Summer 2016
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Top 5

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 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 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 for more information and consider serving your local government. 

Weston Police Dept.

Police Services for Residents

Rx Drop-off: Do you have expired or unused prescription medications? Dispose of them safely at the Weston Police Department, anytime. Please no liquids or needles.

Handgun Disposal: If you come across or possess any firearms that you wish to remove from your home, officers from WPD can come by and remove them for you. Please call 781-786-6201.

Car Seat Installation: Officer Powell has been certified in safety seat installations and can assist Weston parents in the proper installation of car seats, either installing them or checking to make sure it was done correctly. Please schedule an appointment by calling 781-786-6201.

Town Projects

Town Project Updates

Five of the seven units of the town-developed affordable housing on Warren Avenue are occupied by new Weston residents.

The Merriam Street sidewalk is currently going through design work. The latest concept is online. 

The request for proposals for the adaptive reuse of the Josiah Smith Tavern will be issued in early August with a deadline of early September.

The Conservation Commission has released its 2015 Deer Management Program report. The program continues to be successful.

Be sure to subscribe to receive email/text notification of when agendas and minutes are posted to the majority of the town committees.
Watch this

What to Watch

After a public hearing and visioning session, a proposed master plan for the Case Estates will be revealed at the Sept. 29th Board of Selectmen meeting.

The Rail Trail Advisory Committee has been appointed and those meetings will be getting underway. To follow progress and attend meetings, be sure to subscribe to agenda notifications.

The Town Center Planning Committee has received preliminary redesign concepts from the planning consultant Utile for the Town Center Improvement project. This will be discussed with the Board of Selectmen on September 14th.

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates: Elections

THURSDAY, September 8th: State Primary Election

Tuesday, September 20th: Weston residents are being asked to vote to approve the Minuteman regional district school committee’s vote authorizing the borrowing of construction funds for the new Minuteman facility. All current member communities, including Weston, will be holding this special election. 

TUESDAY, November 29th: fall Special Town Meeting

How are we doing?

How are we doing?

This is the third quarterly newsletter and a Top 5 of news briefs is released in the months between. As always, we welcome your questions and comments. Please let us know how we are doing to keep residents informed or if there is something else you'd like to see.

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