Board agrees to allow stormwater basin at Memorial Field


By: Keith Regan, Contributing Writer

Northborough – Selectmen signed a memorandum of agreement with a private developer Jan. 26 that will enable him to address stormwater control issues by using town-owned land at Memorial Field.

Department of Public Works Director Dan Nason said allowing a small detention basin on town land will enable the developer, Sterling Court Building Company, to address stormwater issues at a private subdivision under construction nearby, while also handling water that runs onto the property from the town’s stormwater infrastructure.

The town’s existing stormwater system discharges onto the property being built on, Nason said. The part of Memorial Field that will be used is away from the playing fields, he added. The plans call for six trees and some underbrush to be removed to accommodate the basin.

Also Jan. 26, selectmen continued to their next meeting a public hearing on a request from Francois Hamad for a taxi/transportation license for a business to be located at 197 Main St.

The application previously hit a snag when the board could not determine whether the taxi being used for the business would be garaged within town, which local bylaws prohibit, because Hamad’s property is located in both Marlborough and Northborough.

Town Administrator John Coderre said town counsel needs the additional time to address questions raised since the matter was first discussed by the board in early January.