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Traffic Signal Work to Commence on March 26th

by Bobby Blair
March 14, 2018

Aislenn Weaver of Woodland Street told selectmen Monday night that her recycling containers had not been picked up in three weeks. Weaver said while her trash had been picked up, the recyles hadn't. Weaver uses large barrels due to the amount of recycled materials put out to the curb. Selectman Jay Marsden promply supplied Weaver with a large recyling sticker for her barrel. Town Administrator Jeff Ritter told the board that he has received many calls regarding trash and maybe it was time to call in Republic Services who handles the town's trash pickup. Ritter said the town had received a grant in the form of 80 hours of technical assistance from the DEP to help with the town's recycling.

Ritter also announced that the traffic signals project downtown was on schedule and budget and work will resume on March 26th with a completition date of June 30th.

Town Counsel Jay Talerman briefed the board regarding a law firm wishing to represent communities in a lawsuit against pharmaceuticals regarding opioid abuse. Its not a scam Talerman told selectmen. Selectman Jay Marsden said of the lawsuit "I'm fine with it, maybe we can use those funds to do something". The board voted to join the lawsuit.

Ritter provided the board with a first draft of the town meeting warrant which he said was bare bones and might just be a one nighter. Selectmen approved Chapter 90 funds for street work on Kuniholm Drive, Evergreen, Spruce and Walnut Rd. Scott Gonfrade was reappointed as a constable. A veterans only parking space was approved for the town owned building at 1750 Washington Street.  Event permits were approved for an Egg Hunt at the Community Farm on March 24th and a Three Squares Bike Ride on September 23rd.

 

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Opioid abuse is a major problem and I certainly am not going to question whether the town and citizens should do everything in their power to help reduce and eliminate this terrible crisis. I am however puzzled how quickly the lawyers in the room willingly joined a class action lawsuit to go after big Pharma. Perhaps there was more information available other then " it is not a scam", but one would think a more thoughtful discussion would have taken place before the town joined a "no cost to us? " lawsuit and litigation. Holliston's name is now attached to a suit that citizens know little about the merits of the suit and if anyone directly benefits, other then the lawyers that is. Kind of ironic, we join litigation against companies producing opioids, yet we welcome companies to come grow their "medical" pot in our town for tax revenue. Looks like the town is working both sides of the street on this one.

- Gary Zegel | 3/17/18 9:39 AM

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