| REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
To the Inhabitants of the Town of Abington:
Your Board of Selectmen is pleased to present its report for the year 2006.
Meetings of the Board of Selectmen are held on the second and fourth Monday
of every month and are broadcast live on Comcast Cable's Government Channel
The year 2006 showed significant improvements in the financial management of
the Town. The Town was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in
Financial Reporting. The Town Manager congratulated Anthony V. Sulmonte,
Town Accountant; and the other members of his Management Team for this
The Town Manager appointed a new Building Inspector, Mr. Douglas Jeffery.
A By Law Review Committee was appointed under the direction of the Charter.
Town's By Laws were reviewed and updated at the Annual Town Meeting held in
The Board of Selectmen:
• began the process of capping the landfill located on Groveland Street by
choosing the inactive unlined landfill program along with a post closure use.
• received an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan from the Town Planner.
It was voted to approve the plan and submit it to the State, making the Town of
Abington eligible for additional grants.
• issued or renewed 42 Commercial Garage licenses, two Class I and 37 Class II
used car licenses, 55 Common Victualer licenses, 26 Alcohol licenses, three
Used Article licenses, four Lodging licenses, 16 Entertainment licenses, and 15
Automatic Amusement licenses.
• continued to meet and receive updates from the South Shore Tri Town
Development Committee. The ReUse plan for the South Weymouth Naval Air
Station was approved in 2006 and development plans are moving forward.
• invited a group of High School students who were studying civics to a meeting
to hear their petition article to name a day "Abington Pride Day". The article
passed at the Special Town Meeting held in April, 2006, and Abingtonians
celebrated their first Abington Pride Day on June 11, 2006. It was well attended
and enjoyed by all.
• voted to create a Tri Centennial Committee. The Committee will consist of
seven members. The celebration is planned for 2012.
• voted to sign the regulatory agreement between the Town of Abington and
Meadowbrook LLC. This development will provide seven affordable homes in a
new development. Abington residents will receive priority standing in the lottery
for a portion of those homes.
The Town Manager continues to oversee the construction of a new Police
Station. There have been a few setbacks, but the committee remained
steadfast in its charge, and the building continues to move forward.
Board of Selectmen members and Town officials attended the opening of the
Target store in October, 2006.
The Town Manager continued the cycle of the Capital Plan being presented at
the Fall Special Town Meeting. In addition to addressing departmental needs in
the plan, Town Meeting approved to allocate funds for a new Senior Center and
windows at the Early Childhood Center. This vote was approved by a debt
exclusion vote at the Special Election held in December, 2006.
Attending many Middle School Site Selection Committee meetings, the Assistant
Town Manager kept the Board of Selectmen well informed regarding the
progress of a site for the proposed middle school.
In conclusion, The Board of Selectmen would like to thank Phillip L. Warren, Jr..
Town Manager; Dori R. Jamieson, Assistant Town Manger; Nancy A. Hurst,
Administrative Assistant; and Elizabeth A. Shea, Administrative Assistant; for
their hard work and dedication to the Office of the Board of Selectmen.
Kathleen W. Lavin, Chairwoman
Gerald F. Corcoran, Vice Chairman
Robert E. Wing
Joseph R. Murray
Thomas J. Corbett
|Selectmen 2006 Annual Report