Plymouth town manager’s report

Plymouth town manager’s report

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July 15, 2021

Melissa G. Arrighi, Town Manager

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1.     In This Together – Hedge House Invitation

Our Town Planner has shared an invitation for the unveiling ceremony of “Perseverance” the “In This Together” honeycomb public art, installed on the Hedge House lawn through November.  The artwork was created by MAP Academy students and local artists. Also featured is original poetry by Stephan Delbos and historic wallpapers and fabric from the Antiquarian’s collection.   The Plymouth Bay Cultural District has been collaborating on all the installations planned and designated FY21 funds to this project as well as others.  So nice to see another exciting project in Town.

2.     Mass DOT

Plymouth has been awarded $193,000 in funding under the latest round of MassDOT’s Shared Streets & Spaces Grant program.  This is for pedestrian push buttons and associated signal upgrades at the Court St/Cherry St, Cherry St/Standish Ave, Samoset St/Pilgrim Hill Road, Main St/Leyden St and Sandwich St/Warren Ave intersections.  The funding request also included installing cameras at the Samoset St/Pilgrim Hill Road and Cherry St/Court St intersections. Not sure how this will blend with the tentative $2M grant for Cherry and Court, but we will keep you posted.  Please allow me to publicly thank our Town Engineer Sheila Sgarzi and Traffic Engineer James Downey as they have done a fantastic job securing grants through MassDOT and all the credit goes to them.

3.     Housing Decision

On June 7, 2021, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in the case of Styller v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Lynnfield, deciding whether the use of a single-family home for short-term rentals was permissible under local zoning bylaws.  Given the increase in short-term rentals across the Commonwealth, including here in Plymouth, KP Law summarized the provisions of the Court’s decision (attached).   This is an important decision and I will be meeting with the Planning Director and Public Health Director in August to discuss this.

4.     Brook Road Bridge

The Board has expressed interest in hearing about the plans for the Brook Road Bridge and having a presentation by DPW Director Beder at a meeting.  I have spoken with the Chairman and we will line that presentation up in August, hopefully after we have more information and feedback from the neighbors.  In the meanwhile, on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, there will be an informational meeting for the Brook Road neighbors in the Great Hall starting at 6:30 pm.   JB will go through different options with them, talk about his recommendation (if he has one at that time), and explain that the design decision is the Select Boards’ with funding approved at Town Meeting.  Please help us spread the word and certainly any Board member is welcome.

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