Friday, March 11, 2005
The Beacon, March 3
· Home Depot on its way?
Acton, in the last year of its waste disposal contract with NESWC, is the only town not renewing. Instead, it is trying to find a new solution for trash disposal. Capping of its old landfill is also an issue, and one proposal includes selling the site to a developer who would cap the landfill and build a Home Depot on top.
Bedford Minuteman, Feb. 24
· Contingency plans under study if Hanscom were to close
If efforts to save Hanscom Air Force Base from closing should fail, a contingency plan needs to be in place to guide reuse.
· Increase in elderly tax exemptions sought
Articles to increase tax exemptions for seniors will come before Bedford Town Meeting in March.
The Bedford Minuteman, Mar. 3
· New fees levied for athletic fields
Bedford is imposing fees for use of its playing fields by organized teams. Fees range from zero, for non-profit groups made up only of Bedford residents, to $50 per hour for for-profit groups. The new regulations will control overuse and provide funds for field maintenance.
The Beacon, March 3
· Dirty water found
Contaminants such as perchlorate, MTBE, and salt have been found in groundwater at different locations in Boxborough. The town's Water Resources Committee is studying whether a public water supply may be needed.
Chelmsford Independent, Feb. 24
· Pension fund raises hackles
Middlesex County Town Managers criticize Middlesex Retirement System board members for their free-spending ways.
Concord Journal, February 17
· Renovated library opens
The Concord Free Public Library in Concord center has reopened after being closed for nearly a year of renovations. The article discusses the many new features. Check it out.
Concord Journal, Feb. 24
· Low turnout expected in uncontested race
For the first time since 1993, all candidates for town office are running unopposed and there are no ballot questions in the town election this year.
· Inbound commute
Most Concord police officers and firefighters live in towns beyond Route 495 because of high housing costs ($700,000 for the median single-family home in Concord).
The Concord Journal, March 3
· Budget calls for $515K to furnish pool facility
Concord voters will be asked for funds to get the new C. C. Pools swimming pool facility up and running with the expectation that the money will be paid back out of user fees over time.
Westford Eagle, February 17
· Chief asks for 8 more firefighters
The Westford Fire Department hopes to reduce response times by staffing substations.
This new column provides a glimpse of issues making news in surrounding towns. The articles can be seen in full on the Web (for two weeks after the publication date.) Go to www.townonline.com and click on the appropriate newspaper or town, then click on local news and find the headline.
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