NOTE: Christopher Naff is a Founding Editor of The Bramanville Tribune, but retains no editorial control or input over content related to or involving the Select Board.
The Board of Selectmen hosted a full house for a variety of topics at their 8 August 2023 meeting. The first meeting since the resignation of Sean Hendricks, there was understandably significant interest in this meeting.
Chris Naff addressed the resignation to start the meeting. He praised Hendricks's work in the town, and reiterated that there "are no severance payments or other amounts owed" in his contract, but will only pay out vacation time as required by law.
Naff noted his statement is all the Select Board will say on the matter.
When the topic came up, a discussion surrounding the procurement officer role, where Deputy Town Manager Karyn Clark is technically not certified as a procurement officer under Massachusetts General Law. The Board came to the conclusion that the Deputy Town Manager could delegate this role.
Following discussion, including of the role of procurement officer also previously held by Hendricks, Deputy Manager Clark was approved as Acting Town Manager.
No discussion on an upcoming Town Manager Screening Committee was held.
A new report on the condition of the current Fire Headquarters was submitted to the Select Board. The report, issued by JR Associates, allegedly describes an imminent need for mitigation on the walls of the building. Chairman Naff and Selectman Scott Despres specifically pointed out what is the Taft or Torrey House side of the building, where staging currently sits to catch possible falling debris.
The recommendation from the report suggests closing off the entry to the Taft House property, which would be a significant impact to the residents and business.
We will update this article with a copy of the report once we receive it.
Sara Toedt and Melissa Ragaini, the owners of Ivy Harper Hair Salon near Penny Pinchers Brewing on Elm Street, spoke in opposition to the granting of outdoor seating for the summer, as they were concerned about the impacts on their business and of their customers.
Chairman Naff noted the concern and felt it was valid. Procedurally, he was unsure as to the mechanics of adjusting the permit. Discussion largely centered around safety concerns and storefront access, as well as whether the neighbors were properly notified. The Board will address it at the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned a little after 7:00pm. Next meeting is on 22 August 2023.