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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 12:46 pm

WOBURN - The City Clerk's office is trying to obtain money from the state to cover the costs of the special election that will be held to elect a new U.S. Senator

At its most recent meeting, the City Council's Finance Committee sent a transfer of $60,000 to cover the costs of the special election. The money will come from the city's unreserved fund balance.

The council also received and placed on file a letter from state Sen. Kenneth Donnelly, D-Arlington, acknowledging the receipt of a letter from City Clerk William Campbell requesting reimbursement funding for the special election, which is necessary after the resignation of U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who was appointed U.S. Secretary of State.

The primary election will be held on April 30, and the final election is scheduled for June 25.

Pool halls and bowling alleys - Sent to the council Ordinance, Charter & Rules Committee was a change to the municipal code sponsored by Alderman at-large Richard Haggerty regarding the regulations for bowling alleys and pool rooms.

The change would allow pool rooms and bowling alleys with at least 100 seats to sell liquor on the premises if there is also food for sale. The change was prompted by the license granted to Waxy O'Connor's, which has a pool room.

Dix Road pumping station - Sent to the council's Finance Committee was an order authorizing Mayor Scott Galvin to purchase a 13,000-square-foot parcel of land off Lexington Street for $5,000 from the Shannon Farm trust.

In 1970, the council voted to take the land by eminent domain for the construction of the Dix Road pumping station, but the title was never officially conveyed to the city.

Zoning Board of Appeals - The council confirmed the re-appointment three members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) - Edward Robertson, Margaret Pinkham and Daniel Parrish - and appointed Sheila McElhiney as the new alternate member of the ZBA.

The votes on Robertson, Parrish and McElhiney were unanimous. Ward 4 Alderman Michael Anderson abstained from the vote on Pinkham, who is Anderson's wife.

Other appointments - Sent to the council's Personnel Committee were the following appointments from Mayor Scott Galvin :

• Gary Fuller, re-appointment to the Woburn Redevelopment Authority, for a term until Nov. 12, 2017.

• Christopher Doherty, appointment to the Woburn Agricultural Commission, for a term until Dec. 31, 2015. If confirmed by the council, Doherty will replace Joseph Patrissi, who resigned from the commission.

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