Committee Charge

Purpose

The Water Storage Planning Committee will review work with the Town’s water consultants and recommend a course of action to the Select Board to address these community needs:

  • Specifics for the siting of the tank including any related issues such as landscaping, screening, and service/support areas
  • Appearance including height, color, etc.
  • Any needed security measures 
  • Article 97 land disposition

It will be known that the first priority will be for the Town to achieve its goal of properly maintaining a safe and functioning water system for the Town. Secondarily, the Town wishes to meet the first priority with as little intrusive impact on the abutters and other residents of the Town as possible.

History

In June 2019, a Water System Master Plan was completed by the Town of Weston in conjunction with the consultant, Wright-Pierce. The purpose of the study was to have an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the Town’s water system; including the age and condition of the current water storage tanks and to identify recommendations for improvements to sustain the reliability of the system to meet expected demand conditions and satisfy regulatory requirements over the next 20-year planning period. The Water System Master Plan determined that under existing conditions, the system has essentially no active storage, and will worsen over time. Currently, Doublet Hill, Cat Rock, and Paines Hill tanks do not adequately serve the residents and are nearing the end of life according to the Water System Master Plan. The water tanks were constructed in 1958 (Paines Hill), 1931 (Doublet Hill), and 1946 (Cat Rock).

In May 2021, the Weston Select Board discussed the need to begin to look at the water tank replacements in Weston.  A working group was established to open a dialogue with several other land use boards and staff to discuss the issue with Water staff explore options with the Town’s consultants and begin a public conversation on the matter. It was determined that the Town should consider a by-law change and possible funding of the Paines Hill water tank replacement as Phase 1 of a multi-year infrastructure improvement project. As part of those discussions, it became clear that the Town might benefit from having a larger review process to consider siting and appearance issues surrounding the tank replacements.

Membership & Appointment

The Committee consists of:

  • Select Board Representative
  • Planning Board Representative
  • Conservation Commission Representative
  • Finance Committee Representative
  • Three citizens of the Town with priority given to those living in the general vicinity of the tanks and/or those with knowledge of public water supplies or hydraulics.
  • Town Manager (Ex Officio)
  • DPW Director and/or their Designees (Ex Officio)
  • Inspector/Land Use Coordinator (Ex Officio)
  • Conservation Agent (Ex Officio)
  • Town Planner (Ex Officio)

The Water Storage Planning Group would be a formal committee of the Town; made up of a member of the Select Board, Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Finance Committee as well as three residents with priority given to those living in the general vicinity of the tanks and/or those with knowledge of public water supplies or hydraulics.  The citizen representatives will be appointed by the Select Board and the representatives of the boards and committees will be appointed by the Select Board from volunteers from those groups. All appointees shall serve a two-year term.