Halifax Selectmen met briefly on Tuesday, June 13, to make appointments, two to the Finance Committee and one to the Conservation Commission.
Finance Committee chairman Gordon Andrews asked selectmen to reappoint Linda Braga and William McAvoy to the Finance Committee. The Board voted unanimously and welcomed both back to the Finance Committee.
Selectmen then met with Edward Lane, who was seeking appointment to the town’s Conservation Commission. Lane has already been helping out the Conservation Commission, but is seeking to replace April Letourneau, as she is resigning.Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Lane to the Conservation Commission.
Selectmen Chairman Tom Millias said, “I want to thank April for her time and service on this commission.” He, with the rest of the Board, also expressed confidence in Lane as a new member.
Old ambulance to be traded
Town Administrator Charlie Seelig shared with the Board that the Fire Department plans to use an old ambulance as a trade-in toward the new ambulance that was approved at May’s Annual Town Meeting. According to Seelig, the Fire Department will get a $5,000 trade in value towards the new ambulance. Seelig said, “The old ambulance has over 100,000 miles on it as well as mechanical issues.”
Selectmen approved the trade in. Millias commented, “I would rather trade it in than have it depreciate in value.”
Town Administrator Charles Seelig acknowledged resident complaints about the amount of trash on the town’s streets. He said that the street sweeping system needs a complete rebuild. Seelig said they are working on the problem and are in the process of talking to different companies.
A boy from Halifax named Peter Smith suggested that Selectmen explore building a skating rink. Details were not specific. Selectmen Clerk Troy Garron said that that could mean many things because a tarp with frozen water on it in a field can be considered a skating rink. It was unclear if a temporary seasonal rink or a permanent indoor rink was what Smith had in mind.
Seelig said he would send out an email to find out more information on the cost analysis of such a project. Troy Garron also suggested that Peter Smith should present his idea to the Recreation Department.
The Selectmen did say though that this project is not something the town would spend money on at this time. Selectmen Vice-chair Kim Roy said, “I’m sure the boy has good intentions, but the HOPS Playground, another recreational project is relying on volunteers and fundraising.”
Town Administrator Charles Seelig’s contract was discussed and approved for the year. The only change discussed publicly was unused vacation time being carried over to this year.
The next Halifax selectmen’s meeting is Tuesday, June 27. Open session starts at 7:30PM.