Shrewsbury selectmen discuss proposed water rate plan to encourage ‘socially responsible use’
By K.B. Sherman, Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – A proposed revision of the Shrewsbury water rate and usage plan was discussed at the Aug. 28 Board of Selectmen meeting. The lengthy, dense report contained a multitude of charts, graphs, calculations, and scenarios, all aimed at creating more revenue for the town, while working to encourage more “socially responsible use” of water by both town residents and businesses.
The plan, as discussed, would bring the town approximately $170,000 in additional annual revenue, while discouraging what the board members said they consider “wasteful uses” such as watering landscaping. The board noted that 9 percent of private residences are using over 40 percent of all residential water.
“We aren’t doing enough to discourage wasteful, heavy water use,” Board of Selectmen Chair Maurice DePalo said.
The board agreed to continue the discussion at the next regular meeting.
In the only scheduled hearing for the night, Mario Fasulo, the manager of Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, 84 Boston Turnpike, requested by letter that his application for Alcoholic and Common Victualler’s licenses be withdrawn at this time. The petitioner will resubmit the request after a name change for the business.
The board also noted that there has been an outbreak of blue-green algae at Jordon Pond; the pond will be treated for it by next year.
In other business, it was noted that the town’s public schools were able to open with little disruption in spite of the incomplete construction and repair work that still needed to be done in several of the schools.
Town Manager Daniel Morgado also noted the passing of Henry Danis Jr., the former Westborough town coordinator and manager. Danis, Morgado noted, had helped Shrewsbury with issues related to the waste treatment facility it shares with Westborough.
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