By Pattie Pacella
Neighb News Correspondent
At the Acushnet Selectboard’s meeting on 10/8/19, the Board reviewed their game plan for interviewing the three candidates for the Police Chief position. Interim Acting Town Administrator Julie Hebert informed the board that they had not received the top three list. She stated that she compiled the list of questions that the Selectboard gave her and forwarded it to Town Counsel for review.
Selectboard member Kevin Gaspar stated he would like to see four to five of the questions given to the candidates before their personal interviews, and request that they answer those questions in essay form.
Board Chairperson Roger Cabral and board member David Desroches agreed with that plan, but Mr. Cabral wanted to see the questions first. The Selectboard agreed to meet this Friday, 10/11, at 8:30 a.m. to announce the questions they would be asking the candidates to answer in writing, and then move forward from there to set up public interviews for their next regular meeting on 10/29.
The board also heard from Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher who was present to state that any Veteran who applied for a full-time firefighter position in the Town of Acushnet will be given first consideration for hire, and asked the Selectboard to endorse this preference policy for full-time firefighters.
Mr. Gaspar wholeheartedly agreed and the Selectboard voted unanimously to support and endorse the veteran consideration for hire.
Chief Gallagher was also present to speak on behalf of issuing a three month trial to JT’s Pub for a live entertainment license. He stated that he and Police Chief Alves had discussed it and were willing to support the Selectboard the three month trial of live music until midnight.
“The owners of JT’s Pub have been very cooperative in anything we’ve asked of them,” Chief Gallagher said.
Mr. Cabral said that he had reservations regarding the request but on both the Chiefs’ recommendation was willing to give them a fair shot.
The board unanimously approved a three month trial acoustic live entertainment license to JT’s Pub.
The Selectboard also accepted resignations from Board members: Barbara Dupuis of the Beautification Board, Lawrence Mulvey from the Housing Authority and Marie Hardy from the Council of Aging.
Mr. Cabral thanked each for their dedication and service to the Town on their committees, and invited the public to submit letters of interest to get appointed.
In other business, Mr. Cabral stated he did have a meeting with Mayor Mitchell from New Bedford regarding Lake Street ponds, and although not on the agenda, he did want to point out that it was a good meeting. He stated that Mayor Mitchell and his staff representative seemed very receptive in the meeting. Mr. Cabral will ask that the topic come before them again at a future meeting once he hears back from the City Of New Bedford.
The Selectboard also approved a transfer of a package store all alcohol license from Gonsalves Beverages-DBA Town Liquors to Town Wines, Inc.
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