Candidates weigh in on fixing the town’s roads...

Apr 19, 2019 by

WAKEFIELD — Four candidates are running for three positions on the Town Council in the April 23 Town Election. Incumbents Anthony Longo, Peter May and Ann McGonigle Santos are seeking re-election. Challenger Jonathan Chines is attempting to win one of those seats in his first run for local elective office. The Daily Item posed the same two questions to all of the candidates. Today, we publish their responses to the first question. QUESTION: This year, the DPW requested $1 million in town funds to supplement Chapter 90 state funds for road work. The Town Council reduced that amount to $500,000. What amount should the town appropriate for local roads? JONATHAN CHINES: As a member of the Finance Committee, I have supported increasing funding for road maintenance and resurfacing for the last two years, above and...

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Taxation without occupation

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published in the April 18, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA  First, they came for your plastic bags. Now, they’re back for your property rights. Article 26 on the April 29 Annual Town Meeting warrant proposes a new bylaw that would pertain to vacant storefronts. Under the proposed bylaw, property owners of first-floor storefronts that are vacant for more than 90 days would have to register with the Building Department. The property owner would then have four choices: 1) Fill the vacancy; 2) allow public art to be displayed in the space; 3) pay a $100 quarterly fee to the town; or 4) request a waiver from the Town Council. Having injected itself into the retail marketplace with the plastic bag ban, town government has now set its sights on the commercial real estate market....

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Minors served alcohol at two restaurants...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published in the April 18, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – Two local restaurants failed compliance checks conducted earlier this month by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) by serving alcohol to minors, according to ABCC documents obtained by the Daily Item. Tequilas at 979 Main St. in Greenwood and Sonny Noto’s at 49 Water St. both failed the compliance checks on April 1, 2019 by allegedly serving alcohol to a minor working with an ABCC investigator. Under the ABCC’s Compliance Check Guidelines, an underage person enters the licensed premises under observation by an ABCC investigator and/or a law enforcement officer. The underage person attempts to purchase an alcoholic beverage. According to the Minimum Purchase Age Compliance Check Field Report filled out by the ABCC investigator, the underage person entered Tequila’s at 6:54...

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Feedback on Harvard Mills design...

Apr 17, 2019 by

Published April 17, 2019 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals last week held its second hearing on a proposal to convert and expand a former mill building at the corner of Albion and Foundry streets into a residential complex with 184 units. The Harvard Mills complex currently consists of two buildings that house offices and research and development. The east building was recently purchased by the NRP Group, a developer, builder and management company based in Cleveland Ohio with an office in Burlington, Mass. NRP’s plans for the east building (the one that runs along Foundry Street) involve adding three levels for a total of six stories of residential apartments. The plan calls for 122 one-bedroom units and 62 two-bedroom units. NRP has also purchased the large parking garage between Foundry Street and...

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