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Scholarship winners receive praise from Board of Selectmen

Northborough – The Board of Selectmen congratulated the winners of the town’s 2010 Scholarship Awards at the meeting May 24. The seven lucky students, who shook hands with board members, were given certificates for their ac- complishments. Chair Laurie Klein of the Northborough Scholarship Committee felt the winners best exemplified the traits the board valued most.

“The students receiving scholarships tonight are being honored for their accomplishments, character and community service,” she said. “We hope that each of them in turn makes the very most of the education they are to get.”

The local students being honored were Brian Brady, Arielle Cohen, Tiff any Daley, Tiffany Entwhistle, Carro Halpin, James McGregor and Emily Rutan.

All scholarships are funded by the residents of Northborough.

“In these difficul t financial times, many students are having trouble aff ording college at all, and we ask the people of Northborough to support this worthy cause,” Klein said.

Klein and the rest of the members of the Scholarship Committee were happy to see the students get their moment in the spotlight.

“We also hope that they continue to contribute to whatever community they make their future home and to help others as they are being helped,” Klein said.

In other news, the board voted unanimously to approve the signing of a one-year extension on the Solid Waste Contract with Pelligrino Trucking Company. The move comes on the heels of the recommendation of Town Engineer Fred Litchfield, who appeared before the board. In March, Litchfield received quotes from three toter-based systems companies, and found that this system wasn’t in the best interest of the towns. The lowest bid came in at more than $30,000 over the amount budgeted by the town. The town had been debating making the switch to a single-stream, toter-based system, which wouldn’t require residents to separate recyclable items.

“Each of the three prices I obtained exceeded what we had under the current Fiscal year 2011 budget,” Litchfield said. “At this time, I do not recommend switching to a toter-based system.”

Litchfield was able to negotiate a one-year extension with Pellegrino for a $39,750 reduction from last year’s price, or 7.5 percent less. Board members felt that the extension made the most sense.

“Personally, I’ve always been impressed with Pellegrino,” said Chair Dawn Rand said. “I’m obviously very happy to see [the cost] come down from what was originally proposed.”

The move allows the board more flexibility in examining the trash system in town.

“I do think that this is a great interim step so that we continue on the path that was recommended by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee to look into a toter system,” Selectman Fran Bakstran said. “But in the interim, we are saving money and getting consistent service.”

The board unanimously voted to appoint Rand as the new chair of the Board of Selectmen, Jeff Amberson as vice chair and to maintain Leslie Rutan as clerk.

Members expressed appreciation for a job well done for the work Bakstran did in her time as chair.

“I’d like to recognize Fran and her excellent job as chairman,” Rand said. “It is a difficult job, and she did it fabulously.”

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