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New Board, New Venue: Ice Cream Socials

by Bobby Blair
May 25, 2017

Selectmen Wednesday night and one day post town election held their weekly meeting at 1750 Washington Street.  The board reorganized and elected Kevin Conley as chair, Jay Marsden as vice chair and new member Mark Ahronian as clerk. Selectmen held a brief business meeting approving several line item transfers of $3,500 & $14,186 for the Treasurer/Collector and Benefits. Blake Mensing was appointed as a member of the Conservation Commission and Utah Nickel as an associate member. A gift of $25,000 was accepted from the folks at 201 Summer Street. The Friends of the Community Farm were granted approval to hold Family Farm Day at 34 Rogers Road on June 11th.

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The selectmen then met for a brainstorming session with the finance and school committees.  Chairman Conley then brought the group up to speed on his board's efforts and wishes. Conley suggested "indexing" whereby each department would receive the same percentage of revenue year after year. Conley also suggested a long range capital improvement plan. Conley noted that the Andrews School could now possibly be the site of four single family homes or two duplexes. The town is now hoping to convert street lighting to LED and also have a Facebook site. Conley also would like to see adjacent parking lots downtown connected. Conley also said the Lion's Club is looking into placing a caboose at Blair Square to serve as rest rooms.

Ken Szajda questioned the litter problem at the high school. Supt. of Schools Brad Jackson said the issue is an ongoing one and he didn't feel the matter was caused entirely by students during school hours although he admitted lunch time is a problem. Dr. Jackson said outside sports groups along with the parking lot being used as a youth hangout between the hours of 9 pm to midnight also contribute to the problem. Dr. Jackson said kids on detention are used as a cleanup crews.

Anne Louise Hanstad, Chairwoman of the School Committee, said the next few weeks are  busy ones and that her group is hoping for safe, after-the-prom and graduation parties. School Committee member Stacey Raffi said when it comes to conversation she was curious as to who makes decisions like the one that decided to pave Washington Street between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm.  Dr. Jackson thanked the selectmen on their choice of Matt Stone as the new police chief saying they made an excellent choice..

 

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There is a sub-committee of the Friends of the Holliston Trails that is discussing the design of Blair. Contact person is Ed Daniels, Vesta Real Estate on Woodland St.

- Mary Greendale | 5/26/17 10:28 AM

Speaking of long range, is there a landscape master plan for Blair Square? Just wondering where the caboose/rest rooms would go, and who would care for it? There's already a lot of stuff in a relatively little space -- a gazebo with lights, a flag pole, a bench, a picnic table, a bike rack, a kiosk, a fountain with flowers, the "Dykema Tree," the signs for Water Street Mill, etc.. let's not fill every inch!

- K. Ackley | 5/25/17 4:58 PM

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