Plympton selectmen were treated Monday night to an introduction to the workings of the new recording equipment which will be installed in both Plympton and Halifax meeting rooms for HD broadcast either through the Area 58 web site or on local channels through Comcast subscriptions.
Area 58 general manager Richard Goulart showed the board where the main “brains” of the operation would be set up, and how one person would be able to operate three robotic cameras, for wide shots and closer for head and shoulders type shots, and also man the microphones. The installation would take place in the main assembly room.
Goulart said other meetings which need to be held in other Town House rooms would be served just as they always have.
“This is one of the things they promised to do for the towns of Halifax and Plympton and we will be able to better control the sound as well.”
“We are really excited about it. … Installation is scheduled for Monday Nov. 21st and Nov. 22nd, with a carryover day of the 23rd,” Goulart told the board.
Area58.net or area58.tv web site was displayed, and is “very user friendly,” he said. “We got that done at about half the cost that we budgeted.”
Goulart invited all to come to the Open House at the studio which has been constructed in the plaza right next to Cornerstone’s Pizza, 96 Main St., Rte. 58, Carver. Area 58 Community Access Media is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Silver Lake negotiations
The Silver Lake negotiations representative was going to be the chairman of the Kingston Finance Committee. Now it appears, according to Chairman Colleen Thompson, that the representative will be a member of the Kingston Board of Selectmen. Selectperson Christine Joy said that she would like to propose that the negotiations person be a member of one of the smaller towns, Halifax or Plympton, and would volunteer that her name “be put into the hat” for consideration of that position.
Thompson also asked Town Co-ordinator Dale Pleau to draft a letter to Rep. Thomas Calter and request that the legislature consider a change to the language of the legislation to sell the land in Kingston owned by the Silver Lake Regional School District, to amend the language to include town meeting votes by the towns as necessary to the sale approval.
Selectman John Traynor told the board that he had met with Calter at his Village Coffee Shop coffee hour last Saturday at which time Calter told him that no legislation of any contentious nature is being considered until after the first of the year. “So we have time,” Traynor said. Thompson said that she would like to contact Charlie Seelig, Halifax Town Administrator, to discuss the letter with him and to begin the process so that the smaller towns of Halifax and Plympton will have their voices heard.
Halifax has expressed its displeasure at seemingly being left out of the process and has said it would support such a measure.
Carver Urban Renewal
A copy of the most recent plan for the access roads and how they might mitigate heavy truck traffic will be sent to Plympton Town Counsel Ilana Quirk of Koppelman & Paige as well as to Plympton Highway Superintendent Jim Mulcahy for their input.
Selectmen voted to go forward with the Aggregation Plan for energy cost reduction. Pleau will get back to the selectmen with details about how to now proceed.
Selectmen will review license renewal applications and make site visits to confirm that the businesses are within their stated parameters and will be prepared to issue their recommendations for the January 1, 2017 date.
Chairman Thompson noted that there is one gravel removal permit which needs to be renewed by the end of October and despite several emails and mailings from the Board of Selectmen, they have had no response from the permit holder.
Thompson also noted the immediate need for a person to fill one position on the Planning Board that would finish out a term until election in May, 2017.
It is an ideal situation for someone to serve and see how they like it for a little more than six months. Anyone interested should contact the Board of Selectmen’s secretary, at the Town House, 781-585-2700.
Selectmen read a letter into the minutes from Fire Chief Warren Borsari thanking LiteControl on Spring Street for their generous donation of $1500 in light fixtures and equipment and that their electrician replaced all the broken fixtures in the Fire Station.
Selectmen will draft a letter of thanks to LiteControl.