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Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee members Sought

The Board of Selectmen is seeking Hawley residents to join an Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee to look into possible ways to boost its taxable revenue to offset expenses into the future.  The fact is that Hawley has very limited commercial properties, thus the burden of the tax levy rests heavily on residential properties – your property. 

This Committee will meet for a limited time and look into any possible ways to encourage commerce without detracting from the rural nature of our beloved Town.   They will then report their ideas and findings to the Selectboard for further discussion with the Finance Committee.  

If you have expertise, interest, and/or energy and would like to participate in this Committee, please contact one of the Selectmen (Hussain Hamdan, Bob MacLean and Bob Root), or the Administrative Assistant, Cass Nawrocki, at
info@townofhawley.com, or leave a message at the Town Office 413-339-5518.


Reported by Hussain Hamdan

AT ABOUT 9:00 ON THE MORNING OF  February 13th, the Hawley Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle rollover on Route 8A, not far from the Plainfield line.  The vehicle lost control going down the hill, hit the guardrail, and then rolled over.

Above: Motor vehicle rollover on Rt. 8A, Feb 13, 2021

No other vehicles were involved in the accident; although, in an interesting twist of events, another car got stuck in the snow-bank, trying to drive around the rollover before the road could be closed. [story continues]

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COVID-19 Vaccination in Franklin County

We urge everyone, when they are eligible, to get vaccinated. This is the most effective means of slowing the spread and the risk of getting Covid.  Please be patient as the number of vaccines available in Massachusetts has been limited – however, we do expect that everyone who wants a vaccine will get one.
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21 $49 WiredWest Refunds Available in April

  1. Wait until after April first (gov’t processing time)
  2. Go to www.findmassmoney.com
  3. Search on “unclaimed property,” using your
    last name as a key word.

FHMS Broadband Update for Hawley

Updated January 10, 2021
by Lark Thwing

Friday December 18 we completed the Phase 3 sites including the Stetson Road site, the site on West Hawley Road near Savoy Road, the site near Shrimpton’s on Forge Hollow Road, and the site near 129 East Hawley Road (which is temporarily powered by an extension cord from the Sisum’s house).

Phase 4 sites are in the works. Poles are already up at the Hawley Town Hall and the East Hawley Rd site near Yates/Scott. By January 15, we expect to have poles installed on Plainfield Rd near the Scott farm and at the Lawless site, the big house on the cliff overlooking west Hawley. We expect these Phase 4 sites to be configured by the end of January, waiting only for power from National Grid at the Plainfield Road site and the existing pole near Yates/Scott. Continue reading


Bid Winners — 12/22/20:

Thank you to all bid participants!

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December 4, 2020 FHMS Broadband Update from Lark Thwing

As promised, we are moving forward with the FHMS network infrastructure. By Friday December 11, we will have completed the Phase 3 sites including the Stetson Road site, as well as the site on West Hawley Road near Savoy Road, the site near Shrimpton’s on Forge Hollow Road, and the site near 129 East Hawley Road.

For months the site at Forget Road east of Grout Rd, the Forget Road site near Sidehill farm/Doane Cemetery, the site at the top of West Hill Rd above Stumpsprouts,  and the Berkshire East site have been operational.

If you live near one of these eight sites and want broadband, please contact Kate Albert at WiValley. Her email is kate@wivalley.net and her phone is 603-546-7204.

Provide her with your name, address, city, phone and email address. She will reach out to you.

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Chairman Hamdan: Only Telephonic Select Board Meetings After 12/8/20

As you know, I have a strong preference for in person meetings. However I also have to protect this Town and to make decisions based on data. We are dealing with a major resurgence of COVID-19. A lot of people are getting sick or dying.

Tuesday, December 8th will be a hybrid SelectBoard meeting as planned.  

HOWEVER until further notice, all future Select Board meetings are going to be via teleconference. Warrants will be emailed, voted over the phone, and then I will sign paper copies the next day as I have been authorized to do. I am making this decision as the Chairman of this Board as I believe it is my prerogative to do.
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King’s Corner Project Bid – Results and Award

There was a bid put out to evaluate a series of culvert replacements and repairs in the Kings Corner area. Click HERE for details.

New State COVID Restrictions in Effect As of Midnight 11/6/20

  • Stay-at-home advisory – from 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
  • Restaurants, etc. – to close at 9:30 p.m.
  • Gatherings – Private homes no more than 10 people.  Outdoor, no more than 25 people.  Ending at 9:30 p.m.
  • Face Coveringsrequired in public, even with social distancing.

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