Selectmen Establish Dog Park Task Force

By Debra Parkhurst

As a follow up to a meeting with interested residents on April 3, the Selectmen established an Ad Hoc Dog Park Task Force at their meeting on April 24. The Task Force will consist of seven members, five at-large from the community and two Selectmen representatives.

The Task Force charge is to explore and evaluate locations that would be suitable for an off-leash fenced dog park as well as to analyze the advantages or disadvantages of each site, cost projections, and funding. Any subsequent action or funding would be subject to approval by the Selectmen. The Task Force would also assist with the development of any application for grant funding.

Mark Siegenthaler Steps Down as Selectman after 21 Years

By Meredith McCulloch

Selectmen applauded the service of their colleague Mark Siegenthaler at their meeting on March 13, as he ended his final term on the board. Siegenthaler’s term ended Saturday with the election of his successor, Edward Pierce. Siegenthaler served seven terms, 21 years, as Selectman and decided not to seek another term.

“Everyone I ever served with always was there for the good of the town,” Siegenthaler said Monday night and went on to thank Town Manager Richard Reed for his professionalism and to thank his wife Diana and their three daughters for their support of his volunteer service.

Selectmen Hear Update on Design for The Great Road

VHB consultants Tim McIntosh, Laura Castelli, and Trish Domigan presented an update on The Great Road Design Project at the Selectmen’s meeting on March 13. Town Engineer Adrienne St. John explained that this project is an outgrowth of The Great Road Master Plan of 2011.

Design for The Great Road continues in phases. Construction of Phase one, including The Great Road at the intersection of South and Springs, and signals at the Fire Station,is complete. Construction is underway for the Great Road at Mudge Way, including the Safe Roads to Schools initiative. Phase 3 will include North Road from Wilson Park to Carlisle Road as well as The Great Road down to Hillside Avenue/ Bacon Road. Phase 4 includesWillson Park and is being separated out to allow more time for study and analysis. A “Roadside Walk Shop (Safety Audit)” for Willson Park is scheduled for April.

State Representative Gordon Meets with Selectmen

By Debra Parkhurst

State Representative Ken Gordon met with the Selectmen on February 27 to review recent accomplishments and future goals along with priorities that affect the town such as renovations at Ashby Place.

Short Takes from the Selectmen’s Meeting, February 6, 2017

By Deb Parkhurst

In their February 6 meeting, the selectmen signed a new agreement with Town Manager Richard Reed and held public hearings on the Sewer System Bylaw, changes to the funding structure for revolving funds, and a special revenue account for cable television funds.

Selectmen Move Forward on Town Meeting Articles

By Debra Parkhurst

At the Selectmen’s February 6 meeting, Steve Hagan, Community Preservation Committee, reported on the status of The Community Preservation Funds and the Committee’s recommendations for FY18. There are 16 line items, some as continuing payments for projects already underway, and some allocated for future projects (such as the Coast Guard site redevelopment).

Selectmen Review Recreation Department Budget Analysis

By Debra Parkhurst

Recreation Director Amy Hamilton and Finance Director Victor Garofalo presented an analysis of the Recreation Revolving Account that looked back to FY 15 and projected forward to FY 18 during the Selectmen’s Meeting on January 31.

Springs Brook Park Seeks Support

By Debra Parkhurst

Concerned citizens filled the Multipurpose Room at Town Hall during the Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, January 3 regarding the future of Springs Brook Park (SBP). Recreation Commission Chairman Ron Richter, along with Commission members and staff, came to the Selectmen seeking assistance in keeping the Park open and functioning.

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