Selectmen Approve Ladder Truck Bid
The Fire Department will be able to replace its 27-year-old ladder after town officials approved the $765,724 contract on Thursday.
The Board awarded the $765,724 contract to Pierce Manufacturing (of Appleton, WI), which made the sole bid on Dec. 13.
According to Fire Chief Michael Cassidy, who attended Thursday's meeting, "the bid pricing, plus any approved change orders, the acquisition of miscellaneous loose equipment required but not part of the scope of the bid, and installation of radios will still be under the Special Town Meeting appropriation from October (of last year)."
On Oct. 25, Special Town Meeting voters opted to borrow $850,000 for the new ladder truck and several other capital expenses. Town officials considered sharing with Hopkinton, which doesn't have a ladder truck, and forming partnerships with other communities, but ultimately decided that a new truck's importance to public safety was too great.
The current ladder truck has been in use since 1983.
In other news, the Board approved alcoholic beverage licenses to 11 businesses: Bazel's Pizza & Subs, Bertucci's Restaurant, Country Liquors, Casey's Crossing, Pejamajo Café, Depot Package Store, The Fairview at Pinecrest, Holliston Wine & Spirits, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rt. 16 Convenience Beer & Wine and The Wine House.
The Board also approved two automatic amusement (coin-operated) device licenses (VFW and Casey's Crossing) and four used car dealer licenses (Holliston Truck & Equipment Co., Hometown Auto Service and Sales, Inc., Keystone Automotive and Scooby Truck Sales).
Also at Thursday's meeting:
— Selectmen warned residents not to park their cars in the street, especially during snow removal. The Town of Holliston is in the midst of an overnight winter parking ban, which extends from Nov. 1-March 31 from 1-5 a.m.
Selectmen also asked that residents remove free-standing basketball hoops from town property. This weekend's thaw, they said, would provide a good opportunity to do that.
— The Board approved Rachel Kagno's appointment to the Arts Council.
— The Board also approved an agreement to swap land access with NStar. In exchange for NStar having access to the Town's land on Adams St., the Town can now enter NStar's land on Fiske St.