It is a local election season like none we have seen before, and the town's two candidates in the only contested election on the ballot are missing out on opportunities to see the voters and make their case.
The 60-year-old building had been occupied by Central Markets and its successor Price Chopper until the latter closed in 2016. The property has been for sale but has not evoked enough interest from a buyer despite the neighborhood's hopes a small grocer might be interested.
The vote was 3-2 with Chairman David Rhinemiller, Dave Krzeminski and Lisa Gazaille in favor and Sandra Moderski and Michael Mach against. The matter will now get passed to the Board of Selectmen to be put on a warrant article which will then be taken up at Town Meeting.
Girard said they reached out to the city's engineering department, building commissioner, and the permitting coordinator and submitted some new plans. He said because the change was so minor the building inspector signed off on it and they blocked off the area and prepared for construction.
The 40R Smart Growth Overlay District would target certain areas for redevelopment into market rate and affordable housing with potential for commercial clients as well. However, the proposed adoption of the state measure created opposition among residents who fear it will negatively impact the town's character and open the door to low-income housing.
Engie North America Inc. was seeking an extension to special permits previously issued for projects at 405 South Main St. (Skyline Country Club), 550 North Main St. (Pillar LLC), and land on Partridge Road owned by Petricca Development.
The installation by award-winning artist Martin Puryear has been stored in crates in the corner of the parking lot behind Big Y for the last couple years after being on display in Philadelphia and New York City.
It took three public hearings and a site visit before the board definitively voted 7-1, without discussion, to approve the complex of 48 camping sites, event venue and one-bedroom bed and breakfast. Planner Lawrence Taft was the lone no vote.