Overview of Monday’s Town Council Meeting
The Town Council (TC) commended the first responders who worked hard during hurricane Irene to protect the health and safety of Charlestown residents. CCA joins them in thanking:
- Emergency Management Director Kevin Gallup and his staff
- Chief Shippee, the police officers and dispatchers
- Lt. Pat McMahon, president of the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue service, the fire chiefs and fire fighters
- Bill DiLibero, Town Administrator
- Alan Arsenault, DPW Director and his staff, and the Town employees and volunteers who worked tirelessly.
The YMCA Ad Hoc Committee was changed to an advisory committee allowing for key decision makers from the Charlestown Land Trust and YMCA to be included. Neighbors from the North and South have also selected participants, as well as the Planning Commission (PC), Conservation Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission. The committee will report back to the TC in December. A key part of the funding for the Y land is DEM’s grant money, which is still not decided.
The Breachway Grill on Charlestown Beach Road was given permission to serve beer and wine inside the restaurant, bar, and additionally now on the patio, conditional on receiving DEM approval on the Septic System Suitability Determination, or by decreasing the number of seats inside to match the current Septic System Suitability permit from DEM.
The Chief of Police asked for and received support for installing Red Light Cameras at stop lights on cross streets in Charlestown. Chief Shippee said he provided detailed studies to the TC that driving behavior changed and fewer accidents occurred when red light cameras are in use. This will not be a fundraiser for the Town.
Town Council member Lisa Dibello has suggested the Town Council begin Hometown Heroes award. The Council will be accepting nominations for this award.
The Town Solicitor recommended to the PC and to the TC that all wind turbines be prohibited as a temporary measure because the ordinance had been under a moratorium for too long and legally it was not appropriate to have another moratorium. President Tom Gentz reported that he had spoken to the Building Official and Town Planner and no one had requested any information on installing residential wind turbines. The PC has held meetings on a small wind generator ordinance and the PC should have that finished and back before the Town Council by November or December.
The Waste Water Commission requested a resolution and the TC approved their request to ask legislators that DEM consider rule changes to actively seek out and approve additional cost effective approaches to septic systems.
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