Town opening, softball and logo lead busy meeting

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ARLINGTON — Meeting back in their upstairs meeting room in the Arlington Town Hall on May 18, the Select Board tackled a full slate of issues.

After remoting remotely via video conference for most of the past two months, the board took advantage of reduced restrictions to reclaim their normal spot albeit socially distanced by spreading themselves widely around the room.

If the restrictions continue to be loosened, then there could be a coed softball league in Arlington later this summer.

The board heard a proposal by Jason Green of Manchester who wanted to form a league at the Arlington Recreation Park this summer when possible.

Green said he wanted to bring a family friendly activity to the field, with strict control of alcohol and swearing, which he admitted has been a problem in past efforts.

He said he would let teams who signed up for the league know that they would be responsible for policing themselves and if they didn't do so, they'd be kicked out.

He said the previous problems were in men's leagues and this would be a true coed, family friendly event with kids hanging out and no tolerance for drunkenness and foul language.

He also said a tournament could be used as a fundraiser to help fix up the park.

With that assurance, the board was eager to give Green a chance.

Green was given the go-ahead to start organizing the league. He said if the restrictions continued, they could be ready to play in about a month. He said it would take some time to gauge interest and he would return to the board. Green assured the board he would work around the Arlington Fire Company's carnival in July and the league would carry insurance.

In the meantime, he asked for, and received permission to hold practices at the park while following the current rules, which at the time of the meeting limited gatherings to 10 or less with social distancing requirements.

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Town Hall opening

Following the state's guidance, the Select Board discussed the opening of town hall.

The board decided to start having meetings in person again but without allowing the public to attend in person. Anyone interested in listening in or participating can do so via a phone or computer connection.

Town hall itself has instituted restrictions and the board codified those restrictions at its meeting.

Anybody who wants to come to town hall needs to make an appointment. Nobody with any symptoms can enter the building and face coverings must be worn when entering.

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Visitors must social distance, use hand sanitizer and bring and use their own pen.

A log will be kept of people who enter the building as well.

Town logo

The board also discussed creating a town logo.

Matthew Bykowski pointed out that as he tackled some of the town's technical issues he realized the town doesn't have a logo.

"[A logo could be] the beginning of building the town's brand," Bykowski said. "We get a logo, we start with that and we can start building our brand."

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The other board members agreed and the idea came up that perhaps the schools could be involved despite it being late in the year.

It was suggested that perhaps the graduating seniors could come up with something and leave a bit of a legacy for the Class of 2020.

Cynthia Browning cautioned against getting too excited, but said she liked the idea.

"They might not come up with something that we would approve," Browning said. "But, I like your idea."

Ideas about what it would look like turned to suggestions the town not fall into the covered bridge design that every other town in the state uses.

Board chair Dan Harvey said he thought perhaps the students could come up with "something real creative," that would surprise everybody. He said that the board could push the rich history of the area and see what they come up with. Bykowsky said he would talk to Arlington Memorial High School Principal Sarah Merrill about the idea. The idea was that even if they didn't deliver a polished, completed logo, it might serve as the basis for one.

Highway crew

The board finished up some details on the recently hired third member of the highway crew.

Mike King is the newest member of the crew, having been hired May 11. King will earn $19.50 per hour to start and, after a six-month probationary period, will get a 50 cent bump to $20 per hour.

King is eligible for the town benefit's package.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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