Common use rules approved
The Board of Selectmen has implemented new rules about how the Town Common may be used, responding in part to public debate surrounding the rejection of an application to use the municipal space for a prayer vigil last September. Adding further definition to the subject of what uses the Town Common can host, “private commercial and noncommercial uses, including but not limited to civic, political, and religious purposes’’ is now in the language of the policy. Applicants must inform Upton officials of how many attendees are expected at a planned gathering. The Upton Police Department will then determine whether there is a need for traffic and safety officers. Costs associated with any police presence deemed necessary may be the responsibility of the applicant under the approved rules, and organizers of a gathering must also pick up all litter after the event.
- James O’Brien