Bulletins . . .

◊ Roads: Apple Valley partly closed near Tatro.
◊ There’s still time to complete your High-
Speed Internet Survey.  If you haven’t yet,
please do.  Click HERE.

Still Time for High Speed Internet . . .

IF YOU HAVEN’T COMPLETED YOUR HIGH SPEED INTERNET Survey, there’s still time. Please do so ASAP!  If you don’t have a copy of the Survey, you can download one here:

http://www.townofhawley.com/november-2016-internet-survey/

Once you get to the survey, you can do either of two things:

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Click to see why it’s so important!

1.)  Download it, print it out and fill it out by hand.  Then send it in, or drop it off at the Town Office.
2.) Download it and fill it out on your computer.

Then follow the instructions to email it back to us.

The Communications Committee and the Town need your survey feedback in order to make some very important decisions.  If you haven’t already, please do it now.

Thank you,
Hawley Communications Committee

A New Role for Pamela . . .

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS of the new Massachusetts “Act to Improve Public Records,” Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton has been appointed Records Access Officer (RAO) for the Town of Hawley. In her new role,hats Pamela will oversee the process by which public records are stored and made available for the Town, as well as aiding people who request information. Pamela’s hours of availability and contact information are the same as for the Town Clerk, and can be found HERE.

New Public Records Law Coming . . .

WHILE ITS IMPACT ON SMALL TOWNS LIKE HAWLEY may be minimal at first, a new Massachusetts State Law will go into effect on public-recordsJanuary 1 that will affect the way public information is handled, stored and made available by municipalities throughout the Commonwealth. Called “An Act to Improve Public Records,” Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016 provides for:

The Establishment of a Records Access Officer (RAO) position for each Town, charged with providing help to residents who are seeking information, as well as oversight of how public records are processed, stored and accessed; Continue reading

Major Meeting on School Futures . . .

“BEST” COMMITTEE TO PRESENT RECOMMENDATIONS — Monday, December 12 is the date for the first public presentation ofone-room-school-house-layer sustainability recommendations for the Mohawk Trail  Regional School District (MTRSD) by the District’s “BEST” committee.  “BEST” stands for Building, Education, Sustainability and Trust, and is a committee of 14 members, all of whom have direct involvement in the dealings of the MTRSD. 

The meeting, which will convene at Mohawk Auditorium at 7:00 pm, will focus on recommendations developed over the course of the past 10 months as BEST and its various subcommittees have met to grapple with the issue of how to keep the schools alive, efficient, successful and thriving in the face of economic and population issues.

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MBI RFP Update . . .

MBI’s R-F-P FOR LARGE INTERNET PROVIDERS IS NOW OUT, and is available HERE for download.  While not enough time has passed to understand it fully, three things seem clear:

1.) Very little time has been allowed for large corporations to respond.  The timeframe from RFP posting (November 18) to when the Proposals are due at MBI on January 11 is less than 60 days.  That span does not make for thorough due diligence, and can cause major missteps and reversals, as was demonstrated quite clearly by the recent about-face by Axia.  Continue reading

MEMA Issues Drought Bulletin . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY Management Agency (MEMA) has issued a bulletin regarding drought conditions throughout the Commonwealth.  Included in the bulletin are internet links to several references where more detailed information can be found  as well as explanations of various status levels and required water conservation actions for each.

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Hawley’s current status is indicated at the “Warning” level, like most of the rest of the Commonwealth to the East of the Town. Towns just to the West of Harley are indicated at the “Watch” level.

The “Warning” level carries with it a very strong request to “eliminate outside water use.”  For more information on the drought situation and what to do about it, click HERE.

Axia Cancels Broadband Meeting, Proposal . . .

IT WAS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY EVENING THAT AXIA had withdrawn its proposal to build a regional Broadband network to help complete MBI’s “last mile” project, and that the meetings that had been scheduled at Berkshire East and the Town of Becket for the next day — Thursday, October 13 — had been cancelled. 

Axia is the Canadian-based company that built MBI’s “middle mile” network — the one that allowed the Hawley Town Office (among many others) to access high-speed Internet. According to Jordan Allred, Axia’s Director of Business Development for Enterprise & Continue reading

New Police Chief, Hours . . .

THE HAWLEY SELECTBOARD HAS APPOINTED Jared Bellows, who also serves as Charlemont’s Chief, to be the Town’s temporary policechiefhatPolice Chief.  Jared will be holding office hours at the Hawley Town Office on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 pm.


Jared’s first session will be on Wednesday, October 12.   Come in and say ‘Hello” to Jared, apply for or renew your Firearms license, etc.  The Town will be setting up an online FID licensing facility within the Town Office in the near future.  Call Jared at (413) 339-5518 (leave a message) or go
HERE for his Charlemont contact information.

{ Click HERE for an important clarification. }

WiredWest — It’s Final . . .

IN A PROCESS THAT TOOK 2+ MONTHS TO BE COMPLETED, the Town of Hawley has withdrawn its membership from the WiredWest Cooperative (WW).  The letter from the Hawley Selectboard to WW which takes that action that can be downloaded HERE.

Ostensibly, the withdrawal came in response to WW’s request. In recent months, that organization has had trouble meeting quorum requirements because a number of Western Massachusetts towns have developed direct relationships with MBI and thus have seemed less interested than previously in attending WW functions. 

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