HARVARD — During an uncharacteristically brief meeting Tuesday night, selectmen breezed through an agenda that included appointments to the Personnel Board, Ambulance Squad, DPW and Cable Committee; consideration of a conservation restriction, approval of the 10-year Cable License with Charter Communications that has been a work-in-progress for awhile and discussion of future uses for the second floor of Town Hall, with or without the stage.
The agenda did not include discussion of possible places municipal offices might move to during the Town Hall renovation, which has been an unresolved issue for some time.
But Attorney William Solomon, who represented the town and worked with the Cable Committee during contract negotiations with Charter Communications, let it slip that the board might be flirting with the notion of temporarily moving out of town.
In an introductory remark that could have been merely a joking aside, Solomon said he’d been told that Town Hall could be relocated next time he had business there, either to 200 Ayer Road or the second floor of “Shirley Town Hall.”
The former was an option the board had previously discussed. The latter was not.
Since it would be a temporary move, an out of town location would be legal, Town Administrator Tim Bragan said after the meeting. It was not clear whether the eight-mile limit would apply. A previous Town Meeting restricted the move to an eight-mile radius of the center but when a later Town Meeting endorsed the new renovation design and temporary relocation plan, no such string was attached.
Seeking space, second time around, requests for proposals were sent out to surrounding towns as well as office building owners, basically asking if anyone had 4,000 square feet of rental space available to accommodate municipal offices for a year to 18 months.
Asked to confirm that Shirley might be interested, Shirley Town Administrator Patrice Garvin said she took the RFP at face value and would take stock accordingly.
But absent discussion of the details with her Harvard counterpart, she hasn’t taken it up with the selectmen as a serious proposal. The subject could come up in her report to the board next week, she said, after she talks to Bragan.
“I haven’t been able to reach him,” she said Wednesday morning. Meantime, she’s been scouting out town locations, including the Town Offices, that might fit.
“I would never turn away potential revenue,” she said. But at this point, there’s noting official in the works.
Attempts to reach Bragan for further comment were unsuccessful.