| REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Your Board of Selectmen is pleased to present its report for the year
Meetings of the Board of Selectmen are held on the second and fourth
Mondays of every month and are broadcast live on Adelphia Cable's
government channel number 15.
The year 2004 brought many changes to the Town of Abington,
including a fundamental change of government. The residents of
Abington by votes at a Special Town Meeting and at the ballot box
chose to move to a strong manager form of government.
A search committee was formed and the committee presented
recommendations to this Board. The Board of Selectmen chose Phillip
L. Warren Jr. as its first Town Manager. The Board would like to thank
the search committee members - Kevin Donovan, Theresa Maze,
Joseph Shea, John Aherne, and Michael Franey - for their time and
effort. The Board also welcomes Phillip L.Warren Jr. aboard and wishes
him success in this newly formed role.
These changes also eliminated several standing Boards or
Committees; the Board of Selectmen extends its thanks to the
residents who have served on these committees throughout the years.
The committees that have been dissolved through the charter changes
are: the Personnel Board, Capital Planning, and the Financial Officers
Selectmen Joe Murray was re-elected to the Board of Selectmen, and
the Board welcomes his return.
In the year 2004 the Board issued or renewed 46 Commercial Garage
licenses, 40 Class I and Class II used car licenses, 51 Common
Victualler licenses, 29 Liquor licenses, 5 Used Article licenses, 5
Lodging licenses, and 17 Entertainment licenses.
The Board held several meetings with the South Shore Tri Town
Development Corporation and Lennar Partners regarding the future of
the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. Planning for the reuse of the
former Naval Air Station is on the fast track and the developers hope to
have a plan approved in May, 2005.
Board member Kevin Donovan presented the Boston Post Cane to
Abington's oldest resident, Dorothy Barrett, age 104.
The Board also extended its thanks and gratitude to the Millennium
Project committee. The new track and field was completed in 2004 and
opened to the public. The bandstand should be completed in 2005
making this area behind the high school a multi purpose area for the
townspeople's use. This huge undertaking was accomplished
completely with donated funds and the committee should be proud of
The Board presented two special Abington's Best Awards: one to
retiring Police Chief, Richard Franey; the other to retiring Town Clerk
Patricia McKenna. The Board wishes them well in their retirement.
Board of Selectmen member and former Chairman Kevin R. Donovan
has announced that he will not seek another term as a member of the
Board of Selectmen. Selectman Donovan has served for a total of nine
years. His depth of knowledge and experience will be difficult to
replace. The remaining Board members and staff wish to thank
Selectman Donovan for his years of service to the Town.
Finally. The Board would like to thank Dori R. Jamieson, Nancy Hurst
and Elizabeth Shea for their hard work and dedication to the
Robert E. Wing, Chairman
Kathleen W. Lavin, Vice
Chairman Gerald F. Corcoran
Kevin R. Donovan
Joseph R. Murray
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