Bulletins . . .

◊ Quarterly Tax Bills Due November 1;
click here to pay online

◊ Special Town Meeting set for Nov. 18;
Warrant HERE

◊ US Census Jobs Available. Click HERE.
Forget Road Pole Hearing set for 11/26;
NOTICE; mailed abutter notices next.

Greenfield Savings Bank Donates Elm Tree . . .

THERE’S A NEW TREE ON THE BLOCK, and it’s possible that it is the only one  of its kind in the Town. It’s an American Elm, a.k.a. White Elm, and is reputed to be more disease resistant than its earlier relatives.

The elm, which has a two-inch diameter trunk and stands about eight feet tall, was donated to Hawley by Greenfield Savings Bank (GSB) as part of the Bank’s Semi-Sesquicentennial celebration. GSB has been in business for 150 years.
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The Old Becomes the New . . .

THIS PICTURE SHOWS THE CURRENT appearance of the 1995 L-8000 Hawley highway truck that took a severe beating in an accident early last winter. Continue reading

MBI Release Reports 4-Town Broadband On Track

MBI has issued the following Press Release on the status of the Four Towns Broadband Project:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Four-Town Network on Track to Close Digital Divide in Spring 2020

New regional wireless network garners high marks from initial customers
WESTBOROUGH, MASS – WiValley-MA, Inc. (WiValley) has announced that the four-town wireless broadband network, funded by the Commonwealth’s Last Mile broadband program, is now on track to completion in the spring of 2020.

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Prefer Broadband Pictures? Check these Out . . .

Click HERE for some pictures from the FHMS Four Towns Broadband project.

Question of the Month . . .

QUESTION: What does “FHMS” have to do with Broadband?

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Highway News . . .

THE 8A ROAD REPAIR PROJECT, AKA “Slump” Project, has begun. Maxymillian (the Pittsfield-based construction and environmental remediation firm) is repairing approximately 1500 feet of Route 8A at its intersection with Pudding Hollow Road.  They will be installing a drainage system to better accommodate storm water in that area, and correct the issues that have caused a portion of the roadway to sink every spring. 

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Local Broadband Update . . .

WEST HAWLEY GARAGE BROADBAND HOOKUP SOON → The Highway Department Building on 8A in West Hawley expects to be connected to the Broadband System hopefully within a week or two.  Once fully operational, the system will be able to be accessed wirelessly from the outside of the building in order for Hawley residents to access and experience the system.  Parking guidelines at the Highway Garage will need to be followed.  The Fire Station in East Hawley will also be connected in the near future with the same wireless connectivity for residents.

Special Town Meeting Set for September 9 . . .

A SPECIAL TOWN MEETING HAS BEEN SET by the Hawley Selectboard for Monday, September 9 at 7:00 pm in the Town Office. Three articles up for consideration by the Hawley voters will involve the proposed admission of the Town of Heath into the Hawlemont Regional School District. The other article involves creation of a $5,000 contingency fund for possible cost overruns on the consxtruction of the FHMS Four Town Broadband network.

For a copy of the Special Town Meeting Warrant, click HERE.
For copies of the Agreement and Special Legislation, click HERE

Info Session Set for 9/3 for Proposed Heath-Hawlemont School Regionalization . . .

Selectboard Considers Forestry Partnership . . .

THE HAWLEY SELECTBOARD HAS BEGUN DISCUSSIONS on whether Hawley should join the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership (MTWP).

After 4 years of preparation, the Partnership has been legally designated by the state, with the purpose of bringing recognition and financial and technical resources to the 21-Town region, which is situated in Berkshire and Franklin Counties. The MTWP area comprises the towns in the Northwestern corner of the State and is heavily forested.

The stated goal for MTWP is to “. . . increase sustainable economic development related to forestry and natural resource-based tourism, support forest conservation on private lands, and improve the fiscal stability and sustainability of the municipalities”.
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