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Blair Square State Grant May Be Delayed

by Bobby Blair
July 15, 2019

The good news is ----- the town has been awarded the $92,000 it applied for from the state  to start work on the rail trail behind Casey's Crossing on Railroad Street.. The not so good news is ----- the check is  in the mail.  Town Planner Karen Sherman told Economic Development Committee members Wednesday morning that the funds would not be coming directly from the state but rather from a federal grant which will be disbursed by the state. Sherman told Chairman Peter Barbieri that no work or planning for the work could begin as the fed has different guidelines than the state along with a different fiscal year.

In other news, Sherman said she had been asked by the town's building department to get a temperature reading of the EDC's feeling regarding businesses using their residences as a center of operation. According to Sherman residents can use their home to operate a business using up to 400 square feet. Sherman stated that the building department has received numerous complaints regarding homeowners who now house commercial vehicles on their property. The complaints include the viewing of employees reporting to work at residences as well as parking their cars on the owners' property. While the EDC didn't take a committee vote regarding their sentiments, they did suggest that owners in violation of the intent of the law could apply for a special permit. Sherman suggested there could be as many as 100 business owners skirting the town by-law.

 

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