Signalization Design Project Reviewed
Town Administrator, Jeff Ritter, informed selectmen that bids for the replacement of the tennis and basketball courts at Patoma had been received and the lowest of the bids was $108,000. The town had set aside $150,000 for the project. The Highway Department requested and received permission to go into the red as their snow and ice budget is almost spent. Ritter also noted that applicants for the town's police chief position has garnered several more resumes and now stands at 35 and the empty senior director position has drawn interest of 16 perspectives. Although not present, Denise Barry, wife of former selectman, Jim Barry, was honored for her emergency skills with a Civilian Life Saving Award. Barry performed CPR on a man at a New Year's Eve Party at Anthony's on the Green at Pinecrest Golf Course, saving the man's life. The citation was read by police Lt. David Gatchell.
Selectmen cleared the way for a new booster pump at the corner of Ashland and Cedar Streets along with 5,300' of new water main. The water rate hearing which began last week was closed as no additional comments were received.
Lt. Craig Denman, above left, and Lt. David Gatchell, presented the police department budget which came within guidelines. Lt. Denman also reviewed upcoming capital items including a finger print live scan, two new cruisers and a copy machine.
Selectmen appointed Jamal Jackson as an EMT and James Tarilli as a member of the Community Farm Advisory Committee. Representing the local American Legion, Steve Bradford, Steve Napolitano and Walter McGrath were appointed to the Memorial Day Committee.
Selectmen voted $9,000 from the Reserve Fund to cover expenses for the MMA (Massachusetts Municipal Associates) to assess potential police chief candidates.
Fire Chief Michael Cassidy was lauded for his work in receiving yet another grant in the amount of $3,200 which will be used for technology.
With the design phase of new signalization of the downtown with three sets of new traffic lights, McMahon Associates made a presentation to a packed selectmen's room. There were no set timelines given as to construction, but Bob Smith said that a contract and bid documents would be drawn up and hopefully completed by the end of April. The plans include the loss of eight downtown parking spaces from 6-9 am each morning. Several Mudville residents were concerned with vehicles avoiding the traffic lights and making Mudville's side streets a cut through. McMahon has already conducted a traffic count prior to Christmas and those stats will be viewed against a follow up count if selectmen deem there is a problem.