Hanover voters finish up where they left off at Town Meeting

By Kate Walsh

Hanover voters had some unfinished business Monday night, spending an hour and a half dealing with seven Town Meeting articles left over from last week.

A citizens petition allowing 13 additional on-premises alcoholic beverage licenses to be used at the future Hanover Crossing was approved Monday.

Moving forward, the town can grant up to 10 additional alcohol licenses and up to three additional licenses strictly for wine and beer consumption for the development that will taking place on the current Hanover Mall property.

The licenses will only be for restaurants, not liquor stores.

A second citizens petition, to amend Hanover’s zoning map from residential to commercial, would allow McGee’s Toyota to expand to a residential lot the company owns next door at 18 Washington St. The owners plan to knock the home down and extend the dealership’s parking lot.

Members of the planning board asked for the article to be referred back to the board for further study, which voters agreed to do.

The article will most likely return to Town Meeting next year.

After all Town Meeting articles had been voted on, selectmen read a statement regarding the intent for the Sylvester School property, specifically in regards to the article that was approved last Monday.

Selectmen announced they would be canceling the original Request for Proposals for the Sylvester property sent out in April 2018 and create a new one as a result of issues raised at Town Meeting last week.

“There were multiple concerns… it was clear that one major concern was the RFP was never posted to the central register,” Selectmen Chairman Emmanuel Dockter said.

After talks between town counsel, Town Manager Joe Colangelo and the Inspector General’s office, selectmen chose to cancel the original RFP and draft another at a future date. 

Selectmen still have the right to dispose, sell or lease the Sylvester School property as was granted to them at last week’s meeting.

After the original RFP has been canceled, most likely at the next selectmen’s meeting on Monday, May 20, the board plans to obtain an appraisal of the Sylvester property, including the building and land, and issue a new RFP for the redevelopment for Sylvester to the central register.

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By | 2019-05-15T17:38:59+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Media|