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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Hawley State Election Results . . .

ACCORDING TO TOWN CLERK PAM SHRIMPTON, 172 voters out of a total of 254 registered in the town turned out for the November 6 state elections. That’s 67.7% of the total. The tally starts just below.

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.

Town Tree Policy and Definitions . . .

THE TOWN OF HAWLEY SELECTBOARD ADOPTED a new tree tapping policy at its Tuesday, September 18 meeting. The purpose of the policy is to set standards and definitions regarding the tapping of trees on Town-owned land.  Included in the policy are:

<> A definition of “Tapping”;
<> What constitutes Town-owned land for this purpose;
<> Annual authorization needed; and,
<> Policy exceptions.

Download a .pdf copy of the Tree Tapping Policy HERE.

 

Free Flu Clinics: Building Community Immunity . . .

FRCOG’s COOPERATIVE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE (CPHS) and the Mohawk Area Public Health Commission (MAPHCO) are offering a series of eight free flu clinics at various Franklin County locations during October and early November. Hi-dose vaccinations for seniors and Flu mist for children will be available.

For a list of the times, dates and locations of the clinics, click HERE.
Call Lisa White, R.N. Public Health Nurse, at 413-665-1400 ext. 114 if you have questions.