NEWBURY — As it has for the past half century, the American Hand Fire Engine Society will hold its annual Firemen’s Muster on the Upper Green on July 27 and “Tour de Cure,” a bike-a-thon benefit for the American Diabetes Association, got permission to place a rest stop on the green on May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The board also discussed use of Manter Field by Newburyport’s Theatre in the Open for a fundraiser on Aug. 2 and 3. The group wants to again host performances of Circus Smirkus. Selectmen held off on giving final approval, wanting first to ensure that the performers understand clearly that before they open their gates to the public, they must get sign-offs from the building and electrical Inspectors — something that didn’t happen last year. Police and fire chiefs must also be adequately kept abreast of the plans, the board stipulated.
Selectmen discussed ways to inform people applying for use of the various municipal properties or businesses seeking special licenses that it is in their best interest to make application as early as possible and to be on hand to discuss their request when it appears on the selectmen’s agenda. The board stressed that regardless of how soon an event is pending, they won’t approve a request if they have unanswered questions about it.