Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin gave a progress report on the cleaning up of the General Chemical site on Leland Street.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will monitor the clean up activities and has the power to shut down the project if there is a threat to public health.
In addition to cleaning buildings and storage tanks, General Chemical will dismantle and remove chemical tanks and remove a layer of concrete from the floors of buildings, rather than simply power washing the surfaces.
The town and concerned citizens are eager to have the work finished by the time classes begin in late August at the neighboring Wilson Elementary School.
2) Halpin mentioned he and Framingham Public Works officials met with the state transportation department to discuss the projects to two Winter Street bridges. The town learned that the project to repair, revamp or replace the bridge over the Sudbury River is scheduled to begin next summer with the possibility of closing the bridge for 90 days. The work is expected to take upwards of six months to complete. The Winter Street Bridge over the railroad tracks project is slated to begin in the fall of 2013. Halpin said talks between the town and MASSDOT are continuing.
3) A town-wide interdepartmental permit review is underway, according to Halpin. The idea is to improve and streamline the varying permitting processes of town departments. Community and Economic Development Director Allison Steinfeld is assisting in organizing the effort.
4) Selectmen approved the appointment of James V. Divver to the Council on Aging. There remains one vacant spot on the council.
5) Acting on a list of election officials supplied by the Framingham Registrars of Voters, the Selectmen approved 24 Democrats and eight Republicans as Election Workers.
6) Selectmen approved a second hand license for Reply’d, of Kendall Street, that will allow the electronics repair shop to buy and sell used and outdated electronic equipment. The owners of Reply’d assured the board that the store would not be acting as a pawn shop and they have the cooperation of the police department to make certain that stolen property does not pass through the store.
7) Centre Pizza’s move to 1255 Worcester Rd. was approved by Selectmen. Centre Pizza will move into the space formerly occupied by Quiznos.
8) Selectmen approved J. White’s Automotive Sales, Worcester Road, request for a Class II Used Car license with the stipulation that the auto sales function be subject to any previous conditions established by the town.
9) A transfer of all alcohol and restaurant licenses attached to BBRG Operating, Inc. to Papa Razzi Trattoria of Framingham was approved. The transfer is part of a change in ownership that involves seven Papa Razzi restaurants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
10) Selectmen approved a change of manager for the Chicken Bone on Waverly Street. The new manager is Kimberly Pirani.