WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield Board of Selectmen conducted their annual re-organization and Betsy Sheeran was unanimously elected Chairman with Tiziano Doto named Vice-Chairman. The Board extended congratulations to Paul DiNocco on his successful re-election and welcomed new member Brian Falvey on his victory.
The Board issued a Proclamation to Jane Good on behalf of the Hartshorne House Directors, that their major fundraising Breakfast will be held on Tuesday June 5 at the West Side Social Club and tickets are available at $12.50. The money received is put toward the maintenance of the historic building and for the numerous programs sponsored by the Directors.
Mrs. Good said "The Hartshorne House was officially built in 1681, but recent research has revealed that it may actually have been built 40 years earlier." Jay Landers dressed as Colonel Hartshorne announced that "plenty of tickets are still available."
In the Public Participation section of the meeting, Roland Cote of 9 Bartlett Street asked why the Special Election was being held on a Saturday at the Field House. Deviating from the normal process of not immediately responding, Town Administrator answered with a number of reasons why the Board made the decision. Perhaps, the most important reasons were that the churches and clubs were not available and that the use of the Field House would have no rental cost to the Town.
Melrose's Veteren's Agent Ryan McLane was introduced to the Board and as the result of Town Administrator Maio's efforts, Wakefield will be joining in with Melrose in an Inter-Municipal Agreement to name McLane as Director of the Veteran Services Department. There will be a cost savings between the two entities and it will assist in helping Wakefield meet the stated requirements, but overall it will benefit the veterans and their families. The Board voted in favor and it is anticipated that Reading may eventually become a party further enhancing the regionalization of administering Veteran's Benefits.
Department of Pubic Works Director Richard Stinson provided the Board with 6 Orders for Laying Out Public Ways. The streets are Stoney Hill Lane, Montrose School Lane, Mitchell Lane, Grace Court, Sophia's Way and Blue Jay Circle.
Stinson said "We have met with all of the parties and completed all our work and recommend that these streets be approved as Public Ways."
The Board had several questions and learned that the only minor issue was the need to complete a handicap ramp on Blue Jay Circle. Town Counsel Thomas Mullen and Stinson assured the Board that between the bond held by the Town and the time period after Town Meeting approval there is no need for concern. The Board voted favorably and it will go to Town Meeting.
Attorney Brian McGrail came before the Board with the final paperwork to wrap up the utilities situation at the Wincrest Development of the former Nazareth Academy School property. Stoneham will provide water services to lots in Wakefield in this development and several other houses to provide water pressure that has been lacking.
Maio said "I want to thank Rick Stinson for his work in this as we have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by not having to build a new pumping station."
The Board encouraged residents take part in Town Meeting on May 14.