AYER - The Ayer Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a liquor- and common victualler's license for Markoh's on Main - a new family-style restaurant to be operated at 43 Main Street by Mark DiCicco, owner and chef at Lucia's Tavola located a few doors down at 31 Main Street. Excited, DiCicco plans to open on Monday, Feb. 11 his second Ayer restaurant which will offer seating for 25-30 patrons, and a small bar area seating and additional 8-10 patrons.

Ayer Veterans Agent Mike Detillion sought selectmen approval to offer services to veterans for an added three hours a week. Detillion projected he'd serve an additional three hours per week on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Though he didn't specifically seek pay for the added duty, Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand said he'd help lobby the Finance Committee on Detillion's behalf seeking support for pay for the added pull.

The selectmen voted to appoint Jeri Love to a vacant seat on the Firehouse Reuse Committee which is focused on issues relating to the ultimate disposition of the former Washington Street firehouse The term was effective immediately and is to last through June 30, 2013 when the last appointment to the seat was filled.

The selectmen unanimously voted to accept Patriot Way as a public road. It's a move in keeping with the Oct. 22 Town Meeting vote to transfer the land from the Sandy Pond Investment Trust to the Town of Ayer.


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The selectmen opened the May 13 Annual Town Meeting warrant. The deadline for citizens' petitions will be March 15

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) is visiting the board on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. for a primer on the basics of granting alcohol licenses, and reviewing the board's responsibilities and roles in acting as the local licensing authority for Ayer. Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand said the town's liquor license holders will also be invited to attend the meeting.

Mandatory Open Meeting Law training will be offered at Town Hall on Thursday, March 26 from 6-8 p.m. The training will be conducted by the Attorney General's office. Pontbriand said the meeting will be mandatory for all boards, commissions and committees and department heads.

There has been a request for relief from the full $500,000 fee which would be borne by the Ayer- Shirley Regional School District in building fees due to the $56 million high school overhaul. Fees are charged at the rate of $12 per $1,000 of work valuation. At this point, "It's just discussions," said Pontbriand.

The next selectmen's meeting is on Tues., Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

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