AUBURN, Mass. – What does 2013 have in store for the town? The following are some of the topics that will come up in Auburn this year:
New Middle School on West Street: In November, the Board of Selectmen sent the middle school project to the voters. Selectmen approved the new school on West Street to be funded by debt exclusion. The 4-1 vote from the selectmen means that a majority of residents would have to approve funding the project on a ballot question in the spring, and it would also require a two-thirds approval of Town Meeting members in the spring.
Football Goes For 6th Straight Super Bowl: Can the Auburn Rockets win another Super Bowl in 2013? By crushing Tantasqua High School 33-7 on Dec. 1, the Rockets tied the longest Super Bowl streak in Central Massachusetts history with St. Peter-Marian High School. Auburn will try to stand alone with six straight titles this year, but it will be a tough task with 27 seniors leaving.
Playground at Pappas Recreation Complex: The Friends of Pappas Recreation Complex are trying to raise $180,000 to put a state-of-the-art, handicap-accessible playground at the park. The location of the playground will be in the center of the park, behind the performance pavilion. Preliminary plans include a poured rubber foundation, music-making stations, slides and obstacle courses.
Maj. David Brodeur Memorial at High School: The School Committee voted in August to dedicate part of the high school’s property as a Brodeur square and monument. Members of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation hope to combine 2013’s road race with the unveiling of the Brodeur memorial at the high school.
Ice Skating Rink at Pakachaog Village: Will an outdoor ice skating rink go up at Pakachoag Village? In December, town officials sought approval to construct an ice skating rink at Pakachoag Village next to the Senior Center, but the Auburn Housing Authority would not support the skating rink on its land. Town Manager Julie Jacobson said, “We hope to still collaborate next year with the Housing Authority, and, hopefully, Pakachoag Village will work out.”
U.S. Senate Special Election Campaign: With U.S. Sen. John Kerry joining the Obama administration, Massachusetts will have another special election in 2013. Scott Brown, who will be looking to win another special election, visited Auburn in 2012, so look out for him in town. Elizabeth Warren also made a stop, so watch out for the Democratic candidate in town.