Select Board Meeting Part 2: The Rest of the Business
While the photo above shows the entire Board present, the meeting was reconvened by Vice Chair Cronin in Mr. Ahronian’s absence. There was some speculation that the Chair would arrive late with frosting from the swearing in celebration on his face – looks clean in this picture.
Board member Tina Hein shared her insights from visiting the Thistle Dew Farm property along with 10 others who heeded the invitation. Not only is the farm a piece of Holliston’s agricultural heritage, it is 28 acres of green space that will positively impact our climate resilience.
Vice Chair Cronin highlighted the swearing in ceremony for four Holliston Police officers. Holliston was recently ranked the 8th safest community in MA according to a poll published in a local newspaper.
Town Administrator, Jeff Ritter, reported that an anonymous donor had offered $100,000 towards the Thistle Dew Fair acquisition – more details when they become available. The Holliston Veterans community will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th with a parade, remarks at Town Hall, followed by a luncheon.
Aislinn Weaver of Woodland Street had a public comment regarding the very successful Trunk or Treat that was held this past Saturday evening at the Miller School parking area. She reported that the number of attendees and the number of ‘trunks’ this year exceeded previous years – this despite the EEE threat. She hopes that the Board will keep this success in mind in the future.
Other Board business included approving:
- the weekly warrant (bills) that totaled $1,497,598.11;
- meeting minutes from three previous executive sessions and three recent public meetings
- to submit a grant application for building a walkway and crosswalk that connects the Rail Trail to the Woodland St educational complex
The Board is seeking citizen input regarding the Animal Control Operations Plan. Those with input should submit those thoughts to Jeff Ritter.
The bulk of the meeting’s time was spent reviewing the motions related to each of the 20 articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant.
Ben Sparrell, a member of the Finance Committee provided input regarding where funds would be drawn from if approved. He also advocated that the Town own any data that is derived from any studies approved. Also, Town Counsel, Kate Feodoroff, provided input about appropriate wording and exhibits for use at next week’s Town Meeting
After thorough discussion, the Board approved the wording of the motions.
All registered voters are eligible to vote at the Special Town Meeting. This is one of the opportunities we have to have our voice be heard / counted.