Town Crier

TEWKSBURY — At the meeting of the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen on March 10, 2020, Tewksbury Department of Health Di­rector Susan Sawyer and Board of Health Chair Ray Barry came before the board to discuss the current coronavirus situation.

“I will press home that cdc.gov is the place that everyone should go for their information,” said Sawyer. “We really need to pay attention... to our most vulnerable, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.”

Speaking about Governor Charlie Baker’s directives [as of March 10], Sawyer noted that elderly and im­munocompromised people should avoid large gatherings and outside contact, but those who live with people in vulnerable population categories should also consider doing the same.

Barry added that it is im­perative that all residents practice good hygiene, in­cluding coughing and snee­zing into the elbow, washing hands diligently, and keeping a substantial distance from others.

Town Manager Richard Montuori is limiting access to town buildings and is planning cleanings of the senior center, public libra­ry, schools, and beyond.

The board reviewed a liquor license transfer ap­plication at TJ Callahan’s as it will be coming under new ownership. The new owners are seeking to continue with TJ’s as it is but may look toward expansion options. With all documentation in order, the board approved the application.

The board also approved a one-day entertainment li­cense for TJ Callahan’s. The board thanked the former owners for their generosity to the community.

The board approved a one-day liquor license for the Council on Aging for a murder mystery event. [The event has since been postponed due to restrictions on public gatherings of 25 persons or more.]

The board approved the Line of March reenactment for the Tewksbury Historical Society on Pa­tri­ot’s Day. The annual event commemorates the Tewks­bury militia’s march to Concord on April 19, 1775.

State Representative Da­vid Robertson appeared before the board to discuss legislative priorities on be­half of himself, Represen­tative Tram Nguyen, and State Senator Barry Fine­gold. He spoke about different bills that could po­tentially provide funding for the fire station, DPW, and stormwater regulation compliance.

Board members ex­pressed concerns about Tewksbury losing out on stormwater funding “for making good choi­ces for our community and being proactive” with respect to storm­water.

Additionally, the board asked Robertson to be on the lookout for funding for the proposed Tewksbury rail trail and increased parking at nearby train stations.

The board approved a notification of name change and change of ownership for Nexeo Solutions LLC to Uni­var Solutions USA Inc. at 400 Main St.

The board signed the warrant for annual Town Meeting which is scheduled for Monday, May 4, and the annual town election, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Town Manager Rich­ard Montuori mention­ed that candidate as­sessments have been completed to fill the opening for police chief left by Tim Sheehan. Montuori will next conduct interviews to sel­ect the chief.

He also gave an up­date on the regional em­ergency communications center on Whip­ple Road, which should be operational this sum­mer.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 24, 2020, however, check the town website at www.tewksbury-ma.gov for changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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