Your Top 5 in Town News
An easy to digest, digest of Town Government news to help Weston residents stay informed more easily.
1 - New Town Manager: Leon Gaumond
The Selectmen have signed Mr. Gaumond's contract as Weston's next Town Manager and his official start date in Weston is September 19th. Mr. Gaumond was appointed on July 10th and the contract was signed on August 1st.
Town Manager Donna VanderClock's last date with the town is September 28th. A public reception will be held in her honor on September 26th.
2 - New Water Rates
The Selectmen approved a water rate increase on all three water usage tiers, effective immediately. The rates are as follows:
Tier 1: $1.73 per h.c.f. (0 – 5,000 c.f.)
Tier 2: $5.08 per h.c.f. (5,001 – 15,000 c.f.)
Tier 3: $9.84 per h.c.f. (15,000+ c.f.)
(1 cubic foot (cf) = 7.48 gallons)
(h.c.f. = hundred cubic feet)
The Selectmen consulted with the Finance Director and the Treasurer/Collector and reviewed consumption analysis from the last six years and across the three tiers in order to provide sufficient funding for fixed costs in the Water Enterprise Fund and rising Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) assessments. The new rates will also help recoup a revenue shortfall from fiscal year 2018 in the Water Enterprise Fund, which is intended to be fully self-funding. More information about this is available on the Town's website.
3 - Dog Waste Violations
This summer, Weston's Animal Control Officer (ACO) is working towards helping dog owners create a new habit of picking up after their pets when walking on the trails. Leaving dog waste on the trails is harmful to the environment and unpleasant to all trail users. Expect to see the uniformed ACO asking if you have a waste bag on hand. If the answer is no, you'll get a warning and a bag. Read more in the ACO blog.
4 - Josiah Smith Tavern Progress
The Permanent Building Committee is continuing to work with the architects and engineers as they design the restoration of this historic building in Weston's town center. The system engineering is currently underway. Residents can follow the progress of this project by following the Permanent Building Committee (PBC), which meets regularly at the Case House. Sign up to receive notification of when the Committee's meeting agendas and minutes are posted online at weston.org/StayInformed. As with all of Weston's Town Government committees, all meetings of the PBC are open to the public to attend.
5 - Volunteer Opportunities
The Board of Selectmen is seeking interested residents to serve on the following Town committees. Click on the link to learn more about the duties and skills sought, how to apply, and deadlines to submit interest:
Serving on a Town Government committee is a long-standing tradition of Weston and an integral part of Weston Town Government.
State Primary Election is on September 4th. All four precincts' polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The last day to register to vote is August 15th. The Town Clerk's office is open until 5:00 p.m. that day to accommodate voter registration or party changes. The last day to vote by absentee ballot is August 31st. See the Town's website for more information.
Residents can also check their status, register to vote, change party affiliation, obtain an absentee ballot, and view the primary ballot on the Secretary of State's website.
The top course of pavement on the Rail Trail will be installed the week of August 13th from Wayland to Conant Road. Avoid the area, as fresh pavement can be very hot and needs time to cure.
The trail is an active construction site and people should avoid using the trail, particularly during constructions hours. Crews are reporting issues with people moving barriers, which is dangerous to users and crews alike. People are also accessing the path during construction activities, which is creating work delays.
Weston's paving operations are continuing with Highland and Winter streets and Glen Road (Shady Hill to Oak/Cliff), which are currently underway. Fairview and Montvale roads are anticipated to be repaved this season. Drainage work is anticipated to start on Glen Road (Shady Hill to Wellesley) and Newton and Merriam (Sunset to Silver Hill) streets.
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