The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Monday evening, November 10, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: James M. Hardy, Chairman; Eric W. Greene, Clerk; David L. Walsh
George Samia, Interim Executive Secretary
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Richard Bachman, ZBA Chairman explained to the Board that his committee has received an application for a Comprehensive Permit for Cavendish Place, which will include affordable housing units. Has received information that MA Housing Partnership has grants available for technical review of projects. Has filled out application form and now needs Selectmen's approval for application and for Selectmen's Chairman to sign application. Board reviewed grant application and discussed background of this project.
Mr. Bachman explained that the last affordable housing project was over ten years ago and his board feels that technical assistance would be helpful; previous housing, no one is sure if the houses are still under affordable housing; need to make sure that this project has directive that all affordable housing will remain as such.
Mr. Greene noted newspaper article relative to a like project in Boxboro and some of the concerns raised there.
M/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to authorize the Zoning Board of Appeals to apply for a Chapter 40B Technical Review Assistance Grant and to authorize Chairman James Hardy to sign the grant application.
M/Greene, s/Walsh, move to approve the minutes of the November 3, 2003 minutes.
VOTE: Yes - Greene, Walsh; Abstain - Hardy; a majority vote in favor.
Public Hearing was opened at 7:45 p.m.
Mr. Greene read the following Legal Notice:
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the requirements of MGL Chapter 138, a Public Hearing will be held relative to the Application for Transfer of a Common Victualer - Wine & Malt License, as follows:
From: Pizzeria Athens, Inc. dba Athens Pizza, Laure Tannous, Manager
To: PTT Corporation dba Athens Pizza, Petros Thomas, Manager
Premises: 224 No. Bedford Street
Present: Petros Thomas, proposed manager
Mr. Thomas noted that he has grown up in the restaurant business; has never operated a restaurant with a liquor license; plans to set up a meeting with the police department, as recommended, this week.
Mr. Hardy and Mr. Walsh stated that a meeting with the police department was most important and should be done as quickly as possible.
Mr. Greene suggested that the manager and all employees take the TIPS course so that they will all be certified for liquor sales.
Board requested Mr. Thomas to notify them when he has had his meeting with the police department.
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M/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the transfer of the Common Victualer - Wine & Malt License from Pizzeria Athens, Inc. dba Athens Pizza to PTT Corporation dba Athens Pizza, Petros Thomas, Manager, 224 North Bedford Street.
No one was present
Trash Pick-up - Tuesday holiday - no pick-up; rest of week on day later than normal
Holiday - Tuesday, November 11 - Town Hall closed
Tri-Town Parade, step off at Foxboro Parking Lot
November 27 & 28 - Thanksgiving; Town Hall closes at noon on November 26
1. Traffic Study/Routes 106/18 intersection - received from OCPC; need to network with John Haines as to next steps to take to get DPW to put the recommendations into the plans for the three intersection project.
2. Invitation for Eagle Scout ceremony - Mr. Hardy to attend; send letter of confirmation to scout leader and request date and time of ceremony.
Mr. Hardy and Mr. Walsh noted that they would be unable to attend the December 8, 2003 meeting. Board agreed to cancel meeting. Mr. Hardy stated that he would also not be attending the January 5 meeting.
Town Administrator position - Mr. Hardy stated that the position has been advertised on the MMA web site; requested that all applications received not be opened; Mrs. Grabau stated that a file will be set up and all applications will be date stamped and numbered in order of receipt.
Mr. Walsh stated that he was expecting Town counsel to be present to give the Board an update on Point Drive situation.
Mr. Greene noted that the Board had held off on action on the Common Victualer License application last week. Has looked into the matter and found that a license should be at that store. Noted other convenience stores hold a Common Victualer License.
M/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve a Common Victualer License for T.Sikder Corporation dba Tedeschi's #330, 53 Bedford Street .
M/Greene, s/Walsh, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing possible litigation and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes - Greene, Walsh, Hardy; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
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