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Selectmen's Notebook: New Members Added to Council On Aging, Zombie Race Approved

Sep 26, 2014 02:39PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

The Board of Selectmen has named two new members to the Council on Aging.
At its meeting on Tuesday, the board voted, 4-1, to name Patricia Sasso to the COA, starting immediately. Sasso succeeds Mark Wood, who resigned effective Aug. 31. Sasso's term will run through June 30, 2017.
Selectmen also voted, 4-1, to name Kathy Walsh to the COA, succeeding Rose McKenna, whose term expires on Dec. 31. Walsh's term will also expire June 30, 2017.
McKenna, who has served on the council for 25 years, sought re-appointment to another term. In addition to McKenna, Sasso and Walsh, Arlene Wright, Arthur Costa, Doug Sears, Michael Deidu and Kathleen Brothers had put up their names for consideration by Selectmen.
In each vote, the dissenting vote was that of Selectman Bruce Panalaitis.  He said his preference would have been to reappoint McGowan and to appoint Walsh to complete Wood's term.
According to the Town Charter, the Board of Selectmen names five members to the Council on Aging, while the council itself names the other six. Those not named by the board, including McKenna, could put their names up for consideration by the council.

In other business:
  • The board approved pole petitions sought by National Grid for work on Robinson Avenue, Main Street, Mount Joy Drive, Shawsheen Street and Kingston Road. The board also heard from Kathy Moar of National Grid, who said that approximately two-thirds of the town's 118 "double poles" had been removed. She said around 58-60 remain. Double poles are remnants of an old pole that is left in the ground when a new pole is installed. Former Selectman Doug Sears had pursued the issue of double poles for several years because the creosote in the wood created potential health and safety hazards.
  • The board approved the layout of Wells Drive by the developer of Wells Estates, LLC. Town meeting voters will be asked to approve that street as a public way next month. The vote was 4-0, with Chairman Todd Johnson recusing himself because he lives on Wells Drive.
  • It was announced that the Tewksbury Memorial High cheeleaders made $1400 for their scholarship fund through the Cornhole Tournament at the Fall Harvest Fair earlier this month.
  • The board approved a requestion by Chief of Police Timothy Sheehan to declare Oct. 20-24 Substance Use Prevention and Education Week.
  • The board approved the redemption of 11 DeCarolis Drive at the request of Treasurer/Collector Kelly Odams.
  • The board approved the 5K Zombie Run scheduled for 8 a.m. on Oct. 19 and sponsored by the Tewksbury Rotary and the Public Events and Celebrations Committee. The event will start and end at Tewksbury High School. There will also be a pancake breakfast going on at the high school that morning sponsored by the Tewksbury Rotary.

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