10 Things You May Have Missed From This Week's Selectmen's Meeting
Selectmen tabled approval on NSTAR gas main projects until NSTAR is held accountable with its tree-clearing program. “[We] are going to hold this hostage,” said Selectman Dennis Giombetti.
Framingham Selectmen refused to approve gas main work on several roads until NSTAR is held accountable for its tree-cutting in town.
Selectmen retroactively approved 60 feet of gas main on State Street, a project that was completed last year.
The Board was unhappy that NSTAR waited a year to get approval for the gas main, while NSTAR claimed the Town of Framingham did not say they needed to get permission until now.
Selectmen tabled the approval of the Maynard and Church Street gas mains as well as the Edmands Road gas main.
Selectmen said they wanted to table these two projects until NSTAR is held accountable in the tree-cutting case.
“[We] are going to hold this hostage,” said Selectman Dennis Giombetti.
2. New stop signs and parking restrictions on both sides of Prospect Street were approved by Framingham Selectmen. The Traffic and Roadway Safety Committee recommended the four new stop signs and the parking restrictions. Selectmen also approved a yield sign at the intersection of Salem End Road and Winter Street on the north side was also approved.
3. Town Manager Bob Halpin said the The TJX Agreement has been successfully negotiated and will be considered by the state on June 26.
5. General Chemical will be the site of a closely monitored pilot initiative to make sure that the protocol for cleaning the site will not create any public health concerns said Town Manager Bob Halpin.
6. Halpin gave Selectmen an update on the NSTAR tree clearing project. Framingham Selectmen said they want to meet with town leaders from Sudbury, Wayland, and Natick to talk about promises made by NSTAR and complaints made against them.
7. Selectmen voted to make no response to MassDot about the Rugg Gates property. If MassDOT does not hear from the Town of Framingham within a few days, the buildings will be torn down. The Rugg Gates Property is a historical site but David Marx from the Framingham Historical Commission called it a liability. Currently, no third party has stepped up to take responsibility for the property.
8. Selectmen unanimously approved the Beane water tank project and drain easement on Long Avenue.
9. Selectmen voted to keep its meetings on Tuesdays. There had been a request in March by several Town Meeting members and residents for Selectmen to move their meetings to another date as Framingham School Committee also meets on Tuesday nights. A couple of other town boards and committees also meet on Tuesday nights.
10. Selectmen appointed more than 30 individuals to boards and committees. Some were re-appointments. Framingham Patch will post a complete list later today.