Microburst?

A short but fierce storm battered Bedford shortly before 9 pm on Thursday, July 2.

Social media was full of reports of damaged deck furniture, limbs down, and even a porta-potty laid on its side at a construction zone.

Tourist in Our Town: The Lillian Dutton Memorial Herb Garden

The Job Lane House and Barn are owned by the Town of Bedford.  The house and barn are closed, but the gardens are open for you to visit, at any time. Please wear your masks and respect social distancing. 

The herb garden was established as the museum was getting ready to open many years ago. We have the first letter to the Historical Commission, that outlines the construction of the garden and the herbs that were used in the 18th Century. Great research went into this project. 

Fawn Lake Dredging to Begin in Mid-July

At their June 24 meeting, the Select Board addressed Fawn Lake dredging which was scheduled to begin in early 2020. The dredging will remove vegetation and sediment that are encroaching on the lake threatening to destroy it.

Rep. Gordon Supports Bill to Address Racial Inequities in Maternal Health  

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the House yesterday to pass a bill aimed at eliminating racial inequities in maternal health.

The bill will create a special legislative commission to make recommendations that reduce or remove the kind of racial inequities that result in women of color dying of pregnancy-related causes at more than double the rate of white women. The commission will gather information and raise awareness of this systemic societal problem, in addition to reporting on barriers to equitable maternal care and best practices for remedying inequities.

Town of Bedford’s Semi-weekly Update on Covid-19 ~ Thursday, 2 July 2020

Thursday’s report from the town includes the current case count along with information about Phase 3 Reopening to begin on Monday, July 6; housing resources during Covid-19; Town Meeting, scheduled for 9 am on Saturday, July 11; and suggestions for staying safe while celebrating the 4th of July.

Click this link in the actual story to read the town’s full update for Thursday, July 2, 2020

West Nile Virus ~ Mosquito Treatment Program

The Bedford Department of Public Works has started its annual program to treat catch basins to prevent West Nile Virus, a disease carried by the Culex (Q-lex) mosquito.  

This mosquito mostly breeds in storm drains, but can also survive in any open container holding even a half-inch of water.  

Annual Town Meeting 2020, Part III ~ A Special Town Meeting within the Annual Town Meeting

Every Town Meeting is called by the Select Board issuing a Warrant. That warrant is mailed to all households.  The warrant informs voters where and when the meeting will be and “the subjects to be acted upon.”  No action at Town Meeting is valid unless the voters are informed about what is to be acted upon.

The Warrant for Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting, originally scheduled for March 23, 2020, was issued by the Select Board in mid-February.  That Warrant is what will be considered at the rescheduled Annual Town Meeting on July 11, 2020.

Since that Warrant was issued, a matter of urgency has arisen that requires the action of Town Meeting.  Therefore, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 the Select Board issued a Warrant for a Special Town Meeting to be held on July 11, 2020.

A Joint Statement from the Bedford Select Board and the Bedford School Committee

As we approach Annual Town Meeting, rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know many of you have questions about reductions to the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget that was prepared and published in the warrant prior to the start of the public health crisis. We hope to answer many of those questions here and explain the reasons behind the reductions.

 Why are we reducing the budget?

The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on the economy. Locally, we anticipate substantial losses in state aid, hotel/motel/meals taxes, investment income, licenses and permits, and other revenue sources. Based on state and local projections, we expect to face a $2.2 million budget shortfall in FY21. We are likely to face similar shortfalls in the following two years. Of the $2.2 million, around $600,000 in reductions are proposed for Town departments, and roughly $1.3 million are proposed for the schools. The remaining funds will come from savings in our debt service and snow/ice removal budgets.

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Celebrate the Fourth of July by Reading the Declaration of Independence ~ Saturday July 4 at 11 am

American Legion Post 221 will sponsor the annual July 4 public reading of the Declaration of Independence Saturday at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
 
Jon O’Connor, post commander, emphasized that face covering and social distancing will be observed to deter the spread of the Covid-19 virus. “There’s plenty of room to spread out to appreciate our freedoms and independence,” he said, adding that he has cleared the event with the chiefs of police and fire.

OpEd: State Guidelines Are Defeating the Power of Testing to Keep People Safe from SARS-COV-2 Infection in Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, the Joint Committee on Education has scheduled a hearing on the status of early education and care and is collecting written testimony until 5 pm on Tuesday, July 7.

Click this link to learn more about tomorrow’s hearing.

Written testimony may be submitted to Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov and Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov with the subject line “EEC OVERSIGHT HEARING TESTIMONY” 

I am urging all persons interested in child care and education to respond and request SARS-CoV-2 strategies for children in day care facilities and schools in the Commonwealth that include regular testing.  It is obvious that the safest place for a child of any age is an environment in which regular testing is employed to identify contagious persons.

Annual Town Meeting 2020, Part II ~ The Warrant

To all Bedford Voters: This is the second in a series of articles to provide information about Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for July 11, 2020, at 9 am. Click this link to read Part I

The Annual Town Meeting warrant was mailed to all houses in March 2020.  If you cannot locate yours, you can see/download a copy on the Town Meeting website at https://www.bedfordma.gov/town-meeting

Town of Bedford’s Bi-weekly Update on Covid-19 ~ Monday, 29 June 2020

Monday’s bi-weekly update includes the current case count along with updates on crisis counseling, mental health and social services available to Bedford residents, as well as a DPH order regarding non-essential elective procedures.

Click this link in the actual article to read the Town’s full update for Monday, June 29, 2020

Annual Town Meeting, 2020 ~ Part I, Logistics

To all Bedford Voters: This is the first in a series of articles to provide information about Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for July 11, 2020, at 9 am. 

On the surface, our Annual Town Meeting will look different. None of us ever imagined a Town Meeting with physical distancing, face coverings, and outside on a football field on a Saturday! Bedford is not alone.