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Selectmen's Meeting - 10.15.18

by Mary Greendale
October 16, 2018

The Board of Selectmen had a light schedule. 

The Board of Selectmen had a light schedule. They also heard a report from the Community Farm Committee, which will be in a separate article.

Open Comment
Mark Ahronian displayed the Celebrating Heritage award that Holliston received from America in Bloom. “This is the first time we got a national award. We competed against all the other cities and towns across the country and came in first,” Ahronian explained. He credited the great collaboration among the organizations and Town departments for our success. “I also want to thank the residents for supporting the renovation of the 8 Arch Bridge. That pushed us over the top. And that Committee worked unbelievably hard. Kudos to all.”

Public Comment
Liz Greendale – Town Clerk
Town Clerk will be open Wednesday the 17th until 8pm to register to vote on November 6.

Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8pm on Friday the 19th to register to vote in the Town Meeting on
October 29.

Early voting for the November 6, 2018 State Election will begin on Monday, October 22nd. The polling location will be in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room - #105 – in Town Hall, and voters can cast ballots during regular business hours and on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 to 1:00.

Regular business hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday from 8:30 to 7:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 to 1:00 pm.

Turn to the following article for more information. http://hollistonreporter.com/article/14514/election-reminders.html

1750 Building
Bids to replace the roof at the Parks and Rec building on Washington Street are in. There is an article on the Town Meeting warrant for $275,000 to cover the costs. If workers do not find problems, Administrator Jeff Ritter said he thought there would be funds to turn back to the town coffers.

Grant for solar farm research
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has awarded Holliston a $25,000 grant to investigate the feasibility of creating a longterm lease of the landfill to a solar company to install panels. The town would receive payments in lieu of taxes from the leasing entity. A proposal will be put forth to the Selectmen for Board consideration, and if approved, it would go to Town Meeting in May.  

Join Recycle Smart Initiative
Board voted to participate in the state’s new Recycle Smart initiative, which is intended to reduce contamination of recycling waste. By throwing one plastic bag or a piece of plastic sandwich wrap into a recycling bin, the bin is considered contaminated. Then someone has to manually remove the contaminant from the waste stream at the recycling facility to get the purest stream possible.

There is no cost to the Town to participate, but we are expected to install a link to the recyclesmart.ma website. https://recyclesmartma.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9ZDeBRD9ARIsAMbAmoaRCrNJxj0lbRvrevQqUupXSLQFCo1ySlJxONPH5aOQfvtNmseeXcQaAll1EALw_wcB

Remove from Warrant – Motorcycle and HHS Exterior Gym Wall
The Selectmen voted to remove the HPD’s requested motorcycle from the Warrant for the October Town Meeting. The Finance Committee did not approve it, and Selectman Cronin suggested that the Department might have more work to do and should reconsider it for Spring Town Meeting.

The Schools have asked to remove the request for funds to repair the exterior rear wall of the gym from the warrant, because they think they can get it done for less. The Selectmen supported the request.

Tree Warden
Interviews for a new Tree Warden will take place at a BOS meeting probably the week after the Town Meeting.





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