SHIRLEY — An article deep into the Annual Town Meeting warrant called for extending the sewer district to Myles Lane. The article drew some discussion but ultimately passed.
Selectman Leonardo “Chip” Guercio, who chairs the Sewer Commission, said the commissioners favor the move. “This proposal is for Phase I of the Meadows,” he said; specifically, for four parcels that won’t support in-ground septic systems. The lots are slated for new homes, Guercio said, and the developer will pay all the costs of extending the sewer line, with no betterments assessed to Myles Lane residents.
A trunk line will connect the spur to the main sewer line on Clark Road, Guercio said, and there will be no maintenance buildings or other construction. Asked if the dig would stir up silt that might filter into wetlands or if the “fragile area” might flood, DPW Director Joseph Lynch acknowledged that “surface flow has been an issue” but he said “lots of watchdogs” will be tracking the project, such as the Conservation Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The contractors hired to do the work are bonded and insured, Guercio added.
Voters agreed to accept Derby Drive as a town road when they passed Article 21.
Article 22 called for adopting Chapters 138 and 33B, provisions in Massachusetts General Law that allow restaurants to start selling and serving liquor at 11 a.m. on Sundays. The owner of the Piccolino Club asked for this article, which moves back the opening hour on Sunday in Shirley from its current time of noon to 11 a.m. The Pic wants to add Bloody Marys to its Sunday brunch bill of fare, Selectman Chairman David Swain explained, and the motion passed.
The final article on the warrant called for the conveyance of land, the “infamous 56 Fredonian Street,” said Swain. The parcel, which had been in land court for a long time and was recently turned over to the town for back taxes, will be ceded to Habitat for Humanity. The charitable organization plans to build an affordable house on the property.
The town at last year’s town meeting gave Habitat a parcel of land on Mt. Henry Street to build on, but when the group learned the Fredonian Street land was freed up, they opted for that parcel instead and asked the selectmen for a swap. Swain said the town plans to sell the Mt. Henry parcel to recoup the cost of demolishing the dilapidated house at 56 Fredonian Street and pay the back taxes and interest that have accrued on the property for many years.