By John Anderson
Due to the Monday holiday, the Board of Selectmen moved their bi-weekly meeting to Tuesday, and a hefty agenda moved with them. With extra time before five hearings on alleged liquor license violations, Chairman Doreen Goodrich invited Police Chief Andrew Sluckis, Jr. to the podium. Chief Sluckis recognized Officer Brian Kennedy for his life saving efforts last summer on School Street.
Kennedy responded to a call for a collapsed man, and, after some searching, found a male in cardiac arrest on a crashed lawnmower. The officer removed the victim and performed CPR until AFRD paramedics arrived. The victim survived and is recovering. Kennedy was previously awarded the Police Commendation Medal from Chief Sluckis and the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Coalition of Police.
As we reported yesterday, all five establishments accused of selling alcohol to a minor were sanctioned by the Board following established guidelines. The fact that these violations occurred after repeated announcements in the media is of concern, and the Selectmen were not shy about lecturing each business representative.
Town Manager Julie Jacobson updated the board on the Department of Development & Inspectional Services which lost 3 employees over the last four months. Darlene Coyle has been appointed the acting director since Adam Burney left for a similar job in Lunenburg. Former Building Commissioner Nick Antanavica, who now works in Northborough, will be working in Auburn several evenings each week to assist with permits and inspections.
Former Building Inspector Chris Lund, working for West Boylston, will work in town on Fridays to also assist with inspections. DPW employee Caleb Moody was appointed as a Special Municipal Employee so he can work additional hours. Moody has qualified to take the State Building Inspector’s Exam and is seeking experience in the field.
During this report, Vice-Chair Ken Holstrom made a motion for the Town Manager to do a salary survey for municipal employees in the roles of this department. All former employees indicated salary was a factor in their moving to another community. The motion passed.
Probably the biggest shocker on the agenda was the announcement of a purchase and sale agreement between Tilltime Investment Corp. and the Post family for 50 acres of land around Southold Rd. and south of Curtis St. Since this is currently listed as agricultural land, Auburn has the right of first refusal on the $2,865,000 property.
The proposed development would include at least 25 private homes and up to 198 apartments. Some of these would be deemed “affordable” but that does not mean subsidized housing by the state or federal government. The map shown here is conceptual and is not a finished plan for the project. Auburn Mass Daily will be providing additional information in the near future.