By Meredith McCulloch
Among town government board and committee meetings during the week of June 5 are the following:
Special to The Bedford Citizen
At Annual Town Meeting this spring, Moderator Cathy Cordes announced the formation of a task force to explore ways to make Town Meeting more attractive and accessible to Bedford residents.
Anyone who is interested in participating on this task force or would like to find out more, is invited to meet on May 22 at Town Hall at 7:30 pm in the second-floor conference room. This is an open meeting.
Annual Town Meeting ~ 2017, Letter to the Editor: April 1, 2017 – Response to Bedford’s Plastic Bag Ban
By Katie Luczai
When we, as a town, decided to ban the sale of single-use plastic bags, what is it saying about our environmental action and our values?
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the town of Bedford banned the sale of thin-film, single-use bags. As a resident of Bedford, a student, and an environmentalist, this measure makes me optimistic and should be given the support it deserves. This letter is to affirm and gain more widespread support for this massively beneficial town movement.
By Lizzie Seibert
The largest sum of money that residents voted on was the Town Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year 2018. The operating budget was presented by the Finance Committee, which has been discussing fiscal needs with each of Bedford’s departments and committees since October 2016. In his budget presentation, Finance Committee Chair Stephen Steele outlined the specific guidelines that the Committee used to create the budget: a guideline to increase the tax levy by 2.5% for all departments and committees, except for the School Department which received a guideline of 3.5% due to growing enrollment and special education needs; projected town revenues of $97,927,527 for FY2018 ); and a conservative desire to overestimate town expenses and underestimate revenue. The total operating budget is $87,067,632. Residents unanimously voted to approve this budget.
By Lizzie Seibert
The Community Preservation Committee presented a budget of 15 projects totaling $1,600,598 and a request for a $3,000,000 bond authorization to support 48 affordable housing units in Bedford Village to voters at Annual Town Meeting.
By Lizzie Seibert
Night Two of Annual Town Meeting opened with residents voting on remaining items in the Capital Expenditures budget, each of which requires partial or full bond authorizations. Approval was given to the following projects: Middlesex Turnpike Water Main Replacement ($555,109), DPW Large Dump Truck Replacement ($473,814), Water Tank Refurbishment ($818,407), Police Station Schematic Design Services ($255,000), Lane School Parking Lot & Circulation Improvement ($300,000), and Water Meter Replacement Program ($1,251,000). The Capital expenditures projects from both nights combined total $5,924,547.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Although the house wasn’t standing room only, a good-sized crowd arrived for Night Two of Bedford’s 2017 Annual Town Meeting.
On the agenda: the Capital Projects requiring bonding; the Community Preservation budget, including funds to support continuing affordable units at Bedford Village; salary plan, operating budgets and other financial articles.
Editor’s Note: In-depth coverage by The Bedford Citizen’s reporters will be found in individual stories about particular articles.
By Linda Pollitz
When Paul Simon wrote The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy), he probably never imagined that the lyrics would have applied to Bedford’s Town Meeting on Monday, March 27. During the meeting, residents were asked to consider Article 16 allowing speed limits to be lowered to 25 mph in thickly settled areas or business districts.