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Selectmen's Notebook: Committee Members Named, Enlistee Honored, Special Town Meeting Set

Jul 22, 2016 07:06PM ● By Bill Gilman

New Marine Mark Gorman poses with selectmen Todd Johnson, Anne Marie Stronach, Mark Kratman and Bruce Panilaitis

Members of Tewksbury's Board Selectmen expressed satisfaction that many of the residents who have recently applied for seats on local boards and committee are first-timers.
At it's July 19 meeting, the board appointed eight residents to committee positions and stated their intentions to name three more.
Scott Garland, George Ferdinand, Karla Branchaud, Tania Sullivan, Jim Wentworth were appointed to the newly formed Visioning Committee to terms expiring June 30, 2017. Stephanie Frick was tentatively appointed to the same committee for the same term, pending receipt of her formal application.
In addition, Joseph Cobuccio was unanimously appointed to a one-year term on the Town Events and Celebrations Committee.
The board had also planned to appoint three residents to positions on the newly formed Elementary School Building Committee. However, Selectman Todd Johnson expressed concerns about the School Committee not yet having decided on which local principal would serve on the 11-person committee. Johnson suggested that adding three residents to the members of the committee already chosen by the School Committee could create a problem.
"(In theory) the committee could meet and make decisions without full members (appointed) because there would be enough for a quorum," said Johnson. "I have concerns about that."
As a result, the board took no action.
According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, the committee members need to be appointed by Aug. 8. Therefor, a special meeting of the Selectmen will be scheduled in the meantime.
The board did take a vote, for the record, stating their intention to name Jonathan Ciampa, Christopher Modica and Shannon Dimos to the Elementary School Building Committee.

  • The board honored Mark Gorman and presented the recent Tewksbury High School graduation with a citation for his recent enlistment in the United State Marine Corps.
  • The board unanimously approved a liquor license for the new Saffron Grill, 1921 Main St. The 1,800-square foot restaurant specializes in Indian cuisine. The board had received one letter from an abutter who objected to the license because she felt the town had enough establishments that served liquor.
  • The board approved a request by the Beautification Committee to add the electrical box on the Town Common to the town-wide "Switch Box Art" project. "We just got done this beautiful Town Hall project and the only thing left was this rusty box," said Selectman Mark Kratman. "The committee wanted to make sure it was taken care of."
  • The board approved a road race to be sponsored by St. William's Church this fall.
  • The board took no action relative to a request to extend liquor store hourse on Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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