Town Government at Work in Bedford Board and Committee Meetings – Week of April 24, 2017

By Meredith McCulloch

After a short hiatus over school vacation week, many town boards and committees are meeting back at work.

On Monday, April 24 the Selectmen will review the charter for a potential ad hoc Dog Park Committee. They will also review an RFP for PEG access (public, educational, or government) for local cable. The Energy Task Force will present information about a proposed NetZero policy for carbon emissions. Earlier that day, at 9:30 am, the Volunteer Coordinating Committee will meet to review volunteer needs of Town boards and committees.

Volunteers Needed on Town Committees

Submitted by Bedford’s Volunteer Coordinating Committee

The Town of Bedford is always looking for volunteers to help on town committees. Currently there are a number of openings, and throughout the year new openings pop up and we’d love to have a nice pipeline of names of interested residents. So, if you are thinking about helping out, we encourage you to attend a meeting or two and fill out a questionnaire for the committee in which you are interested and submit it so that we can keep you posted.

Carleton-Willard Village Proposes Zoning Amendments to Allow Expansion

By Eliza Rosenberry

Carleton-Willard Village appeared again before the Planning Board on April 11 to finalize a request for zoning bylaw amendments that would authorize the retirement community to expand.

Though the Planning Board was receptive to the proposed amendments, members took the opportunity to challenge Carleton-Willard about common open space on their property.

Seeking a Dog Park for Bedford

By Debra Parkhurst

A small group of enthusiastic residents came before the Selectmen on Monday, April 3 to propose a Dog Park in Bedford. Dog parks provide outdoor space for dogs and dog owners to gather, socialize, and exercise with the dogs “off-leash.” Lauren Walsh, Bedford resident and owner of Fetchit, located on The Great Road, learned last fall that The Stanton Foundation provides a series of grants to support the design, park construction, and capital improvements for dog parks in Massachusetts. The foundation can provide 100% of the design and up to 90% of the construction costs. In addition, there are capital improvement grants following the year or two after the opening of a dog park. Walsh said the towns of Billerica and Wilmington are moving forward with dog parks.

Hazardous Waste Collection Dates for 2017

Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health

The Town of Bedford is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule for collection of Hazardous Household Products. The season’s first event, April 15th will be at the Town of Lexington Samuel Hadley Public Services Building (Lexington DPW), located at 201 Bedford Street in Lexington, MA.

Great Road Master Plan to be Presented at Monday’s Selectmen’s Meeting

Submitted by the Bedford DPW

The Town’s engineering consultant, VHB, is finalizing the concept plans for The Great Road between Memorial Park and the North Road/Carlisle Road intersection.

The goals of the project are to redesign the corridor to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety, maintain the historic streetscape along the roadway and provide traffic modifications to reduce vehicular conflicts. The project also includes a site-specific study to develop consensus for modifications to Willson Park. Bike lanes and wider sidewalks will be provided both east- and west-bound.

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