Top 5 in Town News
A quick digest of news to help Weston residents stay informed more easily with happenings in Town Government.
1 - New Water Billing Tiers and Rates
For a long time, water consumption has been billed using two tiers: Block 1 at 0-5,000 cubic feet (cf) and Block 2 at over 5,000 cf. After receiving feedback from residents, the Town Manager proposed a change in the billing tiers to provide a third tier. The Board of Selectmen recently approved this change and it will be effective with the next bill in October. The three tiers are: Block 1 at 0 - 5,000 cf; Block 2 at 5,000 - 15,000 cf; and Block 3 at over 15,000 cf.
With the new billing cycle, the rates have also been adjusted. The old rates were: Block 1 at $1.40 per hundred cubic feet (hcf) and Block 2 at $5.41 per hcf. The new rates are: Block 1 at $1.44 per hcf; Block 2 at $4.06 per hcf; and Block 3 at $7.57 per hcf. These new rates and three tier structure apply to both residential and non-residential accounts.
2 - WestonAlerts - Emergency Notification System
WestonAlerts, powered by the Smart911 system, is the official emergency notification system used by the Town of Weston and Weston Public Schools so Town Officials can quickly communicate important and time-sensitive information during emergencies. To learn more, please visit www.weston.org/Alerts
Contact information from the former emergency notification system was transferred over, as well as all landline numbers; however, to ensure that residents are able to get all emergency alerts we highly recommend logging into your account to set contact preferences and to update your information. Please visit www.weston.org/Smart911Alerts to either log in with your email address or register a new account. All personal information is used for emergencies only and is kept private on secure servers. A complete FAQ is available on both of the above sites. If you have trouble logging into your account, please enter your email address and click "forgot password" to reset.
3 - September Selectmen Meetings: Upcoming Projects' Updates
The Town Center Planning Committee and the JST/OL Working Group will both be meeting with the Board of Selectmen at their Sept. 14th meeting, and the Case Estates will be discussed on Sept. 29th.
The Town Center Planning Committee will be presenting an update and preliminary designs for the Town Center Improvement Project. Please visit www.weston.org/TownCenter for additional information. The committee will also be presenting to the Planning Board and will be organizing public information meetings on this project, in advance of a Town Meeting funding request.
The JST/OL Working Group will also be updating the Selectmen on Sept. 14th regarding progress they've made since Annual Town Meeting. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for a designer for the Old Library to be converted to the Weston Art & Innovation Center and for the adaptive reuse of the Josiah Smith Tavern were both issued over the summer. For information on the recommended reuse for both buildings, please visit www.weston.org/JSTOL.
Landscape Architect Tom Wirth will be meeting with the Selectmen on Sept. 29th to discuss a draft master plan for the Case Estates land. Past recommendations from two former committees, a public hearing, and a public visioning session helped shape this draft master plan. Please visit www.weston.org/CaseEstates for additional information.
4 - Citizens' Academy
Get familiar with Weston government inside and out! Ask your burning questions about the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of the Town, and learn about the role you can play in Weston’s government. Weston's Citizens' Academy is specifically designed to familiarize citizens with the processes and procedures associated with Town and school services and will consist of a series of presentations, discussions, and visits to Town departments/facilities. Tuition is free, but enrollment is limited. The first session is Sept. 22nd. To learn more and to register, please visit the Town's website.
5 - Road Construction Updates
The Route 30 / Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project, which is a state-sponsored project, will continue throughout the next few months and will be completed in the spring of 2017. Currently there are several new utility poles to set with overhead wires to transfer before the old poles can be removed. The contractor with state and local assistance is coordinating these efforts with the various utility companies. The additional construction activities occurring at this site will be the installation of conduits for the new signals and full-depth roadway reconstruction at both sides of Wellesley Street and both sides of Route 30. This work will be the most disruptive work relating to traffic, but contractors will work to limit these disruptions as best as possible.
The Brown Street / Winter Street sidewalk project, the funding of which was approved by Town Meeting this past May, has just begun and is anticipated to take approximately 10 weeks to complete. This work includes cutting the pavement, excavation of proposed sidewalk, and installing base material, the berm and sidewalk wearing surface. This project will be coordinated with the Rt. 30/Wellesley Street project to maintain traffic flow through the area.
The North Avenue/Rt. 117 roadway resurfacing project from Viles Street to Lexington Street will start up again the week of September 12th. Milling, paving, curbing and sidewalk work is anticipated to be completed around November 15th.
Many of the paving projects around town have experienced a delay over the summer. These projects were supposed to be completed over the summer, but the delays, due to the paving contractor, have been out of the control of the town. Paving projects will pick up again during the month of September, which we realize is not ideal. We ask for everyone’s patience, as these disruptions will be short-lived. We will attempt to limit the disruptions as best we can.
Cat Rock and Nolte Forest were signed into law (Special Acts of 2016, Chapter 221 and Chapter 222) as conservation land on August 10th by Gov. Baker. A memorandum of agreement with the Recreation Commission for active recreational activities is secured for a 32-acre portion of the Cat Rock area.
Working with the Town Manager, the Selectmen have organized their Projects and Priorities for this year, with assignments to each Selectman. This list is available on the Selectmen's web page on the Town's website.
Transfer Station permits will expire by Sept. 30th. PAYT will not be offered this year, but the Recycling Challenge is on! Learn what recyclable materials are accepted at the Transfer Station at www.weston.org/Recycling and also learn about everything that can be recycled, like old sneakers and TV remotes, at www.weston.org/RSW. Challenge yourself and your household to reduce solid waste and increase recycling. It's good for the environment and it saves the Town money.
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