Your Top 5 in Town News
A supplement to the quarterly newsletter to help Weston residents stay informed with Town Government.
1 - PAYT/SMART
The Selectmen opened a public discussion on June 15th about the current pilot program for Pay As You Throw (PAYT), also known as Save Money And Reduce Trash (SMART), and if this type of solid waste reduction program should be implemented permanently at Weston's transfer station.
The Selectmen are looking for a solution that would address two issues:
1) pending legislation, expected to pass the state house this month, that will impose limits on what municipalities can take to landfills in order to reduce total solid waste tonnage by a third (Weston currently produces about 2,205 lbs. per household, placing it in the top 10%); and
2) a fair and equitable system for all users, similar to the water billing structure, that will also help stabilize and reduce overall transfer station costs.
The June 15th meeting video is online (discussion begins at mark 45:18).
During the June 15th discussion, the Selectmen were seeking honest explanations as to why some transfer station users are opposed to PAYT/SMART in order to figure out how Weston can reduce its solid waste and increase its recycling on its own terms. The discussion will continue, with a potential vote on June 28th.
2 - Summer Road Work
DPW highway crews will be busy this summer with the following road projects:
- North Avenue (Viles to Lexington)
- Wellesley Street (rt. 30 to Radcliff Rd)
- Buttonwood Lane
- Ware Road
- Blueberry Hill Road
- Westland Road
- Silver Hill Road
Additionally, the state will be continuing work at the Rt. 30 @ Wellesley St. intersection and some resurfacing work on Rt. 20 (from Wayland to 128). National Grid will be finishing its work in the Town Center, as well as conducting work on Buttonwood, Ware, Blueberry Hill and finishing up paving on Black Oak and Rockport.
3 - Conservation Connections
Conservation Commission members and staff have been publishing news articles to help keep residents informed on various conservation issues. These articles, along with some additional newsworthy tidbits, are compiled in a new eNewsletter. The first issue is available online. Subscribe today to receive future issues. Past articles can be found on the Conservation web page.
4 - Concerts on the Green
The summer weekly series is back! Pack a picnic dinner and your dancing shoes for the live music concerts held Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 9:00 on the Town Green. The line up through July is available on the Community Events calendar and shows run through July 20th and feature a variety of rock, blues, swing and zydeco.
5 - Friday Night Flicks Are Back!
Hi-def, al fresco, and free! What could be better? Come to the Town Green every Friday in July for family-friendly movies. Bring a blanket, snacks, a flashlight and bug spray. The full schedule is on the July Community Events Calendar.
On the Horizon:
- the Rail Trail
- Town Center improvement project
- the Josiah Smith Tavern
- the Case Estates