Kevin Willett, we were told by the Town Manager, is working to line up funding for the July 4th fireworks.
Some money still exists in the concert fund, so we may be able to have the concert as well. Anyone willing to donate towards this contact Barb at the Town Hall Selectmen’s office.
Last weekend, a large turnout showed up at the Water District annual meeting.
The commissioners were given an opportunity to try to sell an increase in their stipend, but the people did not go for it, voting 50-13 against.
I was happy to hear the turnout was so great (I was out of town for the weekend, but paying attention).
I really think the use of water fees should be as carefully protected as every other taxpayer dollar, and saw no reason to be increasing these fees other than to benefit the commissioners personally.
The quote in the paper by Mike Blatus indicating that commissioners used to make $8000 bothered me, as I seem to remember being told that as clerk he was taking an annual fee of $20,000.
There is no reason to go back to those days.
The school committee meeting welcomed the new member, Betsy Murphy. A number of students were recognized for achievements, and the board asked that they return next month so that they can be more formerly recognized. Oh, and it looks like Dr Mike McNamara is the chairman again.
At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting, we finally had the start of a discussion regarding the properties whose use the School Committee is currently considering. Right now, they are presenting to the Selectmen the leasing of the Parker Elementary to the Middlesex special ed group.
There were no numbers presented, and it seems that the town’s lawyer is in communication with the School Department’s lawyer (anyone want to complain about town/school spending here? wonder what those meetings are costing us to have us talk to ourselves).
The school committee did add a new meeting for next Monday evening to discuss their town meeting strategy (push for a proposition 2-1/2 tax override).
As you can see in the previous posting, The Library continues to have interesting events. This weekend on Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 is the book sale, including the Jr Friends bake sale. Stop by and get some summer reading material.