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High-level meeting called to discuss transportation $


AYER — With the goal of securing funds to underwrite Ayer’s downtown parking program, local officials will attend an Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) pow-wow on July 13.

The meeting is in response to an EOT letter, sent June 8, that said “several issues” need to be discussed before the governor’s office will transfer some $5.15 million in state and federal grant money into an account the town can use for its parking plan.

The Board of Selectmen discussed the meeting briefly at its July 10 session and decided the pow-wow should be posted as an open meeting, since a quorum of the board may be present.

Selectmen Frank Maxant and Carolyn McCreary said they were attending, while Cornelius “Connie” Sullivan said he may as well.

It was Selectman Pauline Conley who motioned to have the meeting posted, in the event the selectmen were asked to make any decisions there.

In deliberating that question, board Chairman Gary Luca questioned whether the meeting needed to be posted; he described the session as a staff-level and informational meeting.

Nevertheless, the board voted to post the meeting, which will take place at the Ayer Town Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13.

Transportation officials, Ayer’s delegates at the Statehouse, and the congressional offices of Marty Meehan and John Olver are also expected to attend.

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