Town Government at Work for the Week of February 25, 2019

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 By Meredith McCulloch

As Town Meeting draws near, Bedford boards and committees continue their important work.

The Selectmen will meet at 6:30 following a 6:00 PM Executive Session. First on their agenda will be interviews with eight citizens who wish to serve on the Charter and Bylaws Review Committee. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 pm to discuss plans for the Minuteman Bikeway Extension.  The plans are 25% completed and a public hearing is required.  Later, Dan Bostwick will give an update on Bedford’s NetZero policy.

On Tuesday, February 26 the Recreation Commission will meet at Town Hall to review the Springs Brook Park Fees and Operating Budget Model for 2019. Updates on various programs will be given.

The Planning Board will review the decision by the MA Attorney General to reject the rezoning of the Navy hangar site on Hartwell Road to residential. The board will also respond to a letter from MA DHCD concerning Village at Bedford Woods (status of Chapter 40B permit amendment denial by ZBA.) They will vote on a proposed bylaw change which would add a new use designation for “Restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet GFA” which will require a special permit.

Also on Tuesday night, the School Committee will take up the English Language Education Program and review the policy on audio and video recordings at meetings. They will also hear a mid-year update on district goals.

The Arbor Resources Committee will review an updated tree list for climate change and the town’s “Significant Tree” list.

The Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on a “Notice of Intent for 12 Bedford Village Road on Wednesday, February 27. Also, the Commission will return to the subjects of deer stands and surveillance cameras.

The Trails Committee will hear an update on various bog bridges and review a list of priority trail connections recommended made by the Land Acquisition Committee

The Finance Committee meets on Thursday, February 28 at 7:15 pm. They will be reviewing budgets in preparation for Annual Town Meeting.