Friday, May 5, 2006
State legislators from Acton and Concord are supporting a home rule petition to permanently protect much of the farm land surrounding the Northeastern Correctional Center at the Concord rotary. Politicians in the two towns have been concerned about the governor's policy to dispose of state land holdings as surplus: www.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=482233.
"Following an often contentious debate," Chelmsford Town Meeting approved continuing stipends for the town's selectmen, members of several boards, the moderator and town constable. A total of $61,000 is paid for stipends, health insurance, and pensions and retiree health insurance: www.townonline.com/chelmsford/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=480199.
Among many other projects, Concord Town Meeting voters:
1. Approved design funds for a new Willard School, estimated by a proponent at $26 million to build: www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=483874.
2. Approved a sale of a town-owned parcel on Strawberry Hill Road, "with the proceeds used to finance the Burke land on Old Bedford Road." An amendment "called for the land to be used for mixed market and affordable housing."www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=483693.
3. After much discussion and objections raised by property owners near White Pond, and after defeating three amendments by opponents, approved $160,000 in CPA funds for study and design of 3.5 miles of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Concord:
4. Narrowly approved a citizen's petition requiring the town and regional schools to provide a yearly progress report for voters. The article was opposed by the school committee, selectmen and finance committee. "'Concentrating on test scores... or per-pupil costs would damage our effectiveness and could lead us down the road of bad decision,' said" the RSC chair: www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=481715.
Minuteman Regional High School was evacuated last Tuesday morning following a telephoned bomb threat: www.townonline.com/lincoln/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=480036.
According to an annual report, total activity at Hanscom Field was 6 percent less in 2005 than in the previous year: www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=481713.
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