Bulletins . . .

Cemetery Regulations Public Hearing Nov. 27 @ 7 PM:
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Special TOWN MEETING December 12
Fire Department Free CHIMNEY CLEANING

Come to the Town of Hawley Open House . . .

Hearing on New Cemetery Regulations . . .

A PUBLIC HEARING TO REVIEW AND COMMENT on proposed new Cemetery Regulations has been set for Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm at the Hawley Town Office.

The new regulations have been developed by the Hawley Historical Commissions, and state that, “The adoption of these rules and regulations is necessary to maintain order within the town cemeteries, to protect the interests of the lot owners, and to preserve the beauty of the grounds.”

The proposed regulations cover a number of areas that may be of interest to Hawley residents, including:

♦ Who can purchase plots Limits of cemetery use
Caskets and cremains per lot Headstones and monuments
Green burial Decoration, plants, enclosures
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Kidde Recalls Hundreds of Fire Extinguishers . . .

CITING THE TENDENCY OF SOME FIRE extinguishers with plastic handles to get clogged over time, Kidde division of United Technologies has issued a recall and replacement program for 134 fire extinguisher models.

The announcement was the subject of a memo issued to Fire Service professionals on November 2.

The fire extinguishers were sold between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.  Hawley residents who have fire extinguishers with plastic or push-button “Pindicator” handles would be well-advised to check the downloadable MEMO to determine if they are affected by the recall and replacement program.  Contact information is included in that document.

Selectboard Sends Housing Innovation Support Letter . . .

THE HAWLEY SELECTBOARD HAS SENT a Letter of Support to Jan Sullivan, Acting Director of the State Bureau of Environmental Health, asking for revisions to the State Housing Code.

The aim of the revisions is to give local Towns more jurisdictional initiative in allowing for non-traditional structures and materials which meet the “. . . spirit of and intent of the Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation,” even though no provisions have yet been made for them in the building codes.

As the Selectboard letter states, “This choice brings within reach . . .  critical benefits to our rural homeowners such as the ability to age-in-place by downsizing and living off the grid.”

The proposed code revisions were put together by Glen Ayers, FRCOG Public Health Agent, who developed them in conjunction with the Town of Wendell Board of Health.

Download the entire Selectboard Letter of Support HERE.

Marijuana Hearing Date Set . . .

THE HAWLEY PLANNING BOARD HAS SET Tuesday, November 21 at 6:00 pm as the date for a Public Hearing  regarding a proposed amendment to The Town’s Protective Zoning Bylaw.  This hearing has been established in anticipation of a Special Town Meeting to be held on the topic on or about December 12, final scheduling to be determined.  

The purpose of the amendment is to establish a Temporary Moratorium on any actions by the Town regarding new state legislation on Recreational Marijuana Establishments.

The reason for the moratorium is to give the Town sufficient time to consider its options carefully before enacting permanent changes to the Bylaw.

Click HERE for the meeting notice, and HERE for a draft Town Meeting Warrant Article.

New Heat Pump System for Town Office . . .

Remember all the noise that attends meetings in the Town Office in the winter?  That is about to change, as the Town embraces new heat pump technology for the century-old structure.

Working with FRCOG and funded under the auspices of the state-wide Green Communities program, the Town has issued a formal request for price quotes for a “Mini Split Heat Pump System,” a type of heat pump technology which uses air as its energy source for warmth in the winter and also for cooling in the summer.  The system promises to be more efficient than the current propane based heating system, and much, much quieter.

According to a recent Selectboard meeting report by Will Cosby, FRCOG has helped Hawley prepare a 32-page price quote document which is now available to HVAC contractors, who will have until November 21 to do their investigations and submit quotes for the project.  A copy of the bid document is available for download HERE.

Charles Stetson . . .

CHARLES STETSON, a long-time resident of Hawley who served the Town in a number of important roles over the years, passed away on Saturday, November 11.  A US Army Veteran, he was 75 years old.

According to an obituary in the November 13 Greenfield Recorder [access it HERE], a “… celebration of life service will be held Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm at Mary Lyon Church in Buckland.” No calling hours have been established.

Charlie and his spouse, Cynthia, lived in Hawley on West Hawley Road for many years, moving to their current address — 29 Potter Road, Rowe — two years ago.  During his time in Hawley, Charlie performed Continue reading

Virginia Gabert Wins State Award . . .

AMONG THE MANY HATS THAT VIRGINIA GABERT WEARS on Hawley’s behalf is the title, Assessors’ Clerk. This means that she toils
for hours wrestling with the details of valuing properties and taking
care of many of the Town’s interactions with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue regarding revenues and taxation.

Recently, Virginia was recognized at the State level for her contributions to the Town of Hawley Board of Assessors.  The setting was the Summit View Restaurant in Holyoke on September 28, and the occasion was a meeting of Assessors’ Clerks from the western half of the state.

Virginia was named Assessors’ Clerk of the Year, and was presented with a plaque by MAAO, the Massachusetts Association Of Assessing Officers.

Be sure to congratulate Virginia next time you’re in the Town Office, and check out the shiny new plaque on display above her desk.

A Well-Attended Dedication . . .

About 40 Hawley residents were on hand Sunday afternoon,  August 13 to witness the ribbon cutting of the joint Town of Hawley – Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)  project to repair and maintain Hunt and Middle Roads.

While much of the focus of the project is on restoring these roads in the Dubuque State Forest, it would also have the effect of rejoining East and West Hawley, without the need to travel through Charlemont or Plainfield, for a number of months every year.

Attending dignitaries included former Selectboard Chair John Sears, current Selectboard Chair Hussain Hamdan, State Representative Paul Mark, State Senator Adam Hinds, DCR Commissioner Leo Roy and several state forestry officials.  Also attending was a representative from Lane Construction, the firm which will be rebuilding the roads. Continue reading

Green Communities PV Project Progresses . . .

THE TOWN’S PLAN TO BUILD a 10 kW photovoltaic (solar electric) system on the roof of the Town Garage is progressing nicely, project coordinators Lloyd Crawford and Will Cosby reported at the August 8 Selectboard meeting.

FRCOG is providing the Town with procurement services, and bid invitations have gone out, with the bid opening date set for Wednesday, August 16 at 2:00 pm.

Once the vendor is selected and the expenditure is approved by the State, it should be a matter of a few months until the system is up and running, Cosby indicated, with a completion date in November or December.

This and other energy conservation projects planned by the Town are being funded via a $136,920 grant from the Massachusetts Green Communities program.