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PEPPERELL — The absence of Selectmen Chairman Joseph Sergi and Administrative Secretary Peggy Mazzola, coupled with an inability to telecast the March 8 meeting due to the unexplained absence of recording equipment, led board members to put off several decisions this week.

Among them was a decision about naming the rapidly blossoming covered bridge and dedicating the 2010 town report.

This year’s town report will be the first to be filed electronically, with comparatively few hard copies printed. The decision to bring the compilation into the computer age was made last year as a cost-saving measure.

“I want to hold off for a full board. There were three very good nominations,” said Vice Chairman Patrick McNabb.

Discussions have been ongoing and a citizen survey done regarding two suggested names for the covered bridge. Top candidates are “Pepperell Covered Bridge” and “Prudence Wright Covered Bridge.”

“Since we have an election (coming up in April), a non-binding question could be put on the ballot. Is that appropriate?” McNabb asked.

Town Administrator John Moak suggested that a ballot question could hinder election performance by the clerk’s office. There could be, he said, a question put to May Town Meeting voters.

Diane Cronin, who has discussed plans for an historic walkway at the scenic river view planned for the area to the east of the bridge, felt a ballot question “makes sense” given that survey results are at hand.

Moak said that state Rep. Robert Hargraves recently said it is best to keep the name of the Chester A. Waterous Bridge, because changing the name might take an act of the Legislature. The bridge design was adapted by Mass Highway and the project is paid for with federal and state funds.

Earlier this winter Hargraves spoke with DPW Director Robert E. Lee during a site visit, at which he stated a personal preference for “Pepperell Covered Bridge.”

The two selectmen did make some decisions:

* They voted intent to lay out Beaver Creek Circle as a public way and set an April 12 date for a public hearing.

* A hearing for licensing the town’s cable television provider will also be held on April 12. A one-year license is sought by Charter Communications. McNabb explained that a waiver to allow a one-year license must be obtained from the Department of Community Development before the hearing.

* The board granted a one-day wine and beer license to the Community Church for April 10.

The church will conduct an Italian Night fundraiser for the benefit of Pepperell Aid from Community to Home (PACH), which includes a 5:30-6:30 p.m. social hour in the parish house before offering a spaghetti supper, fashion show, auction and coffee-can raffle in the church.

Selectmen waived the fee for the one-day license.

* On Monday March 15, closed-door contract talks with Police Lt. David Scott regarding the chief’s job will continue.

Moak explained that after Police Chief Alan Davis retires March 12, internal protocol automatically makes Scott the interim chief. Davis has wholeheartedly endorsed Scott’s candidacy for the job.