Lakeville to hold special town meeting on May 19
LAKEVILLE – With the annual general meeting already scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 19, some recently voted to authorize a high school voters’ assembly for a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. the same evening.
The payment of unpaid bills from the previous fiscal year, the funding of certain capital improvement projects and the transfer of funds to make adjustments to various municipal budgets are among the few items voted for the mandate of the special general assembly.
The first article asks for approval to use $ 6,231 of available funds to pay last year’s unpaid bills; the second asks voters to use $ 80,000 of available funds to complete the budget accounts of various municipal departments.
The following article requests appropriations from various sources to fund a small list of capital expenditures in the current fiscal year. The latest proposes to take $ 45,000 from the parks retained earnings account and use it to replace forecasted park revenue lost this summer due to continued restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic.
In other areas, some have officially voted to approve a connection to Taunton Water Line for Lakeville Owner LLC, a company formed by Rhino Capital LLC to handle the redevelopment of the Lakeville Hospital site at 43 Main Street. The company is licensed to use up to 6,045 gallons of water per day from the city water line that passes through the site.
The redevelopment plans for the 50-acre property purchased by Rhino Capital LLC were recently approved by the Planning Board, calling for a 402,500 square foot building located just over 400 feet from Main Street and equipped with 128 docks. loading for semi-trailers.
Looking right in front of this site, Selectmen made no official comment to the Planning Council on their review of site plans for a Domino’s Pizza restaurant at 56 Main Street in Dollar Tree Square.
The only informal comment was President Lia Fabian’s suggestion that the parking lot seemed a bit ‘tight’ to accommodate a passageway behind the building, but it was noted that the Dollar Tree store site plans provided space for a small restaurant. with a passage window to be located in the structure.
Selectmen also voted to sign an affordable housing restriction amendment for nearby residences in Nemasket River, allowing landlords to change housing units built from rental apartments to units for sale. The Planning Council has already approved changes to plans for affordable housing development along several roads off Main Street near the Lakeville MBTA station.
All new developments in the neighborhood have raised concerns from residents about traffic congestion in the near future along that section of Main Street between Vaughn Street and the Middleborough town line.
Selectmen was pleased to hear State Senator Michael Rodrigues report recently that the nearly finalized state budget plans contain $ 2.5 million for traffic lights and intersection improvements at the Bridge Street intersection.
Another million dollars of unspent funds from a 2018 transport bond could also be used to improve the mass highway of Route 105 in the region if needed to mitigate traffic increases due to planned development in the near future. future, said the legislator.
With the relaxation of group gathering restrictions in Massachusetts, the board saw fit to approve a request from Sunken Island Bike Race organizers to use city roads on July 10 for the event. Selectmen said the 14-mile route would be partially obstructed between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in return for approval, the organizers will donate a portion of the proceeds from the race to a local charity designated by the council.