ROCHESTER — Selectmen have endorsed a plan to bring Middleboro municipal water to the Annie Maxim House, a senior residential facility on North Avenue.
Water Commission Chairman Fred Underhill said Monday that several years ago his board and past town administrators of Middleboro and Rochester discussed extending a 12-inch municipal waterline to the facility through an intermunicipal water agreement.
He said the Middleboro selectmen are now willing to talk to their town counsel about meeting with Rochester's counsel, Blair Bailey, to forge that agreement. The plan lacks any agreement or design details, but the connection would cost the town nothing unless it decides in the future to add a fire hydrant to the connection. Middleboro would need to approve its end of the agreement at its October special town meeting.
"We don't know where the curb cuts will be," Underhill said. "We don't know a lot of details. But we think in the long run it will be a plus for us."
"It will be very straight forward," Bailey said. "Rochester's intermunicipal water agreement with Wareham will be used as a template for the Rochester-Middleboro agreement."
Annie Maxim House representative Charles Rawley said the site has been a residential facility for the elderly for 35 years. The Middleboro water system, he said, "is a good, positive water resource for our home. We are just looking for what legal things we need to make it happen."
In other action, selectmen:
Appointed new town planner Steven Starrett as the inspection agent for the town soil board.
Discussed the possibility of allowing a solar farm to build on the town landfill as other communities have done and authorized selectman Greenwood Hartley to conduct internet research to gather more information on what doing so would entail.