The Swap Shop’s stay of execution is nearing an end. The popular leave-it-take-it shop at the Transfer Station is slated to close on Saturday. Selectmen will discuss the shop and its impending closure at their meeting on Tuesday.
The decision to close the shop was made back in November. A strong public outcry caused selectmen to delay the closure from the originally-scheduled December 1 to the currently-scheduled January 7.
DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan made the decision to close the Swap Shop because of ongoing abuse and because the shop has outgrown its current space. In a memo to selectmen, Galligan said residents camping out at the Swap Shop cause traffic issues. Some leave items that really belong in the hopper that DPW employees then have to dispose of. She also said a handful of residents have been rude to DPW employees as they attempt to manage the area.
Selectmen unanimously backed Galligan’s decision to close the Swap Shop.
Since the decision was announced, Southborough residents have voiced their displeasure on this blog and elsewhere around town. A petition to keep the shop open was signed by 700 residents. Former Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf gathered up enough signatures to get the issue on the warrant at Town Meeting in April.
Tuesday’s meeting will be the first opportunity for residents to share their opinions and suggestions directly with the Board of Selectmen. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm, with the Swap Shop on the agenda for 7:30 pm. The meeting, which is held in the Hearing Room on the second floor of the Town House, is open to the public.
So, who out there is planning on going to the meeting? What do you want to tell the selectmen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.