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.
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.
Read the Self-evaluation and Transition Plan Cost Estimate, here.
Traffic Control and Signage Requests from the South Hadley Traffic Sign Committee
This report is intended to seek the Selectboard’s guidance and direction on some traffic safety and calming strategies and ideas. This is not an exhaustive study of traffic concerns throughout the Town of South Hadley, nor should the area mentioned in the report be considered the only intersection in need of improvements in making South Hadley residents safer from vehicle related accidents. To read the report, click here.
Open Meeting Law/Policy Seminar for Boards & Committees
South Hadley Town Counsel Mead Talerman Costa conducted a seminar Sept. 18, 2019 South Hadley board and committee chairs covering a range of subjects including:
Open Meeting Laws (email communications, conversations outside of a posted meeting)
Conflict of Interest (steps needed to acknowledge a conflict, ethics violations)
Board/Committee Policies (parameters of power and responsibility, member responsibility, chairperson responsibility)
The cities of Chicopee and Holyoke, and the town of South Hadley, have partnered with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to create a regional action plan for more age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities. The plan addresses quality of life issues such as walkability of outdoor spaces, transportation needs, information access, and social isolation, particularly in relation to older adults.
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.