, Newburyport, MA

May 15, 2013

Pinciaro new chairman of Merrimac selectmen

By Elizabeth Rose

---- — MERRIMAC — In their first order of business on Monday, selectmen reorganized the board with the addition of the newest elected member, Harold Lloyd. Rick Pinciaro was voted in as chairman and Laura Mailman will assume the clerk position.

Former Selectman Earl Baumgardner did not run for re-election.

In other business, police Chief Eric Shears was granted permission to apply for a U.S. Department of Justice grant to fund 50 percent of $18,900 to purchase replacement bullet-proof vests for the department. The remaining 50 percent will be supported by a matching Commonwealth of Massachusetts grant. The vests require replacement every five years.

DPW Director Bob Sinibaldi received permission to request a change to town bylaws that limit any expenditure on unacceptable roadways to $4,000. He would like to change the bylaw to allow the department to complete a thorough repair of one unacceptable roadway each year. This would allow for more sustainable maintenance on substandard roadways.

Selectmen remind citizens that the American Diabetes Tour de Cure will occur Sunday, with many bicyclists riding through town.

Selectmen invited Northside Carting to discuss trash sticker/bag collection to the May 20 meeting.

Selectmen will invite the Board of Health to the June 16 meeting to discuss organizing a Hazardous Waste Day with a neighboring town.

The Rocks Village Bridge will remain closed until after Sept. 29.

Selectmen approved the mission statement and posting of job descriptions for the Merrimac Cable Access TV Station. The jobs include a station manager and technical assistants.

Congratulations to newly installed Eagle Scout Logan Sherwood, who will receive a letter of commendation from selectmen.

Selectmen recognized the accomplishment of Anne Jim, who recently received Certified Government Accountant status.

Selectmen recognized the award of “Super Hero Lunch Lady” of Massachusetts to Sweetsir School kitchen manager Linda Vienneau.

Selectmen also heard a proposal from Bob Sinibaldi to replace the town cemetery stone wall and chain-link fence with an aluminum and granite post fence.

Selectmen will meet on Tuesday, May 21, at 4 p.m. to plan for the upcoming meeting with the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission to decide on the permanent closure of a section of River Road to vehicular traffic.