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July 2021 Newsletter

July 15, 2021

Hi Everyone:

I hope you are well. 

Today's newsletter isn't my most cheery effort, especially the staffing news. 

However, share I must, so below you read about two resignations and one retirement of staff we have all come to know and appreciate.  will also share the next steps as we search for new individuals who we hope shall serve the Town as well as those leaving us in the coming weeks.

I will also share Northgate Resort's proposed plan for the Camp Emerson property, subject to a special permit decision that will come only after the planning board, various departments and committees, and Residents weigh-in on the matter.

As always, if you have questions or concerns please contact me next week (I'm out Friday, but will be back on Monday morning).


Bud Hall resigns to accept DPW Superintendent position in Dalton
Bud Hall has given his notice that he intends to resign as Hinsdale's DPW Superintendent effective August 6, 2021, to accept a similar, albeit larger role, in neighboring Dalton.  Bud has been a wonderful colleague and supervisor to all in Hinsdale the past two years, and he will be sorely missed.  Hinsdale residents should know that the Select Board and Finance Committee made a valent attempt to keep him, but the draw wasn't strickly about compensation.  Bud grew up in Dalton and has chosen to raise his own children in the Town, close to family and lifelong friends. Bud worked for Dalton prior to accepting the role in Hinsdale and has always wanted to lead that Town's highway department.  Bud wrote the Select Board on Tuesday, stating, 

"I am hereby tendering my resignation at the Town of Hinsdale effective today July 12, 2021, with my last day being August 6, 2021. I have accepted the same position in my hometown of Dalton. It has been a pleasure to work for the people of Hinsdale for the past 2+ years, and it was not an easy decision for me to move on. I would like to thank the select board and town administrator Bob Graves for everything they have done for me."

Please join us in thanking Bud for his service to Hinsdale. We wish nothing but the best for Bud and his family.

DPW Superintendent Search 
The search is on for his replacement.   For more information, see the Jobs and Volunteering page. The position is also being posted on a few search sites.

The Select Board is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to serve on the Highway Superintendent Search Committee. Please submit your letter of interest to the Select Board via email to or by US Mail to Select Board, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235.  Email and letters of interest will be accepted until July 27, 2020, at 4:00 pm, and the Board hopes to appoint the committee at their July 28, 2021 meeting.

Treasurer-Collector Diane Sturtevant resigns to spend time with family.
Diane Sturtevant, who has served as the Town Treasurer since August 2014 and more recently as Treasurer-Collector for the past three, has resigned effective August 27, 2021.  Diane took what has been described as a chaotic operation and transformed it into an organized, well-functioning department.  Her talents will be sorely missed, but we appreciate her advanced notice allowing us time to seek and hopefully hire a replacement as we close the books and paperwork on FY21.  Please join us in thanking Diane for her service to this community.  We wish her the best in the future.
Treasurer-Collector Search 
The search for her replacement is underway. The position is posted on the Town's  Jobs and Volunteering page and advertised locally.  We hope to interview and hire someone in early August.  If you know anyone who may be interested, please encourage them to consider this opportunity.

Long-time Library Director Tom Butler Retires
I asked Jim Manning, Chair of the Hinsdale Public Library, to share his thoughts about Tom as he retires.  I enjoyed reading it, and I hope you do as well, and when you see Tom around Town, thank him for his service. 
Those few people in town who don't know, Tom Butler was born and raised in Hinsdale. He spent hours at the Hinsdale Public Library and has fond memories of being at the library in his t-shirt for hours in front of the woodstove reading during the winter months. We now have a brand new heating system for the winter of 2021-2022! It's only the 2nd heating system this library has ever seen.

During his ensure, Tom played a significant role in implementing the removal of the drop ceiling in 2010 in the large room and the renovation of this room, opening it up to all see the beauty of this building. Tom has also increased the patrons and circulation at the library by giving people what they want. Tom was always happy to see special-order books, movies, and museum pass requests. During the pandemic, Tom took great pleasure in personally delivering books to library patrons.

Now, 13-years later, Tom shall step down from the position of director and enjoy some retirement time doing the things that he's passionate about.  In particular, he plans to spend time traveling, gardening, and enjoy time with friends and family. Don't worry. You will still be seeing Tom around the library (He agreed to stay on until his successor is found and settled. -- thanks again, Tom).

Library Director Search
The Library Trustees are conducting a search for their next Director.  That posting is also found on the Town's website and advertised locally.   For more information, see the Jobs and Volunteering page.
Northgate Resorts Seeks a Special Permit for Camp Emerson Property 
The Select Board has received Northgate's proposal for the Camp Emerson site and now begins considering their Special Permit Application to operate in Hinsdale. A Special Permit from the Select Board requires a thorough review and recommendation from the Planning Board, which will be determined once all departments, Town committees, and resident stakeholders have had an opportunity to review the plan, ask and receive answers to relevant questions, and be heard on the matter. 

With the Planning Board's recommendation in writing, the Select Board will hold their own review process that includes a Public Hearing that is broadly advertised and shall provide another opportunity for input before the Select Board makes their decision on the Special Permit. 

The Select Board wants this to be a thorough process, which shall take time.  All residents are invited to read the documents available on the Town's website, listen to presentations and sessions held by specific committees and boards, and ask their own questions and share their own thoughts as we make time for all of this before the Select Board acts.  
  • Click here to read Northgate's Proposal.
  • Click here to read Northgate's Traffic Study.
  • Click here to read about the review process that happens before Select Board action on this request.  
This material is also posted on the Town's website at, and we shall continue to post materials as they are made available.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 413-655-2300, x355, or at

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through this process.

Lake Management Newsletter
Once again, we want to remind residents who may be interested to sign up for the Lake Management Newsletter.  Managed by the Lake Management Committee, this newsletter is for all friends and lovers of Lake Ashmere and Plunkett Reservoir.  To sign up, please click here and complete the request form.
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