Town Receives 50k Traffic Lights Grant
Town Administrator Jeff Ritter announced Wednesday night that a grant in the amount of $50,000 had been received through the offices of Sen. Karen Spilka. The amendment was offered by Rep. Carolyn Dykema. Selectmen thanked Ritter for his fortitude in making the grant happen.
Attorney Peter Barbieri representing business owners in the New Englander Industrial Park off Concord Street attended the meeting for a hearing on the acceptance of Barzak Dr. as a public way. Of main concern to both the town and Barbieri was the shared drainage system by both the town and businesses in the industrial park. Talk turned to easements which as the shared drainage crosses private land along with discussions about a retention basin. Responsibilities as to who was responsible should the drainage system fail was the question of the evening. Selectman Jay Leary said he does "not want (that question) it to come back and haunt us. While some town boards had approved the go ahead for acceptance, the Conservation Commission who had received a letter relative to the matter last March still had not weighed in on the subject as of Wednesday night. Selectmen continued the hearing for further discussion.
Selectmen approved a ten year contract with the state relative to Chapter 90 (Highway) funds. The board approved a new travel policy for town employees. Selectmen accepted the resignation from the Economic Development Committee of Kate Lamontagne with regret. Two vacant seats are now unfilled on that board.
The board reviewed the warrant for town meeting. Article 25 which deals with amending a zoning by-law was requested by petition of a least ten town residents. Town counsel has advised selectmen that the article cannot be withdrawn as those persons who did not sign the petition but believed they would have a chance to vote on the article would be slighted. Selectmen requested the town administrator to ask for a rendering about withdrawing an article from the warrant by the State Secretary. The article will remain on the warrant and selectmen will ask for indefinite postponement at town meeting.