Bulletins . . .

Annual Town Meeting is May 9
Download 2015 TOWN REPORT (888 KB);
Town Meeting WARRANT.
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So As To Understand It Better . . .

LAVISH PRAISE was heaped on Hawley Financial Administrator Virgina Gabert at Tuesday night’s Selectboard Meting for the job she has done reorganizing the financial materials for the Annual Town Meeting to make them more understandable. 

Here’s a sample of her work.  Note particularly the Detailed  Proposed Budget, and the Town Meeting Information Packet.  Cudo’s go as well to Administrative Assistant Cass Nawrocki for assembling the Town Report and the Town Meeting Warrant. 

Annual Town Meeting – 2016

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Town Meeting Warrant Has New Budget Format . . .

THE NEW WARRANT for the 2016 Annual Town Meeting may seem a lot shorter than usual, but that’s because it has a new format. Unlike previous years, when budget line items were presented separately, this time around the entire budget is handled as a single warrant item. As a result, there are currently 22 Articles on the warrant, rather than the 40-some-odd that have been the case in recent years.

As was pointed out at the April 26 Selectboad meeting, however, this does not mean that the budget has to be voted on in one lump sum. Town Meeting participants will still have the option to discuss and vote on individual line items, or even individual expenditures within a line item, if they so choose. Here’s what the format looks like:

(Note: this image was created by combining three different sections of the warrant document.)
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And the Winners Are . . .


One hundred twenty-six voters participated in the May 2, 2016 election. That’s 47% of Hawley’s total population of 269 registered voters.  Congratulations to the winners; our thanks to all who ran. 

Hawley Town Nurse . . .

WALK-IN CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR MAY AND JUNE — Regional nurse-haPublic Health Nurse Lisa White, RN, BS, has scheduled walk-in clinics at Charlemont Federated Church on May 10 and June 14 from 10:30 am until noon.  Services provided will include:

♦ Help with Self-Management of Medication / Health Issues
♦ Blood Pressure Screening
♦ Blood Glucose Screening
♦ Health Information
♦ Needle/Sharps disposal
♦ Mercury Thermometer disposal

These services are contracted on behalf of Hawley residents by the Hawley Board of Health, and are provided by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Download a flier HERE.

New Development in Broadband . . .

MBI TO EXPLORE FIXED WIRELESS AS A GENERAL OPTION MBI Director of Technology Dave Charbonneau surprised at least pole-n-signalsome of the participants at the Hybrid-Wireless Working Group at the Hawley Town Office on Thursday evening, April 7 when he outlined plans to evaluate a number of wireless options as he works to get Broadband implementation “moving forward” in Western Massachusetts.

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Selectboard Seeks Halt to DCR Land Purchase . . .

IN A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR penned by Fire Chief Greg Coxflaming-letter and signed by the Hawley Selectboard, the Town has criticized the pending purchase of privately-owed woodlands in the Dubuque State Forest by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as an example of “backward” priorities. “Rather than buying . . . land it cannot afford to maintain, the state should concentrate on caring for the land it already owns,” the letter states.

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Interesting Aside . . .

The Selectboard Letter to Governor Baker (ABOVE) was straighforward in terms of the Board’s overall priorities:

Hawley’s most pressing concern is finding a way to get high speed (broadband) Internet in Hawley at a price the town and residents can afford.  Restoring Middle Road, while not unimportant, only affects some residents, while the lack of Internet or cell phone service affects residents and visitors alike.

Amnesty for Commonwealth Tax Penalties . . .

WHILE IT DOES NOT AFFECT LOCAL TOWN TAXES, the2016TaxAmnestyPoster1 Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has put a tax amnesty program in place for the months of April and May that encompasses a number of other types of Mass. tax revenues.  These could be relevant to individuals or business owners who want to get out from under late fees and interest charges on unpaid back taxes, in these categories:

Business Taxes — 33 types (access full list HERE); and,
Personal Taxes — 5 types, including Estate Tax, Fiduciary Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Personal Use Tax and Cigarette Excise for Individuals.

For more information about this amnesty program, including various forms and how to apply, click HERE.

MBI: To the Drawing Boards Once Again . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS BROADBAND INSTITUTE (MBI) and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development have issued a joint “need-for-further-study” letter regarding Broadband spending for Western Massachusetts.mbi-letter-to-the-towns This comes after a pause of several weeks in new MBI funding activity while the Baker Administration conducted an operational review in the wake of the resignation of former MBI Director Eric Nakajima.

The current letter is signed jointly by Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and Elizabeth Copeland, Interim Director, MBI.

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