To move the wall or not to move the wall, that is the question. At least it’s one of the questions before selectmen tonight as they consider how to proceeded with the Main Street reconstruction project.
At issue is how (and whether) to allow parking along the stretch of Main Street that runs by the Town Common west of Route 85. There isn’t a lot of space there, with homes close to the road on one side and the historic stone wall lining the Common on the other. Creating dedicated parking spots would mean something has to give.
The DPW recently completed a detailed study of the various options. You’ve no doubt noticed the colored stakes throughout the Common and on front lawns along Main Street. The stakes show how much the roadway- and front yards and the stone wall – would shift under the various plans.
Tonight DPW officials will present the options to Selectmen. Main Street property owners are also expected to attend.
The latest scenarios come after a meeting last October at which the Selectmen endorsed a plan that did not create a dedicated parking lane, but that left room for temporary parking along that stretch of Main Street. It would have been similar to what we have today, with a bit more space for parking. Police Chief Jane Moran and Fire Chief John Mauro Jr. later asked Selectmen to reconsider, citing safety concerns.
Selectmen then authorized the DPW to do a more detailed analysis of the options, paving the way for tonight’s meeting.
The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Hearing Room on the second floor of the Town House. It is open to the public.