Fawn Lake Update: Selectman Fleischman Speaks to the League of Women Voters of Bedford

By Meredith McCulloch

Selectman Margot Fleischman presented an update on the Fawn Lake restoration project at the League of Women Voters of Bedford Annual meeting on June 23. Fawn Lake is the largest body of water in Bedford and has been a significant area for fishing, canoeing, ice-skating, and simply enjoying nature.  Other than humans, visitors to the lake include ducks, beavers, bears, a variety of birds and yes, even fawns.

Over the years, the town has tried several times to remove water lilies and other plant growth that have begun to engulf the lake. If left untreated, eventually it would become a smelly swamp destroying habitats and fostering mosquitoes. 

Selectmen Halt Internal Capital Investment Committee Proposal

By Ben Oleksinski

The proposed Internal Capital Investment Committee was dismissed by the Selectmen at their June 17 meeting, keeping a place for taxpayer involvement in the budget expenditure process.

The idea came from Town Manager Sarah Stanton and her desire to cast a critical eye over just what the town is spending and why. Her concept was to do away with the Capital Expenditure Committee (currently staffed by voter volunteers) and bring its functions into the town departments. The new Committee would aim to provide greater levels of transparency, oversight, and scrutiny. Vetting would have been managed by department heads, Selectmen, and Town Manager. A pilot program, the specifics of which were not yet drafted, was also suggested.

Old Billerica Road/Burlington Road Intersection is Controversial, and Community Garden Plan Moves Forward  

By Jordan Stewart

It was apparent from the full house at Monday’s Selectmen meeting on May 6 that the updates on the Old Billerica Road improvements were a topic on many minds. Director of Public Works David Manugian presented the results of data gathered by engineering firm Tighe & Bond on traffic flow at the intersection of Old Billerica Road and Burlington Road (Rte 62). The Transportation Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee were consulted, and the feedback was used to create alternatives for the area. The first was a short-term plan, which they hope to implement before the end of the year. A few different long-term solutions were suggested for later examination. 

The Bedford Citizen’s Board of Directors Looks Back to Emily Mitchell’s Contributions

By Mitch Evans

Editor’s Note: Emily Mitchell retired from The Bedford Citizen’s board of directors in early December 2018 when she announced her intention to run as a candidate for Selectman in the March 9 Town Election. Mitchell was sworn in and attended her first meeting on Monday, March 11.

With much appreciation and a slightly heavy heart, the board of directors of The Bedford Citizen (TBC) bids adieu to Emily Mitchell, one of its founding members. Her dedication, creativity, and hard work will be missed. I asked Emily a few questions in order to write this article and hope you enjoy her answers below.

Selectmen Review Bike Path Extension, Hear Net Zero Presentation

By Jordan Stewart

At their February 25 meeting, the Selectmen were given a presentation by Trish Domigan and Pete Sorensen, the VHB civil engineers leading the Minuteman Bike Path extension project. While no progress has been made in the design of the extension since it was last discussed in February 2017, the presentation served as a recap for the Selectmen in anticipation of further work which will begin after a May meeting, when more public input will be available.

High Bidder Identified in GSA Navy Hangar Auction

By Julie McCay Turner

In her report to the Selectmen on Monday, February 25, Town Manager Sarah Stanton announced the official, awarded high bidder in the GSA auction for the decommissioned Navy hangar alongside Hartwell Road at the edge of Hanscom Field. The high bid for the 16-acre parcel reached $9,040,000 when the auction closed on February 1.

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