By Jordan Stewart
At their April 8 meeting, the Selectmen made committee appointments, created a new ad hoc committee, and set a pair of summertime plans in place.
Lee Vorderer was selected to become the newest member of the Community Preservation Committee. When asked about why she sought membership on the Committee, Vorderer voiced her passion for increasing affordable housing options and open space around the town, believing the town can improve upon both. Sandra Hackman went uncontested as the newest member of the Transportation Advisory Committee. Hackman has been attending the Committee’s meetings for months, already participating actively in the group’s discussions. She hopes to be something of a liaison between the Council on Aging and TAC, specifically regarding new micro transit ride options for seniors. Roberta Ennis was also uncontested for the open spot on the Cultural Council.
ad hoc Hartwell Road Committee
The long-uninhabited Raytheon/Naval Research Laboratory on the north side of Hartwell Road (sometimes known as Hartwell Hill) will one day be available for development once superfund remediation is complete.
The Selectmen voted to form an ad hoc committee to be prepared when such a time comes. The ad hoc Hartwell Road Committee will include a Selectman, a member of the Planning Board, a member of the Land Acquisition Committee, and 3 At-Large members, including at least one from the nearby neighborhood.
The ad hoc committee will discuss items such as zoning of the property, the effect of development on surrounding neighborhoods and schools, and the hours and timeframe of the project. As a federally owned parcel, changes would not be required to follow Bedford’s normal permitting guidelines.
Selectman Mike Rosenberg hopes that the Hartwell Road Committee will help to determine the Town’s preferences for development so that Bedford is not caught by surprise as it was with the recent GSA auction of the Naval Hangar on the south side of Hartwell Road.
Lime bikes will be popping up again soon. All the bikes will have e-assist, which gives an automatic boost to your pedaling. Talks about bringing in Lime electric scooters are currently ongoing.
Food Truck Festival and Beer Garden on Bedford Common
Plans for the June 22 food truck festival on Bedford Common were furthered with the granting of a one-day special alcohol permit by the Selectmen. Town manager Sarah Stanton is excited to bring in Notch Brewing Company, who will host a beer garden at the festival.