Eversource chopper will survey high voltage towers

Helicopters hovering over high voltage electric equipment this week should not be a cause for concern, according to one of the area's leading utilities.

Eversource Energy announced Monday that a white and blue chopper equipped with heat-sensing, infrared-scanning technology will make the rounds this week to conduct semiannual, aerial inspections on steel utility structures. The goal is to detect potential problems and schedule maintenance and upgrades before reliability issues crop up, the utility said.

Inspections will begin in the Wilmington/Woburn area, before moving to the MetroWest area, the South Shore, Greater New Bedford, and Cape Cod.

The Jet Ranger helicopter with a registration number N37WA plans to fly between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Selectmen vote in support of medical marijuana dispensary in Hull

The selectmen have negotiated about “90 percent” of a host agreement with Boston's Evergreen Farms Group to site a medical marijuana facility at 175 George Washington Boulevard, the current site of Java Jungle and other businesses.
By a 4-1 vote Thursday night, the board voted to approve a Letter of Non-Opposition that the company will soon submit, along with the host agreement, as part of its licensing application to the state Department of Public Health. 
Jennifer Constable cast the sole vote against the motion, saying that she would have preferred that the firm’s principals conducted public outreach to gauge neighborhood support prior to the board’s action.
Town officials said they've been negotiating with the firm's principals since September, when EFG chief executive officer Benjamin Smith and his advisors presented the concept at a public selectmen's meeting. 
Town Manager Philip Lemnios and Town Counsel James Lampke negotiated the basic terms of the host agreement with company representatives over the course of five or six meetings in recent months, Lemnios said last night. 
For complete details of last night’s meeting, including revenue projections that the town could realize from the dispensary operation, see next week’s Hull Times.

Selectmen to meet with medical marijuana CEO

Selectmen will meet tomorrow night [Thursday] with the CEO of a company that wants to site a medical marijuana dispensary in Hull. 

Evergreen Farms is seeking approval of "a Letter of Non-Opposition and Host Agreement," according to the agenda item posted by Town Clerk Lori West today. 

The agenda item is posted for 7:45 p.m. at Hull Town Hall, 253 Atlantic Ave. 

Voters narrowly reject retail marijuana


Voters narrowly rejected retail marijuana in Hull today. The unofficial results were posted less than 10 minutes after the Memorial School polls closed at 8 p.m. 

The tallies posted by Town Clerk Lori West were:
On Question 1: the Yes vote – to prohibit retail pot – was 1,010. The No vote – which would have permitted sales – was 856. There were 4 blanks.

On Question 2, which had the same effect, to be articulated in a zoning bylaw as opposed to a general bylaw, the Yes vote was 1,027. The No vote was 833, blanks 10.

The Times will publish a complete report of today's activity in Thursday's paper.