SHORTS: Fall TM, Xwalk at Middle School, Flood Repair, DPW Garage, Charter Approved
by Connie Sartini
Fall Town Meeting
The Select Board voted to call for the Fall Town Meeting on Monday October 21, starting at 7 p.m. They also voted to open the Town Meeting Warrant on July 16 and to close it on August 29.
Crosswalk at Middle School
Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Select Board that the state will not be installing flashing crosswalk signs on Route 119 at the Middle School as expected. He pointed out that the Select Board could direct him to do it and the cost would be $14,000.
In the past a crossing guard was at this location at the beginning and end of the school day, but there are students that may have early tutoring classes, or stay at school later for a number or reasons.
Select Board member Josh Degen stressed, “For $14,000 in light of the success of the other solar powered lights, we should do this. It’s a good investment for the town,” and his Board agreed.
Town Hall Work Update
“The drying out of the flooded Town Hall continues and tomorrow the Contractor and Insurance Adjuster will be back in the building,” Haddad reported. He said he expected that the office trailers would be delivered on Wednesday for spaces for the Town Accountant and the Town Manager and Select Board’s Administrator, adding that he anticipated it will take two months before the extensive repairs are complete.
Select Board member John Giger asked whether the insurance company was overseeing the work of the contractor and Haddad replied, “Yes.”
Member Becky Pine asked about the email from the Friends of Prescott offering the use of space in that building, instead of having to rent office trailers. Haddad responded that it was a “gracious offer” but that it would be more expensive to move computer lines and phone lines to the school. He added that Bank of America has already approved use of their lot for employee parking.
DPW Garage Demolished
Town Manager Haddad advised the Board that one building on the Dept. of Public Works site at Cow Pond Brook has already been demolished in accordance with planned new construction.
Charter Status Update
Massachusetts State Senate has approved the long-awaited Groton Town Charter and now it has moved to the House of Representatives for a second reading.