The board of selectmen met Tuesday, Nov. 14, beginning with the swearing in and pinning of new members of the Halifax Fire Department. Derek Coveney, Steven Enright, Richard Ferguson, Peter Hogan, and Dillon Riley were all recognized as full time members. Robert Beary, Reid Broderick, Kevin Heath, Evan McSherry, and Keith Pontes were recognized as call department members.
The meeting reassembled with members of HOPs to bring forth the idea of designated parking spots for library patrons at the public library. Currently, the lot is used for the park, library, and acts as an alternate lot for the fields behind the school. It was noted that the lot is being filled up before the opening hours of the library most Saturdays due to town sporting events on the weekends.
The board addressed issues of turf wars over the spots and that there is nothing set up to enforce those parking spaces. “Perhaps more spots within that lot could lower the issue or even a sign indicating another lot to use if full”, stated Selectman Troy Garron. The board was unable to come to a decision due to the potential plans of HOPS adding a walkway and benches in that area.
The finalization of an Eagle Scout’s project was announced, stating that two plastic benches to mimic wood are planning on being created for the Town of Halifax to enjoy.
The idea of a truck exclusion from Pine Street was considered by the board. The problem is that heavier trucks have been using Pine Street to cut off the intersection between routes 106 and 105, causing the bridge on Pine Street to begin to crumble due to the excessive weight. Residents of Thompson and Pine streets appeared before the board to explain their thoughts regarding this idea of the truck exclusion. The majority ruled it a bad idea since traffic would switch back to the intersection between route 105 and 106, creating traffic blocks and difficulty at the intersection. The board agreed to give the town surveyor their concerns and ideas of signs warning drivers of a weight limit, which will be addressed in the agenda on Dec. 12.
Members of Hudson Street also met before the board to state their concerns over the lack of speed limit signs in their area. Multiple families presented the fears and limitations they face due to speeding vehicles passing by each day. The suggestion of two “Thickly settled” or “30 mph” signs were brought forth by residents of Hudson Street which was quickly approved by the members of the board. Other notes regarding a “School bus stop” sign to be placed on the curve of Hudson Street and other concerns will be brought up to the Safety Department.
Thoughts regarding an emergency exit for the Town Hall were discussed, but no decision was made.
There will be a special town meeting on Nov. 20 regarding funding for HOPS.
The meeting ended with selectmen discussing the donation of vehicles from Davis Automotive to the Fire Department where they are used for the Jaws of Life training required for all members.
The next Selectmen’s Meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 20.