First Parish Solar Panel Litigation Settled

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Town of Bedford shared the following statement regarding the resolution of a legal case brought by First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist, to permit the installation of solar panels on their meeting house.

The Bedford Citizen then reached out to First Parish, the Selectmen, and the Historic District Commission for their comments.

Town Hall Open House Kicks-Off New Schedule

By Elizabeth Hacala

On Monday, December 3, members of many of the town’s departments and boards were on hand to talk with residents as Town Hall kicked off new Monday night hours. In addition to learning about the town, residents were treated to a trivia game with the Town Historian Sharon McDonald, hot cider, cookies, and festive seasonal decorations.

Starting December 3 Bedford residents can now conduct business in Town Hall on Monday nights until 7 pm, making it easier for people who may be out of town during normal business hours. Town Hall will now close at 1 pm on Fridays.

Selectmen Hear Public Backlash to the Old Billerica Intersection

By Peter Manning

Changes to the Old Billerica Road intersection continue to draw public interest, with some 60 residents attending the November 19 Selectmen’s meeting.

David Manugian, Bedford’s Director of Public Works, kicked off the discussion with a summary of past and future DPW projects. The department is experimenting with more eco-friendly paving strategies, ones with the added benefit of being less disruptive to daily traffic. He continued by ranking priorities of road restoration projects, rating the likelihood of 2019 completion.

Town Government at Work for the Week of December 3, 2018

Standing in for Meredith McCulloch

Residents are invited to attend the Town Hall Open House from 4 to 7 pm on Monday to meet various board and committee representatives, and visit the town offices. The Open House marks the start of new hours at Town Hall. Offices in the building will be open until 7 pm on Monday evenings, and close at 1 pm on Friday afternoons.

Believe it or not, Bedford’s financial boards are looking forward to the FY20 budgets that will eventually be presented at Annual Town Meeting in March 2019!

Watering Bags ~ Helpful or Harmful to Young Trees?

Submitted by Melinda Dietrich on behalf of Bedford’s Arbor Resources Committee

Editor’s Note: With temperatures predicted to be above 40 degrees through Monday, December 3 the coming weekend is a good time to remove any watering bags before more cold weather and snow arrive.

Watering Bags, aka Gator Bags, are great spring, summer, and fall to ease the essential chore of keeping your newly-planted tree well-watered for its first three years.

Town Government for the Week of November 19, 2018

By Meredith McCulloch

Two government meetings will be held on Monday, November 19. Meetings are not scheduled for the remainder of the week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The public is invited to meet and greet Sarah Stanton, Bedford’s new Town Manager in the meeting room of the Bedford Library at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon, November 18.

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