WEEK AHEAD: Ames Nowell planning; Board of Health opening; select, finance, aging, conservation, school, open space, housing, water boards to meet

It’s Valentines Day.  It’s the day after the Super Bowl. We just got 6 inches of snow. Let’s keep this short. 


After a COVID-19-related hiatus, the Ames Nowell Master Plan Committee will meet Thursday to start finishing up it’s work creating a list of needs and plans for the state park. The committee has a draft plan that features items such as getting permanent bathroom facilities, improvingtrail markings, and completing the purchase of the Pohrecky Estate at the north end of the park.  But the committee certainly needs to discuss what needs have changed, if any, over past two years, and how the effort can be sustained moving forward.  The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Buckley Room.  


An unexpected resignation by a Board of Health member last week means Selectmen need to decide whether to fill the seat during the upcoming Town Elections, or fill it by by appointment. Christina Fifer left the board last week with one year left on her term. Because of the timing, selectmen have until Feb. 28 to vote to put the seat on this year’s election ballot, according to a memo Town Clerk Leanne Adams provided to the board. Doing so gives interested residents enough time to solicit signatures for nomination papers. If Selectmen do nothing, the seat will be filled during a future joint meeting with the remaining Board of Health. 

If Selectmen do place the seat on the ballot, there will be four Board of Health seats up for grabs on Election Day. The seats held by Aaron Christian and Melissa Pond are up as part of the regular three-year rotation. Whoever wins those two seats will earn full three-year terms. The seat that was held until last week by Andrew King, who also resigned, was already on the ballot in order to fill the seat’s remaining two years.



Board of Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes an executive session to discuss complaints or charges against a public officer, employee, or staff member, or individuals, and to discuss litigation. The board will also discuss vacancies on the Board of Health and Strawberry Valley Golf Course committees, a budget and operational review with Police Chief David DelPapa, and a discussion and possible vote on placing multiple parcels into conservation protections.  


Abington/Rockland Joint Water Works, 3:30 p.m., 366 Centre Avenue. Agenda includes financial reports, comments from the public, and comments from commissioners. 

Joint Meeting of the Conservation & Open Space Committees, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Agenda includes a discussion with Melissa Cryan from the state Division of Conservation Services, and a discussion about placing a number of parcels into conservation protection. 

Council on Aging, 6 p.m., Senior Center. Agenda includes a report from the director. 

School Committee, 7 p.m., Middle/High School Auditorium. Agenda includes the introduction of Jessica Sullivan as AMS assistant principal, and reports from department heads. 


Housing Authority, 6 p.m., 71 Shaw Avenue. Agenda includes the approval of bills, and public comment. 

Finance Committee, 7 p.m., via Zoom. Agenda includes a review of the school department budget


Ames Nowell Master Plan Committee, 7 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a review of the draft master plan, a discussion on park needs, and public comment

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