SHIRLEY -- With a few wrinkles ironed out, the two parties involved in a lease agreement at the War Memorial Building are poised to sign on.

Selectmen first reviewed the draft lease for the building last week. The document was based on an agreement between the landlord, WMB trustees, and the tenant, American Legion Post No. 183, the sole occupant of the building.

Each side had questions and concerns for Town Counsel Gary Brackett to weigh in on, and Town Administrator Patrice Garvin agreed to send to the attorney.

On Monday, Garvin told selectmen the two parties now had the attorney's answers, with a final copy of the lease expected soon.

"We're so close," selectmen Chairman Kendra Dumont said after the meeting, adding the lease should be ready for the board's approval in a couple of weeks, if not before.

Asked about terms, she said that information would be made public when the lease is finalized. As for the rent, she said it would be a monthly amount aimed at capturing the tenant's utility costs and that the town has no interest in making money on the deal.

During her weekly report to the board, Garvin said she reached out to the Shirley Charitable Foundation to seek a way to assist with funding for the American Legion Auxiliary-sponsored Veterans Day luncheon and that the Foundation had agreed to help.

A couple of weeks ago, Post Cmdr.


Lewis Criess and Veterans Services Officer Dwight Detillion, acting as private citizens, sent selectmen a letter requesting "up to $1,000" in town funds for the purpose.

Selectmen turned down the request.

"We'd love to," David Swain said at the time. But the town had no budget line for it. He suggested the funding request might be considered at a future Town Meeting if it was first vetted via the budget-building process.

"Just to be clear, it was your (Garvin's) work..." and a donation from the SCF that resulted in an infusion of cash to help defray the cost of the Veterans Day lunch, Dumont said. It did not come from the town.

"We did not find a mysterious pot of money," she said.

Foundation board member Ron Marchetti agreed. As a result of Garvin's outreach, the Foundation pitched in $250 "toward a meal for veterans and their families on Nov. 11," he said.