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Selectmen Meet January 7th

by Bobby Blair
January 9, 2019

Peter Barbieri, above, from the Blair Square Study Committee brought the Board of Selectmen up to speed with his committee's work. Barbieri stated that plans for renovation behind Casey's Crossing is now all but complete. Those plans call for a parking lot with 21 spaces, a one way access via Central to Church Street, and the trail itself would hug the rear portion of Casey's building. With a deadline of February 1st to submit an application for needed funds, the committee wished to put their plans out for approval and should the grant be received work would begin later this year.


Town Administrator Jeff Ritter noted that damage to the roof at the library was more extensive than previously believed but work on the hundred year old building is expected to be completed within a month. Ritter also told the board that RFP's (request for proposals) have been sent regarding the building of a solar farm at the town's recycling center and he is optimistic for a large amount of returns due to the site's location.

The review of several 2019/20 budgets came under the microscope Monday evening. The street lighting budget was lowered from $61,509 to $58,000 after much discussion. The board once again entertained the option of the town switching to LED lights, but Ritter said the saving may only be in the 5% range and then would be the town's responsibility to maintain them. The town's recycling budget was tabled until a further meeting as the town's contracts with the present hauler Republic Services is coming to an end and the town is about to receive bids from a number of different companies. Ritter stated that the town did not pay this past June's bill in the amount of $64,000 to Republic Services for poor performance.

The board accepted several donations on behalf of the fire department in the amount of $3,754 & $2,400. The donation of $400 to the Senior Center by the Holliston Superette was also accepted.

The performance evaluation of the town administrator will take place when individual selectmen rate the town's chief executive and the board's chairman Jay Marsden will present their findings in a public session.

 

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Comments (2)

Regarding the 4 street lights that are out to the right of St. Mary's Church and a light on Mill St. I reported all of them to Eversource several months ago. I received a letter from Eversource stating that the lights had been repaired & thanking me for reporting the outage. They were NOT repaired & I called Eversource a second time to tell them they had not been repaired as they stated in their letter. As of today they remain out including many more around town ex.on Marshall St. etc. I would roughly estimate that of the 690 street lights in Holliston about 10% are not working properly. Some are out, some stay on 24 hours a day and some blink on & off almost like traffic lights.

- John Moore | 1/10/19 5:33 PM

With all the burned out street lights I am surprised the budget can't be lowered even more. One example: The lights in front of St. Mary's and Congregational Church have been out for more than a year. It has been reported.

- Carol | 1/9/19 3:29 PM

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