Ultimately, selectmen agreed that once the contractor’s work is completed, the building will be turned into cold storage until they can decide its fate.
In other business, Selectmen agreed to give the Energy Advisory Committee permission to apply for a $140,900 state grant made available because of the town’s new Green Community status. The funds will be used to begin implementing the town’s recently-designed energy reduction plan. EAC Chairman Rick Parker told the board about state funding available for a part-time energy manager position. Parker predicted that with such a position in place the town would be able to accomplish the vast majority of its energy reduction projects within a couple years and would then no longer need to continue with the part-time position. The state is offering $25,000 for the first year and $17,000 for a second year. Selectmen took the recommendation under advisement.
A Green Community designation recognition event at noon on Monday February 10 in the Town Annex. Representatives the state as well as from Amesbury and Manchester By the Sea —two other towns to recently earn the status — will be invited.