Road races, new storage on ‘to do’ list for town
SHARON — Planning has begun for the annual road race to benefit the Sharon Day Care Center. At their meeting Feb. 14, the selectmen approved the use of West Woods Road, Boland Road, the town Green and Town Hall Parking lot for portable facilities for the May 5 run. Plans are also being made for a triathlon to be held June 23. The Board of Recreation and Youth and the triathlon coordinators submitted a request to the Board of Selectmen, as the legal traffic authority for Sharon, to use Mudge Pond Road and Mudge Town Road for the triathlon to be held on June 23. The request was granted.Also approved was a request from the Planning and Zoning Commission to hold a town meeting March 2 at 7 p.m. The commission had previously voted to approve the surrender of the Keilty drainage easement; the plan must now be approved by voters.The selectmen also discussed concerns about town equipment that is being stored outside of the town garage. First Selectman Robert Loucks reported that a metal building, measuring 30-by-50 feet, is available for $8,000. The building would have to be put together. Loucks had obtained estimates for the required concrete work to install the building and the cost to erect it on the site. The purchase price and the building costs would bring the total to approximately $70,000.The building would not be heated but would offer protection from the weather.Stan MacMillan, Sharon’s building inspector and fire marshall, has looked at the specifications and said they are OK.Selectman Meg Szalewicz said she agrees with the need for such storage but was concerned about finding the money to pay for it and where it would be placed. Loucks said it would be erected next to existing buildings.The need for the building has been discussed before. MacMillan has said the current storage arrangement is in violation of regulations. Loucks asked if the board should “find” the $8,000 to purchase the building and then hope to obtain a state grant for the construction costs to complete the project.A motion was approved to proceed with this plan and meet with the Board of Finance to determine where budget adjustments could be made to cover the $8,000.In other business the selectmen set two dates for budget workshop meetings. They are Feb. 27 and March 1, both at 1 p.m.