Town Administrator Update

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Below is an overview of recent activities and upcoming dates of interest:

End of 2023 Board Activity Summary

Board Action / Deliberation Date of Meeting(s)

  • Opened Warrant for May 2024 Annual Town Meeting Dec. 4, 2023
  • Completed Annual Licenses for Businesses in Holliston Dec. 4, 2023
  • Progress Report on Ambulance Service Goal of ALS Dec. 11, 2023
    • Hired Assistant Fire Chief / EMS Director (August)
    • Year Extension of BLS License (CY2024) from OEMS
    • Checklist from OEMS for Pursuit of ALS License
  • Executed Successor Agreements for Pinecrest Dec. 11, 2023
    • Management (New England Golf) – FY25-29
    • Restaurant (Anthony’s on the Green) – FY25-29
  • Authorization of Onyx to Operate Solar Project on Marshall Dec. 18, 2023
  • Update on High School Statement of Interest (SOI) to MSBA January 3, 2024
  • Board Request for Public Comment on 799 Washington Street January 8, 2024
    • 799 Washington Street – Vacant Gas Station
    • Follow up agenda item on January 29, 2024
  • Heard Petition on Name Change for Section of Lowland Street Dec. 11, 2023 & January 17, 2024
    • Implementation of Fawn Road summary (link)
  • Flag Policy Development and Adoption (link) Dec. 18, 2023 & January 22, 2024
    • Addresses Shurtleff v. City of Boston SJC case

Programs or Initiatives Update

  • Summary of recent Procurements (presented on Dec. 18, 2023) (link)
  • Transition to Holbrook RECC Public Safety Dispatching Completed (Dec. 28, 2023)
  • MassDOT TIP Application for Design/Engineering of the Intersection of Whitney Street and Washington Street (Rt. 16) (Submitted December 2023)

Look Ahead to 2024

Collective Bargaining & Municipal Contracts

  • Holliston Police Association (HPA) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires June 30, 2024 and a successor agreement is being negotiated for FY25-27
  • Holliston Laborers (DPW) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires June 30, 2024 and a successor agreement is being negotiated for FY25-27
  • EL Harvey’s Solid Waste Contract (Trash and Recycling Curbside Pickup) expires June 30, 2024 and a successor agreement is being negotiated for FY25 and beyond

Woodland Street Dam & Bridge/Roadway (link to January 2024 Memo from Pare Corp.)

  • Factory Pond Dam Rehabilitation
  • Bridge over Bogastow Brook 
  • Permitting Schedule / Design Schedule / Construction Schedule (75% stage)

Traffic / Highway Surveyor Items

  • Implementation of Norfolk Street Water Main & Drainage/Roadway/Sidewalks
    • Oct. 2023 Fall Town Meeting (link)
  • Implementation of Norfolk Street / Franklin Street Recommendations for Traffic Calming & Safety
    • Pare Corp. Report (link)
  • Implementation of Green Street Recommendations for Traffic Calming & Safety
    • Pare Corp. Report (link)
    • 9 Green Street project completion (link)
  • Continued Pursuit of TIP Application for Whitney Street and Washington Street (Rt. 16)
    • TIP Application process ongoing (submitted Dec. 2023)

FY2025 Budget Process (link to Budget Packet)

Dates of Note:

  • Water Rate Hearing Feb. 5, 2024
  • Select Board Budget Review (Saturday) Feb. 17, 2024 (Saturday)
  • Finance Committee Budget Review Feb. 6 to April 2, 2024 (Tuesdays)
  • Annual Town Meeting May 13, 2024

May 2024 Annual Town Meeting (link to landing page)

Materials to be added to above link as Warrant deadline approaches. 

Dates of Note:

  • Warrant Article submission deadline March 11, 2024 
  • Annual Town Meeting May 13, 2024

May 2024 Town Election (link to press release)

Dates of Note:

  • Nomination Papers Available Feb. 5, 2024
  • Papers due to Town Clerk April 2, 2024
  • Town Election May 21, 2024

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