Dedham Board of Selectmen
January 18, 2018
Town Hall, O’Brien Meeting Room
26 Bryant Street, Dedham, MA 02026
Board/Committee members in attendance
Dennis Teehan, James MacDonald, Michael Butler, Dennis Guilfoyle, Brendan Keogh
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Dennis Teehan and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Open discussion was offered, but there was none.
Discussion & Vote Re: Quarry Road Layout
Request to make Quarry Road a public way was reviewed, approved unanimously. This will be a warrant article for the May Town Meeting.
Discussion & Vote Re: Request for Non-Exclusive Loading Zone (Milton Street)
The Board received a letter from a Milton Street resident regarding the establishment of a non-exclusive loading zone on Milton Street. Motion was made to submit the request to Engineering to make a recommendation to the Board on this request. Approved unanimously.
Actions by BOS
Discussion & Vote Re: Traffic Calming on Ford Street
The Board received a request from a Ford Street resident to apply traffic calming measures on that street. Motion was made to submit the request to Engineering to make a recommendation to the Board on this request. Approved unanimously.
Town Manager’s Report
The Town Manager’s office has been busy preparing for the Special Town Meeting. The Ames Town Hall Report is incomplete, due to pending meetings with the surety company and the contractor. The schedule is still not acceptable. The General Contractor is already falling behind on the plan they presented 2 weeks ago. A Daily Work Level sheet has been provided. The level of work this week is roughly the same as last week. The Contractor does not appear to be taking the schedule seriously enough. The fire in the building last Friday was due to welder smolder. It was partially the result of playing catch-up on the project, doing work that should have been completed earlier, tearing down walls to make repairs. Luckily the Fire Detail on site caught the welding smolder early and the fire was extinguished with minimal damage to the site. Safety features in the building were reviewed the next day. Sprinklers can’t be turned on until the heat is permitted. Substandard materials are in the process of being replaced with higher quality materials (cost to be absorbed by the General Contractor). Schedule is falling behind due to repairs and rework necessary to get the quality of the work up to standards. The project was also understaffed in the beginning.
Public Hearing – Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless – Installation of Wireless Antenna on Existing Pole on Needham Street
Brendan Keough abstained from the discussion and vote on this issue due to his employment relationship with Verizon.
The Verizon Wireless attorney explained that a wireless antenna will be mounted to an existing telephone pole on Needham Street. No ground equipment will be necessary. This is needed because existing antennas cannot handle capacity. One abutter asked why the antenna couldn’t be mounted further down the road, toward Rt 128 and further from residences. The Verizon Attorney explained that Radio Frequency Engineers identified the area that is in need of fill-in service. Another resident asked why a permit is necessary for this project. It was explained that anyone doing something to a utility pole is required to come before the Board of Selectmen because it is “in the public way” and there are legal requirements that need to be met.
Motion to close the public hearing was made and approved 4-0 (Brendan Keough abstaining).
Motion to approve the installation of the antenna was made and approved 4-0 (Brendan Keough abstaining).
Motion to adjourn at 7:45 p.m. unanimously approved.
Notes taken by Heather Springer
Keywords: Quarry Road, Milton Street, Needham Street, Ford Street, Ames Building, Special Town Meeting, Local Government 101, Dedham Square Crawl
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