PEPPERELL -- At its Sept. 24 meeting, the Board of Selectmen approved an article that would require the board to disclose who the buyer or lessee to the Peter Fitzpatrick property would be.

The article will only be necessary if the rezoning article is passed.

"I would just like to have it there as a placeholder for now," said Selectman Joseph Sergi.

Sergi said if the rezoning article passed, he expected that a committee would be formed to make decisions regarding the property, the actions of which would be a matter of public record. Still, he said, the article would help address concerns that any residents might have regarding full disclosure.

"When we sold the Canal Street property, we didn't disclose that, we just authorized the Town Meeting sale of land. Then there were other transactions that folks brought to my attention that made them uncomfortable. This is just to reiterate that everything is going to be transparent," said Sergi.

The item will appear as article 10 on the warrant, beneath the rezoning article.

The selectmen also approved an article to that would appropriate $40,000 to repair the roof of Town Hall's vaulted entrance.

Town Administrator John Moak said town employees had recently noticed leaking in the roof.

"There's an extensive amount of work that needs to be done," said Moak.

The process is complicated by the fact that a concrete handicap-accessible ramp was built over the vault.

"It doesn't allow the repair to be done; it would have to be removed," said Moak.


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In other business: Following a public hearing at the meeting, John McNabb of McNabb General Store is one step closer to retirement. The McNabb General Store liquor license was officially transferred to the store's new proprietor, Shaileshkumar "Sunny" Patel. Patel has said the store will become primarily a package store; it will be an extension of his current business, the Townsend Liquor Store.

The hours of operation will change as well. Monday through Thursday, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday, it will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

The board also appointed Forrest Roush to the Finance Committee. Marcia Scofield was named administrative assistant to the Board of Assessors.