Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The ruling late last month attempts to strike a balance between protecting the environment and offering disabled residents a chance to see Chelmsford's natural landscapes.
The Conservation Commission has announced a regulation that will allow certain vehicles used by disabled residents access onto environmentally sensitive property here in Chelmsford. Their ruling is meant to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, although there will still be some limitations set in place to preserve the pristine nature of these conservation areas for other residents. The vehicles, primarily motorized wheelchairs and other devices used by disabled individuals, cannot use gas or any type of internal combustion engine, may not go off of trails, cannot move faster than 3 mph, and may not make noise louder than 65 decibels. In addition, disabled individuals using town trails are expected to travel at …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Conservation Commission, Boy Scouts, other groups vie for land use.
The Oak Hill Study Committee met last night to discuss the future of Oak Hill—a 66-acre parcel owned by the Town of Chelmsford. Oak Hill is located in North Chelmsford near the current Deep Brook conservation land. The needs for Chelmsford have run the gamut: from the site of a solar park, to space for a dog park, or even simple conservation land. During the meeting, the committee read into the record a letter from Chelmsford Housing Authority that said they had no plans for developing Oak Hill into affordable Housing. That letter can be read as a PDF to the right. The committee saw presentations from several individuals during their meeting in support of various uses for Oak Hill. Ken Dews spoke before the commission to petition for the …
Friday, April 29, 2011
Next session of Town Meeting will be Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.
- B Schill
Friday, April 29, 2011
Before diving into business for the night, Town Manager Paul Cohen read a declaration from the state that recognized Town Clerk Elizabeth L. Delaney for her 39 years of service in Chelmsford. Cohen mentioned that this town meeting might be Delaney’s last if the town decides to hold its next meeting in the spring. “I hope this is my last town meeting,” Delaney said to laughter. After a lengthy discussion on article 15, which makes changes to the town’s recall processes, passed by a vote of 86-42 after 2 hours and 18 minutes. Several other warrants passed, quickly, though after so much time spent on the first article of the night, they were unable to finish in the allotted time. In the end, one rep moved to adjourn early before the reps …
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Stewards transform Russell Mill Town Forest, welcoming mountain bikers.
With only 100 acres for use, transforming Russell Mill Town Forest into a destination spot for mountain bikers was an idea that could only meet with heavy skepticism. However, Bob Giunta and others came to see the possibilities the land could bring, and created what Giunta calls "a very successful story." Giunta, vice president of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), became involved in Chelmsford trail building in 2001 when Phil Stanway, founder and head steward of Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship, contacted him about creating trails in the Russell Mill property. Because bikers prefer larger spaces - 1,000 to 1,500 acres - Giunta originally rejected the offer, but was eventually won over by …