Sunday, April 29, 2012
Selectmen on Wednesday apologized to Sutton Place, Smith Lane and other residents for failing to inform them about the town's proposed dog park.
Longtime Swampscott resident Dorothy Foley told selectmen Wednesday that she felt disenfranchised by town officials earlier this month. She said she and other residents had been assured last year by former Town Administrator Andrew Maylor that they would have a role in any decision on the planned dog park's location. She said she was shocked to read that selectmen had approved a motion earlier this month for the Swampscott Park for Off-leash Time group to locate a place for dogs at Phillips Park behind the Bertram House — without contacting abutters. Assistant Town Administrator Dave Castellarin told residents that no decision has been made on where a dog park will go. The proposed sale of a four-lot parcel of land behind the pumping …
Friday, April 13, 2012
If town meeting approves a proposal to buy land behind the town pumping station, part of it could be used for a dog park.
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- Terry Date
Friday, April 13, 2012
Dog park supporters got what they came for at Wednesday's selectmen's meeting. But they may end up with more land than they had expected for their dogs to play and exercise. Selectmen approved a motion for the Swampscott Park for Off-leash Time group to locate a place for dogs at Phillips Park behind the Bertram House. This was why they came to the meeting; it's an approval that serves as a fall-back or placeholder. The other part of the board's approved motion provides SPOT a place — if it is found to be suitable — within a four-lot parcel behind the town pumping station that the town proposes to buy from the Bertram House. The proposed purchase of the landlocked 135,000 square feet parcel is an item on the town meeting warrant. The …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Town Administrator Andrew Maylor wants the next meeting on the park to be with fewer people.
The next meeting on the Phillips Park dog park will be with fewer people. The starting point for talks on its location will have it near the Bertram House. Town Administrator Andrew Maylor reported to selectmen Monday that he met with a large group at Phillips Park an hour before Monday's meeting. The many voices made it hard to have a conversation on the dog park topic, he said. He wants the next meeting to include two abutters and two dog park proponents so the conversation can advance instead of being drowned in a sea of voices. Selectmen have said there will be an off-leash dog park at Phillips Park. The board voted for it two years ago. What remains undecided is its location. The off-leash park has been moved from its original site at…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
S. P. O. T. leaders hold their regular meeting Monday night to discuss the latest issues concerning the Swampscott dog park.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Swampscott Park for Off-leash Time members got together Monday night at Starbucks in Vinnin Square to discuss items on the agenda, share their love of dogs and have a cup of coffee. Secretary Jennifer Dorsey was joined by treasurer Andrea Diamant and Vice-Chairperson Lynn Zabar at Monday's meeting. Members of S. P. O. T. meet on the second Monday of every month to bounce ideas off each other and discuss where the park stands. Organizers had hoped to break ground earlier this year and get the pooches in the park, but the groundbreaking has been delayed. Group members hope that construction on the park can begin before winter sets in. “I joined this group because I’m a dog lover and I want to see this park become a reality,” Diamant said. …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Selectmen kill $3-a-day railroad station parking fee.
There will be an off-leash dog park at Phillips Park. That was decided two years ago when the Board of Selectmen voted for the dog park. What is undecided is where within the sprawling Phillips Park the off-leash dog park will be. At the selectmen's meeting Tuesday night, several neighbors of the park came to protest the location of the dog area, thinking it would be near Smith Lane. The off-leash dog park would be in a fenced area about 100 feet by 100 feet in size. Town Administrator Andrew Maylor assured the neighbors that although the dog area has been moved from its original area at Kid's Cove in the park, there is no definite site approved for the dog area. He conceded that there has been confusion about the location of the dog area…
Monday, July 25, 2011
The board will also consider an extension for a vendor's permit, fundraising for a memorial cannon and recognize Jim Schultz's work for veterans.
Selectmen have a full agenda Tuesday including a possible vote on a plan to reduce waste in town. They meet at 7 p.m. in their meeting room at Town Hall. One of the first agenda items is an update from Board of Health members on their plan to promote recycling. They propose phasing in limited trash pick-up. The first step would take effect Oct. 1 and allow disposal of up to three trash containers per household each week. The second step would take effect July 2012. Households would be allowed disposal of two trash containers. In either case, residents who exceed the limit would need to buy a $2 sticker to have each additional 30-gallon trash bag picked up. Selectmen's Vice Chairman Rich Malagrifa said the board will hear the update, talk …