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.

Old Billerica Road Intersection Study Presented to the Selectmen

By Peter Manning

Old Billerica Road’s intersection with Burlington Road/Route 62 was once more on the agenda at the January 14 Selectmen’s meeting. DPW director David Manugian presented the results of a traffic study done over the past few months. It confirmed nearly all complaints put forward by residents of Sweeney Ridge and the neighboring roads. Traffic backups have increased substantially and decongestion along Route 62 has been marginal at best. The study also found drivers entering Bedford along Route 62 drive well above the speed limit to the point of endangering other drivers. Residents may have noticed the new, flashing speed limit sign placed along that stretch. The board admitted this turn fails on nearly all desired results.

Springs Brook Audit Receives Feedback from the Finance Committee

By Peter Manning

The Finance Committee met on December 13 to discuss Springs Brook Park’s recent audit. The roughly 35-page document was recently reviewed by the Selectmen, whose general observations were noted in a previous Bedford Citizen article. As a brief summary, they were impressed with the report, calling it thorough and a good standard for future projects.

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