Top 5 in Town News
An easy to digest, digest of Town News to help Weston residents stay informed more easily with happenings in Town Government.
1 - Annual Town Meeting
May 8 and May 10 - 7:00 p.m. @ HS Auditorium
See www.weston.org/TownMeeting for dates of upcoming information meetings and meeting materials from past meetings. When the warrant is approved, this page will also serve as the "Know the Issues" page, a one-page guide for Town Meeting.
The Warrant & Budget Book will be approved by the Selectmen on April 5th and posted to the above link. It will also be mailed to all households in mid-April.
What's coming? Here are a few articles:
May 6th - all precincts @ Town Hall Auditorium from 8:00 to 6:00 p.m
2 - Annual Town Election
What's on the Ballot?
for a list of candidates and the two ballot questions.
Be sure you are registered to vote
in Weston, as only residents who are registered in Weston can participate in the election and Town Meeting. Voter registration deadline is April 14th. Check your voting status
and register online Candidates' Night
- the annual event hosted by the League of Women Voters will be held on April 11th at the Middle School. Hear from the candidates running for elective office.
3 - Spring Cleaning
Annual Street Sweeping -
If it ever stops snowing, the DPW will be starting up its street sweeping operations, which are scheduled to begin the week of April 3rd. The schedule and map are on the Public Works web page. Residents can sweep dirt from sidewalks into the street before sweepers are scheduled.
Annual Hydrant Flushing
The DPW will be flushing hydrants to remove sediment buildup in the mains starting the week of April 3rd. The schedule and map are online and flushing will occur between 8:00 to 2:30 p.m. The flushing may result in temporary discoloration of the water, which could stain laundry. If you find discoloration in your water, let the cold tap run for a few minutes until it runs clear.
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection
This annual event will be held on April 8th at the Public Works facility at 190 Boston Post Road By-pass from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. Please read what is and is not accepted.
The composting facility located on Merriam Street will be open for four consecutive weekends, beginning April 22nd, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The area is open to Weston residents' yard waste. Compost and wood chips are available, free of charge.
4 - Solar Power Monitoring
The solar array installation at the transfer station is projected to offset more than $300,000 in annual municipal energy costs. The Town is currently pursuing a small roof-top installation on the Public Works building, which is projected to produce an additional $21,000 in savings annually.
The solar company that holds the long-term leases for both locations is Ameresco, which has created a solar energy monitoring website. This site tracks the production of solar energy from the arrays at the transfer station in real time, as well as weekly, monthly, annual, and lifetime production totals. It also provides a list of the environmental impact equivalents. For example, the energy produced during the month of March is equivalent to 4,193 trees planted and 18,402 gallons of gas. Visit www.weston.org/Solar to see the site and learn more about this green project. To learn more about how energy equivalents are calculated, see the Fall 2016 Newsletter.
5 - Large 40B Developments
There are currently two large 40Bs proposed in Weston near the I-95 and Rt. 20 interchange.
104 Boston Post Road
The developer, Stony Brook LLC, is proposing 150 units in a five-story complex on the 2.1 acre site on the corner of Rt. 20 and Sibley Road. A comprehensive permit application has been submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the first hearing will be held on April 6th. Site and architectural plans are available on the Town's website, along with various committee and department comments regarding this project.
To follow the hearing progress, please subscribe to receive agenda notifications from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
133 Boston Post Road
Boston Properties has developed a proposal for 275-354 rental unit complex on its commercial property, which is the Biogen/Monster site. The proposal calls for a two-phase development and additional commercial space. It has conditional support from the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. Site and architectural plans are available on the Town's website, along with various committee and department comments - including the conditions of the Selectmen. This project was identified in Weston's state-approved Housing Production Plan as a possible solution to address Weston's housing needs.
Both a fiscal impact report and a traffic impact study have been conducted and are available online. Boston Properties has also set up a website with a helpful FAQ and a comments section, so residents can ask questions directly.
Concerns have been raised by residents regarding the residential access route for this development. It is currently shown as being along the soon to be Wayside Trail (rail trail) with the entry/exit at Church Street. Various boards, including the Board of Selectmen, have said this is not an option and an alternate entry/exit is still being explored.
To follow the permitting progress, please subscribe to receive agenda notifications from the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Conservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. A joint meeting between the developer, the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen is tentatively planned for May.
The Rail Trail
Advisory Committee has withdrawn its CPA request from Annual Town Meeting consideration. This is due to the wetlands permitting for the Eversource maintenance road taking longer than anticipated.
WPD Blood Drive
Weston PD is hosting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Mobile on April 24th from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Appointments are recommended, though walk-ins will be taken as time allows. Sign up for an appointment by visiting: tinyurl.com/WPDapr2017