By Mary Macedo, Neighb News Correspondent
At its meeting on Monday, 6/26 the Fairhaven Board of Public Works discussed a conservation restriction, a basketball hoop in-the-street request, and ice cream sales at town beach.
BPW chairperson Micheal Ristuccia said he was recusing himself from the ice cream discussion, but then sat in front of his own board to ask for approval of a rolling ice cream cart vendor at the town beach.
Mr. Ristuccia explained that he has purchased a three foot by three foot ice cream push cart with an umbrella that he plans to give to teens in town to use to sell ice cream at the beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mr. Ristuccia said he already has three teenagers in town interested in the job. Each teen will have a day to sell ice cream and whatever money they make they will keep. Mr. Ristuccia said he will supply the ice cream cart for the teens to use.
“Is there free ice cream involved,” Mr. Wotton joked.
“No,” Mr. Ristuccia said.
“Next,” Mr. Wotton called out.
Board members Keith Silvia and Cameron Durant agreed that the ice cream vendor was a great idea.
A motion was made to allow an ice cream vendor at the town beach pending approval from the Board of Health. It passed unanimously.
The BPW also met with Allen Decker from the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Mr. Decker explained to the board that the town of Marion would be purchasing the Branch Brook Property on Thursday. The property will eventually have hiking trails. The BBC has bought several pieces of undeveloped land to protect it from development, and, as a result, protecting the bay from pollution.
The BPW will hold the conservation restriction along with the town of Marion and the BBC. The money for the project was approved at Town Meeting in May. The board approved the measure.
In another matter, the board met with Christopher Borba of 86 Oliver Street, who asked for approval to put a portable basketball hoop in the street in front of his house.
He said there was no flat surface in his driveway for the hoop. Mr Ristuccia asked Mr. Borba if he was comfortable with is children playing in the street.
Mr. Borba said only a handful of cars drive down their street. He also said a lot of children use the street, so neighbors are cautious.
Board memberBrian Wotton said that he was familiar with the neighborhood and agreed that it is not very busy.
“I’m always in favor of kids being outside and playing,” Mr. Wotton said.
Mr. Wotton told Mr. Borba he will have to sign a waiver saying that if the hoop gets damaged it is not the town’s fault. He also agreed that the backboard will be flush with the curb.
Board member Robert “Hoppy” Hobson asked if the hoop could be moved in the winter, so as not to interfere with snow plows.
Mr. Borba said he plans to put away in the winter.
The motion passed unanimously.
In another matter Mr. Hobson wanted to inform the board that he received a complaint with his being on the Marine Resources Committee. The BPW will discuss the issue at the next meeting.
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