Short Takes: Selectmen’s Meeting on May 14

By Meredith McCulloch

At their May 14 meeting, the Selectmen heard reports on recycling, water main improvements, a pedestrian bridge over Elm Brook, and reviewed a letter to the Environmental Protection Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration outlining concerns about the impact of this summer’s construction projects at Hanscom Field. Details on each topic;


  • Report on recycling: The Public Works Department presented information about the shrinking value of some recycled materials that may impact the operating budget. The value of glass is down, but the recycling program is still cost-effective. DPW plans a public information campaign aimed at reducing the amount of contamination in the recycling materials, which lowers its value. Recycled materials in plastic bags will not be picked up.
  • Water main improvements: A contract was signed with Biszko Contracting Corp for cleaning and lining of water mains at Hemlock Lane, Hilltop Drive, and Burlington Road.
  • Vehicle purchases; Contracts were signed for the purchase of several vehicles previously approved by Town Meeting. They are three dump trucks, two police SUVs, and a service van.
  • Pedestrian bridge for Washington Street. A contract was approved for construction of a 6 foot by 42-foot steel pedestrian bridge over Elm Brook at the end of Washington Street. The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder M.J. Cataldo of Littleton who has performed well on previous contracts with the Town.
  • Environmental impact of Hanscom Field Improvements: The Selectmen reviewed a draft letter to the Environmental Protection Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration. The letter outlined Town concerns about environmental impact in three areas – noise, traffic, and aquifer protection – during the construction. Selectmen Margot Fleischman requested that the noise data in the study be updated and that traffic impact is measured both short and long-term.

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