Mission Statement Selectboard members serve a term of three years, with one or two elected each year. As chief administrative officers of the town, Selectboard members are responsible throughout the year for implementing the decisions of Town Meeting. They are the town’s legal agent; the commissioners of highways and sewers and of police; the board of public welfare; and the license board, holding hearings on license applications for the sale of alcoholic beverages, storage of gasoline, etc. They draw up the warrant for every Town Meeting. They appoint most of the non-elected officials and boards but not the Committee on Appropriations. The chair shares in appointing special committees.
Budget and Financial Information
Reports from the Appropriations Committee, historical budget books, bonding schedules, and Town Meeting warrant presentations/information can all be found on the Budget and Financial Information page.
Read the 2020 Summer Ledges Golf Course Report here.
South Hadley's financial policies can be read here.
Addressing Systemic Racism in The Community - An Ongoing Effort
A survey / questionnaire about the South Hadley Police Department was created and made available to residents in June. South Hadley Police Chief Jennifer Gundersen addressed resident questions and concerns about policing in South Hadley during a June 23, 2020 Selectboard Meeting. Minutes from the meeting can be read here and video coverage of the full meeting can be viewed here. The discussion on policing begins at the 15:20 minute mark.
The Selectboard in June collectively released this statement asserting their stance against racism:
Selectboard Statement Against Racism - as voted June 30, 2020
Following the recent and ongoing acts of violence against the Black community, it has become clear that cities and towns across the United States need to reexamine racism in their communities.
The South Hadley Selectboard stands against racism in all forms, including, but not limited to violence, racism in language, in publications and teachings, and in behavior. We stand in mournful solidarity with all of those in the Black community who have lost loved ones to racist acts of violence. Further, we stand with those who have lost their rights and their voices based on the color of their skin.
It is the commitment of the South Hadley Selectboard to proactively seek out and address racism across our town and within our municipal government. From investigating policing, to reviewing housing, transportation, and planning policies, addressing racism as a public health crisis, offering trainings for our municipal employees, and working with the schools, we will not be silent.
Likewise, we call on the entire South Hadley community to not only commit to non-racist behavior, but to commit to act in anti-racist ways whenever racism is encountered. We call on the community to become educated on racism in all forms, passive and active, and the Selectboard will regularly and intentionally engage with all boards, committees, and commissions to ensure that South Hadley is no home for racism.
Let us be mindful of the humanity inside each of us and rise to meet the needs of the Black community with love, dignity, and respect.
South Hadley Selectboard
Jeff Cyr, chair
Sarah Etelman, vice chair
Chris Geraghty, clerk
Andrea Miles, member
Bruce Forcier, member
Open Meeting Law Violation Re: Statement on Racism
In accordance with the 2010 ADA Standards, an assessment of the town’s public facilities inclusive of public buildings, active and passive recreation facilities, and schools must be conducted to identify barriers to programs and services.