Notes from the Feb. 16 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Horizon to get diesel fuel tank, Marc Pacheco strives to keep Taunton State Hospital open.

  • Town Offices will be closed Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • Selectmen Robert Kimball gave an update on the Conservation Committee public hearing for the team building camp proposed for Pheeny’s Island. While a lot of environmental issues need to be addressed, Kimball and selectwoman Mary Steele warned that no one knows what will be proposed next for the privately owned island. More on this developing story will be posted Monday on Norton Patch.
  • Selectmen approved the license for Horizon Beverage, 45 Commerce Way, to have an aboveground diesel storage tank that would hold 13,247 gallons of fuel.
  • Marc R. Pacheco, State Senator of the First Plymouth and Bristol District, requested selectmen to sign letters in support of keeping the Taunton State Hospital open. As of right now, the plans are to move most of the staff and patients to a facility Worcester. Selectmen agree with Pacheco that there is still a need for the hospital in the area. More on this story will be posted on Norton Patch.
  • Last week Yunits spoke with the Taunton Mayor about the waste management proposal. Representatives from Condyne also spoke to the president of City Counsel. The IMA meeting has been rescheduled. Yunits spoke with representatives from Mansfield about the cost of the waste treatment plant.
  • Beginning March 19, repairs will be made on Route 495 for the Bridgewater, Raynham, Taunton and Norton sections. Town Manager Michael Yunits said that he was unsure if the construction will be during the day or at night at this time.
  • Run 4 Norton High, a 5k, will take place Sunday, April 29 at Everett Leonard Park. Proceeds will be distributed by the Norton Parent Advisory Board in partnership with high school administration and staff to be used to support and enrich high school programs and experiences. For more information or to register, email run4nortonhigh@comcast.net.
  • Keep Norton Beautiful Day is May 5. From 9 to 11 a.m., volunteers will pick up trash and beautify the town. The first 200 volunteers to register will receive tee shirts. For more information or to sign up email info@keepnortonbeautiful.com.
  • This week a notice was given to all qualified sub-bidders. A permit was received for the sewer connection and the removal of the leach field. The groundbreaking of Norton High School will take place March 2 at the main entrance. The opening reception will begin 12:30 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. An optional tour will follow. http://norton.patch.com/articles/school-committee-approves-budget-for-next-year
  • Pesticide spraying exclusions must be filed with the Town Clerk by March 1. http://norton.patch.com/articles/pesticide-spraying-exclusions-to-be-filed-at-town-hall
  • The Kathy Bailey Memorial Basketball Game is Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Norton High School. Tickets are $8. Proceeds will provide support to 10 Norton families who are coping with terminal illness. For more information email ittakesacommunity@comcast.net.
  • The Finance Committee will get into budget season starting Wednesday.


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