MA Walking Tour in Town TODAY. Free Concert at Library; 6 - 8 pm.
Stop by the Children's Library to see chicks hatching.
^^ Solid Waste / Recycling Information is available on the Town website ^^
June is Pride Month.

Select Board Draws a Crowd

by Chris Cain
March 26, 2019

A large crowd turned out at Monday's Selectmen's meeting to discuss, garbage, solar power, and other topics.

A large crowd turned out at Monday's Selectmen's meeting to discuss, garbage, solar power, and other topics.

Selectman John Cronin remembered Officer John Johnson who was killed in the line of duty many years ago.  He commended all the police officers who keep us safe.  Selectman Mark Ahronian shared his experience at this past weekend's Pops Concert at HHS praising all involved for a great show in front of a packed house.

Public commentors spoke in favor of the 35 gallon trash carts and the adoption of MGL Chapter 90, sect. 17C.  Utah Nickel invited the members of the Board (and public) to a Sustainability Coordinator Forum in Sherborn on April 4th.

Town Administrator, Jeff Ritter, updated the Board on three projects beginning at three town buildings (roof at 1750 Washington, door at Town Hall, and windows / doors at Sr. Ctr). He reminded all that the Warrant for Town Meeting must be signed by April 16, 2019.

Mike Lavin and Chris Beling from the Sustainable Waste Management committee, along with Kathi Mirza from Mass DEP presented updated financial information to the Board.  The reimbursement from the state for using 35 gallon trash carts and 65 gallon recycling carts would bring the town over $200,000 in the first year of the new contract.  Concerns about the many citizens who currently have larger carts led to two ideas that could be implemented: household (or town-wide) composting of food waste and expanding the free trash stickers program to other groups beyond seniors.  Some towns are even exploring textile recycling to reduce garbage.

The Board approved the smaller carts for town-wide use.  Also, the Board approved the Solid Waste budget of $1.2 million dollars.  With the first year reimbursement, the actual cost to the town would be well below the budget increase target for FY 20.

Beth Greenblatt, of Beacon Integrated Solutions, a consultant working for the town to develop the Request For Proposal (RFP) inviting contractors to bid on the Solar Panel farm to be built on a portion of the old landfill.  Ms. Greenblatt reviewed the many steps that the town and the Commonwealth would take to ensure that the construction does not damage the landfill cap and ensure the safe use and maintenance of the site once completed.  There were two questions from the audience that were satisfactoriy answered by Ms. Greenblatt.  

The Board voted to authorize the Town Administrator to complete the RFP and send it out to potential bidders.

The Personnel By-law discussion was continued until next meeting to get clarification from counsel.

The Town Meeting Article related to adopting MGL Chapter 90, sect 17C was approved by the Board.  This adoption allows the Town, without state involvement, to set 25 mph speed limits where it is deemed appropriate by safety officials.

The rest of the Board's business was completed to a fairly empty room.

 

E-mail This Article

Comments (3)

No one will be taking my barrels. No one.

- Terry Duerod | 3/26/19 9:39 AM

Would like to see the Board revisit the request to submit an article adopting chapter 90 section 18B. This would allow the Board to consider future creation of safety zones and lowering speeds to 20 mph within those zones. It was pointed out that many pedestrian accidents have occurred in areas of Holliston where MAPC and state government recommend the use of safety zones.

- Tina Hein | 3/26/19 9:02 AM

Thank you for the change in headline name to Select Board. Much appreciated. I hope the Town will consider doing the same in the by-laws.

- Erica Plunkett | 3/26/19 8:34 AM

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by Chris Cain:

Holliston Community Calendar - June 2019

Continue ...

Flag Day Festivities

Continue ...

If You Have Trucks, They Will Come

Continue ...

And They're Off - For a Great Cause

1

Continue ...

Holliston Community Calendar - June 2019

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Politics:

Civics Sunday: Board and Committee Interviews

by Yvette Cain

In the recent Holliston Reporter Civics Sunday survey, readers showed interest in a more personal look at our town government boards and committees. The publishers created a set of questions, will propose these to a member of elected committees and boards, and publish their answers in this and future Civics Sunday columns. We hope you enjoy these insights into your town government.

Continue ...

EDC Meets June 12th

by Bobby Blair

Continue ...

Where has all the class gone?

by Matthew Payton

Gone is the era where gossip was restricted to the fence between neighbors, break rooms among coworkers, and alongside lockers between classes.

1

Continue ...

Select Board Discusses Rail Trail Encroachment, Trash Pick-Up Issues

by Matt Ristaino

1

Continue ...

Tina Hein Joins Board of Selectmen

by Matt Ristaino

1

Continue ...

Advertisement