Town to Totally Own Andrews School in Two Months
by Bobby Blair 6/26/13
Wednesday night Selectmen put to rest the final vestiges of this past winter by approving monies from the reserve fund: $8,884 for sand and salt, $23,155 for contracted plowing and $3,972 for inhouse snow and ice removal. The Fire Department requested a line item tranfer of $15,000 from personal service to the maintenance line item for building and vehicle repairs, which was approved on a 2-0 vote, Jay Marsden being absent.
One happy couple soon to be married had their request for a fee waiver for the use of the upper town hall denied.
Selectmen signed a contract with Albert Contractors for road rehabilitation this summer, the firm being the low bidder.
William Pickett was appointed as a constable. Ripples of Hope (September 15th) and Tim's Trot (September 28th) received events permits. Out Post Farm received a Common Victuallers License.
Selectmen announced that the town's new web-site is up and running and will need some tweaking. Assessor Peter Barbieri who was present for a short time noted that comments can only be made to three departments and not to a general comment section. As was pointed out to this newspaper, some of listing for committee members on town boards are woefully outdated. Selectman Kevin Conley said the site is "very navigatable".
Selectmen also once again brought up the subject of a Town D.P.W. Selectman Kevin Conley hopes the board will have something pertaining to the matter ready for Fall Town Meeting. "At some point we will have a DPW," Conley noted.
Town Administrator Paul LeBeau announced that with one more motion in court the town will finally have all rights to the former Andrew School Building. A portion of the land at the school grounds was bequeathed to the town as long as the land was used for educational purposes. When town meeting voted to have the building and grounds used for "senior affordable rental units", the gift to the town of the land was compromised. No heirs of the gift givers have been located. LeBeau told the HollistonReporter.com that the town should own the property in its entirety within 30-60 days. Vandals have recently torn away boards covering windows casements to gain entry to the building.
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