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Byline: Ann G. Forcier

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Debra A. Lucey, dba The Black Crow at 29 W. Main St., received an all-alcohol license at a recent public hearing held by selectmen.

Ms. Lucey and her partner, William M. Booth, both from Belchertown, say they are eager to relocate here, open the pub and eventually run a restaurant. They said they will offer family-style entertainment. The owners invite abutters and townspeople to let them know about any concerns or suggestions.

Selectmen have recently chosen the photograph and dedication for the 2006 annual report. The photograph is of Mahar Regional School, both old and new. The report is dedicated to former regional school Superintendent Eileen Perkins.

Selectmen approved a recent petition from the American Legion to change the manager of its alcohol license from Kenneth MacKnight to Donald J. Hurtle.

The continued hearing set for Feb. 21 to discuss the Athol-Orange Elks' request to alter its liquor license to include an expanded area was continued until March 21 at 8 p.m. Town Administrator Rick Kwiatkowski said the club needs more time to gather information.

Whether building permit fees will be waived for the Pioneer Junior Women's project to build a structure that will house the new ladder truck will be decided at the selectmen's meeting on March 21.

Building Inspector Brian Gale sent a letter to selectmen to say that he, Electrical Inspector Jay Blackbird and Gas Inspector John Dolan are not opposed to waiving the fees, because as the town will eventually own the building and because it is being built with donated money.

Town Administrator Rick Kwiatkowski told selectmen they needed to consider the message they would send in waiving fees. He said the town cannot be perceived to have any role in the volunteer project, though the building will eventually be donated to the town. He said the waiving of the fees could be perceived to mean the town is involved in the project.

Selectman Robert Andrews agreed. Selectman Steve Adam said he "hates to put a wet blanket on volunteer efforts" and wanted to make a few calls to find out more about information on the effect waiving fees for this project would have on future projects.

Accessibility for the disabled is still an issue at the Wheeler Memorial Library, Library Director Walt Owens told selectmen recently. Mr. Owens said the library needs renovation and expansion to meet access requirements, book storage and computer space to respond to patron demands.

He said a group is reforming to draft an expansion plan smaller than one proposed a few years ago, but still meeting needs. He said he expects it will take about five years before plans and grant money are ready. In the meantime, he said, volunteers are working on fundraisers to cover part of the town's cost for expansion.

Town meeting voters in May might see an article asking them to spend up to $15,000 for sewer line upgrades on East River Street, following a recent suggestion from selectmen.

The suggestion surfaced during an informational meeting between the board and Developer James McBride with his engineer, Carlos Quintal, about a 35-home building lot bounded by the Millers River, Pinecrest, Shingle Swamp Brook and East River Street.

Selectman Robert Andrews had requested the meeting because of his concerns about placing septic systems close to the river. The board was asked for its comments on the Indian Ridge Real Estate Development plan under review by the Planning Board.

Mr. McBride said he would like to build 52 homes on the lot, but can do so only if the project ties into the sewer system. Mr. Andrews said he preferred that to the septic systems. Mr. Quintal said the town's 8-inch line would need to be replaced.

Selectmen decided they had no comment on the 35-home and septic system plan before the Planning Board; however, board members said they would like to continue discussions to see whether the plan might be amended for a higher number of homes tied to the town's sewer system.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Mar 2, 2007
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