Sunday, September 17, 2017

Town Council Recap: Fire fighters sworn in, green community approved, fireworks to return for the 4th of July

The Town Council meeting opened on Wednesday, Sep 13 with the swearing in of two new fire fighters/emergency medical technicians (EMT).

Brian Hammond and Matthew Starkey were introduced by Fire Chief Gary McCarragher and sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr.

the swearing in of two new fire fighters/emergency medical technicians (EMT)
the swearing in of two new fire fighters/emergency medical technicians (EMT)

The zoning change previously discussed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC), sent to the Planning Board came back to the Council and was given a public hearing and its first reading. The Planning Board did not approve the change for something I couldn't quite understand. It seems to make sense to fix the plot lines as currently some properties are in multiple zones. The measure will return for a second reading at the next Council meeting.

The Union St Wine and Liquors license change was approved. The corporate paperwork change for the 99 Restaurant was tabled to the next meeting as there was no representative from the restaurant.

Joseph Carmignani and Paul Kordic presented an update on the 4th of July celebration. As they are starting to plan now for next year, they are working to have the fireworks return to the celebration. The fireworks would likely be set off from one of the new ball fields. A meeting with the town police and fire as well as the State Fire Marshall was held recently to discuss the plans.

Fund raising will be a key effort for the 4th of July committee. They get most of their revenue from the carnival ride ticket sales and if the weather doesn't cooperate, they could have trouble paying the bills. Debbie Pellegri asked if they would be willing to work with other groups to combine efforts and they are open to it.

In the Legislation for action section of the meeting, the Council approved transferring 2 parcels of land to the Conservation Commission. The Horace Mann Statue committee was dissolved formally. The Council approved the application to go for designation as a "Green Community". There was also a first reading of a zoning bylaw to add a 'stretch energy code' to construction of new buildings. This is part of the 'green community' effort and by adding extra insulation and other measures up front, the building should be more energy efficient during its life. A zoning bylaw change to remove some inconsistency in the setbacks for accessory buildings was moved to a second reading.

Additional notes from the meeting reported during the session can be found here:

The Town Council action taken document can be found here:

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