The Select Board has a packed agenda including a State Legislation visit, voting on proposed changes to town personnel policy, and several Reading ARPA Advisory Committee (RAAC) recommendations that include allocations of ARPA funds (outlined below) to Birch Meadow, Food pantry, YMCA/Reading Recreation adaptive swimming program, Historical Commission and Conservation Commission allocations. The November Town Meeting warrant will also be discussed, as well as a discussion on the FY2024 Capital Plan and Town Master-plan.
- $1.5 Million in funding for Phase 1 of Birch Meadow
- $91,600 in funding for YMCA Adaptive Swimming overseen by the Recreation Committee
- $13,500 in funding for the Historical Commission
- $22,500 in funding for the Conservation Commission
- $46,200 in funding for the Reading Food Pantry
One other topic that is slated to be discussed is the review of the Request for Information (RFI) responses from cell carriers, starting on page 93. Four carriers responded to the RFI, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Wireless. More importantly, Verizon has a memo included in their proposal, about 4 potential tower locations. Those areas of interest are:
-Town owned land in the Batchelder Road area, in the northern section of Town off of Route 28.
-The Strout Ave “Compost Lot” area of town.
-The Symonds Way area of town near the ice rink.
-The Auburn Street water tank.
Recently, residents have voice frustration with Verizon cell phone coverage in Reading including the Letter to the Editor from Frederick Van Magness earlier in the month.
The meeting will take place in the Select Board meeting room at Town Hall at 7pm. The public can attend in person or watch via several options: via a broadcast on RCTV’s YouTube channel at this link or on the RCTV Government Channel (Xfinity ch 22, Verizon ch 33). The Zoom link for this meeting is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87089785034