Medical Marijuana Zoning Is Coming

Medical Marijuana Zoning Is Coming

By Eliza Rosenberry

Bedford residents will soon be asked to vote on where they think medical marijuana facilities should be allowed by special permit to operate in Bedford.

Just a few months after voters approved a yearlong moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, the Planning Board and town planning staff have prepared a draft bylaw to regulate where such facilities could locate.

Before medical marijuana and other zoning amendments are put to a vote at Annual Town Meeting in March, they will first be presented at a public Planning Board hearing scheduled for February 7.

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Letter to the Editor, January 16, 2017: Save Springs Brook Park, Our Community’s Gem

Letter to the Editor, January 16, 2017: Save Springs Brook Park, Our Community’s Gem

By Julie Halloran

Seven years ago, my husband and I were new parents, living in Waltham, and searching for ways to enjoy the summer with an infant. A friend recommended a fun and safe destination nearby: Springs Brook Park. We instantly fell in love, not only with the old-fashioned family swimming hole, but with the town of Bedford itself, and we set our sights on moving here.

The Recreation Commission may vote on Springs Brook Park’s 2017 season at their meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00pm in the Lower Level Conference Room at Town Hall. If you cannot attend but would like to voice your support, please email Recreation Commission Chairman Ron Richter before the meeting at this link: http://www.bedfordma.gov/users/rrichter/contact

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Bedford Runners Competes in the Division 4 MSTCA Meet at Reggie Lewis Center

Bedford Runners Competes in the Division 4 MSTCA Meet at Reggie Lewis Center

By Jeff “JHO” Hoyland

Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) held their annual indoor Division 4 relays and Bedford High School Indoor track team was well represented.

The invitational meet is open only to teams which have qualifying times this season. Although the races don’t count in the division standing, the meet is a great way for teams to see how they compare with other Division 4 teams from all over Massachusetts.

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FinCom Reviews Planning, Health Budgets and Hears Recreation Commission Concerns about Springs Brook Park

FinCom Reviews Planning, Health Budgets and Hears Recreation Commission Concerns about Springs Brook Park

By Lizzie Seibert

At its meeting on January 12, the Bedford Finance Committee met with the Board of Health, the Planning Board and the Recreation Commission to discuss their budgets for next year.

Recreation Director Amy Hamilton and Recreation Commission Chair Ronald Richter discussed financing concerns about Springs Brook Park. Amy Hamilton acknowledged that in their upcoming meeting on January 17, the Recreation Commission may consider voting to close Springs Brook Park (SBP). She and Richter noted that SBP’s funding comes from the Recreation Department’s revolving fund, which is mainly composed of revenue from Spring Brook Park, Summer Adventures, Kid’s Club, and smaller Recreation programs. Some programs subsidize others within the Recreation budget. As of now, the revolving fund has a deficit of approximately $28,000.

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Housing Trust Selects TR Advisors/A.W. Perry to Redevelop Coast Guard Housing

Housing Trust Selects TR Advisors/A.W. Perry to Redevelop Coast Guard Housing

By Dot Bergin

Selectman Mark Siegenthaler: “From my personal perspective we’ve come a long way from where we were two years ago, wondering what would happen to this property….To be here on the verge of working with a developer… we are miles ahead of where we could have been.”

At its January 11 meeting, the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) reached closure on the long-sought redevelopment of the Coast GuardHousing property on Pine Hill Road. Top officials of TR Advisors/A.W. Perry, the chosen firm, presented details of their winning proposal and answered questions resulting from the previous week’s meeting. After thoughtful and lengthy discussion, during which some members appeared somewhat less than enthusiastic about the plan, the Trust voted unanimously to award the contract to TR Advisors/A.W. Perry, subject to successful negotiation and execution of the Purchase & Sale Agreement, including the Development Services Agreement [as specified in the Request for Proposal.]Before taking a vote, the Trust members awarded a composite score of “highly advantageous” to the proposal.

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A Public Presentation  to Share the North Road Intersection Study on Tuesday, January 17

A Public Presentation to Share the North Road Intersection Study on Tuesday, January 17

Submitted by the Department of Public Works

As part of the North Road at Chelmsford Road and North Road at Pine Hill Road intersection study, the Town’s traffic consultant, Green International Affiliates, Inc. has prepared a report based on field survey, traffic volumes, crash data, the public input meeting and local concerns. They have developed three conceptual designs per location, which address pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The report identifies conceptual layouts for both sites to either remain under stop sign control or to signalize the intersections.

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