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Hess Corp. seeks new location at McSheffrey's Citgo
By GORDON VINCENT news@woburnonline.com

WOBURN - Officials with the Hess Corp. have filed for a special permit at the present site of McSheffrey's Citgo at the intersection of Montvale Avenue and Washington Street in East Woburn.

Hess, which is based on Woodbridge, N.J., is asking for a "self-service/full-service gasoline station with a convenience store at (the) site of an already existing gasoline station, convenience store, car sales and repairs at 306 Montvale Ave."

Without discussion, the council voted to set up the request for a public hearing, perhaps as soon at the council's next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The deliberations with Hess are likely to include some discussion about the city acquiring the land needed for the widening of the Montvale Avenue/Washington Street intersection, a project which has been in the works for more than a decade.

Personnel matters - The council's Personnel Committee endorsed the following appointments submitted by Mayor Thomas McLaughlin:

* Robert McNabb, Denis Murphy, Lori Medeiros and Dr. Neal Pearson to the city's Human Rights Commission

If confirmed by the full council at its meeting on Nov. 18, McNabb, Pearson and Medeiros will serve terms until July 31, 2011.

If Murphy, who is the nominee from Woburn Memorial High's Gay-Straight Alliance, is confirmed, he will serve a term until Aug. 31, 2009.

The committee also endorsed the nomination of Bow Street resident Alfred Tancreti for a new term on the Handicapped & Disabled Citizens Commission, until Dec. 31, 2010.

Leash law - Approved was a resolve submitted by Alderman at-large Joanna Gonsalves requesting the Department of Public Works "erect a suitable and conspicuous sign" at the pedestrian entrance to the Horn Pond conservation area advising residents of the city's leash law, which calls for a $50 fine for a first violation.

Police Chief Philip Mahoney was also asked to "increase enforcement of the regulation."

Financial update - A resolve submitted by City Council President Charles Doherty asks City Treasurer/Tax Collector Donald Jensen to appear at the council's Nov. 18 meeting to provide "a status report regarding ... the city's bank accounts and investments."

Executive session - The council met for about a half-hour in executive session with legal counsel regarding the Highview Road matter, reportedly to discuss pending litigation.

The city is involved in a legal dispute with developer Anthony Santullo over a proposed housing development at the West Woburn site.

According to President Doherty, no votes were taken in executive session.

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