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Welcome to Shutesbury, a rural town in Franklin County, MA, established as Roadtown in 1735 and incorporated as Shutesbury in 1761, named for Governor Samuel Shute. This is the official town Web site, maintained by the town’s Web Committee.
Committee and Department Updates
Be a part of determining Shutesbury’s future:
Has Shutesbury changed since you’ve lived here? Has it changed for the better or worse? Would you like to have a say in how it might change in the next 10 years. If so, come to the first of two Community Visioning Workshops on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7PM at the Shutesbury Elementary School. (The second workshop will be on December 5th. If possible, please come to both workshops.) Representatives from Harriman will facilitate the program and discussion. Everyone’s inputs, ideas, concerns, and suggestions will be incorporated into a “Visioning Statement” as a first step in updating Shutesbury’s Master Plan. Refreshments will be served. For more information click on http://www.shutesbury.org/master_plan_working_group or email mpwg@Shutesbury.org.
(Remove posting 11/4/16 - PAV)
Drought advisory from the Water Resources Committee: An advisory document from the Shutesbury Water resources Committee is available on their webpage, here: http://www.shutesbury.org/water_resources
Voter Registration: To vote in the November 8th Election, you must be registered to vote by 5 pm Oct. 19. Here is the website to check if you are registered:123voter.com
Voter Registration is now closed for the November 8th election. Registered voters now have three ways to cast their ballot.
Absentee Ballots You may vote absentee due to absence from town during normal polling hours, physical disability or religious belief. You can download an application from the Sec. of State website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee_ballot.pdf Applications are at the Town Clerk's office, available on request, or can be made by written request stating residence, where to mail the ballot and your signature. You can also stop in during Town Clerk hours to fill out the application and vote in person.
Early Voting - For the first time, Massachusetts will have Early Voting (EV) for the Nov. 8th election. EV is a lot like Absentee Voting, without a specific excuse. EV allows voters to come in from Monday, October 24 - Friday, November 4 to vote in the Town Clerk's office during regular business hours: Mon. 3:30 - 6, Tues. - Fri. 8:30 - 10:30 and also Thursday Evenings 6 - 8. Unfortunately the ballots do not go in the ballot box until 11/8 so there is no,"Ding!"
You can fill out an EV application to have your ballot sent to your home so you can mail in your vote. Allow at least two weeks for the mail to get through. For more information about Early Voting, you can click here.
The third opportunity to vote is at the polls on election day. All voting in Shutesbury is downstairs at the Town Hall from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. This is a community event, with a PTO bake sale, Friends of the Historical Commission selling some items, and a chance to see your neighbors. It helps to "Know before you Go" - a link to the ballot is listed below. There will be red information booklets to read in the hallway. You may mark one ahead and bring it in the booth to help you. Remember your reading glasses!
To see a copy of the ballot for Shutesbury, click here: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx
Broadband Committee: For the latest info on the initiative to bring broadband internet services to Shutesbury, click here: Broadband Committee.
FY17 Appointed Officials: See who serves Shutesbury in town departments and on town committees - FY2017 Appointed Officials List
Tax payments can be made on-line. See Tax Collector’s page for more information.
Vacancies in Shutesbury town government
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Did You Know?
- All Town and School Employees and Volunteers are mandated by statute to complete an online ethics test. For more information, go to the Town Clerk’s page, or call 259-1204.
- The town has a system for automatically contacting residents in case of emergencies. To read more and enter your contact information, see the Fire Department page.
Recycling & Trash
M.N. Spear Memorial Library
Wetlands on Montague Road