Friday, April 7, 2006
Regional news online
Harvard Town Meeting has passed an accessory apartment bylaw that would "make it easier for homeowners to provide housing for family members or stay in their homes by renting the apartment." See: www2.townonline. com/harvard/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=462627.
However, a request for $50K for design and site preparation for affordable housing units on town-owned land did not pass. Though some town oficials argued the project could "put Harvard in control" rather than remaining "vulnerable to 'unfriendly' developers," FinCom and neighborhood residents were opposed: www2.townonline.com/harvard/localRegional/view. bg?articleid=462629.
Design funds for a new Willard School were approved by Concord Town Election by a margin of just over 300 votes. Voters had rejected the funds in June 2005: www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/view. bg?articleid=460973.
Nearly $50 million for Bedford High School's addition and renovation project has been approved, in "one of the largest secret ballot votes ever at Town Meeting," despite uncertainty whether the state will eventually help pay for it. The FinCom chair estimates the average tax increase at $320 yearly with state reimbursement, $520 yearly without: www.townonline.com/bedford/localRegional/view.bg?articleid =459107.
The Acton-Boxborough Regional HS science team has won the state Science Olympiad, thus qualifying to represent the state at the National Science Olympiad in May: www.townonline. com/acton/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=461503.
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