By Adam Swift
The Town Council unanimously voted to name the Miller Field ticket booth in honor of Amy Gallagher at its Tuesday night meeting.
Gallagher was a beloved Winthrop educator who died at the age of 55 in 2020.
Gallagher graduated from Winthrop High School in 1983 and was known as the heart and soul of Winthrop Public Schools, serving for over 10 years as a Winthrop Middle School ESP. She was named Queen of the CafÃ© by the WHS Post Graduates, was a WMS Stuco advisor, co-Quiz Bowl advisor, Spelling Bee co-chair, and Winthrop Teachers Association PR officer.
The motion to name the ticket booth at Miller Field had a positive recommendation from the memorials committee, according to Council President James Letterie.
â€œThis Friday night, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m., we will be naming the Amy Gallagher Ticket Booth and there will be a dedication at Miller Field,â€ said Letterie. â€œThe School Committee and the council invite people to come down before the game; we will be playing Stoneham, the game is at 6:30, and the celebration is at 5. I couldnâ€™t think of a better person to have that facility named after.â€
In other council business, Letterie said it will be taking up the language for the ballot questions for both the fire station debt exclusion vote and the town ordinance recommendations at its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Letterie said the vote will give the council more than the 35 days needed to have the language in place for the ballot questions on the Nov. 7 municipal election ballot.
The council will also look at if it wants to hire an outside auditor for the town at a future meeting, according to Letterie.
â€œWe can talk about do we want to go out to bid on this? â€“ itâ€™s a very selective group of people, the field is small, but I just think it is something we need to take a deeper dive on,â€ said Letterie.
Letterie said the auditing firm of Powers and Sullivan has been very good and thorough for the town, although he said he would like to see reports in a more timely manner.
â€œTheyâ€™ve done a great job for us, but we want to be able to see things right away, so this will be on the agenda for us at the next meeting for us to take a vote on,â€ said Letterie.