Board is committed to preserving and fostering a culture of inclusion through sustainable municipal services and policies from all members of the Ashland community. With a commitment to advance equitable and fair treatment for all residents, the Board strives to work collaboratively with Town management, elected and appointed boards and committees and State legislators to enrich our community life. The Select Board is committed to effective, respectful engagement with residents to enhance our quality of life and advance equal opportunities and outcomes for all in a culture of acceptance and inclusion.