Monthly Archives: November 2017

You’re Invited to an Open House . . .

Hearing on New Cemetery Regulations . . .

A PUBLIC HEARING TO REVIEW AND COMMENT on proposed new Cemetery Regulations has been set for Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm at the Hawley Town Office.

The new regulations have been developed by the Hawley Historical Commissions, and state that, “The adoption of these rules and regulations is necessary to maintain order within the town cemeteries, to protect the interests of the lot owners, and to preserve the beauty of the grounds.”

The proposed regulations cover a number of areas that may be of interest to Hawley residents, including:

♦ Who can purchase plots Limits of cemetery use
Caskets and cremains per lot Headstones and monuments
Green burial Decoration, plants, enclosures

Kidde Recalls Hundreds of Fire Extinguishers . . .

CITING THE TENDENCY OF SOME FIRE extinguishers with plastic handles to get clogged over time, Kidde division of United Technologies has issued a recall and replacement program for 134 fire extinguisher models.

The announcement was the subject of a memo issued to Fire Service professionals on November 2.

The fire extinguishers were sold between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.  Hawley residents who have fire extinguishers with plastic or push-button “Pindicator” handles would be well-advised to check the downloadable MEMO to determine if they are affected by the recall and replacement program.  Contact information is included in that document.

Selectboard Sends Housing Innovation Support Letter . . .

THE HAWLEY SELECTBOARD HAS SENT a Letter of Support to Jan Sullivan, Acting Director of the State Bureau of Environmental Health, asking for revisions to the State Housing Code.

The aim of the revisions is to give local Towns more jurisdictional initiative in allowing for non-traditional structures and materials which meet the “. . . spirit of and intent of the Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation,” even though no provisions have yet been made for them in the building codes.

As the Selectboard letter states, “This choice brings within reach . . .  critical benefits to our rural homeowners such as the ability to age-in-place by downsizing and living off the grid.”

The proposed code revisions were put together by Glen Ayers, FRCOG Public Health Agent, who developed them in conjunction with the Town of Wendell Board of Health.

Download the entire Selectboard Letter of Support HERE.

Marijuana Hearing Date Set . . .

THE HAWLEY PLANNING BOARD HAS SET Tuesday, November 21 at 6:00 pm as the date for a Public Hearing  regarding a proposed amendment to The Town’s Protective Zoning Bylaw.  This hearing has been established in anticipation of a Special Town Meeting to be held on the topic on or about December 12, final scheduling to be determined.  

The purpose of the amendment is to establish a Temporary Moratorium on any actions by the Town regarding new state legislation on Recreational Marijuana Establishments.

The reason for the moratorium is to give the Town sufficient time to consider its options carefully before enacting permanent changes to the Bylaw.

Click HERE for the meeting notice, and HERE for a draft Town Meeting Warrant Article.

Charles Stetson . . .

CHARLES STETSON, a long-time resident of Hawley who served the Town in a number of important roles over the years, passed away on Saturday, November 11.  A US Army Veteran, he was 75 years old.

According to an obituary in the November 13 Greenfield Recorder [access it HERE], a “… celebration of life service will be held Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm at Mary Lyon Church in Buckland.” No calling hours have been established.

Charlie and his spouse, Cynthia, lived in Hawley on West Hawley Road for many years, moving to their current address — 29 Potter Road, Rowe — two years ago.  During his time in Hawley, Charlie performed Continue reading