| 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 2005.
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 2005 continued in changes and firsts for the Town. Town Manager,
Phillip L. Warren Jr. began in earnest his first full year in the position. Kevin
Donovan chose not to run for re election. His depth of knowledge and
experience was missed by the Board m Selectmen. The Board welcomed
new member Thomas Corbett aboard in April.
The Town Manager, Phillip L. Warren Jr., also appointed the new
Treasurer/Collector, Leo Provost Jr. another first as that position was
previously an elected position.
In the year 2005 the Board issued or renewed Commercial Garage licenses,
Class I and Class II used car licenses, Common Victualler licenses, Liquor
licenses, Used .Article licenses, Lodging licenses, and Entertainment
The Board and other committees held many meetings with the South Shore
Tri-Town Development Corporation and Lennar Partners regarding the
future of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. A Special Town Meeting was
held in June and the re use plan was approved by the voters of the Town.
The members of Red Sox nation, as well as the residents of the Town of
Abington had an opportunity to touch a piece of history as the Red Sox
World Series Trophy made its way to Abington Town Hall on April 1st.
The Board of Selectmen supported the Police Chief in his bid to build a new
Police Station. The Townspeople agreed in a close debt exclusion election
which resulted in a recount of the votes. The Town Manager has appointed a
Police Station Building Committee which is overseeing the construction of
A first for the Town of Abington, a new all weather track and bandstand, built
with privately raised funds was dedicated and turned over to the Town.
Concerts were held throughout the summer at the bandstand, and the track
was increasing popular with the residents as a place to walk. Many thanks
to the "Millennium Committee" and Nancy Reid (Bandstand Committee) for
all their work and dedication.
The Board members supported the application of Target Inc. to qualify for
the Mass Economic Development Incentive Program. This program
encourages business to locate in targeted communities where they will
receive a tax incentive. Abington is a target community due to the closing of
the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. We look forward to the Target Store
opening in the Fall 2006.
The Town Manager presented the revised and updated Capital Plan to the
Board of Selectmen and the residents of the Town at the fall special town
meeting. The plan was comprehensive and addressed some immediate
capital needs. The plan was approved overwhelmingly. The Town Manager
has implemented this new cycle of Budgets being presented at the Annual
Town Meeting and the Capital Plan in the Special Town Meeting in the Fall.
Board member Gerald Corcoran presented the Boston Post Cane to
Abington's oldest resident, Myrtle Driscoll, age 102.
The Board of Selectmen also heard and supported a proposal from students
at Abington High School to name a day in June as Abington Pride Day. This
proposition was unanimously supported at the December Special Town
Meeting and plans are underway for the first celebration this June.
Finally, The Board would like to thank Assistant Town Manger, Dori R.
Jamieson, Nancy Hurst and Elizabeth Shea for their hard work and
dedication to the Selectmen's office.
Robert E. Wing, Chairman
Joseph R. Murray, Vice Chairman
Gerald F. Corcoran
Kathleen W. Lavin
|Selectmen 2005 Annual Report