Friday, October 19, 2012
Seniors and disabled residents will be eligible for tax relief.
Selectman Michael Prisco delivered a presentation Monday night at the Board of Selectmen meeting regarding the taxation fund. The board voted to "resurrect" the taxation aid committee, which will be in charge of the taxation fund. According to Prisco, the recommendation for the fund is based on recent tax increases and the potential challenges it could create for disabled residents and seniors. Prisco said that he researched other towns that have a similar fund, including Middleton, and it has been successful in those towns. He also mentioned that North Reading also had a similar fund in 1982. North Reading already has $13,501 in their fund, every dollar was donated. The fund will always consist of donations. “It’s really funded through …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The property formerly owned by the Smith family, now being called River Wood, is open to the public for walking and other passive recreation.
Land Utilization Committee (LUC) Chairman Ken Tarr presented new information about the property formerly owned by the Smith family to the Board of Selectmen Monday night. The land is unofficially being called River Wood and open for passive recreation. The LUC was asked by the board to look at River Wood for two things: potential uses and a new name. River Wood is open for walking and passive recreation. There are some trails, but no official trails at this time. "There are some passive, more passive recreation type activities that can be done there right now," he said. A resident said that it was possible to launch a canoe from there, however, there is no official canoe launch, Tarr said. There is an entrance on Elm Street across from …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Recognition of the Bring Back the Fourth Committee, a new Code Book and more were on the agenda.
If you were not at the Selectmen meeting Monday night, here are some things you missed: 1. Recognition of the Bring Back the Fourth Committee. The Bring Back the Fourth Committee was recognized on Monday night for their hard work in bringing Fourth of July festivities back to North Reading. The board "wishes to commend you and all your volunteers,” Selectmen Chairman Sean Delaney said. The committee was very disappointed that they had to cancel the fireworks on the Fourth of July due to the weather. According to Bring Back the Fourth Committee member Fred Chalmers, "no one is more disappointed than the members of this committee." The committee has yet to decide on whether they will reschedule the fireworks. The only thing they can confirm…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Board of Selectmen are rethinking their decision on speed tables for Chestnut Street.
The Board of Selectmen approved a truck exclusion for Chestnut Street Monday night after reconsidering their decision regarding installing speed tables on Chestnut Street. Due to a problem with truck traffic, residents on Chestnut and New streets submitted a petition for a truck exclusion in July of 2010, and the Board of Selectmen approved the installation of four speed tables on Chestnut Street as a solution for the issue in May. According to Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Dick Carnevale, the speed tables slow down speed, but do not help traffic volume or deter trucks. Carnevale discussed alternative options with the selectmen Monday night: There is also the option of going ahead with the truck exclusion, which according to…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Board of Selectmen approved four speed tables for Chestnut Street.
Due to a problem with truck traffic, residents on Chestnut and New streets submitted a petition for a truck exclusion in July 2010, and the Board of Selectmen approved a solution for the issue Monday night. Four speed tables were approved and will be installed on Chestnut Street. Raised crosswalks or speed tables were a solution that Chief of Police Mike Murphy suggested and residents support. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Dick Carnevale said that the total cost for the speed tables would be $20,450. That cost breaks down to $15,000 for contract labor, equipment and materials; $2,250 for 15 warning signs; $500 for paint lines; and $2,400 for 48 hours of police detail. The road will remain open during the installation. Selectman…
Incumbent Steve O'Leary and Water Commission Chairman Joe Foti won the election Tuesday.
Incumbent Steve O'Leary and Joe Foti won the election for Board of Selectmen on Tuesday. The seats for selectmen were the only ones contested. Water Commission Chairman Joe Foti had 1,222 votes, Steve O'Leary gained 1,165 votes and former School Committee member Maureen Harty-Vacca collected 784 votes. Here are the results for each precinct: Maureen Harty-Vacca said she may consider running again in the future. Here are two profiles that will help you get to know your new selectmen better: North Reading Selectman Candidate Profile: Steve O'Leary North Reading Selectman Candidate Profile: Joe Foti
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Steve O'Leary will remain on the board and Joe Foti is a new selectman.
Incumbent Steve O'Leary and Joe Foti won the election for Board of Selectmen on Tuesday. The unofficial numbers say that O'Leary will remain a member of the board and Foti is a new member. Water Commission Chairman Joe Foti had 1,222 votes, Steve O'Leary gained 1,165 votes and former School Committee member Maureen Harty-Vacca collected 784 votes. The selectmen race were the only contested seats on Tuesday. Election workers said that the polls were slow as there was not as big of a turn out as they had hoped. The new selectmen will meet with the rest of the board on Thursday night for a re-organization. Here are two profiles that will help you get to know your new selectmen better: North Reading Selectman Candidate Profile: Steve O'Leary …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ashley Troutman and Les Masterson sit down with the candidates for the Board of Selectmen.
Editor Ashley Troutman and Regional Editor Les Masterson moderate a forum with the candidates for the Board of Selectmen. Watch while the candidates: Selectman Steve O'Leary, Joe Foti and Maureen Harty-Vacca answer questions during the forum. You can vote in the annual election on May 8.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Steve O'Leary, Joe Foti and Maureen Harty-Vacca answered questions Thursday night at Town Hall.
With the local election in high gear, Board of Selectmen candidates gathered at North Reading Town Hall Thursday night to debate local issues and make their cases to voters. The candidates all agreed that they love North Reading and want to bring more businesses, as well as sewerage, to the town. Longtime incumbent Steve O’Leary, a professional bank examiner, was first elected to the board in 1988 and has only taken a few years off since then. During the debate, he steered the focus to his experience on the board, portraying himself as a consensus builder with a proven track record. Challenger Joe Foti is the director of public works for the city of Chelsea and serves as chairman of the North Reading Water Commission. He emphasized his …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Selectman Steve O'Leary, Maureen Harty-Vacca and Joe Foti discuss issues facing North Reading Tuesday night.
Selectman Steve O'Leary, Maureen Harty-Vacca and Joe Foti answered questions Tuesday night at the League of Women Voters panel at North Reading Town Hall. The candidates fielded questions related to the tax rate, major issues in North Reading, a proposed water treatment facility and trash pickup rates. All of the candidates were opposed to a split tax rate. "It would be very difficult to implement a split tax rate here right now based on the fact that we only have 13 percent commercial properties," Foti said. "Typically, when you look at the Department of Revenue and you look at the numbers, they suggest minimally a 20 percent commercial tax base. We don't have that yet." Having a split tax rate would not increase revenue for North …