By Hiroko Sato
LITTLETON -- Buses with the words, "CrossTown Connect," printed on their sides may start running across Littleton and the surrounding region in the near future, helping people get to their destinations without having to drive themselves.
It's a new public-transportation system that seven towns, including Littleton and Westford, are trying to launch by forming some partnerships with private corporations. When the service begins, many area workers would be able to take the train from Boston and hop on the bus to their offices. The buses would also allow seniors to visit friends, shops and doctor's offices that are beyond the reach of regional transportation authorities. The more towns that agree to participate in the collaborative project, the larger the service area would be.
"We want an intermunicipal agreement on steroids," Doug Halley, public-health director for the town of Acton, which serves as the lead town in the initiative, said as he asked for Littleton selectmen's support.
At their meeting Monday night, selectmen agreed to sign the seven-town inter-municipal agreement to join CrossTown Connect, contingent upon the town counsel's review. Town Administrator Keith Bergman said such a transportation system holds a key to the area's economic development and that Littleton has worked with area municipal governments for the past two years toward the agreement.
Also at Monday night's meeting, Bergman said a proposal for a marijuana cultivation site at 263 King St. in Littleton is expected to be filed with the state by the Thursday deadline. The town has a moratorium on marijuana-related facilities until June 30 next year. Bergman said he has made the applicant aware of the moratorium. Selectmen Chairman Ted Doucette suggested selectmen meet with the applicant in the near future.
The board spent time weighing on what should be appropriate punishment for Pub on the Common, which they say has provided alcohol to intoxicated individuals on two separate occasions in July.
Sgt. Jeff Patterson at the Littleton Police Department recommended he was satisfied with owner Greg Ehlers' handling of the issue and recommended a "warning" rather than a punishment.
But Selectmen Alex McCurdy and Jenna Brownson stressed the importance of holding the business accountable. The board issued a seven-day suspension "in advance for 12 months," meaning the suspension will automatically kick in should there be a third offense.