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Selectmen discuss expanded costs, town quiet hours, courts

Hudson – In a 25-minute meeting August 23 the Hudson Board of Selectmen approved expenditures of more than $396,000; discussed the town’s quiet hours and entertainment permit bylaws; and prepared strategies for keeping the Marlborough District Courts from being relocated.

Selectmen approved reconstruction of portions of Old North Road and Forest Ave by accepting the $301,344 low bid by Hudson based EH Per- kins Construction. The selection of a home-town business was a detail not missed by Selectman James Verault who said, “It’s good to see a Hudson address.” Executive Assistant Paul Blazar replied, “That’s how we try to do it.”

Selectmen approved more than $15,100 for the Senior Center with New England Cleaning Systems of Waltham receiving $7,112 for expanded cleaning services and $7,993 in electrical work awarded to DMH Electrical of Sterling.

When considering the authorization of DCAM Evaluations for multiple contractors involved with the expansion of the Senior Center, Selectman Joseph Durant expressed concern about the lack of details on the project the board was to approve. “I am putting my signature and the stamp of the town of Hudson on this,” Durant said. “I am voting to approve this so as not to delay the project, but I don’t have the plans, I would like to see more details in the future.”

SOM Construction Enterprises, Inc. of Dudley was awarded a $79,497 contract for the replacement of the roof of the Hudson Library, and at a price of almost $57 a ton, selectmen approved the low bid from Granite State Minerals, Inc. of Portsmouth, New Hampshire for road salt for fiscal year 2011.

A request from the Portuguese Club for an outdoor entertainment license for the Lady of Fatima Festival September 11 and 12 was modified and approved, and was followed by a change of policy. The request by the Portuguese Club included allowing outdoor entertainment until midnight on September 11. Section 33 of the Town of Hudson General Bylaws specifies quiet hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., allowing only for emergency roadwork.

“We are always cutting these (requests) back making us look like the bad guys,” Selectman Charles McGourty said. “The bylaws say 11 p.m.”

“I think the right thing to do is to approve this license and create a new policy for 11 p.m.” said Selectman Durant.

After approving the license request for 11 p.m., the board established a policy specifically stating that all outdoor entertainment permit requests must fall within the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. quiet hours according to town ordinance.

A letter addressed to Selectman Durant from a citizen on Wasigo Drive also raised the matter of town quiet hours with the letter’s author expressing concern over the noise coming from the Intel Corporation’s manufacturing plant, prompting Executive Assistant Blazar to comment, “I think they’ve been working on this for a while, they know about it.”

An August 13 letter from Executive Assistant Blazar to Robert Mulligan, Chief Justice for Administration and Management expresses Hudson’s “deep dismay” at the proposed relocation of the Marlborough District Court to Ayer or Concord. Referring specifically to domestic abuse, Blazar’s letter addresses the increased 30-mile distance, the lack of public transportation, and an additional $30,000 per year in police overtime for the transportation and supervision of suspects during court proceedings as having “serious financial and administrative consequences that we are ill-equipped to address.”

Blazar’s letter goes on to point out that these costs are above and beyond the increased travel expenses, the negative impact on vehicle usage, and the general increased difficult y o f successfully prosecuting criminal cases. “Relocating the Marlborough District Court to Concord to Ayer, or any distant location, will create a serious barrier to the proper administration of justice in our community, and a distinct financial and logistical burden for the town and its police department.”

“One of the main purposes of government is to provide courts in a timely and reasonable manner,” Selectman Durant said. “You don’t serve the people of Hudson or Marlborough by taking the courts out of the area; this is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.”

Other action by the board included approving a common victualler’s license for Ronaldo Roza doing business as Downtown Bistro; the appointments of Cameron Lavoie and Derek Palatino as auxiliary firefighters and Donald Wever to the Silas Felton Historic District Commission; and passing a proclamation declaring October 24 as United Nations Day.

Selectman Santino Parente was not in attendance.

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