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Tuesday, August 22, 2006



At their meeting tonight, selectmen will discuss their goals for the next year.

Selectmen will mull, among other things, plans to encourage owner occupancy in the downtown area, to pursue closing the Common Ground homeless shelter, and to further investigate creating a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program for social service agencies.

The agencies have been under fire for the last couple years in town for locating programs in Framingahm that are used by people from all over the area.

The shelter in particular has been criticized because it accepts people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The South Middlesex Opportunity Council, the agency that runs the shelter, has already agreed to close it, but the town is pushing for that to happen faster.

--Lisa Kocian

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