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Selectmen's Notebook: Timetable For New Police Chief To Be Named

Jan 12, 2017 12:49PM ● By Andrew Sylvia

Dracut Town Hall

While operating hours at the Centerville Sportsmen’s Club took up most of the discussion at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, it wasn’t the only topic on the docket. Here are a few of the other items discussed during the meeting.

Public Hearing Period for Elm Terrace APR Reduced

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has proposed to purchase part of the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) owned by the Elm Terrace Family Trust, and the Selectmen unanimously agreed to reduce the public hearing period from 120 to 60 days.

Located on 52A Avis Avenue, Town Meeting voters approved the use of Community Preservation Act funds to be used to assist in the purchase of the Elm Terrace property, which has been used as a farm for decades.

If the APR is finalized, the property would be placed into agricultural use under state law in perpetuity.

Members of the trust requested the change due to scheduling surrounding current agricultural practices on the lot occurring this year.

Timeline for Permanent Police Chief Search Announced

Town Manager James Duggan announced that applications are now being accepted for the position of Dracut’s Police Department Chief.

Duggan delayed the acceptance of applications following investigation on how much preference should be given to veterans for the position.

Ultimately, applicants will be ranked on a point system, with veterans and those with at least 25 years of experience in law enforcement receiving bonus points.

Applications will be open until Feb. 1, and an assessment of the candidates will take place on Feb. 16, 17 and possibly 18.

Duggan told the board that whoever is chosen for the position will likely be installed sometime in April.

School Choice Week Proclaimed

The Selectmen unanimously and tepidly endorsed that the Jan. 22 to 28 be declared as “School Choice Week” after a motion made by Chairwoman Alison Hughes.

Hughes made the motion after receiving an e-mail from a group requesting the proclamation. The e-mail noted that last year, over 240 local leaders along with 33 governors and every member of the U.S. Senate endorsed the proclamation, which seeks to raise awareness of educational options in a non-political and non-partisan manner.

The endorsement did not engender significant enthusiasm from members of the board, but it also did not face any opposition either, as other members of the board were happy to support Hughes’ motion regarding the proclamation.

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