CHAIRMAN. Motion made and seconded to approve Harry Christensen to act as Chairman of this evening’s meeting pending the arrival of Mr. Shribman, All in favor.
(Mr. Shribman arrived at 7:35 p.m.)
MINUTES. Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes of February 4, 2004. All in favor.
MUNICIPAL LIGHT DEPARTMENT. Robert V. Jolly, Jr., General Manager appeared before the Board to request a public hearing to discuss retail choice. A public hearing was scheduled for 7:35 on March 10.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. USA Patriot Act. Local residents Larry Kepko and Russell Lane on behalf of the Marblehead Bill of Rights Defense Committee (the “BORDC”) appeared before the Board to explain a Citizen’s Article that they put on the Warrant for the 2004 Annual Town Meeting. Their presentation included, among other things a brief description of Act, their opinions on problems with the Act, a summary of who the BORDC members are and summarization of how a local resolution may have an impact on Congressional action.
PERMISSION. Licensing. John R. Blaney, 175A Pleasant Street appeared before the Board to obtain approval of his recent appointment as the new manager of the Chaplain Lyman Rollins Post d/b/a VFW Post #2005, Inc., 321 West Shore Drive and in connection with the All Alcohol Club License previously issued to club. A motion was made and seconded to approve Mr. Blaney as the new manager. Voted 3-0 in favor (Mr. Christensen recusant), subject to receipt of satisfy CORI results for Mr. Blaney and the requisite ABCC approval.
PERMISSION. Banner. Letter from Alex Kulevich, President of Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of Marblehead (“CSFM”) requesting permission to hang a banner across Pleasant Street to announce the CSFM’s annual Phonathon scheduled for Sunday, March 28. Motion made and seconded to approve the hanging of the banner during the period of March 22 to the 29th.
PROCLAMATION. Days of Remembrance. Letter from Robert McAndrews, PhD President of The Holocaust Center Boston North requesting that the Selectmen proclaim the week of April 18 to April 24 Holocaust Awareness Week and Sunday, April 18 as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Motion made and seconded to issue such a proclamation. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Sandwich Boards. Letter from Beezee Honan, Member of The Driftwood Garden Club requesting permission to place sandwich boards at various locations throughout the town to promote the club’s annual plant sale to benefit the gardens at the Abbot Public Library. Motion made and seconded to approve the placement of the boards at the following four locations: Humphrey and Lafayette; Pleasant and Essex; Lafayette and Maple; and Tedesco and Humphrey during the week of May 10. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Use of Abbot Hall. Letter from Sandra Broughton on behalf of the Marblehead Boy Scout Troop 11 requesting permission to use Abbot Hall on April 14 for her son Matt Brosnan’s Eagle Court of Honor. Motion made and seconded to approve. the use of Abbot Hall with the customary usage fee waived as done in the past. All in favor. Motion made and seconded to invite Matt Brosnan to come before the Board to present his Eagle Scout project.
BELLS. Motion made and seconded to ring the bells of Abbot Hall and all the churches in Marblehead on Washington’s Birthday, Sunday, February 22, 2004 at the usual holiday hours from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.; 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as has been the custom in the past. All in favor.
PROCLAMATION. Red Cross Month. Letter from Janice Wilson, North Area Director, American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay requesting that the Selectmen proclaim the month of March as Red Cross Month. Motion made and seconded to issue said proclamation. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Banner. Letter from Leslie Gould, Executive Director of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce requesting permission to hang a banner across Pleasant Street to announce the Chamber’s 7th Spring and Home Garden Show scheduled for Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21. Motion made and seconded to approve the hanging of the banner during the week of March 8 to the 15th. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Banner. Letter from Bob Peck and Jennifer Hedges, Co-Chairs of the Marblehead Counseling Center’s Concert Committee requesting permission to hang a banner across Pleasant Street and place sandwich boards at various locations throughout the town to announce the Center’s annual concert scheduled for Saturday, May 15. Motion made and seconded to approve the hanging of the banner during the week of April 26 to May 3 and for the placement of the boards at the following six locations: Humphrey and Lafayette; Pleasant and Essex; Beach and Ocean; Lafayette and Maple; Tedesco and Humphrey and Atlantic at Seaview during the week of April 19 and the week of May 3. All in favor.
FIRE DEPARTMENT. Marblehead Conservancy Trails Committee Donation. Letter from Chief Barry C. Dixey to inform the Board of a donation of forestry fire protection equipment made to the Fire Department made by the Marblehead Conservancy Trails Committee. The equipment was purchased utilizing funds provided by a matching grant from the U.S. Forest Service in support of the Conservancy’s woodland fire reduction program. Motion made and seconded to send a letter of appreciation to the Conservancy Trails Committee. All in favor.
OLD AND HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION. Alternate. Letter from Susan A. Bragdon, 4 High Street, expressing her interest as serving as an alternate on this commission. It was noted that the deadline for letters of interest was February 4. Accordingly, Ms. Bragdon will be invited to interview before the Board on March 3.
PROCLAMATION. Anthony Pierro Day. Motion made and seconded to proclaim February 28 “Anthony Pierro Day” in recognition of Mr. Pierro’s service to country during WWI.
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY. Summer Street. Homestead Road. Motion made and seconded to adopt the special speed regulation at which motor vehicles may be operated in the areas described below, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 90, Section 18, of the General Laws (Ter. Ed.) as amended.
SUMMER STREET – EASTBOUND
Beginning at the junction of Rockaway Street, thence easterly on Summer Street
0.12 miles at 20 miles per hour ending at the junction of Washington Street; the total distance being 0.12 miles.
HOMESTEAD ROAD – EASTBOUND
Beginning at the junction of Lindbergh Road, thence easterly on Homestead Road
0.16 miles at 20 miles per hour ending at the junction of Maple Street; the total distance being 0.16 miles.
HOMESTEAD ROAD- WESTBOUND
Beginning at the junction of Alden Road, thence westerly on Homestead Road
0.11 miles at 20 miles per hour ending at the junction of Lindberg Road; the total distance being 0.11 miles.
Operation of a motor vehicle at a rate of speed in excess of these limits shall be prima facie evidence that such speed is greater than is reasonable and proper.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn at 8:39 p.m. All in favor.
Ursula M. Kretschman