Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Board of Selectmen voted to take action on the issue of a dangerous dog at 42 Bridge St. during next Monday's meeting, following a lack of actions from the owner after meetings on the issue in February and April.
As concerns by neighbors mount, the Board of Selectmen weighed the options on a dangerous dog and her hard-to-reach owner on Monday night. The issue of Katie, a declared dangerous German shepard owned by Valerie Kopacz of 42 Bridge St., has been before the board since February, where there was a lengthy discussion on installation of a fence along with a vote to keep the dog muzzled and restrained whenever outdoors. Kopacz did not appear for a follow up in April before the board, and the fact that she did not appear on Monday led James Lane to speak fervently against her request to delay the issue again until June. He made a motion to deny the delay and also force Kopacz to build the fence within 14 days or see her dog face euthanization…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Couldn't make it on Friday? Here's what you missed.
On Friday, we had our third Board of Selectmen live chat so far this election year, this time talking to Matt Hanson. If you couldn't make it, here's what you missed along with results from the in-chat straw poll. Liquor Licenses Hanson supported a mixed ulse liquor license for the Meat House, and also supports licenses on a case-by-case basis, although he expects a majority of the board to vote against most mixed-use licenses for the foreseeable future. Affordable Housing Project on Littleton Road The current Board of Selectmen support the project, and it will help the town get to its "10 percent goal," which would give the town more latitude against developers seeking to start affordable, or 40B projects, that are against the town's …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Missed our live interview on Friday? Don't worry! Here's a recap of what you missed.
If you couldn't join us on Friday for our live chat with Selectman candidate Bob Joyce, don't worry! We've got a full transcript, and here are some selected highlights below, as well as results from our in chat poll. Don't forget, we will be chatting with candidates Matt Hanson on Friday, March 15 and Janet Askenburg on Thursday, March 28 and we hope to have a time set with Pat Maloney soon. Bob is the second candidate in our series, following our chat with Roland Van Liew. Budgetary Surpluses Joyce's main concern is not stabilization funds, but the amount in free cash and returning that to taxpayer rather that further projects like the new DPW site. The Proposed Bladder Dam Joyce agrees with the Selectmen's position that the proposed dam …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The current chairwoman of the School Committee took out papers on Monday, bringing the field up to five.
On Monday morning, School Committee chairwoman Janet Askenburg took out nomination papers to run for the Board of Selectmen, bringing the number of candidates back up to five. The race had five candidates after Pat Maloney entered the race, but had dropped to four after newcomer Louis Marino said he would not return his nomination papers. "I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen," said Askenburg in a released statement.. "I am running for one of the two Selectmen seats because I want to offer my experience as a business leader, community volunteer, and advocate for fiscal responsibility to help maintain and improve the quality of life for all Chelmsford residents." More information on Askenburg's campaign…
Monday, May 7, 2012
A look at what selectmen will discuss tonight.
Selectmen will approve the appointment of a new Council on Aging Director and member of the Council on Aging at their meeting tonight. Town Manager Paul Cohen will suggest two people to fill those posts. Council on Aging Director Diana Ryder will retire at the end of the fiscal year. Cohen will also announce that the town has won a grant from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance (MDI) Program, which will provide up to $10,000 worth of consultant services to assist with a housing study for the town center. Selectmen will also hear a status report from the Chelmsford Water District. Cohen last week said the Permanent Building Committee will look to put together an advisory building committee for the fire station project…
Monday, April 23, 2012
A look at what selectmen will be discussing tonight.
Selectmen tonight will vote on whether or not to recommend a number of articles at Town Meeting, including the proposed new center fire station. At their last meeting, selectmen decided to back a plan to pay for the next phase of the new Department of Public Works project on Alpha Road. Selectmen will also assign a board representative to the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments and discuss their own liaison assignments for the coming year.
Monday, April 9, 2012
A look at what selectmen will discuss tonight at their meeting tonight at 7 at Town Hall.
Selectmen tonight will discuss the next phase of the Alpha Road Department of Public Works project. The town will now look to finishing the interior of the building, including office space and work/shop areas. Selectmen will also award a bid for paving the parking lot at North Town Hall. Of the nine bids the town received, Onyx Corp. was the low bidder at $105,000 for all the work, including constructing the parking lot, drainage, and paving. Town Manager Paul Cohen said he expects the work to be done by June. The town will also hold a public input session on the fire station on April 17 and 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. A notice has been sent to Town Meeting Reps and neighbors of the proposed station. Cohen will also begin looking for a …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Board of Selectmen last night also responded to allegations of an Open Meeting Law violation.
Selectmen last night responded to an alleged Open Meeting Law violation and heard about the updated fire station proposal and related criticisms. Bob Joyce, who filed that complaint, spoke in the early open session. He said that while he agrees that the town needs a new center fire station, he disagrees with how the process has been handled recently, as outlined in his complaint filed with the attorney general. "Not that he has to, but I do wish the town manager had told me about the meeting, since I've been asking for such a meeting for weeks," said Joyce. "Maybe there's a gray area in the open meeting law? Were the selectmen notified? Are there minutes? Who went?" Joyce spoke to several of the abutting neighbors who will be affected by …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Did you miss last night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen? We've got you covered.
Did you miss Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting? Here are five things you missed. 1. Bob Joyce expressed concerns about fire station. During open session, Joyce, who serves on the Planning Board, said he "took exception" to the notion that because debt from the sewer project is dwindling "(the town) should replace it with new debt (for a fire station) that isn't approved by voters." Joyce suggested putting a non-binding vote on the ballot this spring about the fire station. "This weekend I was door to door getting signatures and people are pretty upset about the way things are being run and I think we have an opportunity here to be very transparent and let the voters decide what they want to do," he said. Selectman Chairman George …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here are five things you missed from last night's Board of Selectmen meeting.
Couldn't catch last night's Board of Selectmen meeting? No worries - we've got you covered. Here are five things you missed. 1. Oak Hill Study Committee. Selectmen discussed whether the committee should be comprised of representative from each major town board and committee and how many resident representatives will be on the board. Selectman Jim Lane suggested a committee of nine members, with possibly one representative from the Conservation Commission, one from the Planning Board, one from the Historical Commission and one from the Affordable Housing Committee. Five other resident and/or Town Meeting representatives could make up the rest. Town Manager Paul Cohen said he will send notices out to gauge interest and anyone interested in …