By MARK SARDELLA
WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen this week renewed dozens of licenses of Wakefield establishments that sell food, alcohol, cars and other products and services.
The board renewed 65 common victualler licenses for restaurants ranging from full service restaurants to fast-food establishments including coffee shops and ice cream parlors.
Full liquor licenses were renewed for 14 restaurants, while three eateries had their licenses to sell beer and wine renewed. The board updated Innholder Liquor Licenses for the Clarion Inn and the Sheraton Hotel & Resort. Three local social clubs, the Crystal Community Club, the Knights of Columbus and the West Side Social Club had their liquor licenses renewed. The board renewed the licenses of five local package stores: Caporale’s Liquors, Greenwood Wine & Spirits, Jeffrey’s Package Store, S&M Liquors and Water Street Liquors, Inc.
Lodging House Licenses were renewed for Clarion Inn, Sheraton Colonial Hotel, Wakefield Manor and Wakefield House.
The selectmen renewed Entertainment Licenses for 20 restaurants.
The board renewed Automated Device (video game) Licenses for Crystal Community Club, Crystal Laundromat, Dockside Restaurant, Wakefield Bowladrome and the West Side Social Club.
Class I (new car) dealer licenses were renewed for 128 Sales, Inc., EMS Direct LLC, Liberty Chevrolet, Inc., Liberty Isuzu Truck, Liberty Mazda and Subaru of Wakefield.
The selectmen renewed a total of 44 Class II (used car) dealer licenses.
One Fortune Teller License was renewed for Psychic Reading.
Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio informed the board that the Massachusetts Municipal Association has filed legislation that would give municipalities the authority to notify communications companies and utilities that they must move their wires from old poles to new poles or face a fine of $1,000 per occurrence. The legislation is aimed at reducing the number of double utility poles.
Maio also reported on the “soft launch” of the town’s new website earlier this month. He also announced that the town of Wakefield now has a new Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/townofwakefieldma) with over 600 “likes” so far.
Selectman Ann Santos commented on the new town Facebook page, which is expected to have an “Ask the Town Administrator” button.
“If it gets out of control, I’d have no problem shutting it down,” Santos said. “Wakefield Facebook groups have gone from ridiculous to nasty to completely uninformed and moronic. I just wanted to make it clear that our town-sponsored Facebook page will be full of facts, will be kind and will have civility.”
Selectman Phyllis Hull asked Maio to explore with the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department the possibility of adding lights to the municipal lot behind the Co-operative Bank.
Hull also asked about the possibility of re-opening and/or repairing the Winn Street Bridge in order to improve the ability of public safety vehicles to reach the West Side.
Hull expresses her displeasure with the cleanliness of Wakefield High School. She called for a Division of Facilities to address the condition of town buildings.
Selectman Paul DiNocco thanked all who worked on last weekend’s Holiday Stroll, including town departments that supported the event.
In other business this week, the Board of Selectmen:
• Appointed Daniel Calore, 24 Wave Ave., to the Retirement Board.
• Accepted the resignations of Kathryn Morgan and Jane Good from the Board of Registrars.
• Appointed Cathy Beaulieu to fill the Democrat vacancy on the Board of Registrars. The Republican Town Committee will submit a candidate for the other vacant slot.