By K.B. Sherman, Community Reporter
Grafton – During its April 21 meeting, the Grafton Board of Selectmen again reviewed the proposed articles to be included in the warrant for the Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11.
Proposed Article 33 would have dealt with taking $150,000 from the Stabilization Fund and adding it to the Comprehensive Master Plan and Economic Development Plan. However, after a discussion it was suggested that the town has more work to do before it can update the Master Plan, last done in 2000. Selectman Dennis Flynn wanted to proceed with this article but both Chair Brook Padgett and Selectman Bruce Spinney did not. Town Administrator Timothy McInerney commented that he’d recommend a meeting between the selectmen, the Planning Board, and other interested boards before updating the Master Plan. David Robbins, the chair of the Planning Board was in attendance and also recommended not proceeding at this time. The board then voted unanimously to delete this article from the May Town Meeting.
Also at the meeting, the board welcomed State Rep. David Muradian, R-Grafton, and thanked him for his work on creating an annual state budget more favorable to Grafton.
In other business, a meeting to consider reclassifying just over four acres at 79 Old Upton Road under state Law 61a was postponed to Tuesday, May 5. A representative of Parker Environmental gave an update of the Follette Street Monitoring Project in which he said pollution was slowly decreasing at the site, with a 75 percent decrease in the past seven years.
McInerney recommended that Jessica Gomez be appointed as treasurer/collector; that external candidate Nichole Larsen be appointed Planning Board administrative assistant; and that Jayne Zwicker of the Conservation Commission be appointed administrative assistant to the town clerk. All positions were confirmed unanimously by the Selectmen. Finally, Lindsey Fox was appointed to the Grafton Cultural Council.