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Selectmen Meet March 29, 2017

by Paul Saulnier
March 30, 2017

Status of the Flagg and Andrews Schools, Houghton's Pond Dam, the 8 Arch Bridge, affordable housing and a replacement for the Police Chief highlight this week's Selectmen's meeting.

First order of business was an update on issues by Town Administrator Jeff Ritter:

The elevator for the 1750 Washington Street building should be operational by April 12, 2017.

Flagg School demolition plan should be ready for bidding by April 21, 2017. A walk-through is scheduled for the following Monday at 11 AM.

The downtown signalization plans should be out next week with bids due in 30 days.

No qualified bids were received on the Andrews School. It may be added to the Treasurer's surplus list for public auction.

Ronda Matson was appointed as an on-call EMT at the recommendation of Fire Chief Michael Cassidy.

Leonard Engineering was awarded a contract for $28,000 to evaluate Houghton's Pond Dam as required by the the Office of Dam Safety. An additional $17,000 will be spent for the second phase of the study.

Linda Marshall was selected by the Council on Aging as the new Director of the Senior Center.

AP Associates was awarded an $800,000 contract to design and replace the water mains on Shaw Farm Road.

The Selectmen then asked Jay Robinson and Alison Lima, above, of the 8 Arch Bridge Committee to present the results of their study on improvements to the 8 Arch Bridge. Robinson gave the Selectmen a report that outlines the work designed to eliminate the deterioration of the bridge caused by water entering the columns through the leaky deck and the addition of a railing to make the bridge safe for pedestrian and bike traffic when used as part of the rail trail. The work is expected to cost $590,000 paid for with funds in the Community Preservation Act account. See http://www.hollistonreporter.com/article/12841/8-arch-bridge-committee-finalizes-construction-plan.html  for details.

Bryan Clancy, above, of the Housing Trust presented a summary of that board's accomplishments since its inception in 2010. They have acquired seven units and sold them as affordable. The most recent is on Marked Tree Road to be sold to Shannon Donovan, pictured below with her mother.

The eighth project for the trust is a home on Concord Street. Clancy's request for CPA funds is $250,000 which includes $50,000 for reserve. He said that much of the requested funds will be returned when the home is sold.

The Selectmen then turned their attention to Sgt. Matt Waugh, above, the third candidate being interviewed for the position of Holliston's Chief of Police. See Bill Tobin's report on all three interviews:



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Congratulations Linda Marshall!

- Ellin Austin | 3/30/17 9:09 PM



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