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Selectmen's Notebook: Committee Appointments, Tuk Tuk Not Gone Forever?

Jul 22, 2014 09:50AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Board of Selectmen.

The Board of Selectmen has announced numerous appointments to town boards over the course of the last month. However, according to board Chairman Todd Johnson, several vacancies are still to be filled by volunteers willing to serve.
Recent appointments have included the following:
Economic Development Committee: Brian Linder, Patricia Lelos, Michael Monahan and Bruce Panalaitis (Selectmen designee).
Economic Development Process Review Committee: Timothy Barnes, Susan Amator, Todd Johnson (Selectmen's designee).
Local Housing Partnership: Greg Peters, Raymond White, Ronald Roy, Scott Wilson (Selectmen designee).
Massachusetts Cultural Council: Jacqueline Stone, Judy Jarvis

Committee vacancies include the following:
Scholarship Committee -- One vacancy
Town Center Master Plan Committee -- One vacancy
ZBA -- Two associate vacancies
Council on Aging -- Two vacancies
Economic Development Committee -- 1-3 vacancies
Mass. Cultural Council -- Several vacancies
Recycling Committee -- One vacancy

In other business:
  • The board backed away from a decision to pursue a Cease and Desist order against Kinder-Morgan. Such an order would have stopped company representatives from asking residents to do surveying work on their property relative to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would pass through a section of North Tewksbury. In the meantime, Kinder-Morgan has agreed to talk only to those residents they have already made contact with for the time being. Selectman Scott Wilson has been representing the town at meetings of a coalition formed by towns that would be impacted by the pipeline. The board has not yet decided whether or not to join the coalition but Wilson said the meetings have been very productive for information gathering.
  • Tuk-Tuk Fine Thai Cuisine is gone but maybe not for good. The restaurant, which had formerly been located at 1699 Shawsheen St., closed earlier this year and was replaced by another Asian eatery. However, last week, Tuk-Tuk owner Sakda Sopchockchai met with the board and said he wants to be able to hang on to the liquor license associated with Tuk Tuk because he hopes to re-open in the location at 1899 Main St., most recently occupied by the Green Tea Cafe. The issue of the liquor license was continued for three months by the board.
  • The board approved a Common Victualler's license for the Brave Troops Buffet, which is going into the former Rite-Aid Pharmacy space on Route 38.
  • The board approved Oct. 7 as the date for the fall Special Town Meeting at Tewksbury High School. It will take place at 7 p.m. at Tewksbury High. The board also voted to open the warrant for that meeting. It will close on Aug. 22.

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