Last night, selectmen followed through on their promise to appoint a short term Main Street Design Working Group.
Choosing from among approx. 20 candidates, the board claimed to seek a mix of perspectives. They voted to approve the following seven:
- Susan Baust
- John Boland
- Martin Healey
- Stephen Phillips
- Claire Reynolds
- Brian Shea
- John Wilson
Two members, Phillips and Reynolds, are residents of Main Street. Wilson is Commander of the American Legion Post headquartered at the Community House and an officiant at services held at the Veteran’s Memorial on the common. Boland is the former head of the Department of Public Works.
The group is charged with trying to find consensus on the controversial Main Street reconstruction project, with a term to expire June 30th.
Selectmen hope that they will find common ground that keeps the state-funded construction project in play. The State public hearing for the project’s 20% design plan is scheduled for June 18th.
Town Administrator Mark Purple will be in charge of scheduling the first meeting and setting an agenda. From there, members are expected to elect a chair and determine their own agendas.
Selectmen clarified that no work will be done in secret. The meetings will all be open to the public with agendas posted at least 48 hours in advance.