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Select Board Corner

Plastic Bag Ban: This program will begin Aug. 6. Be sure to bring your reusable bags to the stores.

Town Manager: Jay Moynihan is our interim town manager. You can contact him at jmoynihan@longmeadow.org. The advertisement has been posted for the new town manager’s position. If you have some opinions on what we should be looking for in a new town manager or regarding the future of Longmeadow as a town, please send an email to Tom Lachiusa at tlachiusa@longmeadow.org. On July 25, there will be a reception at the Community House from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for Stephen Crane. Be sure to stop by to thank him for his services and to say goodbye.

New Adult Center: We have begun construction on the new Adult Center. Safety fencing is up. Be sure to take extra care when going to use the park facilities for the rest of the summer. Though extensive safety planning has occurred around this project children must be reminded to following the rules. There is also a group in town who have formed a nonprofit to raise funds for the new center. There are naming opportunities. If you are interested contact Marybeth Bergeron at mberge4527@aol.com.

Tennessee Pipeline Project: The Select Board voted to not buy the property from Longmeadow Country Club. Our counsel informed us the cost would have to be the full $2.7 million and the metering station could still be built in the area. The Select Board also voted to hire new counsel and an expert. The hazardous material bylaw is still waiting for approval by the Attorney General.

We received a citizen’s petition for a zoning bylaw change regarding utility facilities in residential areas. On Aug. 20 there will be a Town Meeting at 7 p.m. at the high school regarding this bylaw. The bylaw will have to also go for approval to the Attorney General’s office.

Traffic Bump: The cost of decreasing the elevation of the traffic bump on Williams Street has increased to over $38,000. We decided to put the funding request on the Aug. 20 Town Meeting warrant.

Special Projects: The paving project near Town Hall will include charging stations. Solarize Longmeadow has finished the project with amazing results. Solar installations have been placed on 45 homes. Thank you to Steve Marantz and everyone who helped with this project.

Recreational Facilities: The pools and tennis courts are up and working except the children’s pool at Bliss Park. Unfortunately, the DPW has not been able to find the source of the leak. Children in diapers will have to use the splash pad at Greenwood Park. Hopefully, the DPW will find the answer soon.

Please report any problems at the parks to DPW and/or the town manager.

Storm Cleanup: Our Emergency Management Team and the residents worked together to complete the clean up in record time. Thank you, everyone, for the excellent work. Any new debris you collect should be taken directly to the Recycle Center. Be sure to sign up for town alerts on our website. Be sure to include your cell phone in case you lose electricity.

The Select Board Corner is provided on behalf of the board by its chair, Marie Angelides, as an informational resource for Longmeadow residents. Contact Angelides at mangelides@longmeadow.org with questions or comments.