May 16, 20111
BOARD OF SELECTMENMINUTESMAY 16, 2011
Present: Thomas Creamer, ChairmanMary DowlingMary BlanchardAngeline EllisonPriscilla GimasShaun Suhoski, Town AdministratorThe Chairman called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. following the Pledge ofAllegiance.T. Creamer extended thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of FranSimanski, who recently passed. M. Blanchard commented that she had knownFran Simanski to be a very erudite, well spoken, conscientious person who wascommitted to working for the community, and he will be greatly missed.T. Creamer announced that the Stourbridge, England Rotarians had presentedthe Town of Sturbridge with a gift through the Sturbridge Rotarians, and invitedthe residents to come to Town Hall to view the magnificent map, which has beenhung next to the safe in the Town Clerk’s office.T. Creamer announced that a member of the press was recording the meeting.
Thomas Hopkins, Mass. Architectural Access Board
Thomas Hopkins, Executive Director of the Mass. Architectural Access Board,appeared before the Board to discuss the variance process and AAB regulations.T. Hopkins said that he had come to see how to resolve the access issue in thefront of Town Hall. He provided the Board with a packet of information whichincluded a series of variance applications or notices of action which indicate fivedifferent locations where people had come forward seeking relief regarding anaccess issue to a building. He noted that these had been granted without ahearing. T. Creamer said that they were for Providence Town Hall, PalmerSenior Center, Joe Teski’s Restaurant in Boston, Wrentham District Courthouse,and the Clapp Memorial Library, and noted that four of them were municipallybased. T. Hopkins said that one of them was also for a new park in the Town ofNantucket, where they were creating a new park on Main Street. He said thatone application was for access with stairs, another for access with a ramp.Because it was new construction, both entrances had to comply, so they came tothe Mass. Architectural Access Board for a variance, which was granted asrequested, without the need for a hearing.