Be a Bedford Neighborhood Pace Car – Drive 25 mph or Less on Neighborhood Roads

Submitted by Scot Shaw on behalf of the Transporation Advisory Committee

At the Annual Town Meeting on March of 2017, a majority voted to accept Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, Section 17C. Accepting this change empowered the Selectmen to change the statutory speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in thickly settled areas or business districts. The “statutory speed limit” is the fancy way of saying “the speed limit you should assume when there are no signs” – so it does not apply to main roads with posted speed limits, but would affect side streets (especially neighborhood roads).

Planning Board Reviews Davis Road Boardwalk and other Key Issues

By Peter Manning

The Public Hearing began with a defense of the proposed, elevated walkway bordering Davis Road as conducted by Adrienne St. John and Dennis Freeman of the Department of Public Works. A previous town meeting determined the necessity of this project, doubling as a scenic route and daily necessity to connect the immediate neighborhoods—Notre Dame, Revolutionary Ridge—with important town locations, specifically the Great Road and the nearby public schools.

Welcome, Sarah Stanton ~ Bedford’s New Town Manager

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Town Manager Sarah Stanton and a Lane School student on International Walk Bike to School Day – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view full sized image

Monday, October 1, 2018, marked the first day of Sarah Stanton’s tenure as Bedford’s new Town Manager.

The day began with an 8 am Swearing In ceremony in the Selectmen’s meeting room, attended by Department Heads and the Selectmen, and ended with Stanton’s first Selectmen’s meeting.

Hearing on Solar Panel Petition Concludes with Few Answers

By Meredith McCulloch

The Reed Meeting room in Town Hall was filled nearly to capacity on October 1 for the hearing on a proposed bylaw amendment that would permit solar panels in the Historic District. Selectman Bill Moonan recused himself from chairing the meeting after explaining that he is also a member of the Historic District Commission. Selectman Mike Rosenberg opened the meeting with a reminder to those attending that the subject of the evening was the bylaw and not renewable energy. He asked that speakers comment only on the proposed bylaw change.

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway Celebrates 25 Years

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Entering Bedford – the view from the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Scores of cyclists traversed the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on Saturday, September 29 to mark the historic rail trail’s 25th birthday.

The Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway set up a bicycle repair station and free ice cream donated by Bedford Farms was distributed by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. Dave Enos and his touring bicycle ferried jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (along with her electric harp and its speaker) along the Bikeway, providing music to passersby.

The day in pictures:

Selectmen to Hold Solar Panel and Cable TV Hearings on Monday Night

By Meredith McCulloch

The Selectmen will meet in Executive Session at 7:00 to discuss strategy regarding pending litigation. Afterward they will hold two public hearings on proposed bylaw changes that are expected to be on the warrant for Special Town Meeting in November. The first, at 7:30 pm, is on a proposed bylaw change that would permit solar panels in the historic district. The second, at 8:15 pm, is a bylaw change that would rename the Cable TV Committee as the Community Media Committee and change the description of their responsibilities.

Letter to the Editor ~ September 26, 2018: Hearing on Proposed Changes to Cable Television Committee Charter Scheduled for October 1

By Bob Dutton

The Bedford Selectmen will hold a public hearing to solicit resident input on a proposed change to the Bylaw establishing the Charter of the Town’s Cable Television Committee, which currently advises the Selectmen on cable-related matters. The hearing will be held next Monday, October 1, at 8:15 pm in the Selectmen’s meeting room at Town Hall. Click this link to read the official hearing notice, including the text of the proposed change, as found on the Town website.

The Cable Committee charter, as currently written, is focused on delivery of programming to cable subscribers via the Comcast and Verizon cable channels and including local programming produced by Bedford Community Access Television (Bedford TV) under contract to the Town. Bedford TV’s local PEG programming includes “Public” content, often developed by residents; “Educational” content such as “BHS Live” originating in the schools; and “Government” content, including meetings of Town Boards and Committees. While delivery of local programming solely via cable made sense when it was “the only game in town”, changes in technologies and the advent of social media have created an opportunity, if not a mandate, for broader focus.

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