TOWN HALL LIVE: Updates from the Feb. 28 Board of Selectmen’s meeting

Selectman Alex Hagerty congratulated Abington High School boys basketball and boys hockey teams for making the playoffs

Selectman Alex Bezanson promoted the HUG Foundation’s charity hockey game against the Boston Bruins Alumni. The game is April 9 at the Rockladn Ice Rink at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids.

Selectman Tim Chapin reminded people that the St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduled for March 20 at 1 p.m.

Planning Board Chairman Wayne Smith gave an update on a number of zoning bylaws changes that will be on the Town Meeting warrant. Smith said he was hesitant to give opinions on the items as the board has not yet held its required public hearing. The articles include allowing cannabis cultivation and manufacturing along Chestnut Street, requiring commercial properties that acquire new land to provide buffers between residential properties, allowing the construction of battery energy storage structures, limiting the construction of multi-family housing along Route 18, and improving tree coverage on subdivisions.  

The Planning Board’s public hearing on the articles is scheduled for March 7 at 6 p.m.

Bruce Hughes, chairman of the Community Preservation Committee, gave an update on projects that will be funded in FY 23. They include $40,000 to fix the exedra at the Gliniewicz Way rotary, $66,000 to remove invasive weeds from Island Grove Pond, $60,000 to rebuild the Island Grove snack shack, $40,000 for upgrades to the softball fields behind Beaver Brook Elementary School, $40,000 for a grant writer for the Memorial Bridge restoration project, and $100,000 to the Affordable Housing Trust.

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