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Planning Board Meeting October 12. Anyone going?

The Planning Board agenda for October 12 includes the preparation for the October 26 Route 20 Zoning Forum.  It's Wednesday October 12, 2011 7:30 PM, Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA, and the…Continue

Started Oct 10, 2011

Moody's assigns a 'negative outlook' to LSRHS -- August 9 Boston Globe

"Moody's Investors Service has assigned a 'negative outlook' to the credit ratings of a dozen affluent Massachusetts communities and two regional school districts, in an ominous sign of how the…Continue

Started Aug 9, 2011

Route 20 Sewer Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) and Steering Committee

As I followed the discussion at the July 5 Board of Selectmen's meeting:1) The proposed mission statements for the CAC and for the Steering Committee were adopted by the BOS with minor changes.2) A…Continue

Started Jul 8, 2011

Long Range Transportation Plan briefing March 22, 7:30 pm, Town Hall

The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) targets around $60 million a year in highway infrastructure spending (includes roads, bridges, intersections, bike paths, pedestrian…Continue

Started Mar 21, 2011

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Public Hearing by the CPC at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5, at Town Hall

Last summer Governor Patrick signed changes to the Community Preservation Act (CPA) into law.  Some of those changes are described here: http://sudburyvision.ning.com/profiles/blogs/massachusetts-senate-passes-community-preservation-act-reformBecause of the changes to eligible uses for recreational facilities, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR), which oversees the…See More
Dec 1, 2012
Bulldog Friday commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post So whatever happened to all that "further study" on expanding the Board of Selectmen from three to five??
"Oddly, the Town Manager's contract stipulates in Section III on page 2: The Board may suspend the Town Manager with full pay and benefits at any time during the term of this Agreement, but only if:(1) the Board and the Town Manager agree, or…"
Oct 10, 2012
Sidney Bourne commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post So whatever happened to all that "further study" on expanding the Board of Selectmen from three to five??
"As I recall, in the midnight session just before the election of Bob Haarde the selectmen changed the rules for the Town Manager's contract. They set it to require unanimous approval of the selectmen to modify or terminate the contract. Maybe…"
Oct 10, 2012
Bulldog Friday posted a blog post

So whatever happened to all that "further study" on expanding the Board of Selectmen from three to five??

So--now that the article petitioning the legislature to increase Sudbury's Board of Selectmen from three to five has passed, where did all the passion for study go?  Surely if the town is at risk for dire unintended consequences we should be attempting to identify and mitigate them.  If "further study" was not just a delaying tactic, but was a result of genuine concern about negative effects on town government, we should even now be investigating the effects of expanding the Board of Selectmen…See More
Oct 4, 2012
Bulldog Friday commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Massachusetts Senate passes Community Preservation Act Reform Legislation
"Just an update. The Governor signed the Commonwealth's budget, including the CPA legislation, on July 9. Quoting from the Community Preservation Coalition website: The Governor made no amendments or vetoes to the CPA sections included in…"
Jul 23, 2012
Bulldog Friday commented on pmotw's blog post White House/Landem Road/Frost Farm
"Re:  a development on the north side of Route 20 (across the Landham Road intersection with Route 20) being 40B Yes, it is.  Located at 192 Boston Post Road, the Landham Crossing development consists of 31 units, 8 of which are considered…"
Jun 24, 2012
a macentee commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Organization of the Sudbury Sewer District??
"I still have not seen a definitieve study with cost/benefits of hooking up with MWRA.  Framingham line is very close both on Landham and Nobscott.  Compare this with building and maintain sewer,etc.  Seems to me the keep it in…"
Jun 8, 2012
Bulldog Friday posted a blog post

Organization of the Sudbury Sewer District??

At the May 22, Board of Selectmen's meeting Selectman Haarde described work proposed by the Sudbury Route 20 Sewer Steering Committee (SSC).The SSC proposes to interview the Town Manager (Maureen Valente) and the Director of Public Works (Bill Place) on how they see the proposed Sewer District being organized.  Then the SSC would like to get on the agenda of a meeting of the Sudbury Water District to discuss Sewer District organization with them.The possibilities are:1) Stand-alone Sewer…See More
Jun 4, 2012
a macentee commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Massachusetts Senate passes Community Preservation Act Reform Legislation
"BD - Thanks for keeping on  top of news...some interesting developments.  One thing for sure, CPC must start labeling state match for what it is: An additional TAX.   Not just because SJC said so with respect to…"
May 27, 2012
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May 26, 2012
Sio commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Do you want an increase in the Massachusetts gas tax to fund the MBTA?
"No BD - I do not want anymore taxes piled onto my price per gallon!!  We either already pay more for taxes per gallon than gas or we are pretty darn close."
Mar 13, 2012
Bulldog Friday posted a blog post

Do you want an increase in the Massachusetts gas tax to fund the MBTA?

