John Johnson Remembered

Selectmen Meet Monday October 16th

by Bobby Blair
October 18, 2017

In public comments Monday night, Selectman Kevin Conley, who served as a tour guide during the recent America in Bloom tour of Holliston, said :I did my best to keep my group on the tour but they wanted to go to Casey's, it was a great event.

Town Administrator, Jeff Ritter, said that the installation of traffic lights has now begun and will last for 6 weeks before halted and resumed in the spring. After being questioned by Selectman Mark Ahronian, Ritter said that the America in Bloom Tour of Holliston was not a delaying factor in work beginning on the project. Ritter told the board that energy saving projects have now begun at the Senior Center, library and town hall with monies from the Green Communities grants.

Selectmen appointed Ryan Lloyd as an EMT, and reappointed Jay Talerman as town counsel, Sarah Bateman as veteran's agent and Carol Kosicki as a member of the historical commission. Steve Proia was granted a Class II license to conduct his business, Authentic Auto Body, at 229 Lowland Street.

Event permits were issued for "Walk to Remember" on October 29th, the Newcomers for November 25th, and the HBA for the Holiday Stroll for November 25th.

Town Counsel, Jay Talerman, above, appeared before the board to clarify his legal opinions regarding several towm meeting articles. Regarding the issue of condominiums requesting trash removal by the town, Talerman stated that the term "curbside" pick-up pertains to approved town roads of which many of the condominiums are privately owned. Talerman further stated that Republic Services, the town trash collector, has stated concerns over collecting on private property. Several residents of the Balancing Rock neighborhood whose trash is presently being collected by the town and whose service will be curtailed come January 1st questioned the board and asked them to reconsider their vote taken some months ago. The dialogue between those affected and selectmen was brief with Chairman Kevin Conley stating several times that the discussion was not a debate.

Rochelle Wagner, owner of the Wine House at 76 Central Street, was back before the board for clarification regarding her article by petetion to have her shop receive an all beverage liquor license. While the town census says that the town is eligible for another license according to its population, the state only regcognizes a town's population every ten years. Wagner felt that by gathering signatures from her loyal customers that she would have an upper hand to be granted the license if towm meeting approved the measure. Selectman Jay Marsden prompted Wagner's memory of a previous discussion that the license could be up for grabs by others. "I did not intend for it to go this way" Wagner exclaimed. "That was not the tenure of our initial discussion" Marsden told Wagner. Town Counsel Jay Talerman clarified Wagner's options including adding the shop's 76 Central Street location to the motion to be made on the floor of town meeting.

Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee, Frank Chamberlain, said his committee has approved extra funds for the rehabilitation of the 8 Arch Bridge. Those funds must be approved by town meeting which takes place on Monday, October 30th.

 

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