Dog Park Task Force Extends Open Survey Deadline to 10/10

By Jaime Craven

The ad hoc Dog Park Task Force has extended the deadline for responses to their public survey to Tuesday, October 10. The survey asks how dog owners expect to use the park based on previous experience, as well as what features to prioritize in the upcoming design. In particular, Task Force members are concerned with possible objections from abutters to the current potential sites. They are considering features such as a sound-dampening fence to minimize any misgivings from the neighborhood.

Voters Turn Out for Monday’s Hearing on Marijuana Sales in Bedford

By Meredith McCulloch

When the Selectmen held a marijuana sales hearing in the multi-purpose room October 2, a line formed at the microphone as multiple citizens rose to express their concerns. The hearing concerned a bylaw change that would allow the sale of marijuana in town.

Following the approval of marijuana sales on a state ballot initiative in November 2016, the legislature provided that towns in which a majority of voters had voted “no” could choose an option to prohibit sales in their community.

Historic District Commission Hearings: 36 North Road and 140 The Great Road

By Elizabeth Hacala

Prior to the opening of the September 6 Historic District Commission (HDC) public hearings, Rev. John Gibbons noted that this was the first meeting the Commission would have with an “empty chair” and how much he knew Christopher Weisz would be missed. Commission members echoed the loss to both the community and the HDC.

The public hearing was then opened to consider two projects, the demolition of the building at 36 North Road, currently operating as Fitzy’s Package Store
and a request for new signage at 140 Great Road and.

Community Preservation Committee Recommends Continuing Surcharge

By Elizabeth Hacala

At their September 19 public hearing, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) reviewed the current surcharge match projection of 15 percent (estimated at $228,115 for FY18). They discussed possible changes to the future surcharge due to Boston’s entrance into the Community Preservation Act (CPA) as well as legislative efforts to change the funding model for the CPA. Selectman Margot Fleischman pointed out we would know more about possible funding changes at the end of the legislative session. Committee chair Shawn Hanegan reminded attendees that the matching funds come from a Registry of Deeds surcharge and the fees have not been adjusted since the Act was established in 2000.

The Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Town Meeting continue the 3 percent surcharge for FY2019.

Selectmen to Review Non-Medical Marijuana Option; Planning Board and Finance Committee Have Already Weighed In

By Meredith McCulloch

On Monday night the Selectmen will decide whether to include in the warrant for Special Town Meeting articles for a general bylaw and a zoning bylaw that, if approved, would prohibit growing, processing, or sale of non-medical marijuana in town. A third article would place a moratorium on marijuana establishments for one year. This week, in anticipation of Town Meeting, the Planning Board, and Finance Committee have already discussed the proposed bylaws and taken a position on each.

Historic District Commission’s Public Hearings ~ 140 Great Road and 36 North Road

By Elizabeth Hacala

Prior to the opening of the September 6 Historic District Commission (HDC) public hearings, Rev. John Gibbons noted that this was the first meeting the Commission would have with an “empty chair” where Christopher Weisz would have been seated. Commission members echoed the loss, both to the community and to the HDC.

The public hearing was then opened to consider two projects, a request for new signage at 140 Great Road and the demolition of the building at 36 North Road, currently operating as Fitzy’s Package Store.

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