Vol. III No. 17 9/1/2022
Notes from the Select Board (SB) meeting, August 25, Hybrid meeting
- Patrick White, Chair
- Chuck Cardillo
- Jamie Minacci
- Michael Canales, Town Administrator
- Attendees named when speak
- Public comments moved to end of meeting and agenda approached "last to first" so SB will consider new Highway Department position first and William C. Rennie can go home to his dinner.
- Rennie recommended by Hugh Page, Highway Superintendent and Canales. Approved by SB
- 36 Lake Drive, owners present and request for Special Permit presented by Shannon Boomsma of White Engineering.
- Two additions — a new entrance and four-seasons addition on piers, and a new utility building
- Pre-existing nonconforming — no more nonconforming (9.9% coverage)
- Also better control of run-off and a new floating dock
- Jack Grimli appointed to Council on Aging
- Red Lion corner
- Changes in intersection
- Changes in crosswalks from Red Lion corner to Town Offices — crosswalk at building with Minkler Insurance and Lost Lamb Bakery removed and crosswalk at Town Offices raised
- Public comment — confusion about (what SU will call The Egg — the oblong painted on the pavement)
- Anne Rabinowitz and Patty Caya thought it was too long
- Consultant and Cardillo both explained the length was the point — many don't seem to understand how to use it. Keep the Egg always on your left — never cut across it. That causes traffic in intersection to slow and literally stay out of one another's way as cars navigate the intersection, turning left, right, or going straight
- A man (name — John Wise?) was concerned about emergency vehicles getting through intersection. Both consultant and Cardillo explained that was addressed and there is room for cars to pull over and allow emergency vehicles to get by.
- Minacci asked if crosswalk by Congregational Church should be added?
- Manny opposed removing the center crosswalk (by Minkler's) Canales said Jay Walking is not against the law — Jay Walking is against the law and a ticket can be issued to the Jaywalker (See Mass General Law Part 1 — Title XIV — Chapter 89)
- White said the least used crosswalk is one by Town Offices — remove that and have extra parking spaces? Keep one mid-block?
- Cardillo said, and SB concurred, present current plan and then add or remove as this plan is tested. Current plan will be presented at Special Town Meeting to be scheduled (and perhaps at another public discussion before that)
- Reserve Fund transfer approved ($87,000)
- One-day liquor licenses approved for Chesterwood, Zucchini's, and the Pan Mass Bike Challenge
- Park Street ump station bidding conclude — low bid was $847,000 — leaving a $70,000 contingency fund — SB approved
- Soldier's Monument — work to begin this fall
- Seven-member Board for Affordable Housing Trust Fund approved as follows: Jan Ackerman, Lis Wheeler, Ranne Warner, Selina Lamb, Don Eaton, Jay Bikofsky, and Jamie Minacci, Trustees
- Public comment
- Shirley Miller spoke in favor of RTE
- Joe Newberg spoke against RTE
- White announced Tanglewood rethought their position on the Josh and will allow parking
John Williams at the celebration in his honor at Tanglewood