TEWKSBURY — The Board of Selectmen met Tuesday evening to discuss several warrant articles which will appear at Town Meeting on May 6.
The board heard a pole petition from National Grid regarding the intersection of East Street and Chandler Street. The town made the request as part of an effort to widen the intersection. The board approved the petition.
Donald MacLaren of Wamesit Lanes came before the board requesting a change in liquor license hours on Sunday to begin at 10 a.m., as well as several one-day license exceptions for upcoming events to begin liquor service at 8 a.m. The board is only allowed to grant permission for serving alcohol on Sundays after 10 a.m.
Town Manager Richard Montuori stated that the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission does not allow the town to grant one-day exemptions as requested. The board expressed concerns over an early start time for alcohol service on Sundays, though MacLaren said alcohol would only be served at that time for special events; with pressure from selectwoman Anne Marie Stronach, he stated that Wamesit Lanes is hoping to host brunches and showers on Sundays throughout the summer.
The board voted to approve the request in changes, though it retained the right to revoke their decision and will analyze the effects throughout the summer to discuss again at the end of the year.
The board recognized the work and sacrifices of local public safety dispatchers as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
The board tabled the discussion of an affordable housing trust fund buydown of 142 Merrimack Meadows Lane.
The board reviewed the annual and special Town Meeting warrants for Town Meeting on May 6. The board deferred several articles to the Planning Board for their recommendation.
Residents came before the board to discuss issues on the warrant, including billboards and the mailing of warrant articles. The board recommended adoption of the first 17 articles. The board deferred approval of articles 18, 19, and 20 to the Conservation Commission. The board also recommended approval for articles 21 through 27. The board voted to take no action on article 28 and 29.
The board recommended adoption for several special Town Meeting articles.
“The warrant has been mailed, the warrant is on the website,” said Montuori. “I encourage people to bring their warrants with them (in anticipation of a large turnout).”
“I want people to know this is a very important Town Meeting — they all are!” said selectwoman Anne Marie Stronach. “But we have a lot of big decisions to make.”
Selectwoman Jayne Wellman Miller mentioned the upcoming iNaturalist challenge to help inventory wildlife in town. Details can be found here: https://www.tewksbury-ma.gov/open-space-and-recreation-plan-committee/pages/upcoming-events
Town meeting is Monday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Tewksbury Memorial High School.