Selectmen approve $41,500 in expenditures

Hudson – In a 17-minute meeting Nov. 22, the Hudson Board of Selectmen: approved expenditures of more than $41,500; approved one business license and new Parks Commission personnel; and amended city traffic rules and regulations.

Without discussion, the selectmen approved a license to the Hudson Elks for the annual sale of Christmas trees and wreaths at the lodge, located at 91 Park St. In addition, they voted to revoke the license of Leo Bertolami d/b/a Autoplex Companies, LLC, located at 8 Coolidge St. This vote was also made without discussion and the holder of the license was not present at the hearing.

The selectmen approved the signing of a contract with Bay State Water Works of Littleton in the amount of $10,775 for the purchase of drain pipes and authorized the signing of snow plowing and snow removal contracts for 2010 and 2011.

One of the few points of discussion came while discussing a proposed change of $15,495, not to exceed $4.31 million, to an existing contract with Seaver Construction of Woburn.

“We’re presented with change number 130 – is that the order number or the number of changes to the contract?” Selectman James Vereault said.

“And related question,” Vereault continued, “is that in the realm of a project that size?”

“It’s 130 diff erent changes,” Executive Assistant Paul Blazar said. “The way it’s set up, it’s in the contractor’s best interest to list each specific change.”

The project in question involves continued work near the Senior Center and post office and includes pubic parking. The public parking sparked concern among the selectmen, worried that residents would park their vehicles in the lot for extended periods of time.

“A car can’t be parked for more than three days without being moved,” Blazar said, “otherwise it’s considered abandoned.”

The board left open the possibility of putting a cap on the parking time at the lot in question.

The selectmen also approved amending a contract with Coulter Construction of Billerica, in the amount of $74,535 for window replacement at the Hudson Public Library.

“Last time we did this, we all agreed we’d bring a map,” Selectman Charles McGourty jokingly said in reference to the pointing and gesturing of board members in considering amending town traffic rules. The selectmen added new language to Article 5, Section 1 pertaining to One Way Streets where Railroad Avenue shall proceed “westerly from Church Street to the intersection of Pope Street.”

“I was wondering if you guys would approve my license to drive a taxi,” Mark A. Braga asked the board. This request seemed to take the selectmen by surprise. Braga asked them to table his Hackney License request to drive for Sunshine Taxi until his supervisor could appear and speak on his behalf. With all other business completed, the board returned to the matter despite Braga’s representative being absent.

“I make a motion to disapprove,” Vereault said.

“I would say no, based on the information we have right now,” said Chair Antonio Loura. With Clerk Joseph Durant dissenting, the board disapproved Braga’s request and moved immediately into executive session to discuss contract negotiations.

Other action taken by the board included approval of the presentation of a plaque to Joan Wordell for her eff orts in the 2010 Census and a request by Durant to make the recycling of light bulbs with mercury easier and more available.

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