Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by susan on June 19, 2012

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Time for another open thread. For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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{ 16 comments }

1 Tim Daloisio June 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I have an entertainment hutch/armoire for sale on Craigslist — Posting can be seen here. http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/fuo/3088028614.html

Happy to reduce the ask to $75 for an in town buyer ;)

Reply to this comment if you are interested.

2 Chris June 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Why is the street sign on the corner of Newton St & Main (Marlborough Savings Bank) an old, faded, green sign, when the majority of the town has the maroon & white signs?

It also seems that it lost about 4 feet in height recently.

3 Art Fay June 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Note that most of the maroon and white signs which were put up several years ago probably at no small expense are failing due to exposure to the elements. The old-style green and white signs seemed to last quite a bit longer…..

4 Chris Wraight June 19, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yes, especially the southern exposure side of those maroon & white signs. But the Newton St. sign is pretty worn out looking as well…it could stand replacement.

5 Al Hamilton June 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I believe that a year or 2 ago we replaced all our signage to bring them into compliance with Federal Signage Requirements (I am not kidding). This silly mandate was backed off recently but we will have to replace the lot in the next few years as they are clearly defective.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/us-government-backs-off-mandate-for-new-street-signs/2011/08/30/gIQAhDNnpJ_story.html

6 Dan Pearl June 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It appears that the signs were constructed out of computer-cut adhesive vinyl applied to a reflective background. Cheap? Yes. Durable? Not so much.

7 Just Curious June 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Can you post the name of the owner of the miserable looking lot at Main and Newton Street to clean up the lot? When a property is not maintained, can the town order it maintained?

Perhaps the owner is a Southborough resident and publication of his name would help motivate him to keep his property in order.

8 Art Fay June 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Wondering if someone could refresh my (and possibly others) memory as to what the deal is with that site. We’ve lived in town for 21 years, I have a vague recollection that when we first moved here there was a gas station there. Am I “mis-remembering” this? Is it in fact a hazardous waste site?

9 resident June 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It was in fact a gas station. It them closed and re-opened some time later also as a gas station. When it finally closed for good, the building was taken down but I don’t think the tanks were ever taken out of the ground. Last I heard Peter Bemis who also ownd Engineer Design Consultants on Route 9 owns the parcel. He has never done anything with the lot. At one point he was looking to put a park there. I am not sure if it has changed hands at all. I would think the town could step in and make him clean it up or take it over and clean it up themselves. It sure is an eyesore.

10 susan June 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Here’s a post I did on the lot two years ago that might be of interest:
http://www.mysouthborough.com/2010/06/08/planning-board-asks-owner-to-clean-up-vacant-lot/

11 Art Fay June 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Thanks for the reprise – probably the guy will cut the grass once and then we can do this all over again in 2014.

12 Matt Chiocco June 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Would anyone happen to know what the major construction site is for on Pleasant St. off Route 9W in Fayville? It looks as though a pretty expansive area has been cleared out.

13 Paul Cimino June 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Matt, the New England Center for Children is building a child care facility on that site for children of Center employees.

14 Chris June 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

That’s expansion by the New England Center for Children (NECC). Here’s an article on their construction bond which highlights what they’re doing.

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2012/04/center-for-children-gets-12-million-bond.html

15 Kathryn July 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Any tips on how to find local teens looking for odd jobs? I could use some help with some household projects (cleaning outdoor furniture, organizing the playroom, light weeding, etc.). $10/hr.

16 NancyV July 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Kathryn, I think the Recreation Department keeps a list of teenagers who are available for odd jobs. Ask for Doreen Ferguson.

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