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In this issue:


1 - Community Choice Aggregation: sometimes it can be easy being green

2 - Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness: YOUR thoughts wanted

3 - The Brush Dump is open: or free compost and wood chips for those forgoing raking this year

4 - Stormwater Pollution: the dangers lurking in your own yard

5 - Town Center Improvement Project: progress report

BONUS NEWS
  • Dec. 3rd Special Town Meeting - Know the Issues
  • 40B Status



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An easy to digest digest of Town Government news.


1 - Community Choice Aggregation

The vote is coming to Special Town Meeting on December 3rd but what is Community Choice Aggregation? It's a process by which municipalities can aggregate and switch the electricity of the households and small businesses from basic service over to cleaner energy. How it's implemented is strictly governed. Learn more about the process and the program at three upcoming informational meetings that are hosted by the Sustainable Weston Action Group:

  • Nov. 3, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at First Parish Church
  • Nov. 13, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Council on Aging
  • Nov. 19, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall


2 - Municipal Vulnerability
Preparedness Listening Session

The goal of the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness planning process is to identify specific climate risks and possible solutions Town Government and  local businesses and institutions can implement to address Weston’s most pressing climate impacts.

Out of this process will emerge new partnerships throughout Weston, a plan for being a more resilient community, and a plan for leveraging hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant program as well as other funding opportunities.  

Workshop brainstorming is currently underway and now it is time to hear from residents. On November 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the Weston Public Library, join members of the Sustainability Committee and the Town's consultant and share your concerns about the local effects of climate change and talk about how we can work together to be more prepared.


3 - The Brush Dump is Open

The birds, salamanders, worms and more of Mother Nature's little creatures would greatly appreciate it if everyone left their leaves, dead flower heads, and branches alone this winter so they can have a place to shelter and feed. But, if you are compelled to rake, dead head, and pick up sticks rather than taking in the glory of autumn, the Merriam Street Brush Dump is open for four more Saturdays, from 7:00 to 3:00 p.m. Yard "waste" can also be taken to the Transfer Station when the brush dump is closed. A valid transfer station permit or recycling only permit is needed. Free compost and wood chips are also available at both places. Please do not dump leaves and sticks in the woods or streams and if you have a landscape crew, please make sure they know not to dump leaves and sticks.
 

4 - Stormwater Pollution: Prevention You Can Directly Manage

This is a great time of year to take steps that will prevent contributing to stormwater pollution from your yard.

Don't rake fall leaves in your yard - mulch them with your lawnmower right into the grass - or ask your landscaper to do this. As the leaves break down over winter, it naturally fertilizes the soil and helps prevent weeds in the summer. That means, no blisters from raking, no incessant noise from leaf blowers (making for happy neighbors), and no added fertilizers or weed killers will be needed in the spring - plus, there will more time to enjoy the fall weather. When it rains, the fertilizers and herbicides in your yard wash off into local streams and storm drains. This runoff contributes to the polluting of our local waterways, hurting aquatic wildlife and water quality. 

Do rake leaves out of storm drains and off of sidewalks - besides potential flooding from the clogged drainage, too many composting leaves leech too many nutrients into our local waterways, which also harms aquatic wildlife and water quality.

Get in the habit, scoop that poop - A popular thought among dog owners is that dog waste is natural and will decompose; however, dog feces is not that “natural” nor does it decompose without introducing harmful bacteria and alien nutrients. The EPA lists dog waste as significant source of pollution. When it rains, that bad stuff gets into the water. A single gram of dog feces contains 23 million bacteria, and the excessive nutrients from pet food for a healthy dog diet is not healthy for our streams. This can cause harmful algae blooms or toxic water for wildlife or you. Coyote, deer, and squirrel scat is natural because their waste contains the same resources and nutrients of their ecosystem, and therefore will decompose naturally without adding foreign substances.


5 - Town Center Improvement Project

Nighttime work has started and is expected to continue for the next four to six weeks. The work that is being done at night would be disruptive to the businesses if it were done during the day, which is why the Selectmen made this decision. However, there are several residences that will be impacted by the overnight work. The Selectmen will be reviewing the progress and impacts at their upcoming meeting.


Progress is being made

As of the end of October, the contractor has substantially completed the installation of drainage and water work on the project:

  • 25 of 30 catch basins
  • 19 of 20 drain manholes
  • 5 of 5 water quality structures
  • 2,400 feet of the needed 2,800 feet of drain pipe
  • 19 of 22 water services
  • approximately 200-feet of new water pipe has been replaced in Boston Post Road and Center Street  

Furthermore, electrical and telecommunication conduits in Church Street and Boston Post Road, from School Street to Center Street, have been installed:

  • 37 of 69 in total utility manholes:
    • 16 of 27 for Eversource
    • 13 of 17 for Verizon
    • 6 of 21 for Comcast
    • 2 of 4 for Town Fiber
  • 7,100-feet of the 18,000-feet in total primary duct bank:
    • 1,500-feet of the 4,000-feet of Eversource conduit
    • 2,100-feet of the 5,400-feet of Verizon conduit
    • 1,900-feet of the 4,700-feet of Comcast conduit
    • 1,600-feet of the 3,900-feet of Town Fiber conduit 

The construction schedule calls for completing the installation of the primary utility duct banks by the end of 2019.




BONUS NEWS



Know the Issues - Special Town Meeting

The December 3rd Special Town Meeting warrant is at the press and will be hitting mailboxes by mid-November, but why wait? Visit Weston.org/TownMeeting to read it online now.

This resource web page is set up with links to additional information on various warrant articles to help voters be better informed on the decisions that need to be made on Dec. 3rd.

Also, hand-held voting devices will be in use. Be sure to arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get registered and synced-up.


40B Status:

The public hearings for the 751-761 Boston Post Road project have been continued to December 9 & 10, with the final hearing scheduled for March 23rd.

518 South Avenue remains under appeal in the Housing Appeals Court.




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