Selectmen implement water restriction policy
Shrewsbury – Residents who use town water must now follow outside water restrictions until at least the end of September. The Board of Selectmen passed this measure at its July 22 meeting.
The board had determined that there is a water shortage and conservation measures are necessary. Under Article 18 of the General By-Laws of the town of Shrewsbury, the following outdoor water measures are in effect as of July 22, based upon the street address as follows:
Even numbered addresses may use water outside on Wednesday and Saturday.
Odd numbered addresses may use water outside Thursday and Sunday.
No nonessential outdoors water use is allowed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days permitted.
No outdoor water use is allowed on Monday, Tuesday, or Friday at any address.
The three board members present approved this measure unanimously. (Both Selectmen James Kane and Moira Miller were not present.)
In other business, Town Treasurer Carolyn Marcotte reported that Shrewsbury has been able to secure a one-year, $3 million bond for the library rebuilding project at a very favorable interest rate of just 0.162 percent or $4,860. The selectmen thanked her for her work on this project.
Town Engineer Jeffrey Howland, P.E., reported that he had completed a traffic study for Route 140/Memorial Drive that had been requested by several town residents regarding the posted speed limits. His department concluded that the posted speeds were proper and in accordance with state and federal requirements, although some improvement might be made.
Edward Flynn, of Flynn Petroleum Shrewsbury, LLC, 307 Hartford Turnpike, also met with the board to ask for approval to amend his request for an increase in gasoline storage tank capacity from 216,000 gallons to 221,000 gallons as he upgrades his tanks. Noting that the different town departments did not have any safety concerns with such a change, the board voted unanimously to approve the increase.
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