Annual Town Meeting: Upcoming Project Information Meetings
Annual Town Meeting will be here soon. Follow progress on certain projects ahead of Town Meeting by following committee progress and attending upcoming public information meetings. Residents can subscribe to receive email/text notifications of meeting agendas and minutes of the committees of interest. The Warrant and Budget Book will be mailed to all households around mid-April, but information will be posted to the Town's website once the Warrant is finalized.
Wayside Trail / Rail Trail Advisory Committee
The Town recently received notice from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that it has found funding and intends to pave the maintenance road that will be constructed by Eversource. The DCR is a co-applicant on the wetlands permit that is currently before the Conservation Commission. If this application is approved, Eversource intends to begin construction over the summer and the DCR work will soon follow, thereby creating the Wayside Trail.
With this recent turn of events, the exploration of utilizing the maintenance road as a rail trail has been kicked into high gear. The Rail Trail Advisory Committee has engaged an engineering firm to study unblocking the Conant Road underpass. It has also engaged a planning firm to assist with planning for the trail and with community outreach. The committee has requested CPA funds to use towards unblocking the underpass, which will be heard by the Community Preservation Committee at its March 27th public hearing. Follow Town News and the Rail Trail Advisory Committee for additional upcoming information meetings as we head towards Town Meeting. Updates will be posted to the Town's website under Town Projects.
Josiah Smith Tavern
The Friends of the Josiah Smith Tavern have applied for CPA funds and will be holding several upcoming meetings in advance of its Town Meeting request for design and engineering fees. The Town Project page has been recently updated with information on the plans for the building. Follow Town News for meeting announcements. The following have been scheduled so far:
- March 25th - League of Women Voters Coffee: 11:00 a.m. at the Library
- March 27th - Community Preservation Committee: 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall
- April 8th - JST/OL Working Group: 10:00 a.m. at Town Hall
- May 6th - Tavern Open House
Proctor Track and Field Renovation / Field 1 Resurfacing
Details of this project are available on the Town's website. The School Committee is planning on holding a public information meeting in April, date TBD. The project will also be presented to the Selectmen at their meeting on March 28th. Follow the School Committee and Town News for announcements of the information meeting.
Affordable Housing Trust / Affordable Homeownership Opportunity Funds
The Affordable Housing Trust is seeking CPA funds to be used to identify and evaluate possible acquisition of real property suitable for the creation of affordable units. The proposal will be heard before the Community Preservation Committee at its March 27th public hearing.
Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
The Finance Committee is currently reviewing different pieces of the recommended budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. The public hearing for the Town and School budgets will be held on May 1st.