Top 5 Things You Need to Know
1) Annual Town Meeting: Know the Issues
The Warrant & Budget Book is available online and will be delivered to all households the week of April 18th. The warrant outlines and describes each article to be voted upon at Town Meeting. Additional information is available at www.weston.org/TownMeeting, including upcoming informational meetings for the Old Library (April 23, May 4, May 7) and Case Campus Master Plan (May 5th). Additional information will be posted, so be sure to check back before Town Meeting on May 9th.
2) Old Library Open House
The Old Library has been closed to the public since 2002, but on May 7th from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. the building will be opened so voters can see what the Weston Art & Innovation Center (the AIC) has planned for reusing this historic and iconic building in Weston's Town Center. The AIC, an extension of the Weston Public Library, is requesting design fees for an art center and creative maker space at the upcoming Annual Town Meeting.
The AIC will provide a collaborative and inspirational home for hands-on learning, creative expression, and technology literacy for people of all ages. The advisory board charged with developing its programming is currently hosting a survey for resident feedback on what type of programming is of most interest. The survey only takes a few minutes and is available online.
3) New Veterans' Services Director
Serving in the U. S. Army Reserves since 2002 and formerly served as the Veterans’ Officer for Boston, Staff Sergeant Sarada Kalpee comes to our district with a personal understanding of veterans’ needs and a growing knowledge of available services. Office hours for Weston will be every Wednesday: 9:00 - noon at Town Hall and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the COA. Evening hours will be temporarily available every other Wednesday in Town Hall from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. through June 22nd. Sarada also recently received the Community Leadership Award from the City of Boston.
4) Rail Trail Advisory Committee
The process of converting the abandoned Mass Central Rail Line, a 3-mile section of which bisects Weston, to a rail trail has been gaining momentum since 2011 when the MBTA signed a 99 year lease with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) giving it jurisdiction over the Massachusetts Central Railroad line. Furthermore, Eversource, which maintains power lines along the right-of-way, is preparing to conduct major work to improve access and upgrade its electrical lines along the right-of-way. This will include removing the rails and ties and creating a 10’ wide gravel drive for maintenance use. Given this activity, the Selectmen have created this committee to make this trail work in Weston. Meetings will be starting in the coming weeks. Sign up to receive agenda notifications at www.weston.org/list.aspx
5) Living with Wildlife: Report & Track
A web page of living with wildlife has been created with lots of resources from Mass Audubon and Mass Wildlife to help residents understand any furry, feathered, and scaly encounters they may have. Also, with the help of the Town's Conservation Administrator and GIS Coordinator, an online Wildlife tracking and reporting map has been developed so residents can report and comment on wildlife sightings. Go to www.weston.org/Wildlife