Thibodeau bring School Street parking, capital needs to selectmen


SHIRLEY — Selectmen scheduled a public hearing about a no parking zone on School Street for Feb. 27, after reviewing several parking issues.

“Right now School Street is posted no parking from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At 3:30 cars can park there. We’re requesting now that that side of the street be posted no parking all the time,” said police Chief Paul Thibodeau. “This is in answer to problems that school buses have had maneuvering (around) parked cars. It is a very congested area. It would be wise to post that side of the street no parking continuously.”

“The no parking one would be from the corner of School and Lancaster roads up to the tennis court (of the Lura A. White School),” he said.

While Thibodeau was there, the selectmen reviewed the 2007 capital plan for the Police Department. They voted to support submitting the request to the Finance Committee (FinCom).

“The police department is looking to replace a 1995 unmarked car with 115,000 miles on it with another unmarked car, a Ford 500. It’s a smaller car and a smaller (six-cylinder) engine. I believe the cost is $22,000.” said Thibodeau.

“We are working with the Technology Committee,” he said. “We have been having certain problems with our system. We’re running out of software support because the software company has moved their operations from Acton to the Midwest, and we are left with little or no support for the system.

“I have been working with Rich Dill,” Thibodeau said. “We will have a price within the next couple weeks and it (the software) is capable of doing a lot more than what we can now. It is quite an upgrade and the cost would be over $100,000,” he said.

“What would be helpful is if you could identify some of the pros and cons of the old system versus the new system,” said Selectman Leonardo (Chip) Guercio.

The chief committed to providing a comparison to the selectmen.