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The Board of Selectmen Met July 30, 2018

by Matt Ristaino
August 2, 2018

The Board of Selectmen heard about a new proposal from the economic development committee, and gave an update on the new traffic lights downtown at its meeting Monday evening.

Peter Barbieri, above right, chairman of the Economic Development Ccommittee, outlined a possible new grant program to help local businesses. Through this program, local businesses could apply for a grant from the town to make physical improvements to their business sites.

Businesses would only be required to pay back half of the grant money, the idea being the improvements will lead to more business, and increased tax revenue for the town, in the future. Barbieri made it clear that this program would strictly be for physical improvements, and could not apply to operational improvements, such as new equipment or rent assistance.

Barbieri also said he envisioned the program being for privately owned business only, although it would certainly be possible for it to be open to town-run businesses if the town wanted.

Selectmen Mark Ahronian and John Cronin both seemed open to the idea. Cronin said that it is a very appealing approach to him, and Mark agreed that it was a good way to help local businesses. The program would need approval at Town Meeting before being put into action.

Ahronian gave an update on the new traffic lights, as well as the Mudville traffic situation, during the public comment portion of the meeting. He said that the feedback the board has received on the lights has been more positive than negative.

“Residents say they feel safe for the first time in a long time to go shop downtown,” Ahronian said.

He mentioned that many residents have suggested the addition of a left turn arrow from Washington St. onto Hollis St., and asked town administrator Jeff Ritter to see if that would be possible.

As for the traffic in Mudville, Ahronian said that the board has asked chief of police Matthew Stone about lowering speed limits in the neighborhood, but Stone recommended waiting until after the upcoming traffic study is done to make any changes.

The police have increased officers on patrol in Mudville, per the request of the board, and they have already issued several tickets.

Ahronian said that the board is taking the issue of traffic in Mudville very seriously, and asked for residents’ patience as they figure out the best way to address the problem. 

In other business, the board approved a request for proposal for the operation of the Pinecrest club house restaurant, with a response date of September 21st. The board will discuss the request for proposal for the golf course management at next week’s meeting.

The board also approved event permits for the annual Turkey Trot on November 22nd, and a block party on Dalton Rd. on September 16th.

Chairman Jay Marsden was not at the meeting, as he is currently on a mission trip with St. Mary’s Church, according to Cronin.

 

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Comments (2)

I would like to know why a left turn arrow from Washington St. onto Hollis St. was not included in the original design for the traffic lights in the downtown. It is very difficult to turn left onto Hollis ST. from Washington St. during the late afternoon when there is a heavy flow of traffic moving west toward Milford and beyond. Often the cars and trucks block the intersection so it is impossible to go up Hollis St. It was bad enough before the lights were installed, but it is even worse now. Something should be done to correct this problem. I know the plan was to keep the traffic moving on Washington ST. but cars need to have a way to get onto Hollis St.safely.

- Carmen Chiango JR | 8/3/18 11:19 AM

PLEASE take the stop signs down at the corners of Washington/Exchange and Wash/Central. Having a stop sign and a green light at the same time could be confusing for some...especially out of towners.

- Jay Buhner | 8/2/18 9:28 AM

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