NEWBURY — Newbury residents can now “go paperless” by enrolling in the town’s new online billing program, Town Administrator Tracy Blais informed selectmen at their regular board meeting Tuesday night. The program allows residents to view and pay their tax bills in three easy steps:
1. Go to https://NewburyMA.billtrust.com
2. Click on “Enroll Now”
3. Enter the enrollment information found on the tax bill (account number, web enrollment token)
Once enrolled, taxpayers will receive an email when a bill is ready to be viewed and paid. The program allows residents to view both current and past bills, pay the bill online, link multiple bills to one username and access their account from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Anyone with questions about the new program may contact the treasurer/collector’s office at 978-465-0862, ext. 307.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, selectmen approved a request from building commissioner Sam Joslin to allow picnic tables out in front of two of the four restaurants on Plum Island.
“These tables are being requested due to a number of wet or sandy customers walking from the beach to their establishments and often times without proper foot wear,” Joslin noted in a memo to the board. The tables will be installed for daytime use only from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
“Assuming these tables do not create parking or other problems, it is my intent to allow this alternative seating to be used seasonally without approvals,” he stated.
Selectmen OK’d the request but stipulated that no alcohol may be served to patrons using the outdoor seating.
The board continued discussing a plan to establish parking on Parker Street near an entrance to the Clipper City Rail Trail. Geordie Vining, senior project manager for the Newburyport Office of Planning and Development, offered five possible options:
Parallel parking off Parker Street (which is the existing preliminary plan)