Category Archives: Hawley News

Nomination Papers are Ready . . .

NOMINATION PAPERS FOR THE HAWLEY TOWN ELECTION are available at the Hawley Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road, or by contacting Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton at 339-5518/339-4091.

The following offices will be up for election:
Selectman/Board of Health (3 year term). Incumbent Hussain Hamdan

Assessor (3 year term). Incumbent Edward Brady
Hawlemont School Committee (3 year term). Incumbent Hussain Hamdan
Representative K-12 Committee for MTRSD (3 year term). Vacant
Non-Parent Member LEC for Hawlemont School District (3 year term). Incumbent Suzanne Crawford
Moderator (1 year term). Incumbent Kirby “Lark” Thwing
Auditor (1 year term). Incumbent Carla Clark

Please contact Pamela if you are interested in any of the positions, whether as a nominated candidate or as a write-in. Last day to submit papers is March 25th. Thanks and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the positions…we Hawleyites would love to have you on board!

Mitigation Plan Revisions Underway . . .

THOSE WHO WITNESSED THE AFTERMATH of Hurricane Irene would no doubt readily agree to the importance of having a disaster plan for the Town of Hawley. While such a plan was in place when that mega-storm hit in 2011, it was clear after the tumult subsided that a more detailed plan would have been helpful.

A special committee — the Hazard Mitigation Plan Renewal Committee — is currently working on such a detailed plan for the Town. This project involves the renewal of a version that was put in place in 2014. This current update must be completed by June, 2020.

The next meeting of the Renewal  Committee has been set for Friday, March 8 at 12:00 pm at the Hawley Town Office.
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Funding Plea to State Legislators . . .

The video referenced above is being sent to State Legislators and Massachusetts Town Officials to highlight the funding crisis for rural schools. Click on the “Play” button above to activate the 7 minute video.

Fred W. Wells Education Fund . . .

MARCH 20 IS THE DEADLINE FOR HAWLEY STUDENTS who want to apply for a Fred W. Wells Fund scholarship. This find was established under the will of Fred W. Wells, a former resident of Greenfield.  The fund is used to award scholarships in agricultural, mechanical, or professional fields. 

Residents of Hawley who have resided in the town for not less than two years immediately prior to the date of application are eligible.  Taken into consideration are academic record, need, character, leadership ability, extra-curricular activities, and employment.  Students of all ages are welcome to apply.  Scholarship awards are contingent upon the applicant’s matriculation into an academic program.  Maximum award for any one year is $1000.00, and the total awards are are not to exceed a maximum total of four thousand dollars over the course of an academic career. 

Contact the Town Office at 339-5518 or info@townofhawley.com to obtain an application.

Hawley’s Newest . . .

Here’s a photo of the Town of Hawley’s new highway truck. Scroll down for details.


Specifications (from Highway Boss Gary Mitchell):
Year, Make and Model: 2019 Freightliner 108SD
Transmission: Allison, Standard (‘Very Smooth’)
Rating: 430 Horsepower
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Special Town Meeting December 26 . . .


SPECIAL TOWN MEETING UPDATE — The Special Town Meeting was a very quick one, with unanimous votes in favor of all three Warrant articles. The following items of clarification were offered:

(1) The Town has determined that there are sufficient funds currently residing in reserves to cover the $180,000 purchase for the new truck, so no borrowing is anticipated. Any “left over” monies will go to repair of the damaged truck.

(2) The need for $8,000 to cover OSHA compliance costs came about as a result of new federal regulations regarding fuel and other liquid storage vessels.

(3) The $2,000 request for Fire Fighter Stipend resulted from an usually high number of Fire Department calls during fourth quarter, 2018.


The recent highway truck accident and two other issues have precipitated a Special Town Meeting, which has been scheduled by the Selectboard for 6:30 pm Wednesday, December 26. Included in the Town Meeting Warrant are the following fiscal items: Continue reading

Important Bulletins from Cass Nawrocki . . .

Hawley Administrative Assistant Cass Nawrocki recently issued the following bulletins by email:

Hawley to Receive Infrastructure Grant . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC Development has awarded the Town of Hawley $466,900 for the rebuilding of Route 8A, focusing on the intersection with Pudding Hollow Road. According to an article in the October 19 Greenfield Recorder, Hawley is “. . . among  eight rural communities that will recieve $7.3 million worth of road and bridge fixes through the MassWorks grant program.”

The other seven towns included in this rural grant group are:
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State Election Day, Early & Absentee Voting . . .

HAWLEY STATE ELECTION – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Hawley will be holding the State Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7 am to 8 pm at the Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road in Hawley.

Absentee ballots are now available. Please come by on Wednesdays from 9 to 12 or during regular office hours to fill out an application for an absentee ballot. The application file is also available on our town website. Click HERE.

Early Voting is now closed.

Hawley Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton can be reached at 413-339-5518 (Office) or 413-339-4091 (Home), or email townclerk@townofhawley.com.

Thanks and see you on Election Day!

Re: Trees Falling Across Property Lines . . .

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A TREE FALLS in such a way that it straddles Town/Resident property lines? A new Tree Removal policy, adopted by the Hawley Selectboard at its October 2 meeting, spells out the options.

This policy, which is aimed at clarifying rather than changing existing practices, addresses the following:

Who gets to use the tree?
Requesting Town’s help for tree disposal;
Highway Department/Tree Warden considerations; and,
Policy limitations.

This one-page .pdf file can be downloaded HERE.