At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, former Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf encouraged the board to hold a public forum on the Swap Shop, saying it’s important to give residents an opportunity to “vent,” as well as to share ideas and come up with solutions.
“The Swap Shop plays in important part in our community,” Phaneuf told the board. “We need to as a community come up with a solution.”
The board is next scheduled to discuss the Swap Shop at its regular meeting on January 3, and the popular shop is slated to close for good on January 7. Phaneuf suggested a public forum be held before the January meeting.
Town Administrator Jean Kitchen said Rev. Jon Wortmann, minister of Pilgrim Church, offered to host a community discussion on the Swap Shop.
Earlier this week, Phaneuf submitted a petition to get an article about the Swap Shop on the warrant for Town Meeting in April. By law a petition for a warrant article requires the signatures of ten registered voters, but Phaneuf said she collected more than 100.
The article would require the town to provide space for a “Swap Shop Area” at the Transfer Station, to be available whenever the Transfer Station is open.
While the petition ensures the Swap Shop will be on the warrant at Town Meeting, Phaneuf said she hopes a resolution can be reached before then.
“I consider it an essential part of our recycling effort,” Phaneuf said. “I’m hoping they can come to a rational conclusion.”
The town’s Green Technology and Recycling Committee is scheduled to discuss the Swap Shop at their meeting on Thursday. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the Southborough Library’s lower level meeting room. It is open to the public.
Update 12/08: To clarify, and to give credit where credit is due, I recently learned that it was Town Administrator Jean Kitchen who took the first step and last week approached Rev. Wortmann with the idea of a public forum.
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