On Wednesday, March 4 the public is invited to a community meeting to learn about local climate-related hazards and to provide input on actions to be developed in response. The meeting will take place in the Reed Room, Bedford Town Hall at 7 pm.
This “listening session” is an outgrowth of the Community Resiliency Building (CRB) Workshop that took place in December 2019, attended by more than 60 residents, committee chairs, and Town of Bedford staff. To refresh your memory of that meeting, read the report in The Citizen: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2019/12/bedford-works-toward-building-a-more-resilient-community/
At the earlier workshop, citizens gathered to evaluate the climate hazards facing the Town (think, extreme weather events, flooding, paralyzing snowstorms, among others) and offered many suggestions on ways to improve the town’s resiliency. The March 4 meeting will offer opportunities to learn about actions the Town could take. Results will be incorporated into an update of the Town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (last reviewed in 2014) and in turn, the Plan will come up for further public review in April.
The sequence of Community Resilience Building Workshops incorporating public review leading to action plans is made possible by a grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs that Town Manager Sarah Stanton received in the summer of 2019. Once the Town completes the CRB process, it will be designated as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness community which will enable Bedford to apply for future grant funding. Many towns in the Commonwealth have already received this designation and are using their funds for projects as varied as widespread tree planting to large-scale replacement of sewer lines.
How should Bedford use future grant money? Come to the March 4 meeting to hear about the possibilities and make your voice heard!