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Select Board Approves Outdoor Entertainment at Wamesit Lanes, Into Action Road Race

In a short meeting, the Select Board approved a slate of indoor and outdoor summer entertainment planned for Wamesit Lanes. Petitioner Donny MacLaren explained that the lineup includes a “lock-in” event for young people age 10 to 15 in October, with overnight bowling.

One abutter, Keith Pollock of Veranda Ave., asked how sound would be measured for outdoor events.

“I could hear people singing, people clapping,” said Pollock. “It’s going to be live music and as we discussed, live music cannot be controlled … If I have a sound complaint, who do I call, and how will it be measured?”

Board chair Todd Johnson said the Tewksbury Police Department is in charge of enforcing the sound bylaw and asked town manager Richard Montuori to follow up with Pollock. Jay Kelly made a motion to approve the outdoor entertainment license, which was unanimously approved.

The Board also unanimously approved the Into Action “Road to Recovery” 5K race scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25. Registration will open at 7 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m.

Jayne Wellman informed the Board that NMCOG has hired a new executive director and congratulated the Rotary Club for last week’s Taste of the Town event.

“They brought it back for the first time since the pandemic, and they did a really outstanding job,” said Wellman. “It was well received, and it was a great turnout.”

In his report, Montuori said that major projects and equipment purchases approved at Town Meeting are getting underway and that the town will move ahead into schematic design for the DPW building in preparation for presenting a proposal in October. He will also bring to the board a study of elected official salaries in response to a request from Kelly.

Montuori plans to have a proposal for retail marijuana to present to the Board by June, also in advance of October Town Meeting, and said that the warrant will likely be firmed up by mid-August.

“I’m anticipating we will have a healthy free cash reserve,” said Montuori. “And I anticipate starting the fiscal year with no issues either.”

Finally, Johnson stated that committee assignments and resident reappointments will take place at the next meeting on June 7. He also thanked Town Meeting for approving the new zoning bylaw.

“Good work by a lot of people, both at this table and from the community at large,” he said. “It’s good to have that over the finish line.”

Photo credit: Maria Zaroulis

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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