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News & Updates
The Town of Shutesbury is seeking applicants for the position of part-time Assistant Town Clerk. The Assistant Town Clerk assists in the performance of the duties of the Town Clerk. In the absence of the Town Clerk, the Assistant Town Clerk shall perform the duties of the Town Clerk and shall have all the essential duties and responsibilities of the Town Clerk, as described in MGL c.41 sec.19. Salary based on experience. Ten hours per week, position to begin immediately.
The voter registration period for our upcoming Annual Town Meeting and Election will close on Friday, April 12. Residents of Shutesbury who are not already registered can pick up voter registration forms at the Town Clerk's office or get a form on line http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm
Along with the regular Town Clerk hours, (Mon 3:30 - 6, Tues. - Fri. mornings 8;30 - 10:30, and Thurs. evenings 6-8) the Town Clerk's office will be open extra hours on Friday, April 12 from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 8 pm.
Planning for Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4 is reaching some of the deadline dates.
MARCH 15 - Nomination papers must be turned in to the Town Clerk by 5 pm. So far we have nominations papers completed by:
Board of Health - Catherine Hilton, incumbent
Board of Library Trustees - Brad Foster and Michele Regan-Ladd, both incumbents
Moderator - Paul Lyons
Planning Board - Jeff Lacy, incumbent
Tuesday MARCH 26 there will be a Special Town Meeting regarding funds for the Broadband project. You can find more information about this in the Winter edition of Our Town Newsletter, linked on the home page of this website. Note that the rescheduled date for the meeting is 3/26/19 at the Elementary School at 7 pm
In order to vote on any article at a town meeting, registered voters must attend the meeting and vote in person when the article is presented and the vote is called. This is because the language to any warrant article is open to amendments.
Nomination papers for seats that will be on the Town Ballot are now available in the Town Clerk's office. Twenty signatures from Shutesbury registered voters are needed. The papers must be returned to the Town Clerk in by Friday, March 15 at 5 pm. The following seats, all three year terms, will be on the ballot:
Board of Health - 1 Cemetery Commissioner -1 Constable -1 Board of Library Trustees -2 Planning Board - 3 Moderator -1 School Committee -1 Municipal Light Plant -1 and Select Board -1
If you were receiving calendar notifications using our previous posting system, you will need to follow the steps below to sign up for these emails again.
You can sign up for notifications of meetings for any committee by going to our new posting website: https://www.mytowngovernment.org/01072
Use the drop down menu on the left to pick the committee you want to follow. On the committee's page, click, "Subscribe to Email Alerts." You will need to repeat these steps for each committee separately.
The blue Annual Street List form has been mailed to you! The state requires towns to contact every resident to update the street list and confirm every voter. Children, non-voters and non-voters, everyone and anyone in your household should be listed on the form correctly. Please add any missing information. If there is more than one household at your address, please request additional forms.
If a voter has moved away, please write down an address so I can get a signature to remove them from the town voter rolls.
Our town is implementing a new system to post meetings and minutes.
All registered voters may attend Town meeting and vote in Town Elections on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The period for Voter registration closes on Friday, APRIL 13, 20 days before the election.
A Citizen’s Petition is proposal by a citizen or a group of citizens, signed by 10 or more registered voters, that is brought to the Select Board to place on a Town Meeting warrant.
The 2018 Annual Street Listing Form that combines the Town Census and the State Voter Census is coming to your household soon.
Info and Resources
You can click on this link to go to our official Posted Meeting calendar. www.mytowngovernment.org/01072