Friday, May 15, 2009
Selectmen shorts, April 28
Building Commissioner John Luther spoke with Selectmen on April 28 to propose a change to regulations governing electrical work done by homeowners who are not licensed electricians. The regulation would require a letter from an insurance company assuring coverage if a problem later arises related to the work. Luther was concerned that the town could be liable for an inspection that missed inadequate work. The Selectmen voted unanimously to support the change.
Luther also proposed a change to permitting fees to provide relief for builders of smaller projects. The previous fee was $250 plus $10 per thousand dollars. The new fee would be $100 plus $11 per thousand. The Selectmen also approved this unanimously.
• Benfield Farms. During the community input period Frank Proctor of South Street noted his concern that front placement of the septic system for the Benfield project would put it too close to neighborhood wells. Alan Carpenito, also of South Street and speaking as an abutter, noted that the Coventry Woods review had revealed that “Title 5 guidelines don’t guarantee protection against bacteria.” Selectman John Williams said the Coventry Woods review had indicated “the town will go to any length to protect abutters. This will be resolved in a way that the safety and health of abutters is assured.”
• Charity ride. The Selectmen agreed to allow a Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Center Kids Ride on June 14 between 8:30 and noon. Bikers aged 5 to 15 will participate. The Police Chief had approved the routes.
• Recognition. A proclamation was issued honoring Andrew Doig on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. ∆
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