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$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-17-2024 1:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...

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Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters
06-20-2024 2:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Along with the 29 town-submitted articles, citizen’s petitions about having a single ZIP code for the town, a resolution to end the war in Gaza and lowering the municipal voting age were all approved at Whately’s annual Town Meeting.Over two...


Budget rift emerges at Granby TM: Finance Committee at odds with School, Fire departments
06-17-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The town recently completed its two-part annual Town Meeting, at which residents passed a $29.1 million budget for fiscal 2025 while also listening to a contentious disagreement between the Finance Committee and the School and Fire...


Pathfinder budget dominates Belchertown TM discussion
05-14-2024 4:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Residents formalized the position of town manager in town bylaws, adopted a zoning bylaw for stand-alone battery storage systems and endorsed a roughly $61.6 million budget for fiscal year 2025 at Monday’s Town Meeting — though some...


Southampton takes key step toward new public safety complex following TM vote
05-12-2024 3:02 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

SOUTHAMPTON — Stepping over fire hoses and wires, Southampton Fire Chief Richard Fasoli opened the driver’s door to one of the fire engines as far as he could on a recent afternoon during a tour of the aging and cramped public safety complex. The...


Two-part Town Meeting in Granby begins Monday night
05-10-2024 4:08 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Town Meeting members will consider capital purchases, money transfers to stabilization accounts and a handful of operational budgets for ambulances and sewer, for a total of $5,019,193, at the first of a two-part annual Town Meeting on...


Four-way race shapes up for Granby Select Board
05-10-2024 4:06 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Candidates in the coming town election — including the seven candidates in contested races for Select Board and Housing Authority — recently outlined their views at a candidate night forum in hopes of swaying residents to vote for them when...


Belchertown voters to consider $61.6M budget at Monday’s annual Town Meeting that lays off 14 school staff
05-10-2024 3:51 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Town Meeting voters will consider codifying the new town manger position, authorizing two public roads, adding bylaws for battery storage system installations and approving a contested school budget that will cut 14 people, including 10...


South Hadley Town Meeting OK’s budget that lays off 24 school staff; nuisance bylaw tabled
05-09-2024 8:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Town Meeting voters signed off Wednesday on a $56.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 that creates a new Human Services Department and lays off 24 staff members in the school system.In the four-hour meeting, the 84 Town Meeting...


Solar project to top docket at Westhampton Town Meeting on Saturday
05-08-2024 11:49 AM

By Alexa Lewis

WESTHAMPTON — At Westhampton’s annual Town Meeting this Saturday, voters will consider a $7 million budget for fiscal 2025 and decide whether to fund a solar installation project atop the new Public Safety Complex.The budget represents a modest 4.4%...


School budget tops busy Town Meeting agenda in South Hadley
05-05-2024 10:39 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A zoning change to allow multifamily housing in the town’s business district along major corridors, a town budget encompassing a new Department of Human Services, a feasibility study for a new elementary school, and a school budget that...


It’s official: Belchertown’s request to create town manager position OK’d by state
03-28-2024 10:50 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — After nearly a year of waiting, Belchertown finally has a town manager.On March 8, Gov. Maura Healey signed legislation to create the first-ever town manager, replacing the long-used town administrator form of government. The change,...


South Hadley Planning Board backs mixed-use zoning change
03-11-2024 4:28 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Planning Board has endorsed a zoning amendment that will head to Town Meeting in May permitting mixed-use multifamily residential development in a district that currently doesn’t allow it. Himanshu Patel, owner of Liquor...


June dates set for big school vote in Belchertown
02-21-2024 11:58 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Voters in June will get their say whether to authorize funding for a new $121 million Jabish Brook Middle School, now that the Select Board has selected dates for a special election and special Town Meeting to take place about a month...


Granby voters OK $5.3M to rehab old school into space for town offices, senior center
12-13-2023 12:39 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — After 13 years, Granby will finally have a dedicated town hall.A majority of voters at a special Town Meeting on Monday approved spending roughly $5.36 million to renovate the old West Street Building, the former elementary school, into town...


Southampton voters OK conserving 730 acres at special Town Meeting
12-08-2023 12:09 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — At a special Town Meeting this week, the town unanimously approved spending about $420,000 to permanently conserve 731 acres as part of the Mountain Waters Project.“This is a great day for Southampton,” Cindy Palmer, chair of the Open...


Conservation land on Southampton’s special TM docket
12-03-2023 2:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — At a special Town Meeting on Tuesday, voters will decide whether to appropriate around $420,000 to permanently conserve over 700 acres of land as part of the Mountain Waters Project.The project, which the town of Southampton, Kestrel...


At special TM, South Hadley voters OK second assistant principal at high school
11-16-2023 3:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Voters approved funding for a second assistant principal at South Hadley High School during the Special Town Meeting on Wednesday night — a position the school district lobbied for in recent weeks in the wake of several altercations at...


South Hadley voters head to special Town Meeting on Wednesday 
11-10-2023 11:39 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Voters will decide whether to approve a new senior tax work-off program and fund an additional assistant principal at the high school at a special Town Meeting on Wednesday.Half of the 12-article warrant establishes fees to generate...


Zoning revamp heads to Westhampton special TM on Monday
11-05-2023 8:50 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

WESTHAMPTON — In the last of seven articles on Monday’s special Town Meeting warrant, Westhampton residents will vote on whether to replace the existing Zoning Bylaw with a new document years in the making.“For the past seven years, the Westhampton...


South Hadley voters will consider adding assistant high school principal after spate of assaults on teachers
11-02-2023 6:22 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A week after six South Hadley High School staff members were physically assaulted by students in three separate incidents, the School Committee and Select Board agreed this week to ask residents to approve funding for a second assistant...

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