The Standish Street residents who want to move an historic home but are facing opposition from neighbors due to the need to cut down street trees in the way have proposed a new solution that might appeal to all.
However, if it doesn’t, the old house will most likely go into a dumpster.
Duxbury selectmen have approved another one-time discount for a high water bill, bringing the total up to nine properties that have received relief.
In this case the property is on Elm Street and the amount of the discount is $234. No reason was given for the requested relief other than the resident’s water bill was higher than usual; 99,000 more gallons were used for the summer 2015 watering period that runs from March to September.
The warmer days of May should bring out more participants for the annual Town Meeting, say proponents of a plan to change the meeting’s date.
Article 12 is a citizen’s petition that proposes to move the date of town meeting to the first Saturday in May from the second Saturday in March. The language of the article says the second Saturday, but that will be amended on the floor of town meeting because if the town meeting was on that date, then the town election would have to be held on Memorial Day weekend.
That slice of pizza for lunch could get a little bit more expensive if town meeting voters decide to impose a local meals tax in Duxbury.
Article 13 on the annual Town Meeting warrant proposes that residents adopt the state law that allows cities and towns to collect an excise of .75 percent on the sales of restaurant meals originating within the town. On a restaurant bill of $100, the tax would be 75 cents.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue estimates that Duxbury would collect an additional $94,000 per year if it adopts the tax. Finance Director John Madden is proposing the article.
Used cars may soon be for sale again at the old Millbrook Motors Jeep dealership located at Route 3A and 139.
Last week, the Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that the Zoning Board of Appeals approve a special permit for one of the tenants at the property at 1474 Tremont Street.
The ZBA will meet on this issue on February 25. Shawn Boyd of Plymouth is the applicant for the used car business. He told the planning board that he plans to rent space on the lot for up to 22 used cars for sale.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to recommend approval of a town meeting warrant article that seeks to provide greater oversight of the decommissioning process at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. The board met on Thursday, February 11 because their regular Monday meeting was cancelled due to a blizzard.
Proposed by the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee, this article would establish a Council on Decommissioning for Pilgrim, which is located in Plymouth. It also would ask voters to endorse a proposal that requires Pilgrim’s owner, Entergy, pay the full price of the decommissioning, rather than the state’s taxpayers.
Other important aspects of the article include returning the site to its natural state as well as removing spent fuel rods from a containing pool to a more permanent method of storage.
The Duxbury Historical Commission’s plan to replace the existing demolition delay bylaw with a new one has become problematic as town counsel has objected to additional changes proposed by the board, which has town officials concerned.
The revamped bylaw is on the warrant for the annual Town Meeting March 12.
At the planning board meeting last Wednesday, Planning Director Valerie Massard said that there had not been enough time for her and other town officials to completely review the most recent draft of revisions to the demotion delay bylaw submitted by the commission Friday, February 5.
Both the planning board and the Board of Selectmen met last week to discuss the issue of cutting Standish Street trees to make way for moving an old house. The planning board voted to approve the plan but selectmen said they needed more information before making a decision.
Both meetings were rescheduled from last Monday’s blizzard. The planning board met on Wednesday and the selectmen met on Thursday. The planning board’s held a public hearing under the state’s public shade tree law that was continued from January 11.
The residents of Saw Mill Road, a small private street that runs from High Street to Valley Street, are petitioning town meeting to accept their road as a public way. However, the planning board has voted against supporting their proposal and in recent discussions, some members of the Board of Selectmen have indicated they were not in favor of it, either.
At the planning board’s February 10 meeting, Duxbury Planning Director Valerie Massard explained that for the town to accept a private way as a public road, two things have to happen. First, the selectmen must approve the layout of a road and second, town meeting must vote to accept the street.
At its February 11 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support and recommend approval of a warrant article for this year’s annual Town Meeting that proposes to fine underage drinkers instead of arrest them.
Proposed by Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy, the warrant article would amend the town’s general bylaws pertaining to the possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 and essentially decriminalize the possession of alcohol by minors. Clancy explained the need for this amendment.
The following is the third in a series examining the history and role of churches and houses of worship in Duxbury.
In 1632, when Elder William Brewster and several farmers who had moved out to Duxborough from the Plymouth Colony asked to be let out of their contract with First Parish Plymouth, First Parish of Duxbury was founded.
The town wasn’t incorporated until 1637 – five years later.
Duxbury selectmen have backed four town meeting articles that propose to add four private properties to the town’s local historic districts map, saying they had no objections to local homeowners placing restrictions on their own houses.
The Local Historic District Commission will be presenting four articles to the annual Town Meeting March 12 that seek to make new historic districts for individual properties. The properties are located at 91 Bay View Road, 120 Bay Road, 233 Powder Point Avenue and 1250 Tremont Street.
Duxbury’s town manager can now legally sign most contracts for the town. This long awaited action, which was supported by annual Town Meeting voters last year, was approved by the state legislature in January and signed by the governor January 20. State legislative action was necessary because this was a change to Duxbury’s Town Manager Act.
The act was originally written to give the town manager authority to negotiate contracts but it listed the Board of Selectmen as having the power to execute, or sign, the contracts. However, the practice of having the town manager sign certain contracts had been ongoing in town for many years.
At last week’s School Committee meeting, Lisa Dembowski, Duxbury public schools Guidance Department Coordinator, announced several changes that are planned for the guidance departments throughout the school system.
Chandler needs an adjustment counselor, Dembowski told the School Committee last Wednesday night. The matter was under consideration for the 2016-2017 budget, but the district cut it due to financial constraints.
In a year dominated by the presidential elections, Duxbury is having its share of elections this year, too. Voters can expect to go to the ballot box six different times in 2016.
The number of elections is higher than usual because of the presidential primary and election and the primary, special and regular election to fill the state senate seat vacated by Republican State Senator Robert Hedlund after 22 years. Hedlund officially resigned from the Senate on December 24 to become the mayor of Weymouth.