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Firefighters Honored, Resident Concerned About Lightbulbs

The following is part of a transcript from the Jan. 27, 2014 Chelmsford Board of Selectmen meeting. For the full meeting, click here. 

7:00 p.m.

The meeting began with an announcement by Fire Department Chief James Curran informed the board of commendations given to several members of the Chelmsford Fire Department for their work at the Woodcrest Fire, earning them the Massachusetts Firefighter of the Year award.

This was followed by George Simonian, who announced new members of the Chelmsford High School Athletics Hall of Fame and informed the public about an awards ceremony that will induct

7:10 p.m.

John Edward of Housing Advisory Board discussed several programs that help renting and owning homes in Chelmsford more affordable.

7:13 p.m.

Mary Donovan of Tanglewood Drive asked a question about a fee for telephone poles, as a light bulb was out on her street. She was told to contact the Department of Public Works, which told her that the bulb could not be replaced until spring.

Donovan believed waiting until spring was too long to wait due to the darkness on her street.

Town Manager Paul Cohen said that all of the lights in town are being replaced by LED lights, and there was a miscommunication.

Donovan also informed the board that the electricity will be turned off in her neighborhood in the near future for the removal of another pole (#58).

Cohen added that the town purchased all the light bulbs ten years ago and the surcharge was likely an underground utility fee from Verizon.

7:18 p.m.

Selectman Pat Wotjas provided a listing of vacancies on town committees.

Three one-day liquor licenses were given to North Town Hall

A common victualer license was issued to new owners of the Subway on Parkhurst Road. 

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