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Historical Society's 37th ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR September 24, 2017

Selectmen Appoint New Fire Department Personnel

by Bobby Blair
August 29, 2017

Town Administrator Jeff Ritter told selectmen Monday night that the demolition of the Flagg School is nearly complete and on time and under budget. The cleared landscape has been raked out and seeded. Selectmen will in the near future turn the property back over to the school committee. In other school building news, Ritter stated that he had visited the former Andrews School along with three interested building contractors who hoped to revitalize the building into housing. Bids for the former elementary school will be opened on September 8th. Selectmen received the resignation of Sherry O'Brien as the town's Conservation Agent.

Rochelle Wagner (above) owner of the Wine House at 76 Central Street appeared before the board to request a full liquor license. Chairman Kevin Conley told Wagner that allotment of full licenses were taken. Wagner told the board that it was her understanding that once the town's population rose above 15,000 that another license would be granted to the town. Wagner stated that she had been told that the population is now over 15k but that the state only reviews cities and town's population figures every ten year's. Conley said the matter could be brought to town meeting and if approved sent to the state house for their blessing. Wagner felt that since she has held a beer and wine license for ten years, and longer than others with the same license, her seniority should help her in the standings. Selectman Jay Marsden felt the process would have to be open to all current license holders. The matter will appear on the Fall Town Meeting warrant.

Walter McGrath (above) volunteered himself for the newly formed Blair Square Development Committee. The new committee which was formerly a sub committee of the Friends of the Holliston Trails was requested by selectmen so that the public could have input to the project. Interested parties may contact the selectmen's office. Selectman Mark Ahronian felt that the current gazebo and flagpole should not be part of the redevelopment project citing respect for the volunteerism that had already been done. Jay Marsden said that some have selective project amnesia when it came to the work that had already been done at Blair Square. Chairman Conley echoed his colleague's sentiments. Peter Barbieri then spoke as a member of Celebrate Holliston and told the board that CH would like to locate a caboose at Blair Square to house restrooms. The offer of the caboose was made by the owner of Hopping Brook Park who also owns Edaville Railroad. Barbieri stated the entire project is slated to be worth 60-70k and much of the work would include volunteers as well as tradesmen.

The fire department will receive some new blood as of Monday night. Appointed as a fire fighters are Eric Frechette, Travis Gross and Dylan Mahoney. Fire fighter/EMT Derick Valovcin, EMT- Kelsea LeBlanc, Caitlin Ward and Tyla Doolin. Dispatcher - Gary Grenier.

Selectmen also received a request from the Board of Assessors to increase the salary of the principal assessor. No action was taken on the request.

 

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A public "Thank You" to the many volunteers on the Blair Square Development Committee. Since mid 2015, they met for many hours to thoughtfully consider all the different public uses for the park at Blair Square. The goal was to present a thoughtful Master Plan for the space to the Selectmen and Holliston residents. Generous donations of time by Holliston citizens should never go unrecognized, and I appreciate the work that our group accomplished for the benefit of Holliston citizens. We hope the new group formed by the Selectmen have great success and produce a beautiful upgrade to the growing Rail Trail.

- Ed Daniels | 8/30/17 10:36 AM

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