You Missed: FACES Concern, Danforth's Lease Plans
FACES appealed to the Board to make safety near the General Chemical site a priority and the Danforth Museum has been granted conditional approval for leasing the Maynard Building.
Here are six things you missed at the selectmen's meeting Tuesday night. Also discussed was the water issue at Eastleigh Farms.
1. Framingham Action Coalition for Environmental Safety (FACES) wants the town to put up bilingual signage, give notifications to neighborhood residents, provide fencing, and make plans for future demolition of the General Chemical properties on Leland Street. FACES expressed concern that children play in and around the property, the property has potential for squatters or inhabitation by homeless people, and there is contaminated water on the property that must be covered.
“This board has instituted a task force that has been very active in looking at these buildings to develop a plan,” said Board Chairman Charles Sisitsky. The task force includes Board of Selectmen Vice-Chairman Dennis Giombetti.
2. NSTAR Gas Petitions that were tabled last week have been approved. The petitions are for projects on Maynard Road and Church Street, Edmunds Road and Garvey Road.
3. The Danforth Museum has submitted a proposal for leasing the Jonathan Maynard Building for four years. The Danforth Museum will invest up to $6 million to renovate the building and make a $800,000 in capital investments. Framingham State University will lease the second floor of the building from the Danforth Museum for three years. The Board unanimously voted to grant the Danforth museum conditional approval for their proposal and town manager, Bob Halpin, will form a negotiating committee with a member of the Board of Selectmen, and representatives from the Finance Committee and Real Property Committee.
4. The Fiscal Year of 2013 Water and Sewer Budget was presented at Tuesday’s meeting. The PowerPoint presentation is available on the Town of Framingham website. The approved budget for the water department is roughly $17 million and $21 million for the sewer department.
5. Incumbent Michael Devlin was voted unanimously to keep his position on the Framingham Union Grants Panel.
6. The Town Meeting schedule for the rest of the summer has been set. Town meeting will take place on: July 10, July 24, Aug. 14, and Aug. 28.