SHIRLEY — Cable Committee members Richard Dill and Enrico Cappucci told selectmen last Monday night that the new cable contract they’ve been negotiating with Comcast is on track and will be brought to them soon, pending another review by the full group and a final legal look-see by an attorney hired to help them.
A couple of dangling details to be worked out include establishing a cross-town connection between Ayer and Shirley to allow shared broadcast capabilities over the border and direct broadcasts from schools in both towns.
The conduit would be via a cable access option called the Education Channel. Added to two existing channels, it would be Shirley’s third cable access channel and will likely be initiated whether or not the new ComCast contract includes the two-town connection.
The expanded outreach initiative was inspired by the new Ayer-Shirley Regional School District.
“We need to ensure that the SPACO budget can cover it,” Dill told selectmen. “It’s part of our proposal to Comcast.”
“We’re bringing Ayer to the table for the first time,” Cappucci added.
Selectman Kendra Dumont wanted an update on a senior discount the Council on Aging director argued for.
Dill said that was one of the points the committee is “sticking to” with Comcast.
In other business, the board approved several gravel removal permits and renewed a raft of annual liquor and common victualler licenses.
They also approved Class II and Class III permits for a half dozen businesses to buy and sell used cars and junk parts, two of which were subject to payment of sewer betterments. Only one of the renewals drew public comment. Warila Auto Repair and Sales on Great Road.
A resident of Little Turnpike Road said he wanted to make sure that lighting issues were resolved. Told that the building inspector has been working with the property owner to “tone it down,” the man said bright lights on tall poles to protect the property cause a bright, radiant glow that outlines treetops along his abutting property and those of his neighbors. The business owners have been cooperative in talks with abutters, the man said, and he expects they will try to solve the problem, but he came to selectmen just to ensure the matter doesn’t get forgotten over time.