News from Selectmen | Clipper Duxbury
Cemetery improvements approved
At last Monday’s meeting, Selectmen unanimously supported a request from the Cemetery Board of Directors to use $ 30,000 from the Mayflower Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund to cover the costs of renovating and improving the area. buffer between the cemetery and the transfer station. The money will come from interest on that account, said Bob Hayes, chair of the cemetery trustees. He said that people who come to the cemetery do not want to see or hear the transfer station and that the vegetated buffer zone is an attempt to solve this problem. Board member Cindy Ladd Fiorini urged the cemetery department to use native plantations in the new buffer zone.
The library planning process begins
Martha Dennison, vice-chair of the library board, presented Selectmen with the initial work the library department did to create a five-year plan and review its staffing, services and expenses during the meeting last Monday. Dennison said the library is looking at both its structure and operations internally and externally as it plans to reach out to the public and many organizations for their contribution to library services. “We will be casting this wide and deep net,” she said. Dennison said the plan will be completed next spring and will be presented at the 2022 town meeting.
Discussion on the seafood moratorium
At last Monday’s meeting, Selectmen approved a request from F. William Driver of Chandler Street to expand an existing shellfish subsidy, but only after discussing the 2007 moratorium on aquaculture subsidies with the chairman of the Crustacean Advisory Committee, Al Hoban.
Selectmen President Amy MacNab said she was unsure whether it was fair to allow current aquaculture grant holders to expand their operations to a maximum of three acres, as Driver sought to do, and not to give this acreage to new people who might want to farm oysters and clams. at Duxbury Bay.
Selectmen voted 4-0-1 to allow Driver to expand their grant, located 1,200 feet southwest of Howland’s Landing off Standish Shore. MacNab abstained.
“For me, it’s a matter of fairness,” she said.
Selectman Cindy Ladd Fiorini said maybe it was time for the board to look into the moratorium to see if the retention was still a good idea.
The first beach crossing could close at the end of the month
Last Monday, City Manager René Read announced that there are currently 22 piping plover pairs and seven nests on Duxbury Beach. He predicted that sections of the beach could be closed to people and vehicles by the end of the month. “Based on the locations, it looks like the first crossover could close the last week of May or the first week of June,” he said.