Busy Week . . .

TUES, 12/1:  Special Finance Committee Mtg. @ 6:30
► TUES, 12/1:  Selectboard Meeting @ 7:30

WEDS, 12/2:  Special Communications Committee Mtg. @ 6
► THURS, 12/3:  Special Town Meeting @ 7 | Warrant |

Two Major Items on Town Meeting Docket . . .

THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING THAT HAS BEEN SET for 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 3 at the Town Office will consider two majorgavelsktchup items.  The first is a Bylaw regulating the construction of Large-Scale Solar Generation Facilities, and the second is a Home Rule request to the Massachusetts Legislature to allow Hawley to establish a procedure for a Recall Vote to remove elected officials under certain circumstances.  Also on the docket are a handful of expenditure and funds transfer items which can be accessed in the Town Warrant by clicking HERE.

There is a detailed article about the Recall Vote elsewhere on this website, and the Large-Scale Solar Bylaw draft (.pdf) can be accessed by clicking HERE

Good News X 2 . . .

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 WAS A GOOD day for Hawley, as the Town received word that it had received two grant awards:

♦ The first is an $87,000 grant from MassWorks, a statewide amalgamgoodnewsx2 of six grant programs which is aimed at improving infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. In Hawley’s case, the money is aimed at closing the gap on the needed expenditures to stabilize the banks of the Chickley River above the Town Garage, picking up on the funding where the National Emergency Management Administration (NEMA) left off. It means that the Town can complete this important project without adding to debt.

♦ The second award, a $5,000 Planning Assistance Grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), means that Hawley can take the first step toward determining whether and what kind of hybrid Internet system might be right for the Town and how much it would cost. Click HERE for more info on the MBI grant.

Town Office Spruce-Up Mission Accomplished . . .

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERRIFF’S WORK CREW has completed repainting the exterior of the Hawley Town Office, with the help of a few dedicated Hawley volunteers.  The project was completed on Monday afternoon, October 26, as planned.  The group went on to repaint  a small Town storage shed on East Hawley Road, a project which took two more days.  Continue reading

Recall Bylaw Initiative Is Ready For Town Vote . . .

AS A RESULT OF A RECALL BYLAW PROPOSAL THAT WAS brought to the Annual Hawley Town Meeting in May, a committee wasrecall appointed by the Town Moderator to refine the measure and bring it back to  the voters at a future time.  The group has been meeting over the summer months and has reviewed numerous similar bylaws adopted by communities around the Commonwealth. 

The revised version that has been drafted by the committee resembles those passed elsewhere but does contain a couple of features that are unique to Hawley.  After refining the draft based on citizen input, the committee has unanimously   Continue reading

Website Reconstruction . . .

EXPECT GAPS AND GLITCHES!If this were a stretch of road reconstructionbgthat was being totally redone, we’d say something like, “Travel at your Own Risk.” But since we’re rebuilding a website rather than repairing a slab of macadam, maybe “Expect Gaps and Glitches” is more appropriate. Here’s what’s been going on:

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