Thursday, June 20, 2013
If approved, the agreement would begin on July 1 and give Chelmsford access to 9.4 percent of the daily sewage flow into Lowell's Duck Island treatment facility.
The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen unanimously approved participation in a new combined 25-year agreement between several communities in the Lowell area over waste water treatment. Town Manager Paul Cohen informed the board that Chelmsford, along with Tewksbury, Dracut and Tyngsborough would join in the agreement with the City of Lowell for use of the Duck Island facility, located in Centralville on the Merrimack River near the border of Dracut. Chelmsford had already been sending its waste water to Lowell, with the current agreement set to have expired in 2016, while Tewksbury and Dracut’s had expired and Tyngsborough had two agreements, one for each side of the Merrimack River the town occupies. Negotiations over the agreement had taken…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The issue of a dog on Bridge Street deemed dangerous may be resolved as early as this weekend following a discussion between the Board of Selectmen and the dog's owner on Monday night.
The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen heard testimony from the owner of a dog that was deemed dangerous in February, and it appears a resolution could be reached by the weekend. Valerie Kopacz of 42 Bridge St. attended the Selectmen’s meeting on Monday a week after the board issued an ultimatum that further steps had to be taken to properly fence and muzzle the dog, or the board may be forced to euthanize it. Kopacz defended her absence from earlier meetings, stating a variety of responsibilities ranging from volunteering for groups in town to her duties as a single parent to her attempts to find legal assistance in the matter. However, she told the board that despite reaching out to half a dozen attorneys, the lack of a monetary award made …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The issue came up on Monday during their meeting, where they heard concerns from residents and planned to attend the Lowell Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on the topic later this month.
The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen are looking to mount a strong opposition to a proposed methadone clinic just feet over the border in on Old Canal Road in Lowell, a sentiment shared by neighbors as well during their meeting on Monday night. The topic was the first thing the Selectmen heard during a public forum from Stedman Street resident Eileen Keddy and Calvary Church pastor Ed Conway, whose church is located only a few hundred feet from the location of the proposed clinic. Keddy voiced her concerns to the Selectmen, stating that the City of Lowell did not notify nearby neighbors in Chelmsford and also saying that she saw office furniture brought in. Conway also voiced concern with a lack of communication from the City of Lowell and …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sergeant Jim Curley of the Chelmsford Minutemen wore his full 1770s gear to promote the re-enactment of the Patriots Day March from Chelmsford Common to Concord at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting.
- Jay Oza
Wednesday, April 10
On Monday night, the Board of Selectmen were greeted by a man with holding a gun. Fortunately for those in attendance, he's a danger only to Redcoats. Sergeant Jim Curley of the Chelmsford Minutemen wore his full 1770s gear to promote the re-enactment of the Patriots Day March from Chelmsford Common to Concord. “We want to invite everyone to join the Minutemen, the boy scouts, the girl scouts, and fellow citizens in reliving the fateful march of April 19, 1775 that thrust the colonies into the start of the American Revolution,” Curley declared. The march will take place on Monday, April 15 beginning at 4am across from the First Parish Church in the Chelmsford Common. “We will be in full outfit, as you can see here. We will carry our …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A $1.7 million plan was presented Monday; a vote is expected on April 22.
Bill Gilet, chairman of the Varney Playground Master Plan Design Committee, presented the committee’s proposed master plan to the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. “The objectives, just to be clear, were to really design the landscape of the park; it includes the baseball fields, the beach, the boathouse, and the basketball and tennis courts,” Gilet explained. The board was generally accepting to the proposal, despite concerns from some residents, but voted to continue the public hearing during the board’s next scheduled meeting on April 22. The absence of board member George Dixon prompted board member Jim Lane to point out Dixon’s dedication to this area of Chelmsford and the board unanimously agreed to postpone any motion in support …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Pat Wojtas elected vice chairman; Janet Askenburg elected clerk.
After collecting 2,084 votes in Tuesday’s election, Matt Hanson was elected chairman of the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen during its brief meeting on Wednesday evening. “We did it! Thank you to everyone who supported my re-election campaign! I am looking forward to representing you for another three years,” Hanson said via his Twitter account. According to Hanson’s website, his goals in his next term include securing improvements to Vinal Square and Chelmsford Center, overseeing of a new fire station and DPW facility, and pursuing tax relief, recreational space and historic preservation opportunities. With 342 votes, Hanson was also elected to a three year term as Precinct 1 Town Meeting Representative. Hanson was elected chairman of the …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Outgoing School Committee Chair is a Candidate in Next Tuesday's Board of Selectmen's Race
At her final School Committee Meeting this past Tuesday, Chairman and current Candidate for Chelmsford Board of Selectmen, Janet Askenburg was presented with a plaque honoring her three years of service on the Committee. Chelmsford Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frank Tiano presented Askenburg with the plaque and gave a short speech thanking Askenburg for her service and leadership as both Secretary and Chairman. “We know that anyone who volunteers for this Committee, or for Selectmen, or any of the other town boards, really have taken time out of their personal lives to do a service for the town. We’re really grateful for that, and in particular, we’re grateful for your leadership and all of the hard work you put into it,” Tiano said. …
Friday, March 22, 2013
In the third of four debates in this Municipal Election season, the five candidates answered a series of questions from League of Women Voters moderator Ellen Harde.
If you couldn't make it to the League of Women Voters debate on Thursday night at the Chelmsford Police Station and haven't seen the debate on Telemedia yet, here's the answers to each of the questions asked to the five selectmen candidates. Should Residents and Businesses Have The Same Tax Rate? Janet Askenburg - The same rate is fair, any meaningful tax relief for residents by lowering their rates would have a disproportionate impact on commercial and industrial properties. Bob Joyce - Supports an equal rate, but believe evaluation is an issue on things like businesses getting tax relief on empty buildings while residents do not. Believes there should be an analysis on the subject. Pat Maloney - Not in favor of different rates. Other …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Vinal Square will be extra busy on March 23 and 30.
Drivers may want to bring extra change with them if they choose to drive through Vinal Square on March 23 and 30. The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 on Monday night in favor of allowing the Turf Fields Toll Fundraiser to operate between the hours of 8am and 3pm on those Saturdays. Adults will be in the road to accept donations to raise money for providing the town with synthetic turf athletic fields. “I don’t think there’s any cause more worthy than the youth of our town,” stated Selectman George Dixon Jr., who displayed his support for the event from the very beginning of the deliberations. He praised speaker Peter Casserly who spoke on behalf of the fundraiser. “It will be adults that will be out in front of the cars coming,” …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Couldn't make it to the Library on Wednesday night? Here's the highlights.
UPDATE 2:24 p.m., March 15 - The video of the debate is now available on Telemedia. On Wednesday, the Chelmsford Republican Committee held their first ever Board of Selectmen Candidates' Night at the Library, following last week's debate by the Chelmsford Business Association. All five candidates were given a period to introduce themselves and share their platforms, followed by a question and answer period from members of the audience. The night was videotaped by Chelmsford Telemedia, and here's the key points from each of the candidates' segments in order of appearance. Bob Joyce Janet Askenburg Pat Maloney Matt Hanson Roland Van Liew