The Swap Shop has received a stay of execution. Selectman Bill Boland announced moments ago that he has ordered the shop to remain open until January 7, 2012. The Board of Selectmen will host a discussion about the Swap Shop at their regular meeting on January 3, 2012.
Here’s Boland’s full announcement:
On November 22, 2011 the DPW Superintendent advised the Board of Selectmen of her decision to close the area at the transfer station known as the “swap shop” effective December 1, 2011 due to continuing problems affecting the operation and safety of the recycling area and citizens using it. The Board expressed support of her decision.
As Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and given the inability to have a meeting of the full Board, I now believe it would be in the best interest of the Town, as a whole, to delay the closing of the “swap shop” facility. I have therefore directed the DPW Superintendent to delay closing until the end of business on Saturday January 7, 2012. I have suggested the Superintendent, at her discretion, take steps as soon as possible, including parking limits, to attempt to improve the safety and other issues in the recycle area.
I have put discussion of the “swap shop” closure on the Board of Selectmen Agenda for Tuesday January 3, 2012 to allow for full participation by the Board and time to investigate alternatives. A specific time for the discussion will be posted at a later date.
The Board of Selectmen have received the petitions, e-mail messages, and various other communications, including several possible alternatives, from concerned citizens and are reviewing those as well as any other recommendations that come forward.
Chairman, Board of Selectmen