About 40 Hawley residents were on hand Sunday afternoon, August 13 to witness the ribbon cutting of the joint Town of Hawley – Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) project to repair and maintain Hunt and Middle Roads.
While much of the focus of the project is on restoring these roads in the Dubuque State Forest, it would also have the effect of rejoining East and West Hawley, without the need to travel through Charlemont or Plainfield, for a number of months every year.
Attending dignitaries included former Selectboard Chair John Sears, current Selectboard Chair Hussain Hamdan, State Representative Paul Mark, State Senator Adam Hinds, DCR Commissioner Leo Roy and several state forestry officials. Also attending was a representative from Lane Construction, the firm which will be rebuilding the roads. Continue reading
THE TOWN’S PLAN TO BUILD a 10 kW photovoltaic (solar electric) system on the roof of the Town Garage is progressing nicely, project coordinators Lloyd Crawford and Will Cosby reported at the August 8 Selectboard meeting.
FRCOG is providing the Town with procurement services, and bid invitations have gone out, with the bid opening date set for Wednesday, August 16 at 2:00 pm.
Once the vendor is selected and the expenditure is approved by the State, it should be a matter of a few months until the system is up and running, Cosby indicated, with a completion date in November or December.
This and other energy conservation projects planned by the Town are being funded via a $136,920 grant from the Massachusetts Green Communities program.
THE HAWLEY SELECTBOARD APPROVED THE USE of Hawley roads for a part of the annual MIT Cycling Team bike race, which will occur on the weekend of September 23 and 24.
Called the “Sliderule Shredfest,” the event will involve riders from MIT, UMASS and other colleges. Activities on Saturday, August 23 will focus on the UMass campus in Amherst, and then the Sunday race will take place at the Thunder Mountain Bike Park in Charlemont and Hawley.