Friday, June 18, 2010
Selectmen approve Minuteman High feasibility study, again
With the original feasibility study for renovations to the Minuteman Career and Technical High School already approved by the town, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) decided on June 8 to take no action on a slightly lower revised budget being proposed in an effort to obtain unanimous approval from the 16 towns in the regional school district. Fifteen towns have approved borrowing $725,000 to fund the feasibility study. Although Belmont originally opposed the plan, that town has since requested and received more information and looks favorably on the study now.
Minutemen has subsequently decreased the budget by $1,000 to enable a new vote. Camie Lamica, Minutemen Business Operations Manager, explained to the Selectmen that the reduced budget would be unlikely to cause any of the towns which originally approved the plan to reverse their decision and that she was appearing “as a courtesy” to the town.
Belmont will not have to go through the expense of calling a special town meeting, but can indicate approval by not opposing the revised plan. Lamica said “no action” by all the towns involved in the next 60 days will enable the school to move ahead with the project and obtain the 40% matching grant from the state.
Pathways Committee concludes
In other business, Selectmen learned that the current membership of the Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee, that led the implementation of pathways in town, has elected not to continue after the end of June. Member Deb Belanger later explained that her committee feels that its work on the pathway project is complete and it is up to the DPW to finish loose ends. There remains $80,000 in pathway funding. She said that she hopes to get time on the next Selectmen’s agenda to clarify open ends and how the Selectmen need to provide direction for a future task force.
Labor Day concert
The Selectmen approved an outdoor concert held by the Friends of the Council on Aging at the Town Common on September 6, 2010. The fundraising event will benefit a fuel-assistance program. The First Religious Society has also granted permission.
Highland stabilization project
Town Manager Tim Goddard does not believe the stabilization efforts will trigger a site plan review, based on discussions with Building Commissioner John Luther. In a separate but related decision, the Selectmen approved Mary Storrs as the new School Committee liaison to the Highland Committee, replacing Bill Fink.
Benfield invoice paid
The board approved $10,442 in previously allocated CPA funds to cover additional wetlands flagging and delineation work.
Boy Scouts congratulated
The Selectmen commended Dylan Mariano and Tim Lamere for attaining the Eagle Scout level. ∆
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