6 Things You Missed at the Selectmen's Meeting
See these highlights from Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall.
1. Natick Pizza Palace, a Natick landmark, closed this past June after 42 years in business. At the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night, it was announced that a new pizza shop, Bill's Pizzeria, will open in it's place in sometime in mid to late November. The 48-seat shop is also located in Newton Centre.
2. The town will purchase 11 new voting machines at the cost of $54,350 to replace the old voting booths from 1995. The money will come from the $76,000 borrowed funds approved in 2008 Town Meeting. The current machines are outdated and according to town clerk Diane Packer, the company that produced them no longer services them. Packer said she believes there may be new machines created within the next two years, but once they are released they would cost more that the $54,350. A majority of the towns in the state currently use the machines, which will be available in Natick for the March 6 primary, said Packer.
3. The selectmen voted to keep 2011 alcohol license fees the same in 2012, but also added a new "all alcohol with lounge" category with a fee of $250. The public hearing for license fees will continue at the Nov. 7 selectmen's meeting.
4. Free holiday parking in downtown Natick was approved for Dec. 1 to Dec. 30. The two-hour limit remains. Red flags will be placed over the meters to indicate that there is no charge for parking during this time.
5. Town Hall office hours will change on Dec. 5.
6. Sonia Hicks, member of the Natick Council on Aging, is resigning from the council, she said in a letter to selectmen, to work more directly with Natick's seniors and the Senior Center.