Check out fixthet.mapc.org  (That's "Fix The T".)This is the budget calculator app which allows you to come up with your own method of filling the MBTA's $161 budget gap for FY 2013.  And tucked away at the bottom is the "Increase the gas tax by 1 cent per gallon" option.  A second option is to raise the gas tax by 2 cents per gallon.Currently, out of roughly six hundred fifty poll respondents, about four hundred have selected one of these options.MAPC is the Metropolitan Area Planning…See More
Mar 11, 2012
Bulldog Friday commented on pmotw's blog post Pantry Brook Farm Preservation
"The word "threatens" bothers me.  The landowner needs both a) the intent and b) the right to sell his land for development.  If either is lacking no sale will occur.  If the town owns the development rights, the landowner no…"
Jan 9, 2012
Bulldog Friday commented on pmotw's blog post Pantry Brook Farm Preservation
"Setting aside "What is a fair price?", the deals are valuable both to both the landowner and the town. Certainly for the Nobscot (Boy Scout) reservation, the town didn't buy the land; the town bought the development rights.  The…"
Jan 8, 2012
Bulldog Friday commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post The 495/MetroWest Development Compact and Sudbury
"Sorry, all. "Workforce housing" income limits are 80% to 120% of Area Median Income.  "Affordable housing" limits are 80% of AMI."
Dec 27, 2011
Bulldog Friday posted a blog post

The Sudbury Housing Production Plan: "Affordable Housing", "Workforce Housing" and the Route 20 Vision

The 2011 Sudbury Housing Production Plan offers an explanation of housing income limits.  You can check the document here:  Sudbury Housing Production PlanFrom page 17:Income limits are updated by HUD on a yearly basis.  The 2010 income limits are:State, Federal Housing Program Limits:  Very Low Income (50% AMI)      $45,900                                                           Low Income (80% AMI)            …See More
Dec 27, 2011

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Public Hearing by the CPC at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5, at Town Hall

Last summer Governor Patrick signed changes to the Community Preservation Act (CPA) into law.  Some of those changes are described here: 

http://sudburyvision.ning.com/profiles/blogs/massachusetts-senate-passes-community-preservation-act-reform

Because of the changes to eligible uses for recreational facilities, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR),…

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Posted on December 1, 2012 at 3:40pm

So whatever happened to all that "further study" on expanding the Board of Selectmen from three to five??

So--now that the article petitioning the legislature to increase Sudbury's Board of Selectmen from three to five has passed, where did all the passion for study go?  Surely if the town is at risk for dire unintended consequences we should be attempting to identify and mitigate them.  If "further study" was not just a delaying tactic, but was a result of genuine concern about negative effects on town government, we should even now be investigating the effects of expanding the Board of…

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Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Organization of the Sudbury Sewer District??

At the May 22, Board of Selectmen's meeting Selectman Haarde described work proposed by the Sudbury Route 20 Sewer Steering Committee (SSC).

The SSC proposes to interview the Town Manager (Maureen Valente) and the Director of Public Works (Bill Place) on how they see the proposed Sewer District being organized.  Then the SSC would like to get on the agenda of a meeting of the Sudbury Water District to discuss Sewer District organization with them.

The possibilities…

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Posted on June 4, 2012 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

Massachusetts Senate passes Community Preservation Act Reform Legislation

On May 24 the Massachusetts Senate passed the CPA reform legislation (HB 765) 38-0.  The Massachusetts House passed similar legislation 155-0 on April 24.  

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The Senate's CPA budget amendment provides a one-time appropriation of $5 million in funding for the statewide CPA Trust Fund in July 2012, while the House version grants a $25 million recurring sum from the annual state budget surplus beginning in the fall of 2013. All the other provisions of the CPA…

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Posted on May 26, 2012 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

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