Friday, February 12, 2010
News from surrounding towns
The following news items were extracted from material available online.
New school for Maynard
Maynard – The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has approved a $35 million project to build a new school for Maynard students in grades 8 - 12. Earlier, the state had asked Maynard to explore regionalization with nearby school districts, but Maynard had had negative responses from Hudson, Concord-Carlisle, Acton-Boxboro, Lincoln-Sudbury, Nashoba and Littleton school districts.
Even after the inclusion of the eighth grade, Maynard’s enrollment will be small, about 410. The cost per student is estimated at about $85,000. According to the MSBA, they are supporting projects in other towns falling in the range of $50,000 to $70,000 per student. (“State wanted regional school district,” www.wickedlocal.com, February 5.)
Westford – A high school senior in Westford died on February 1, a victim in an alleged murder - suicide. According to police, Brian Marchand shot and killed his daughter before killing himself. His wife was also shot and critically wounded.
This mirrors a similar shooting in Westford that occurred on January 9, when according to police, Frederick Leduc fatally shot his wife before shooting himself. He survived and is charged with murder. (“Daughter told police she was safe seconds before father killed her, www.boston.com, February 2, and “Police say man shot wife, self,” www.lowellsun.com, February 12.)
Open space preservation
Lincoln – Joint public and private efforts are underway in Lincoln to raise the $3.1 million needed to purchase 95 acres of open land on Old Sudbury Road near the borders with Weston and Wayland. Town Meeting will be asked to approve $1 million for the project, to be augmented by $770,000 from the state Department of Agriculture, Community Preservation Act funds, grants from the Ogden Codman Trust, Rural Land Foundation of Lincoln and Mass Audubon. (“Additional funds sought for land deal,” www.wickedlocal.com, February 4.)
DPW, fire station projects
Chelmsford – Voters this spring will decide whether to proceed with plans for a new $5 million DPW facility. Last fall Chelmsford voters turned down both a $13 million DPW facility project and a $12 million Fire Station proposal. (“Scaled down DPW plan back on ballot in Chelmsford,” www.lowellsun.com, February 9.)
Station upgrade to proceed
Acton – Representatives of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority met with about 100 people at the South Acton train station last month to discuss plans for renovating the station. The proposed design has been criticized, one reason being that the appearance is out of character with the neighborhood. State officials said that work on the designs is already well underway; however, they would consider minor changes. (“Despite local concerns, MBTA to move ahead with its South Acton train station plans,” www.wickedlocal.com, February 1.)
Power plant proposal dropped
Billerica – A plan to build a 348-megawatt power plant in Billerica has been shelved. The plant’s major investor, Montgomery Power Partners, has sent a letter to Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-New England) saying they will not proceed with the project, according to Joseph Fitzpatrick, CEO of DG Clean Power, the firm assisting in the development of the plant. ISO New England is a not-for-profit based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, that manages the region’s wholesale electricity markets.
The proposed Billerica facility was to have been fueled by natural gas, with diesel backup. The project had been approved by the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board in 2008. However, they did not complete the local permitting process. Fitzpatrick indicated that construction might go forward eventually, after demand for electricity increased. (“Billerica power plant proposal is dead, as investors walk away,” www.lowellsun.com, February 3, and “Slipping energy sales lead developer to drop out of ISO New England queue,” www.wickedlocal.com, February 4.) ∆
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