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Kevin Conley’s Last Board of Selectmen Meeting

by Matt Ristaino
May 22, 2018


(Above, left to right, former Selectman Jay Leary, Selectman Jay Marsden, Kevin Conley and Selectman Mark Ahronian)

Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting at Pinecrest Golf Club was chairman Kevin Conley’s final meeting as a member of the board after he decided not to run for re-election in Tuesday’s vote. “Holliston is the greatest town in the world,” said Conley, speaking at the end of the meeting. “It’s been a great honor and a great privilege.” The other members of the board praised Conley for his hard work over the past seven years.

“He has a great way of being humorous that makes things nicer,” said selectman Mark Ahronian. “There is a lot of time and a lot of meetings that selectmen are involved in, and Kevin has done a great job standing tall.” Selectman Jay Marsden praised Conley for his professionalism and commitment to the board. “We haven’t agreed on everything,” said Marsden, “but we’ve been able to disagree professionally. I want to thank Kevin for all his time.”

Conley was also honored by the Holliston School Committee during the meeting. Committee chair Anne Louise Handstad presented Conley with a Holliston Panthers sweatshirt and a lifetime pass to all Holliston High School sporting events. “You always bring a smile and a positive attitude to the table,” Handstad said to Conley.

As for the actual business of the meeting, town administrator Jeff Ritter gave updates on a couple of the ongoing projects in town. The eight-arch bridge project passed its final inspection and will be officially completed on Wednesday, eight days ahead of schedule and on-budget. There will be a small ribbon-cutting event at the bridge Thursday evening at 5pm. The traffic light construction project downtown is on-schedule and on-budget, according to Ritter. The board approved a motion to allow night paving to take place downtown the night of May 31st in order to help ease traffic congestion during the day. Ritter also announced that Herb Chambers has agreed to donate a Ford Escape to the town, which will serve as transportation for senior citizens and veterans to get to their medical appointments. The vehicle will be delivered later this week.

Other updates included a $31,000 grant to make public buildings in town internet accessible, final confirmation that no yellow lines will be painted on Chamberlain St., and the approval of a three-year contract extension for Ritter as town administrator.

There will be no Board of Selectmen meeting next week, as it is Memorial Day.

 

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