GEORGETOWN — A new summer tradition will allow Georgetown families to enjoy ice cream and a movie under the stars.
Starting tonight, Heneborg's Ice Cream and Food at 269 Central St. will be showing movies every other Thursday night on an outdoor screen in its picnic area. The original "Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory," starring Gene Wilder will lead off the free series tonight.
At a public hearing Monday night, selectmen unanimously approved a weekly entertainment movie license for Heneborg's, after confirming abutters and the building inspector had been notified. Selectman Philip Trapani was not present, and Stephen Smith arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken.
According to the building inspector, the property is grandfathered for the entertainment, provided the activity is incidental to the main business and offered for free.
Selectman Gary Fowler expressed some concern with how much the business has evolved through the years and whether granting the license would result in further expansion.
But Chairman David Surface said the license is good through Dec. 31 only. If there are significant changes to the business, he said the board could opt not to renew the license next year.
In other business:
Selectmen held off on a permit request from Kevin Tighe of Fat Belly BBQ to set up his vending truck at Georgetown Park and Ride on East Main Street a few days a week. According to Tighe's proposal, the food truck would be manned by two employees and be powered by a portable generator. Offerings would include pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries and cold beverages.
Selectmen praised the Pond Street resident's operation and expressed a desire to support a local business. But they wanted to talk more with Tighe about his plan before signing off on it and will meet with him in July. The town currently has no licenses governing vending trucks, Town Administrator Michael Farrell said.
Red Kelley of Boston Systems & Solutions presented a plan to upgrade the town's email program to include 200 addresses. The upgrade contains an archiving component that will bring the town into compliance with the state's Open Meeting Law. Costs range from $15,995 to $19,995 depending on options selected. Selectmen will explore a possible tie-in with the schools and discuss it further at their next meeting.
Fire Chief Albert Beardsley and firefighter/EMT Donna Robbins introduced the board to a new LoJack SafetyNet search and rescue system available to Georgetown residents who are providing 24-hour care for someone with a cognitive medical condition such as autism or Alzheimer's. There are 19 Fire Department members trained on how to use the tracking equipment, which helps to quickly locate a person who has wandered off. LoJack charges $30 a month for the service, along with a one-time $99 enrollment fee. But the company is waiving the setup charge for the month of June. It has also provided all tracking equipment and training to the town for free. There are no residents currently enrolled in the program. For more information, visit LoJackSafetyNet.com or call 877-434-6384.
Surface said plans being considered for the installation of a Civil War Memorial area in front of Town Hall will come before selectmen before any changes are made. He said several residents have expressed concerns about the potential need for removal of a large blue spruce to accommodate the memorial. Surface also said plans for sidewalk repairs in front of the building and improvements to the driveway and parking lot are under way. The board is investigating the cost and security issues related to the installation of a drop-off message box for the site, as well.
Selectmen agreed to discharge a lien that has been satisfied at 187 Uptack Road in Groveland, but held off on accepting a donation of 1 acre of open space behind 1 Harris Way until they can confer with the conservation agent. The $12,000 lien was placed on the property in 1989 as part of the Georgetown/Groveland Housing Improvement Program.
Selectmen approved a contract with Municipal Building Consultants Inc. of North Andover to provide project manager services to the School Building Committee.
The board completed the bulk of its annual appointments and encouraged appointees to get sworn in at Town Hall as soon as possible.
The meeting began with an executive session, during which the board received a status update from attorney Tom McEnaney of Kopelman & Paige.
Selectmen typically meet every other Monday at 7 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room in Town Hall. Their next meeting is July 11.