Jake Genereaux, the 14-year old owner of Jakeâ€™s Dogs, a hotdog cart with a license to sell food at Snug Harbor, has received permission from the town to operate at the Chandler School field during Sunday soccer games.
Duxbury selectmen this week voted unanimously to amend a license they granted to Genereaux of Lake Shore Drive in 2008 to hawk hot dogs at Mattakeeset Court from the end of May through October. Genereaux is now able to sell hot dogs on Sundays at the Coppens field complex from 11 to 3 p.m.
Operating on Sunday was acceptable to Duxbury Youth Soccer, which rents the fields on Chandler Street for games and practices, since they have not been able to staff the concessions stand there on that day. However, the organization requested selectmen grant Genereauxâ€™s license for this year only, a condition to which selectmen agreed.
In a memo to Town Manager Richard MacDonald, Recreation Director Gordon Cushing stated that he had reservations about having Genereauxâ€™s hot dog cart at Chandler field because he did not want to see the non-profit Duxbury Youth Soccer have to compete with a for-profit business for concessions revenue. Cushing had nothing against Genereauxâ€™s business but felt the situation was â€œnot ideal,â€ according to MacDonald.
Also at the meeting, selectmen:
Executed a settlement agreement with the police dispatchers union. The one-year agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2008 and ended June 30, 2009. Under the new terms, employees will receive a 2 percent wage increase and their work week will be reduced from 40 hours to 37.5 hours. They will receive the same compensation as other police unions for holidays, which is double time rate plus holiday pay. These holidays include New Yearâ€™s Day, Christmas Day, July 4th and Thanksgiving Day. The agreement also deletes the provisions for vacations and changes the requirements for sick days to include â€œfamily sick days.â€
â€¢ In other business, selectmen announced a public hearing by MassHighway on the re-design of the Route 53/Winter Street intersection on September 29 at 7pm in the basement mural room at town hall.
â€¢ Learned that Town Manager Richard MacDonald has appointed a new committee to oversee town maintenance and buildings projects. Members include Paul Brogna, Dennis Nolan, Frank Mangione, Lee Kennedy, Jr., Adam Yanulis , Andre Martecchini and Elizabeth Lewis. The committee will review any projects with a cost over $15,000 and others as determined by the town manager. They will report to MacDonald as well as the townâ€™s financial committeeâ€™s and the annual town meeting.
â€¢ Granted a one-day beer and wine liquor license for a Duxbury Youth Hockey fundraiser on Saturday at 160 King Caesar Rd.
â€¢ Heard from resident Mary Marshall of Ledgewood Drive, who wanted to know more from Town Manager Richard MacDonald about the â€œmanagement practicesâ€ he cited in not renewing the contract of Police Chief Mark DeLuca. MacDonald said that he could not discuss the matter at Mondayâ€™s meeting because he hadnâ€™t gone over it with the Board of Selectmen yet.