Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Briefs from Tuesday night's Norwood Board of Selectmen meeting.
Successful Fall for Recreation Dept., Looking Forward to Holiday Season Gerald Miller, Superintendent of the Norwood Recreation Department, addressed the board of selectmen at their Tuesday night meeting to deliver his monthly report. Miller said the Halloween season was great for the Recreation Department, including events such as pumpkin painting, parents' night out and the new "Trunk or Treat" event on Oct. 20 - which he described as an alternative to trick-or-treating. Miller said hundreds of kids showed up and, in the words of one of those kids, it was nice to have an excuse to wear their costumes again. "It was a huge success," he said. The next big event for the department is the Holiday Extravaganza, to be held Sunday, Nov. 25 …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
After a long discussion, the motion by the Norwood Board of Selectmen carried by a close vote of 88-79.
Third time was the charm for the Norwood Board of Selectmen in their motion to rescind the so-called "Strong Chief" law, as the Town Meeting members voted to pass the motion at Monday night's continuation of the Special Town Meeting. After an hour and a half of discussion and voting, the motion carried by a tight vote of 88-79. The article called for the town to revoke its acceptance of sections 42, 43 and 44 of chapter 48 of Massachusetts General Law, providing for the establishment of a fire department to be under the control of an officer to be known as the Chief of the Fire Department. The acceptance was voted on in 1926. The revocation places the Chief and therefore the department under the Town Manager. Board of Selectmen chair …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Twelve articles remain to be voted on of the 22 on the warrant after three hours of meeting Thursday night.
The Norwood Special Town Meeting will continue tonight with 12 articles remaining for discussion and vote. If the meeting is not concluded on Monday evening it will be continued after the Thanksgiving holiday. Among the articles still left for consideration is a motion by the Board of Selectmen to rescind the Strong Chief Law - which would place control of the fire department directly in the hands of the Town Manager and Selectmen. All residents are encouraged to attend the Town Meeting and will be allowed to speak on the articles, whether or not they are a voting member. The full warrant is attached to this article. What is the most important issue on this warrant for you? How do you think the Town Meeting members should vote on these …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
At their meeting Tuesday the Board of Selectmen approved a license for a new restaurant taking over the closed Abbondanza location, discussed the new landscaping on the Town Common and established a committee to look into hiring a new Fire Chief.
Board Approves CV License for Unsal's Pizzeria Ristorante At their meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen held a Public Hearing for Engy, Inc., doing business as Unsal’s Pizzeria Ristorante to be opened on Washington St. in the center of town. Erol O. Unsal, of Quincy, would be opening the new restaurant in the location of the closed Cafe Abbondanza. It would be the same general concept, Unsal told the Board, with both pizzeria and dine-in restaurant areas. Unsal said he would hopefully apply for a liquor license for the restaurant side of the business for 2013. He said the pizzeria side would open first, possibly by Thursday morning pending approval of a final walk through by the Health Department. Unsal told the Selectmen he's …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Highlights from the agenda for the Norwood Board of Selectmen meeting, Oct. 23.
The Norwood Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in room 34 of Town Hall. Here are the highlights from issues on tonight's agenda: For a full agenda of tonight's meeting and minutes from previous meetings check out the town website here. To see video from previous meetings, visit the NPA-TV website here.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Board of Selectmen has discussed putting an article before the Town Meeting members on rescinding the 'Strong Chief' statute - what do you think?
At last week's Board of Selectmen meeting, the Board discussed bringing an article to the Town Meeting on Nov. 15 to rescind the "strong chief" statute in Norwood. The "strong chief" law in Massachusetts gives the fire chief sole control over hiring and firing in a department, as well as all fire department operations. According to the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 48, Section 42: Towns accepting the provisions of this section... may establish a fire department to be under the control of an officer to be known as the chief of the fire department.... He shall have full and absolute authority in the administration of the department, shall make all rules and regulations for its operation, shall report to the selectmen from time to time …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Board announced this week that they have come to an agreement with Fire Chief Michael Howard which will place him in Inactive Status pending his separation from employment with the Town of Norwood.
Following an executive session at the end of Tuesday night's meeting, the Board of Selectmen announced that they have reached an agreement with Norwood Fire Chief Michael Howard. The agreement places the Chief on Inactive Status pending his separation from employment with the town. The agreement will allow the town to move forward in hiring a new chief. The Board issued a full press release on the agreement Wednesday. See the text below: We are announcing that the Board of Selectmen has come to an agreement with Fire Chief Michael Howard which will place him in Inactive Status pending his separation from employment with the Town of Norwood. More importantly, the agreement allows the Board to move forward quickly to appoint a new Fire Chief…