Carver: Town meeting approves meals tax, fire station and elementary school projects, and more

Carver is moving forward with new policies, new projects, and an overall new operational structure of the town, according to Town Administrator Michael Milanoski.

Proposals to change certain elected positions to appointed positions spurred lengthy debate at Town Meeting Monday night.

Despite arguments against, the town will be abolishing and replacing the Board of Public Works with a Department of Public Works, or DPW.

“It now allows for more accountability under a central form of government, and that was one of the objectives the Governance Committee was pursuing,” Milanoski said.

Some residents felt appointing positions like DPW Director and Treasurer Collector takes away their voting rights. Those articles passed, but the Board of Health will still be an elected position.

Negative comments dissipated when the new Elementary School Project came before the voters. The article gained unanimous approval, followed by a round of applause.

The project is currently in the MSBA eligibility period. With the town’s overwhelming support, the School Department hopes to gain MSBA approval in July for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design.

“I know how poor of shape that school’s in, and I know that if you have a decent facility [and] the kids are in a better environment to learn, they will learn more,” Dick Ward, Selectmen Chair said.

Other articles approved at Town Meeting include: Selectmen authority to negotiate and finalize PILOT agreements for two solar projects in town, a .75% restaurant meals tax, and the next steps in the Fire Station Project.

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.