Top 5 Things You Need to Know
1) Mandatory Water Restriction: Current drought conditions are creating a serious stress on Weston's water distribution, which is posing a potential threat to public safety. Town officials are urging immediate resident cooperation to observe the odd/even water conservation schedule to help reduce the stress on our water distribution system. This applies to lawn and landscape irrigation systems drawing from town-supplied water, not private wells. Please visit the town’s website at www.weston.org for complete details. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in protecting the safety of Weston.
2) PAYT Follow-up: After holding two public meetings on Pay As You Throw (PAYT), the Selectmen voted to discontinue the program at the end of the current Transfer Station permit cycle (Sept. 30th), since it is difficult to conduct simultaneous programs. They also do not want to implement a drastic change at the facility without fully exploring the other recycling recommendations made by the Recycling and Solid Waste Committee.
Participants in the PAYT program should continue to use the maroon bags until the new sticker cycle begins on October 1st. Participants should also plan their bag purchases accordingly to coincide with the end of the program.
Effective October 1st, the Transfer Station permit sales will continue as in previous years; however, this does not mean that residents should revert to old habits. The Selectmen encourage residents to challenge themselves to reduce household solid waste by increasing their recycling efforts.
Reducing solid waste continues to be a priority for the Town and we will work to increase public awareness on the benefits, as well as making it easier for residents to recycle more. Information on different types of recycling can be found at www.weston.org/RSW. Together we hope to make strides in a positive direction.
3) Housing Production Plan Approved: Following the approval by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board, the Housing Production Plan (HPP) was submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Town received official notification of approval on June 28th. The Selectmen have been in discussions with the Housing Partnership and the Affordable Housing Trust on the best way to manage the HPP going forward and how best to combine these two bodies for the benefit of the Town. The Trustees and members of the Partnership are currently meeting jointly to discuss this further and will report back to the Selectmen.
4) Solar PV Panels: The Town will be awarding a new contract in early August to Ameresco for the installation of rooftop solar energy panels at the Public Works building. Ameresco holds the long-term lease at the old landfill for the solar arrays located there. Since installation, the three month net savings from the landfill array was just over $148,000 in municipal energy costs.
5) Volunteer Opportunities: The Selectmen made their annual reappointments to various committees, as well as appointing new members to the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee and the Rail Trail Advisory Committee. There are two committees with vacancies: the Board of the Council on Aging and the Parks and Recreation Representative of the Community Preservation Committee. Please visit www.weston.org/Volunteer for more information and consider serving your local government.