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Select Board Meeting April 29, 2019

by Yvette Cain
April 30, 2019

The Select Board, called to order at 7 PM last night by Chair Jay Marsden, opened with a thank you from Mark Ahronian to Brian Clancy from the Holliston Housing Trust, Habitat for Humanity, Representative Carolyn Dykema, and a representative from Senator Karen Spilka’s office for their participation in the ground breaking ceremony at 172 Concord Street.  This ceremony marked the beginning of the third affordable house build to be added to Holliston through the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and its community of volunteers who make good things happen.

Town Manager Jeff Ritter updated the Board on the roofing project at 1750 Washington Street.  Although completion of the project is contingent upon weather, the roofing is presently half done and should be completed by the end of next week. Additionally, Ritter reported that 24 vendors attended a meeting of those interested in redeveloping the town land on Marshall Street.  A site visit followed, with bids due by May 24.  John Cronin volunteered his assistance in reviewing bids with Ritter and others. 

The Library ceiling replacement, Ritter reported, is two days ahead of schedule.  He also updated the Board on Senior Center improvements:  new carpets have been installed, the old side steps have been removed, bushes have uprooted, and the doors and window replacement work should be completed within the next 60 days.

Walter McGrath spoke to the Board about updates to the preliminary Blair Square plans, notably the location of the memorial; Veterans and the Blair Square Committee voted to have the memorial at Blair Square.  Several veterans attended the Board meeting in solidarity with this plan.  McGrath cited that visibility from the road, accessibility for adults and children on the trail for reflection, learning, and conversation were supporting reasons for this location.  Kevin Conley spoke from the audience to mention, “This will not be a solemn place of memory since it is a lively area,” but everyone on the Blair Square Committee approved this location.  Some conversation among Board members ensued, and the motion to support this plan was passed by all Selectmen.

Two warrants were approved, and other business ensued.  In response to a resident’s request to remove the solar speed sign on Washington St. at School St., the Board decided to seek input from the safety officer of the HPD prior to removal and/or relocation.  A resident request for a No Parking sign at the intersection of Washington St. and Oak St. was approved.  Two appointments, PJ Kilkelly and Matt Podgen, to the Open Space Committee were approved.

The Board concluded with discussion about the Warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting, May 6.  Mark Ahronian spoke of Article 25, Blair Square Improvements that had been postponed, but he requested the Select Board support.   Minor typographical errors were corrected in other articles. 

The Board approved a proclamation of the Town of Holliston for Vasco Bravelli, Holliston’s oldest veteran.  A monetary gift for veterans’ assistance was accepted, and a 1-day liquor license for a wedding reception was approved. 

Town Meeting is next Monday evening, May 6, at 7:00 PM at Holliston High School Auditorium.


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Why remove the solar speed limit sign?

- Ken Campbell | 4/30/19 5:38 PM



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