Selectmen Discuss Future of Jonathan Maynard Building
At Tuesday's meeting, Selectmen talked about whether Framingham should lease the former schoolhouse to Framingham State University.
At an unusually brief meeting Tuesday night, Framingham Selectmen spent the most time talking about the issue of the Jonathan Maynard building.
Selectmen had received a letter from Henry Field and Beryl Bergen, who own an adjoining property, stating concerns about the town leasing part of the Maynard parking lot to Framingham State University.
Field had been told no decision on the Maynard building would be made without neighborhood input, but later heard plans were underway to lease the former schoolhouse to the University, according to Vice Chair Charles Sisinsky.
“We need to be very careful about not making an agreement too soon with the college without hearing from the public,” Sisinsky said.
Selectman Ginger Esty said it would depend on the college’s plans for the building; it would be one thing if it was used for administrative offices and another if it was frequently used by students.
The building had housed some of Framingham Public School's administrative offices, until mold was discovered.
Selectman Dennis Giombetti said there are short-term and long-term issues to consider and urged getting the building out for bid as soon as possible.
“The faster we get to that process, the better off we are,” he said, adding there are issues with mold to consider, but that he would like to start the request for proposals process by the first quarter of 2012.
Giombetti suggested the town staff should come up with a plan for the building and move toward a request for proposals. However, Selectmen Laurie Lee emphasized the board had to be very careful to stay involved with any long-term plans for the building.
Later in the meeting, the Selectmen revisited the biggest issue from last week’s meeting: the Ellingwood Construction Company site. Ginger Esty shared photos from a Board of Health site visit to the property, depicting large piles of asphalt and other materials. Esty pointed out there are questions about whether these heaps have been placed in a residential zone not owned by Ellingwood.
Interim Town Manager Valerie Mulvey reported she had drafted a letter to Ellingwood for the board to sign. The letter addresses the berm Ellingwood had agreed to build, but which has not yet been constructed.
Among other items in Mulvey’s report, she noted there is a new smartphone app that allows people to report crimes on their iPhones and Android devices. Mulvey said the app can be found by using the search terms “Wired Blue” or “My Police Department.”
The EDIC will appear before the Selectmen on Dec. 6 to discuss the future of Nobscot Chapel. Also present will be Peter Harvell, Framingham's Veterans Agent, who will talk with Selectmen about veterans services.