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Wendell Selectboard talks marijuana, broadband

  • The Wendell Garage and Fire Station off of Depot Road. File photo



For the Athol Daily News
Monday, February 12, 2018

WENDELL — The Wendell Selectboard recently covered everything from marijuana to broadband to sharing playing fields.

Selectman Jeoff Pooser said the main question facing the town at this point is whether it should issue a moratorium on marijuana regulations. He said people generally don’t seem to be worried about the growing and processing of marijuana, but are worried about retail, though a small, out-of-the-way town might not get any retail stores.

Pooser said the town has good zoning protections on commercial property, and the new Cannabis Control Commission’s requirements are strict.

By the end of the meeting, the consensus of those who attended was that no moratorium is needed.

Special Town Meeting

The town’s Special Town Meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27, and will include a petitioned article calling for the election of a municipal light plant board to oversee broadband in the town. The Selectboard currently acts as the MLP board. It said it will be distributing a statement urging the postponement of the election for one year. That will also be on the warrant for a vote.

The board said there are too many unresolved issues and it is too risky to replace the Municipal Light Plant board while the last mile is being constructed. The four-member Finance Committee agreed.

Fire Chief Joe Cuneo said the town’s special municipal broadband at the fire station is getting weak.

The library pays $330 a month for 20 megabits of service, and for $40, the town offices and fire station each draw 5 megabits off that supply.

Cuneo said demand sometimes exceeds the supply, so the Selectboard and Finance Committee agreed to have a dedicated line for the fire station set up for $100, along with the current $40 per month.

Kemsley Academy want to buy land

Brandon Stack of Kemsley Academy told the board the school is interested in buying land next to its current school on Wendell Depot road. The land has been discussed by the town as property that should be turned over to the Community Solar project to create playing fields. The house would be razed. But, Kemsley would like to use the house on the property.

Selectboard Chairwoman Christine Heard said the town would be interested in sharing the playing fields with the academy, however, the solar project is moving forward, although Pooser said there are still some obstacles.

Stack said he will return to the board at a later date to discuss the academy’s interest.

There will be a money managers meeting on Feb. 21 at which debt exclusion and related aspects of the Prop. 2½ law will be explained by specialist Tom Scanlan.


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