Town news roundup: Wicked Local coverage

by beth on March 26, 2015

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Above: You can check out where Southborough ranks in state-offered road patching funds on Southborough Wicked Local. Hint – Towns are by alphabet – Ashland to Wrentham. (click here)

Here are some recent stories Southborough Wicked Local on our town government. Two relate to changes to the Warrant for Town Meeting. One is good news for the roadwork budget, thanks to the Governor’s office.

Southborough Town House windows on hold:

John Parent, facility director for the town, asked the board to indefinitely postpone the $306,000 article.

Town Administrator Mark Purple said this would give Parent time to look at other options, “and see if there isn’t a better way to address the issue.” (read more)

New lights pitched for Choate Field in Southborough:

Town Meeting voters next month will be asked to borrow about $225,000 to replace the outdoor lights at Choate Field in front of the Woodward School on Cordaville Road.

Recreation Director Doreen Ferguson said on Tuesday night the lights are needed because a pole fell during the winter. The current lights are about 45 years old. . .

“We wanted to get these replaced for safety,” Ferguson said. The fields would be better used with proper lighting, [Recreation Commissioner Brian Shifrin] said. . .

“We expect to pare the cost down by Town Meeting,” Shifrin said on Wednesday afternoon. (read more)

[Note: Not mentioned in the article – In February, the Recreation Commission previewed plans to fund new lighting at Mooney Field in conjunction with Choate lighting replacement. Since then, the commission determined it wouldn’t pursue the Mooney Field lights at this Town Meeting.]

Roadwork money will help patch potholes, seal cracks in area communities:

With the state dishing out $30 million to towns and cities to patch potholes and seal cracks after a brutal winter, many area officials are trying to figure out how to best use the money. . .

Southborough Public Works Superintendent Karen Galligan said it will be a tight time frame for the town to get the work done by the June 30 deadline, but said “it’s worth it.” The town is slated to receive $64,758. . .

She said she views the extra money is a gift and wants to use it on roads that weren’t slated for extensive repairs. (read moreNote: section on Southborough is page 2 of story)

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