Short Takes from the October 13 Select Board Meeting

The October 13 Select Board thanked committees that have completed their work;  discussed a new bus for the Council on Aging; and agreed to work with guidelines for a new funding proposal for Bedford TV.

Committees Dissolved, with Appreciation for their Work

The Select Board voted to dissolved four committees whose work is complete. The Board member Emily Mitchell did a thorough study of town committees prior to making these recommendations.

  • Ad-Hoc Dog Park Task Force
  • Ad-Hoc Fawn Lake
  • Ad-Hoc Community Gardens Task Force
  • Land Acquisition Committee

The work of the Land Acquisition committee had been reduced by the small number of parcels that are available. The consensus was that the Conservation Commission and the Trails Committee are positioned to identify opportunities for land purchase. Town Manager Sarah Stanton and Board Chair Ed Pierce joined with each of the members of the Select Board to express appreciation to those who served the Town on these committees.

New Bus for the Council on Aging

The Select Board approved a contract for the purchase of a new BLT  bus.  It carries up to eight passengers and one wheelchair.  The smaller size makes it more flexible and able to go into driveways to pick up and return passengers. Accessibility features include a drop step at the door and an automatic wheel chair lift.  The Bedford Local Transit van price is $56,152.50 after the trade-in of the previous bus. BLT service has been suspended since March 19.

New Cable Contract

Instead of issuing an RFP (Request for Proposal), the Town will seek to enter into a grant agreement with Bedford TV, following guidelines recommended by Town Counsel. Lexington and Burlington have used such agreements in the past.  Select Board members Bill Moonan and Emily Mitchell agreed to work with the Town Manager to develop the agreement.

 


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