Hello Fellow Hawleyites!
You by now should have received your vote by mail (early/absentee voter) application card in the mail which covers the 9/1/2020 State Primary and the 11/3/2020 State Presidential Election. If you choose to vote early by mail, please complete the card (postage to Town Hall pre-paid) and check either election or both. If you would like a ballot for the State Primary which will be held on 9/1, please remember to choose a party IF you are un-enrolled. If you are enrolled in a party, you will receive a ballot for that party.
Voting in Person and Early Voting
Jana Ferguson, Assistant Commissioner of the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
has notified the Hawley Board of Health as follows:
Governor Baker has announced that effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts—both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester. Continue reading
NOTE: this report was originally written by FHMS Chair Lark Thwing for the various stakeholders of the Four Towns FHMS Broadband Project, including voting representatives of the Four Towns (Florida, Hawley, Monroe and Savoy), consultants Interisle and DesignNine, and MBI officials. While it is addressed primarily to those stakeholders, hopefully it will give community members a sense of the project’s status as well.
Here’s hoping all of you are safe and well and that covid-19 has not affected you or any of those near and dear to you.
You haven’t heard anything from me or probably anybody else about FHMS Broadband since our conference call in the early part of June. Since that time there have been a number of complications. Brian’s mom had been very ill and passed away about 10 days ago. This alone has taken a great deal of his time and energy.
The Collector’s office is currently closed due to Covid-19. You can reach the Collector at 413-337-6665. Office hours are Monday 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. People needing to see the collector in person can call to schedule an appointment. The collector will NOT be at the town office on Thursday afternoons except by appointment.
WITH SCHOOL BUDGETS MAKING UP SUCH A LARGE proportion of the Town of Hawley’s total annual expenditures, it has to be a matter of concern when they are voted down summarily at Town Meeting. Here, in five concise points, is Selectboard Chair Hussain Hamdan’s explanation of what happened and why:
- The two school budgets were turned down as a formality. In fact, this was done with the support of both the school district administration and the school committee.
- The reason is that the budgets were approved by school committee back in March, before anyone knew how much COVID-19 and the resultant loss of tax revenue was going to impact state aid. Once this was understood, it became abundantly clear that these budgets were not in keeping with the financial realities we would be facing.
The Town of Hawley is seeking bids for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021): to include Delivery of on-road Diesel Fuel, Delivery of Propane Gas, and Delivery of Wood Pellets. Continue reading