Nate Coombe from Boy Scout Troop 39 met with the Halifax Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, June 27, to present his Eagle Scout Project. Coombe wants to build two benches at the veteran’s memorial across the street from the Town Hall. He also wanted to plant some sort of shrubbery around the memorial and flag pole.
All members of the Board of Selectmen support the project and thanked Coombe for his future efforts, but want a focus on simplicity when it comes to the memorial. One version of the plan had three benches instead of two. Selectmen Vice-chair Kim Roy said she thinks three is too many. Selectmen Chair Thomas Millias agreed with Roy. He said, I like the simplicity of two benches.”
Selectmen Clerk Troy Garron said he thinks it’s a great idea to put a couple of benches near the memorial, but said shrubbery/ flowers may take away from the focus of the memorial being on the memorial itself. Roy also said, “I want it to be something that can be maintained in a beautiful way.” She said other great Eagle Scout projects around town have sadly not been maintained after the fact the way they should.
Garron, who is a veteran said, “I think your ideas are good, but the main reason for the monument itself is to attract people to the memorial.” Garron had concern about people loitering and hanging out at the memorial for the wrong reasons if too much is done there.
Nate Coombe was open and understanding to the Board’s suggestions. He said that two benches is fine and said they would match the benches on the hill. Selectmen Chair Thomas Millias suggested mahogany as a possible material because it doesn’t involve much maintenance.
Troy Garron made a shrubbery suggestion in case Nate still wanted to plant something for the project. He said he couldn’t speak for the whole board, but suggested Hosta as a potential plant because it is relatively low maintenance.
The Board of Selectmen approved Nate Coombe’s project barring comments from the Veteran’s Agent and the Beautification Committee. This makes Nate the seventh current Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 39.
Fire Department Update
Town Administrator Charles Seelig informed the Board of Selectmen that the fire station garage door repairs went out to bid. However, there was only one bid and that landed above the $19,000 appropriated at this year’s Annual Town Meeting. The one bid was for $23,994.
Seelig said, “This is more than what was appropriated at town meeting, but the Fire Chief feels he has sufficient money.” This money would come from the station’s maintenance account.
Chairman Thomas Millias asked if there was a problem with this, but Seelig said he checked in with the Town Accountant and that there is no issue. The Board of Selectmen approved this request to use the fire station’s maintenance account to offset the rest of the costs of the repairs.
Wage and Personnel Update
Erika Rossini was appointed to Halifax’s Wage and Personnel Board via a joint vote between the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee Chair Gordon Andrews.
Rossini said she’s been a resident of Halifax since the early 90s and has served on the PTO with the schools for many years. She said that getting involved with her kid’s education was important to her and drove her being on the PTO for so many years.
The Board of Selectmen asked Rossini why she wanted to be on this board specifically. Rossini said she heard the plea at Annual Town Meeting since there currently isn’t a Wage and Personnel Board in town. She hopes this will inspire others to join. Rossini said, “We need to try to recruit people to this board.”
Selectmen Vice Chair Kim Roy asked Erika for a commitment to attending all Annual Town Meetings and that it’s something they ask all volunteers to do because it’s where decisions are made on fund allocations and tax dollars. Rossini committed without reservation.
Rossini is excited to start this role. She says she thinks she’ll enjoy it and learn a lot about the roles and responsibilities of the other boards and committees. Rossini’s term runs until June 30, 2020.
After July 10, 2017, Town Adminstrator Charles Seelig said much of Halifax Elementary School parking lot will have parking restrictions because of the school roof construction project. The ban will be within the working hours of 6AM-4PM.
This will not affect parking for the annual Halifax Fireworks scheduled for Saturday, July 1. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m
Selectman Vice chair Kim Roy commended the work done by this year’s Firework’s Committee. She said that a lot of the members of this year’s committee are new, but are certainly committed. She praised their work on events around the family fun day going on before the fireworks.
Family Fun Day starts at 11 a.m. on the Town Hall Green. The event includes fun activities such as a pie eating contest and a cake decorating contest. More details can be found on the town website.
The next selectmen’s meeting is Tuesday, July 11. Open session starts at 7:30 p.m.