Town of Shutesbury Web Site Policy

Policy Number 020618, Amended Aug. 23, 2005

Purpose & Goal

The sole and limited purpose of the Town's web site is to provide information of a factual nature about the Town of Shutesbury's government and provide links to regional council, official state, and federal government sites.  In establishing and maintaining its official web site, the Town does not intend in any manner to create a forum or other means by which public discourse, exchange of opinions, or discussion on issues of any nature may occur.  The goals of the web site are to encourage increased citizen awareness by making public information more readily available to them, provide electronic access to Town government information through a logical single point of entry (, and to keep the public informed of local governmental events.


The Massachusetts Public Records laws apply to information processed on this web site.  Confidential information will not be posted on the Town's web site.  All contents of this web site are public information.


The SelectBoard shall appoint a Web Committee and a Webmaster, who is responsible for maintaining the Town's web site.  All information prepared for posting on the Town web site shall be routed through the Webmaster.  The Shutesbury SelectBoard is the ultimate governing authority of the Town's web site policy.

The Webmaster aims to carry out Town web policies day-to-day, but is subject to the authority of the SelectBoard.  These policies may include defining the look and feel of the web site or deciding who may post information on the site.  Complaints about any aspect of web policy should be brought first to the attention of the Webmaster.  If a complainant is unsatisfied, he or she may appeal to the Web Committee, then to the SelectBoard.  The SelectBoard reserves the right to make changes to web policy at any time.  The Web Committee will review this policy annually at its August meeting.


Only links to Shutesbury governmental services and official state and federal sites will be allowed on the official Town of Shutesbury web site.  The Town is not responsible for and does not endorse the information on any linked web site unless the Town's web site states otherwise.


The Town of Shutesbury maintains this web site to enhance public access to the Town's governmental information.  This is a service that is continually under development.  While we try to keep the information timely and accurate, we can make no guarantees.  We will make an effort to correct errors brought to our attention.

With respect to documents available from this web site, neither the Town of Shutesbury nor any of its employees assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights.