By Pattie Pacella, Neighb News Correspondent
The Acushnet School Committee joined the Selectboard at its meeting on 4/23/19 to re-appoint Evelyn Boulay as the Old Colony School District Representative. The Selectboard members and the three School Committee members, Vice Chairperson, Jennifer Downey, Sarah Gomes and Craig Sumner, stated that Ms. Boulay has done a wonderful job, and has confirmed her interest in being re-appointed.
The Selectboard also heard from Building Commissioner Jim Marot who reviewed the Green Communities grants the Town has received over the last six years, and all the upgrading they have done in town
He said, except for 2014, the Town of Acushnet has received over $125,000+ in grant funding each year, for a total of nearly $660,000. Mr. Marot said they have applied for $244,000 in the next round, and that Acushnet was the second town in Bristol County to become a Green Community. He also said that if they are awarded the grant money this year, they will be working on the Middle School Lighting Project.
A discussion with Dan Menard from the Department of Public Works confirmed that Acushnet’s trash pickup has been changed to Waste Management, which bought out Howland Disposal. Waste Management has taken over the Town’s contract.
Selectboard member Kevin Gaspar, in reviewing the numbers, told Mr. Menard that something was not adding up. He said that the budgeted amount vs. the contracted amount was different. Mr. Menard said he did not have the information in front of him so he could not advise Mr. Gaspar on what the discrepancies were from. Mr. Menard and Mr. Gaspar agreed they would review the paperwork and contract together.
In other business, the Selectboard voted to approve golf rate increases as recommended by the Golf Committee: approximately one dollar for their services, with no change to residential and junior golfer rates.
The Selectboard also approved a request from Les Dakin to air the documentary regarding the transmission of LNG DVD on channel 18.
The board also announced that on Monday, 4/29 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall, officials will hold a Town Meeting forum to review articles that will be voted on at TM in May. The public is invited, and the “mock” town meeting will run on Channel 18, and will be available online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQLn-V7X9rp0JdWXh445neQ
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