Hudson – Joseph Durant’s 10th term on the Board of Selectmen will begin as chair, Durant having been voted to the post at the board’s May 18 meeting.
"It’s nice to get elected to a position, whether it be to the board itself or a position on the board," Durant said. "It’s nice to know people still want to know what you think about things, what you have to say. I think I’ve shown over time that I take my position very seriously and that I’m consistent. I try to think things through very carefully before I speak or act."
Durant replaces Sonny Parente, who served as chair for the past year. Antonio Loura was elected vice chair and Carl Leeber clerk.
Among Durant’s first order of business was to vote with fellow board members to select a candidate to serve a one-year term on the Planning Board, replacing James Vereault, who was elected to the Board of Selectmen in the May 11 town election.
Following a joint meeting of the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen, Charles Freeman, president of Freeman Builders Inc., a Hudson-based company, was selected to fill Vereault’s seat on the Planning Board.
Freeman, who has lived in Hudson for 12 years, said he will run for a full term on the Planning Board when the position comes up for re-election in May 2010.
In other news, the selectmen determined that there will be summer water restrictions in town again this year.
Effective July 1, on an alternating schedule, residents will not be permitted to do any outdoor watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. In a move similar to last year, the restrictions will alternate, odd-numbered houses being permitted to water on certain days of the week, even-numbered houses on the others.
The board was encouraged that the restrictions this year were less severe than last year, when outdoor watering was prohibited from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"We wanted the board to vote on this early so that we could inform the residents as soon as possible if there were going to be water restrictions, and if there were going to be, what they were going to be," Executive Assistant Paul Blazar said. "Residents understand the need for us to do this; they just want us to do it early enough so they have time to plan their activities around it."