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May 1, 2007
Regular Session 7:35 pm
Ms. Tully, Mr. Riley, Ms. Burns
The Board reorganized as follows:
Voted - to appoint Melissa A. Tully, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen
Voted - to appoint Betty Foley, Clerk to the Board of Selectmen.
In other business, Mr. Cristello advised that the authority has finally been received to connect to the Central Fire Station to the MWRA sewer system. This is the culmination of a year's effort to connect to the system. The next step in the process is to sign an agreement with the MWRA.
Voted - to sign the Sewer Connection Agreement between the Town and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Burton's Grill submitted a request to change the manager of the facility. Ms. Tully said she would like to speak to the new manager for Burtons Grill and be sure he is well acquainted with the Town's requirements before approving the transfer.
Voted - to grant a Special Liquor License to the South Shore Conservatory of Music for their annual Evenings Under the Stars concert for July 7, 14, and 21, 2007.
Voted - to grant a Special Liquor License to Paul Hart for the Notre Dame Academy Reunion to be held at 1073 Main Street, May 5, 2007.
Voted - to appoint Kathleen Curley to the Country Club Management Committee for a term ending in 2010.
Voted - to appoint the following members of the Fourth of July Parade Committee for the upcoming year:
A. Alden Carpenter, MD
Mary Ann Blackmur
Voted - to appoint the following members of the Memorial Bell Tower Committee for the upcoming year:
Kenneth W. Drescher
Justine L. W. Thurston
Voted - to appoint the following members of the Veterans Council for the upcoming year:
Ms. Tully noted that the Selectmen's calendar for the next year had been drafted. She requested that the State of the Town Forum to be held on November 4th be added to the calendar. For the past several years the Board has had a goal-setting session in order to set priorities for the coming year. This year the session has been tentatively scheduled for May 16 at 4:00, department heads will be invited to attend. Ms. Tully also suggested that the Code of Conduct be discussed at the next meeting of the Board.
Ms. Tully said that many people watch the Selectmen's meetings on television. She suggested that other boards and committees might want to avail themselves of the opportunity to televise their meetings. She suggested that initially perhaps the Planning Board and Recreation Commission might want to be televised. Ms. Burns noted that several residents had mentioned the poor sound quality of the televised meetings. She said that she had inquired about this and was advised that the equipment being used is somewhat outdated.
Ms. Tully reported that she attended Law Day at Hingham District Court today and it was very worthwhile. Mr. Riley said he was sorry to have missed his first town meeting as selectman but is feeling somewhat better this week. Mr. Cristello advised that there would be a meeting on Friday at 10 am with the MBTA and the merchants regarding the flooding along the tunnel right of way. A letter has been received indicating that the T would install the solid steel fence in the downtown area.
The quiet zone issue has been discussed between Alec and Eric Fleming. It was suggested that there should be a meeting with the other four towns so that everyone understands what is being done. Since the application is for a single continuous quiet zone the application has to come from a single town. Ms. Tully said that her recollection is that there was to be some sort of intermunicipal agreement for this application. Ms. Foley reported that she had visited the house on Scotland Street that was transferred to the Housing Authority as a result of a 2006 Annual Town Meeting vote. She advised that the property has been renovated, it looks wonderful and the Housing Authority will be welcoming a new family very soon.
Meeting adjourned 8:02 pm.
Betty Foley, Clerk