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The following is a transcript from part of the June 22, 2014 Board of Selectmen Meeting. For other parts of the meeting, click here.

8:43 p.m. – John Parker was reappointed to the Affordable Housing Trust Committee. Gary Lavelle and Morgan Fannon were reappointed to the Permanent Town Building Committee and Paul Cully was reappointed to the Tax Possession Sales Committee.

There were no board updates.

8:45 p.m. – There was a request regarding a policy for new protocols for right of first refusal to provide notice of intent to sell land under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 61.

Don Siriani
Don Siriani

Director of Land Use Planning Chris Kluchman provided a policy, which Jodi Ross praised.

Sullivan asked for a flow chart, which Kluchman said was possible due to time frames in the process.

Kluchman asked if this policy could be used in a trial run, and then the board asked about the interest from other boards in the town.

Peraner-Sweet then said that other boards should get notice, although Kluchman said this already occurs.

Kelly Ross then said that the policy mentioned the Westford Eagle and asked if what would happen if they went out of business, Kluchman said that portion of the policy could be changed.

Kluchman then made a comment regarding appraisal costs of properties under the policy.

The policy was approved as amended.

8:50 p.m. – The agenda skipped ahead to a fee relating to a new proposed fee for junk dealers

Although a license to be a junk dealer has been required since 1924, and it was amended in 2013, there has been no fee until now.

Kluchman recommended a fee of $50 as well as a fee for unattended drop boxes used by junk dealers.

She then added some regulatory concepts regarding dropboxes, but Peraner-Sweet said that they would be better discussed at the Planning Board.

Kluchman asked for guidance on the issue directly from the Selectmen.

Hazelton said that all of the recommendations were all good suggestions. Kelly Ross and Peraner-Sweet then said that guidance from Kluchman would be needed on what would be reasonable regulations.

The board approved both fees.

8:57 p.m. – The request to declare the former Graniteville Fire Station as surplus property was continued to August 12.

8:58 p.m. – Assistant Town Manager John Mangiaratti informed the board that the House of Representatives recently passed a bill for funding to rehabilitate 12 North Main Street.

An expert has been hired to provide insight on the next phase of remediation and that a second phase would be conducted after that.

However, some additional funding would be needed for Phase Two.

Mangiaratti said that the neighbor of the property was back on the scene after not being able to be contacted for several years and is looking to collaborate with the town.

8:59 p.m. – Permission was requested to dispose of the hard copy of the East Boston Camp/Stepinski Naming Surveys. That was unanimously approved. Electronic copies have been made.

The board then approved the following contracts

  • Millennium School Student Drop-Off and Drainage Improvement Project to Allied Paving Corporation in an amount not to exceed $67,500
  • A peer review contract amendment to Vanasse & Associates for an amount not to exceed $1,200 at the proposed Orchard Square commercial development as requested by the Planning Board.
  • A Fire Department Center Station Study to Dore & Whittier Architects in an amount not to exceed $50,000.

9:01 p.m. – Siriani then mentioned a correspondence from State Representative Arciero to Chairman Wagner regarding the money regarding a bill related to local oversight of where wireless cell phone towers can be placed.

All other readings of correspondence were waived. The meeting adjourned.

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