Top 5 in Town News
A snapshot of Weston's Town Government news.
1 - Town Volunteer Opportunities
Weston's Town Government is supported by 37 volunteer boards, committees, and commissions whose memberships are either elected or appointed. Nearly 200 residents are currently giving their time and talents to help make this town a great community.
The Board of Selectmen is currently seeking residents to step up and participate in the time-honored tradition of serving in this integral part of Weston's Town Government:
The Moderator is also seeking residents interested in serving on the Finance Committee
. Please read the Moderator's comments
on what he is looking for in membership.
2 - What is the Demolition Delay By-law?
Article 26 of the Town's general by-laws
was added by a vote of Town Meeting in 1998 "...for the purpose of preserving and protecting...buildings that reflect distinctive features of the architectural, cultural, economic, political or social history of the Town..."
The intent of the by-law is to provide an opportunity to develop preservation solutions for properties that are threatened with demolition. The Historical Commission, a Selectmen-appointed body, is charged with administering this by-law and has found success in working with property owners to preserve Weston's architectural history.
A lot of information about Weston's historical character is available online. To learn more, check out:
3 - Service Program for Seniors, Veterans, and Disabled Adults
Residents who own homes in Weston and are either a senior (60+), veteran or a disabled adult can apply to participate in this needs-based program that pairs eligible residents with Town departments. Participants commit to work 100 hours in a Town department
during a single fiscal year in order to earn limited property tax relief.
To learn more or to apply, read the policy online or contact the Council on Aging Director Mignonne Murray at 781-786-6280.
4 - Projects Moving Forward
133 Boston Post Road - The Planning Board is continuing its negotiations with Boston Properties and is scheduling neighborhood meetings. Boston Properties has submitted a project eligibility application to MassHousing for the Jones Road (Waltham) access.
Ash Street Sidewalk - A concept draft is available on the Sidewalk Master Plan project page.
Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Route 20 - The intersection project has been submitted to the state for TIP funding.
Case Campus - In case you haven't been by, construction has begun. The large hole located on the School Street side of the campus will hold the stormwater system for the campus.
Case Estates - Trees have been planted and the fields have been cleared of overgrowth and invasive species with the historic meadows restored. Next up is ADA work for the Legacy Trail linking the Case Campus to Sunset Hill and designing the connecting trails to the trail system at the reservoir off Ash Street.
Lamson Park - The remediation work is done and the playground equipment is currently being installed.
Open Space & Recreation Plan - The committee completed the updated plan and the state has approved it. It's available online and is a great reference of all of Weston's open space and recreation facilities.
WHS Proctor Track & Field and Field 1 - Crews are on site and construction has started.
DPW Road Work - DPW has finished Highland Street and Love Lane and has started Sudbury Road and Ripley Lane. Weekly updates are available online and via subscription
Rail Trail - Eversource and MassDCR have received their wetlands permit, which will allow the paved maintenance road project to move forward. This piece is the utility company's and the state's project. How Weston accommodates this new recreational path and preserves the historical assets along the 3-mile stretch is being discussed.
5 - Exploring Weston's History: The Case Estates
The 2016 purchase of the land was a significant gain for the Town, in part because it took 10 years to achieve, but more importantly because the land in its central location in town represents the agricultural history of Weston and the preservation of the rural landscape that is highly valued by residents. The current field and meadow work that is being conducted on the site is historic restoration of the land. Soon, trails will be ready so that residents can enjoy the vistas by foot.
If you aren't aware of the history of the Case Family or Hillcrest Gardens, a terrific summary is available on the Town's website.