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1 Cooleyville Rd.
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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.
Municipal Light Board Appointees
The Shutesbury Select board will appoint five members to the Shutesbury Municipal Lighting Plant (MLP) Board at the Select board meeting on May 3, 2017. These appointments will be effective until a five member board is elected at Town Meeting 2018. For further information and a description of the position, click here.
Annual Town Meeting
The first Saturday in May, May 6th, is the date of the 2017 Annual Town Meeting and Election. The polls open at 8 AM and close at 2 PM. Check-in for Town Meeting begins at 8:30 so the meeting can begin on time at 9 AM.
The warrant, budget and citizen petitions will go out in the mail by the end of this week. The information can be viewed on line below.
This year's warrant articles can be reviewed here.
The Finance Committee FY 18 Report is here.
There will be six citizen petitions on this year's warrant. To read the full text of them, click on the abbreviated titles below.
The Ballot for the 2017 town elections can be viewed here. Information about getting an absentee ballot is available on the Town Clerk Page.
Committee and Department Updates
Conservation Commission Vacancies:
Do you love the unique natural beauty of Shutesbury? Would you like to help the town protect and nurture it? The Shutesbury Conservation Commission (ConCom) currently has two vacancies and is actively seeking interested community members to fill them. The ConCom is a group of volunteers responsible for protecting the town's natural resources. Through one to two monthly Thursday evening meetings and site visits all over town, the ConCom administers the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and the town's Wetlands Bylaw, and manages town conservation land. If you think this type of work might be for you, please contact the Conservation Clerk, Linda Avis Scott, at 413 259-3792, or email@example.com, and arrange to attend a meeting to see first hand what the ConCom work is all about.
The Web/Communication committee is looking for 1 - 3 volunteers who have an interest in or experience with online technology to help support and plan for Shutesbury's online communication. In the short term this means helping with our town website. In the medium term it means being involved in planning for the town's use of web, mail, email, security, etc. Thoughtful non-techies are just as welcome as technical experts. Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.
Election process moving forward - Click here to go to the Town Clerk web page for an update on the May 6th election and information about absentee voting.
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
Click here to view the list.
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