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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Reopening Weston: Town Department/Service Status

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Town Officials and the Emergency Management Team are reviewing the state’s reopening guidelines as they become available for the Four Phase Plan. Updates to town services and programming are below, as well as at Weston.org/Status. Please note that municipalities and demographics vary, so what works for one town may not work for another.

The following considerations are taken with the decision-making

  1. Massachusetts is the third hardest-hit state in the U.S.
  2. Middlesex County (the largest county) is the hardest-hit county in the state
  3. Weston is one of several hardest-hit towns
  4. Safety for both staff and residents
  5. Sufficient amount of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing products are still difficult to obtain, but getting a bit better 

The process to reopen Weston is going to be a slow and steady approach to allow for the safety of staff and residents. Additionally, new procedures and protocols will be in place to accommodate safety guidelines and this may take some time to become familiar. 

Please note, the various phases of the state’s plan will not automatically begin unless:

  • the Public Health Indicators permit (see below) the move, AND
  • Weston can safely accommodate the state’s guidelines
  • See Weston.org/Covid19 for additional details

The following are updates to some of Weston’s Town Services:  

Recreation Fields and Courts

The following Recreation fields are open (school fields are not yet open): 

  • Burchard Park
  • Cherry Brook Field
  • Czarnowski Field on Brook Rd.
  • Melone Field at Cat Rock
  • Ferrelli Field on Bogle St.
  • Burt Field off Gail Rd

The full field policy is available through the latest Recreation Happenings newsletter and includes the following key points:

  • Fields remain open to individuals and members of the same households only
  • social distancing must be practiced when others are around
  • No games will be permitted under any circumstances, including scrimmages, tournaments, or recreational pickup games

The following tennis courts will be opened for recreational singles play only starting Wednesday, June 10:

  • Burchard Park (2-courts)
  • Weston High School (6-courts)
  • Weston Middle School (4-courts)

The courts at Brook School Apartments will remain closed through Phase II due to its proximity to a vulnerable population. The full  policy is available through the latest Recreation Happenings newsletter and includes the following key points:

  • Singles play only. Doubles matches, lessons, and tournaments are prohibited
  • When courts are full, please wait outside of gate until a court opens and users exit. Play time is limited to 1-hour while others are waiting
  • Please wear face coverings when entering and exiting the court. Face coverings are not required during play.
  • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others at all times

Playground at Lamson Park is still closed until appropriate measures can be put in place.

Weston Recreation Summer Programs

The Weston Recreation is offering summer programs for children and adults. Pickleball, Archery, and more. Be sure to sign up for the email Recreation Happenings for future updates.

Weston Public Library and the AIC

Public curbside pick-up of materials has expanded to Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 - Noon and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m; and Friday Noon - 4:00 p.m. See WestonLibrary.org/curbside for additional details on how the service works. Advanced reservations must be made.

Please be patient with this current schedule, as the Minuteman system as a whole is affected. The Library will expand its curbside hours as they are able to and can safely do so.

The Weston AIC is closed to the public but is offering AIC-at-Home

Transfer Station

The solid waste and recycling facility has reopened to normal operating hours (Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Residents need to wear a face covering when on site and are urged to conduct their business as quickly as possible (minimize the socializing, please). The Swap Shed remains closed but all of the donation bins have re-opened, as well as the electronics bin.

Town Hall

  • the building is closed to the public, staff is back in the building on a staggered time and day basis
  • a drop-box has been installed outside the double-glass doors of Town Hall and is for official business only, such as paying taxes. Staff is on site to collect materials
  • email is the best method to reach a department, see the Staff Directory for assistance
  • government board/committee meetings have moved to an online meeting platform and are still open to the public. Instructions are detailed on the meeting agendas as to how residents can participate either via computer or phone
  • Weston Media Center is working with Town Hall administration to provide recordings of certain online meetings
  • Visit Online Services on the Town’s website to view bill paying options

Annual Town Meeting and the Annual Town Election

Per Weston’s Bylaws, the Annual Town Meeting must be called prior to the election and held the Monday after the election. The Select Board is still weighing its options and discussing the best path forward for the Town and within the parameters of the law and public safety. Currently, the Select Board is considering September 12th for the election and September 14th for Town Meeting. All meetings of the Select Board are open to the public and are currently being held via an online video conferencing platform. Agendas are posted to Weston.org/AgendaCenter at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting.

Absentee and Mail-in Voting for Town Election

As Town Officials await guidance from the state regarding how and when the Annual Town Election can safely be held, the Town Clerk is preparing now for absentee and mail-in voting to alleviate in-person voting crowds. Residents are encouraged to prepare now by submitting their absentee or mail-in ballot applications.  Continue reading for additional information... 

Candidates that will appear on the ballot are listed on the Town Caucus page, the FY21 Operating Budget is approved by Town Meeting (not the election), and candidates who win their elected seat take office at the conclusion of Town Meeting.

Dog Licensing Deadline Extended

Weston’s Select Board voted to extend the deadline to license dogs from April 30th to July 31st. Renewals can be obtained online at Weston.org/DogLicense provided a current rabies certificate is on file. A license application can also be found online.

Conservation Land/Trails - Mandatory Leashing Remains in Effect 

  • People walking with dogs on Weston’s trails must keep their dogs leashed in order to avoid coming into close physical space with another trail user. This is for EVERYONE’S protection from potential infection from a close encounter with others. YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED
  • If a parking lot is full, that most likely means the trails are busy. DO NOT PARK IN THE STREET. There are nearly 100 miles of trails in Weston, find an alternate trail to help maintain safe physical space or visit when the trails are less busy. Visit Weston.org/Trails or WestonForestTrail.org for maps
  • Observe No Parking signs - No parking signs have been placed along roadways and portions of some parking lots have been cordoned off to limit the total number of visitors. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • Leave No Trace - this means pick up and remove from the trails and woods your dog’s waste and anything else you bring with you. There are no trash barrels, take it home.
  • Wet weather means wet trails and that means no bikes on wet trails. Please take a moment to review trail etiquette/rules so as not to destroy the trails

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