Single tax rate set for Athol properties: $17.45

  • Students from the Athol Community Elementary School joined members of the Athol Selectboard to decorate the Christmas tree set up in the Athol Town Hall Tuesday. Left to right — Holly Young, Bill Caldwelll, Jessica Verock, Tristin Cook, Haley David, Madilyn Vescovi, Maddy David, Parker Moomaw, Matthew Whaley, Stephen Raymond, Connor Mason, Lee Chauvette, Jayla Taylor, and Rebecca Bialecki. Mary J. Williams

  • Athol Community Elementary School student Madilyn Vescovi helps decorate the Christmas tree in the rotunda at the Athol Town Hall.

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 12/6/2018 10:00:22 PM

ATHOL — A group of students from the Athol Community Elementary School brought glam and glitter to the Christmas tree in the town hall rotunda prior to the Select Board’s meeting Tuesday evening.

Snowflakes, stars, Christmas trees, and snowmen made in the classes of art teacher Jessica Verock were hung on the tree. Students participating were Madilyn Vescovi, Matthew Whaley, Tristin Cook, Parker Moomaw, Jayla Taylor, Haley David, Maddy David and Caunor Mason.

A public hearing was conducted concerning adoption of the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property within the town for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). Lisa Aldrich and Kenneth Vaidulas from the Board of Assessors presented tax classifications. The Select Board voted that all properties will be taxed at the same tax rate of $17.45, a decrease of $2.12 from FY18. Assessors compared the FY19 average value of $163,300 taxed at $2849.59 to FY18 average value of $147,300 taxed at $2882.66. This is a difference of $16,000 decreasing taxes by $33.07.

2019 License Renewals were approved for the following:

Class II Automobile license – Bill’s Motor Mart, Dale’s Auto Body, Flint’s Garage Sales, Main Street BP, Wilson & Steely Kustom Coachworks.

Class III Automobile license: Hayes Auto Body.

Common Victualler License – 110 Grill, Global Montello Energy doing business as (dba) Mr. Mike’s, American-Lithuanian Naturalization Club, Athol Cinema 8, Blind Pig LLC, Conway Petro LLC, Country Convenience, Cumberland Farms Store 6688 297 Main Street, Cumberland Farms Store 6706 109 Brookside Road, Route 13 Donuts Inc. dba Dunkin Donuts 2143 Main Street, Route 13 Donuts Inc. dba Dunkin Donuts 1634 South Main Street, Edward H. Phillips Post Home Inc. dba American Legion, Eight Dragons Restaurant, Ellinwood Country Club, Franco-American Naturalization Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles Athol Orange Aerie #4545 Inc., Hannaford Brothers Co. dba Hannaford Supermarket, Larry’s Variety, Losier’s Café dba The Dery Bar, Mahoney’s Restaurant and Pub, Main Street Grill, Demoulas Supermarket dba Market Basket, Nick’s Breakfast and Lunch, Olde Time New England Seafood Co., Starbucks, Subway, Tea Garden, The Steel Pub, Tool Town Pizza, Tsolias, Inc. dba Friendly Town Pizza, Village Grill and Pizza, Zedas of Athol Traverse Street Café. Liquor Licenses: Pouring/All: 110 Grill, American Lithuanian Club, Blind Pig, Edward H. Phillips Post Home, Ellinwood Country Club, Franco-American Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mahoney’s Restaurant and Pub, The Dery Bar, The Steel Pub, The Tea Garden, and Traverse Street Café.

Pouring/Wine and Malt: Olde Time New England Seafood, Tool Town Pizza.

Package/All Alcohol: Foster Liquor Corp. dba Athol Spirits, Stan’s Liquor Mart, and Uptown Package Store.

Package/Wine and Malt: Country Convenience, The Corner Store, and Athol Mini Mart.

Auto-Amusements: 110 Grill, American-Lithuanian Club, Edward H. Phillips Post Home, Franco-American Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mahoney’s Restaurant and Pub, The Dery Bar, Traverse Street Café, and The Steel Pub.

Live Entertainment & Sunday Entertainment: 110 Grill – Live and Sunday, American Lithuanian Club – Live and Sunday, Edward H. Phillips Post Home – Live and Sunday, Ellinwood Country Club — Live, Franco-American Club — Live and Sunday, Fraternal Order of Eagles – Live and Sunday, Mahoney’s Restaurant and Pub – Live and Sunday, The Dery Bar – Sunday, The Steel Pub – Live and Sunday, Traverse Street Café – Sunday.

Taxi/Livery License: North Quabbin Livery.

Lodging/Boarding: Athol Area YMCA, Carl E. Dahl House, Harold Robinson, Providence Cliff House.

A renewal of a Class II Auto License for Victory Lane Motors was tabled until the December 18 meeting pending information about alleged violations.Owner Robert Hamilton said he is in the process of trying to sell the property and remaining inventory and needs the license to do so.

The Board voted to accept a gift of $12,810.18 from the estate of Ruth Marzec for Veteran’s Park. Marzec, who was a teacher and principal at Sanders Street School also bequeathed gifts to the Historical Society and the YMCA.

Harry Haldt was voted in as a full member of the Zoning Board of Appeals to fill the position of Richard Coburn who resigned. Coburn no longer lives in town.

Crosswalk and traffic safety was discussed. Police chief Lundgren said his patrols will be focusing on different areas, beginning with Main Street around the Post Office. Excessive speed and not yielding to pedestrians continue to be a problem. Citations will be issued. Crosswalks have been repainted and signage is adequate, as well as lighting.

Town Manager Shaun Suhoski reported that the lift project at 100 Main Street has been sent out for bid. Work is estimated to start in January with completion by May. David Small of the lessee Athol Bird and Nature Club has been instrumental in moving this project forward.

The Select Board read and approved a letter to be sent to Peter Cavicchi of MassDot and property owners concerning water levels behind a beaver impoundment in the area along Route 2 between exit 17 and 18.

The next Select Board meeting will be Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

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