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Friday, June 26, 2009

News from surrounding towns

The following news items were extracted from material available online:

Solar energy. Acton’s Special Town Meeting on June 23 asked voters to approve installation of solar panels on town property and to allow the panels to be leased from a company that would assume the equipment and maintenance costs in return for a long-term power purchase agreement. (“Special Town Meeting to tackle sewers, zoning, solar, train station,” June 22, www.wickedlocal.com)

Municipal finances. Chelmsford plans a Special Town Meeting in August to balance the FY10 budget and consider two overrides. A $13 million override would fund purchase of a property for use by the DPW and a $12 million override would enable construction of a new fire station at the intersection of Wilson and Chemsford Streets. Town Meeting will also consider adoption of new meals and hotel room taxes. (“Aug. 17 Eyed for special Town Meeting,” June 22, www.wickedlocal.com)

Roadwork. Chelmsford plans to close the portion of Boston Road from Mill Road to the Billerica border beginning June 29 while trenches are dug for sewer construction. The road scheduled to be reopened at the end of summer. (“Boston Road closure begins June 29,” June 22, www.wickedlocal.com)

Schools. Billerica has received word from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) that they have approval to submit schematic designs for a new elementary school. The town has hired Symmes Maini and McKee Associates (SMMA) architects to complete the design. The new 500-student school would include 28 classrooms. If the MSBA accepts the designs and approves the project, Billerica expects to receive approximately 52% reimbursement. A Special Town Meeting may be called in October to vote on the building project. If approved, construction would begin next August with completion by September of 2012. (“State supports a new Parker School,” June 12, www.wickedlocal.com)

40B. A recent report by the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee suggests modifications to the way the state handles 40B comprehensive permits, including: limiting housing density to a maximum of eight units per acre; creating a statewide database of 40B developments; and limiting developer profits to between 15-20%. Chapter 40B allows builders to bypass local zoning if at least 25% of the housing is affordable. (“Greater oversight sought for affordable housing,” June 20, www.wickedlocal.com)

Crime. A Lowell woman was indicted for at least 34 allegations of identity theft, many involving credit cards bearing the names of doctors and other health-care workers. The woman had access to the names through a database at her job at a company in Waltham. (“Lowell woman indicted in ID thefts,” June 23, www.lowellsun.com) ∆


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