Phillipston looks at upcoming projects

Repairs to Route 101 bridge, Queen Lake Dam on list

  • Phillipston Town Hall Athol Daily News/Andy Castillo

For the Athol Daily News
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PHILLIPSTON — The town is compiling a list of projects it would like to begin, including repairs to the Route 101 bridge and Queen Lake Dam.

Rick Tenney, the town’s highway superintendent, said that $100,000 previously frozen by Gov. Charlie Baker has been made available for the Route 101 bridge project. He said he will notify Tighe Bond, District 2, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation so that the project can continue.

Bids are currently being reviewed for the Queen Lake Dam project. The land needed for the dam has been deeded to the town by the Wilson family, with the stipulation that the family will have access to cross the parcel to get to its boathouse. The land will be posted that it is not for public use.


A $750 grant was awarded to the town to purchase bronze markers for veterans’ graves, some of which predate the Revolutionary War. And, it has received money to begin work on small culvert replacements throughout town. It will also be applying for open space and recreation grants.

Inspection and building permit fees

This week, selectmen approved new inspection and building permit fees. Bentley Herget, Phillipston’s building inspector, presented those to selectmen and they approved.

Homeowners will pay building inspection fees of $10 per $1,000 for new one- and two-family homes, while it will cost $12 per $1,000 to inspect accessory structures greater than 200 square feet. Multi-family homes will also cost $12 per $1,000 to inspect. Decks will cost $10 per $1,000, and a $50 re-inspection fee might be charged for a call back due to work not being completed at the time of inspection.

A penalty of double the fee will be assessed for projects that start without a permit. The fee schedule for wiring permits has also been updated.

For the full fee schedule, call 978-249-1736 or visit: www. phillipston-ma.gov.

Other issues

Tenney said that the town has received from Royalston a one-ton truck that is currently being worked on, and Phillipston and Royalston have jointly purchased screening equipment that will be paid for by grants, with the balance to be requested from Chapter 90 highway money. Phillipston will be the lead town.

Insurance renewal costs are being researched by Kevin Flynn to see if there may be more economical pricing.

The well supplying water to Town Hall and police station is not drinkable, so the town purchases water for those buildings. A new well is being considered and discussed.

Selectmen appointed Bonnie House to the Cultural Council, and the Girl Scouts requested the use of the Common on May 5 for their annual yard sale.

They’d also like to use it on May 12 for their Thin Mint Sprint. Both dates were approved.

Cub Scout Pack 39 requested use of the Phillipston Memorial School gym for Feb. 18 and March 4. Those dates were approved, as well.

Selectmen will meet with Templeton’s Selectboard on Tuesday, Feb. 20, to discuss services they share now, as well as the possibility of sharing others.

The meeting will be in the Phillipston Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. The next Phillipston Selectboard meeting will be Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

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