Shutesbury has a new assistant town clerk, Grace Bannasch. Grace grew up and lives in Shutesbury. She is learning all the town clerk duties. She is now the go-to person for all things DOG and is handling the tracking of posted agendas and minutes. We are able to expand our regular office hours to the public. Our new hours are:
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
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. This change will show up on our town website when you go to the calendar. You get to the calendar the same way; use the drop down menu under Meetings. There you will see the new calendar format. You can click on any meeting and it will bring up the details and agenda for the meeting. This is much the same as the previous calendar.
All registered voters may attend Town meeting, vote on warrant articles (in person) and vote in Town Elections (in person or by absentee ballot) on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The period for Voter Registration closes on Friday, APRIL 13, twenty days before the election. On 4/13/18 the Town Clerk 's office will be open extra hours for voter registration from 2 - 4 pm and from 7-8 pm.
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. For example, a petition could ask town meeting to vote for adoption, amendment or repeal of a town’s bylaw. Another type of petition may offer a resolution/advisory urging action at local, state or federal levels.
The 2018 Annual Street Listing Form that combines the Town Census and the State Voter Census is coming to your household soon. Although this form is issued by the state in an effort to verify current voters living in Shutesbury, the form also is a listing of ALL Shutesbury residents, including non-voters and children. This information is used for trash bag eligibility, to verify residence for veteran and elderly benefits and as an address confirmation for future town mailings.
For use by committee members to post a meeting Use the Meeting Notice Template to post your meetings with the Town Clerk, in order to comply with MGL C.30A s.18-25, the "open meeting" law. pdf version Word version
Voter Registration Information
There are multiple ways to register to vote. You can register at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, pick up a voter registration form outside the Town Clerk's office or register online. Visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm for more information.
You can click on this link to go to our official Posted Meeting calendar. www.mytowngovernment.org/01072
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 http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee/English-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf
This is the same application to use if you need to request absentee ballots for all 2018 elections.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth has developed an excellent tool for learning about your voter registration status, who your representatives are, links to their websites showing how to contact them, and other elections related information at the following address. If you have a zip code other than 01072 and your zip code doesn't work for your name, try putting in 01072.