Category Archives: Hawley News

Super Hot . . .

GUARDING AGAINST THE HEAT is a priority this weekend as temperatures threaten to rise into the 100o F+ range throughout Massachusetts. According to a Situational Awareness Statement issued by the Massachusdetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st portend to be the hottest days of the year so far, with dangers of heat-induced illnesses abounding.

Click below the two images for details and suggested defenses.

 Click HERE for full info.

July 9, 2019 Selectboard Meeting Notes . . .

New Selectboard Member Robert (Bob) Maclean was sworn in by the Town Clerk and welcomed back to the Board.

The Zoning Board of Appeals granted the Town of Hawley a Variance to install a pedestal solar unit at the East Hawley Fire Station. Bidding is expected shortly.

After lengthy discussion and the need for further investigation into several matters emerged, the Private Well Regulations Hearing was further continued to Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 pm.

Hawley Fuel  and Sand bids (2 for Diesel, 4 for Propane, 1 for Wood Pellets, and 2 for Winter Sand) were opened and awarded for FY20 – click HERE for complete results.

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Successful Rallye (and Rally) . . .

(Town Admin. Asst. Cass Nawrocki Reporting) ABOUT 30 PEOPLE ATTENDED the celebration of the repair and reopening of Middle Road. Weather was perfect, sunny and breezy, with some dark clouds holding off until the visiting, viewing of ‘before’ pictures, and refreshments at the Town Office were done.

After the slow drive along Hunt and Middle Roads — by a caravan of almost a dozen rugged, dusty vehicles —  most participants spoke of being impressed with how large a job it was to bring Middle Road into it’s current condition.  Clearly this was a long and expensive project for which we are grateful! 

The Gathering Before . . . . . . The Meeting After.

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Road Tour Set for Sat., July 6 . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION and Recreation, in concert with the Town of Hawley, is planning a triumphant road tour of the Hawley Middle Road repairs and environs, on Saturday, July 6.

Here are some details:

  • Festivities begin at 12:30 at the HAWLEY FIRE STATION, 16 Plainfield Road (East Hawley Road) (directions).
  • The tour will proceed from the Fire Station / DCR parking lot by selected areas of interest in the State Forest, concluding at approximately 2:45 with a celebratory gathering at the HAWLEY TOWN OFFICE, 8 Pudding Hollow Road (directions).
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Bring vehicles appropriate for back country roads, 4 wheel drive, and woods gear to fully be able to enjoy the celebration.

Special Election Results . . .

In the Monday, June 17  Special Election, with a total of 76 Hawley Voters, 62 voted for Bob MacLean and 14 for CourtneyAnn Hoyt for the position of SelectPerson. 

Write-in votes only were cast for Hawlemont School Committee member. Suzanne Crawford was the winner and has accepted the position.

Here is the tally:

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.

Special Election Coming Up June 17 . . .

A special election will be held on Monday June 17, 2019 to fill the Selectman’s position left open by the unfortunate death of Sally Rich. Polls will be open at the Town Office from 11:45 am to 7:00 pm.

In addition to the two announced candidates for the opening — Robert MacLean and Courtney Ann Hoyt [Click for Candidate Statements] — an opportunity will be provided to cast write-in votes, both for that role and for Hawlemont School Committee.

Here is a sample ballot for the Election:

In the Planning Stages . . .

♦ Two projects are underway involving funding from the Commonwealth’s Green Communities program, both under the skillful direction of Hawley’s Will Cosbie: 1.) Construction is about to begin (June 12) on a new, pellet-based heating system for the Town Garage; and, 2.) Will is in the process of securing bids for a pedestal-mounted solar electric installation at the Town Firehouse in East Hawley. Continue reading

2019 Hawley Election Results . . .

The Town of Hawley Election Results are in, with five of seven positions filled by incumbents and the remaining two — Auditor and REP K-12 MTRSD — pending write-in nominee acceptance. Here is the tally, as of Monday evening, May 6:

Town Meeting Coming Up . . .

HAWLEY’S ANNUAL TOWN MEETING is scheduled to take place at 7:00 pm the Hawley Town Office on Monday, May 13.  For detailed information, download the Town Meeting Warrant and the Town of Hawley Annual Report [file size > 1 Mb].

Note: In conformance with State-mandated posting requirements, a Special Election will be held on Monday, June 17 to fill the Selectman position formerly held by Sally Rich.

It’s Official! . . .

AFTER YEARS OF MEETINGS, proposals, more meetings and a blizzard of legal documents, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has made the official announcement that the four Towns of Florida, Hawley, Monroe and Savoy will be jointly receiving up to $2.3 Million in grant money to build a high-speed wireless network. The money source for this project is MBI’s Last Mile program and the prime contractor/vendors are WiValley and OTELCO.

Here’s the official press release (4/3/2019:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announces Last Mile Grant to Bring Wireless Internet to Florida, Hawley, Monroe, & Savoy

MBI Award to WiValley, Inc., will Support Construction of a Cutting-Edge Wireless Network that will Deliver Internet to the Vast Majority of Premises in the Four Towns

OTELCO Will Manage Completed Network and Service Offerings to Over 1,000 Households

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has finalized an agreement with WiValley-MA, Inc., on a grant of up to $2,315,461 to construct and operate a wireless network that will bring high-speed internet connectivity to the towns of Florida, Hawley, Monroe, and Savoy. The four towns have agreed to aggregate their allocations under the Last Mile program and have entered into a separate 10-year agreement with WiValley, which will construct the wireless network and offer service to over 1,000 households in conjunction with Maine-based OTELCO, which will provide wireless internet and telephone services.  Continue reading