Fawn Lake Restoration Project Update

Submitted by the ad hoc Fawn Lake Committee

In the spring of 2015 the Town of Bedford formed the ad hoc Fawn Lake Committee to discuss the long term use of Fawn Lake and evaluate options for restoration. Committee meetings included representatives from the Conservation Commission, Department of Public Works, Selectmen, Historic Preservation, Bedford residents appointed to the Committee, interested Bedford residents, local press, and the Town’s consultant, CEI, who has lake restoration and dredging experience. Editor’s Note: This report was approved by the Committee in April, 2018

Previous evaluations of Fawn Lake by the Town and its consultants have identified increased floating and submerged vegetation, fish kills, impaired canoe and kayak access, reduced lake depth, soft sediment accumulations and slow conversions to swamp-like conditions.

Selectmen Consider Changes to Senior Tax Deferral Program

By Jeffrey Epstein

Sparked by an upsurge in public interest, Bedford and state officials are exploring how they might expand or improve a program that lets senior homeowners defer some of their property tax each year.

The state program — referred to in shorthand as Clause 41A after the relevant part of the statute — has been around for years, but some homeowners only discovered it recently through an article published in the Boston Globe. Bedford Town Hall has gotten inquiries about the program. State Representative Ken Gordon says he heard about it from the Bedford Council on Aging’s Rick Rosen, and now gets asked about it often in meetings with senior citizens. All this attention, in turn, led town Board of Assessors Clerk Ronald Cordes to dig into the program and report to the Selectmen on June 11. Rep. Gordon sat next to Cordes to help explain the program.

Middlesex CC Opens College Garden Plots to Bedford Community Gardeners

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

This summer, Middlesex Community College is opening up its Bedford campus Community Garden to gardeners from the broader Bedford community.

MCC’s 5,000-square-foot organic garden has traditionally been open to students, faculty, and staff. This year, a limited number of 2-by-8-foot garden plots will be available to the Bedford community for $25 each. Three community members have signed up for plots, and 12 more plots are still available.

Search for New Town Manager Moving Ahead

By Jeffrey Epstein

The search for Bedford’s next Town Manager is making progress, as the Town Manager Search Selection Committee explained at a public comment session Monday, June 4.

The committee has received “a good number of applicants,” Chair Betsy Anderson said, explaining that for applicant privacy and other reasons, she could not disclose names or numbers at this time. She did reveal that most of the candidates, but not all, are from Massachusetts.

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