Letter to the Editor, August 4, 2017: Public Meeting to Review Lane School’s Proposed Tree Removal and Mitigation Plans

By Jacqueline Edwards
Chair, Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC)

The first Informal Arbor Resource Committee (BARC) / Tree Warden Meeting to review Lane School Project’s Proposed Tree Removal and Mitigation Plans will take place on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 pm at Town Hall

This first “Informal Meeting” marks a move toward increased transparency and community inclusion regarding public review of Town projects that involve removal of trees. It will be held during a regularly-scheduled meeting of BARC this Tuesday evening, August 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of Town Hall. This meeting, like all Town committee meetings, is open to the public.

In Close Quarters, Zoning Board of Appeals Discusses Big Projects

By Danae Bucci

On Thursday, July 27, five members of the Bedford Zoning Board of Appeals gathered in a smaller-than-usual conference room to hear one of Bedford’s resident’s plans for expanding his home on North Road. Pavel Espinal brought forth his case for a special permit to add a second story to his house, located on 80 North Road, displaying full-sized blueprints for the planned expansion in close quarters.

Mosquitoes in Nearby Communities Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

No WNV positive mosquito or human cases in Bedford so far this season

August 3, 2017 – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Boston, Clarksburg, Lexington, and Melrose. Statewide last year, six thousand four hundred fourteen (6414) mosquito samples were tested for WNV and as a result, only one hundred eighty-nine (189) samples, or 2.9% were positive. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of fifty (50) are at higher risk for severe infection.

Hanscom Runway Resurfacing Project: At the July 31 Community Information Meeting

By Dot Bergin and Julie McCay Turner

The July 31 Public Information Session to hear last-minute community concerns about the Hanscom Field runway paving project drew a fully-engaged crowd of residents. They gathered on the steps of Town Hall, at 6:15 pm for the 6:45 pm start, and nearly filled the Multi-Purpose Room before the meeting began.Scheduled to end at 7:30, spirited participation kept the conversation lively until shortly before 9 pm.

Small Increase in Water and Sewer Rates Recommended

By Meredith McCulloch

“The recommended water and sewer rate increase for FY2018 at 1.2%, is the lowest since FY2013,” according to Finance Director Victor Garofalo. The recommendation and detailed analysis of costs were presented to the Selectman on July 17. Rates are based on projected costs of supplying water to residents. No increase in the irrigation rate for outdoor watering was recommended by Garofalo.

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