Thursday, November 7, 2019

Planning Board reviews town center sidewalk plan, citizens object

Department of Public Works Director Tim Kilhart appeared before the Planning Board at its Nov. 4 meeting to request site plan approval for the town center sidewalk plan. Around a dozen citizens also attended this meeting, all opposed to the proposed plan.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Town center residents mobilize opposition to sidewalk and parking lot renovations

A new coalition formed by town center residents is calling on the town to reconsider a plan that would upgrade existing sidewalks and crosswalks in the town center, add a new sidewalk along Still River Road from the Congregational Church to the General Store, and specify entrance-exit points at the town-owned, General Store parking lot.”

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Select Board seeks cost estimate to connect Phase 2 addition to Hildreth House

The Select Board decided this week to move ahead with its quest for a cost estimate of the work required to connect Hildreth House with its proposed new addition.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

School enrollments predicted to begin rising next year

Less than 10 years ago, enrollment in Harvard’s schools was declining, and in 2012 a special committee wrote a report projecting that a “modest but steady” decrease would continue for a decade. But at its Oct. 29 meeting, the School Committee heard new projections.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Special Town Meeting: Citizens pack Cronin to debate deer hunting ban, commercial district changes, and more

Among political scientists who have studied attendance at New England town meetings, one conclusion has proven inescapable: Controversy draws a crowd. And Monday night’s Special Town Meeting was a case in point.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Voters debate hunting ban for nearly an hour

Please keep your statements brief,” Moderator Bill Barton said—to little avail—as the 50-minute debate began over deer hunting on town conservation land.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fields get maintenance money, but responsibility goes to DPW

Article 12, a request for money to do spring maintenance of town athletic fields, appeared to be headed nowhere. The Finance Committee was against it, the Select Board had requested it be withdrawn, and speakers were lining up to question the need.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Zoning changes spark vigorous debate, meet with some pushback

The Planning Board’s four proposed zoning articles met with mixed results on the floor of Special Town Meeting.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Citizens push back on plans for town center sidewalks and parking

A plan to upgrade existing sidewalks and crosswalks in the town center—and add a new sidewalk along Still River Road in front of the Congregational Church and General Store—is sparking pushback.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

October 28, 2019, Special Town Meeting Warrant in Plain English

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Articles 20-22: Changes to Ayer Road commercial district zoning bylaws

Warrant Article 21 proposes changes to the Ayer Road Village Special Permit bylaw that would make the bylaw more permissive, primarily by increasing the density of development allowed. Article 22 proposes changes to the allowed commercial uses and adds two entirely new uses. Article 20 updates the bylaw’s definitions section.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Parks and Rec votes to use remaining budget for study of athletic fields; finance and select boards object

Parks and Recreation commissioners voted Monday night to spend most of the money left in their fields and commons budget for a study of the condition of the town’s athletic fields.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Articles 9 and 10: Keeping town water safe to drink

Funding for a water tank mixer and for the design of a chlorination system for the town’s two wells are both on the Special Town Meeting warrant. According to DPW Director Tim Kilhart, Harvard is one of the few towns in Massachusetts that still uses water that is not chlorinated.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Article 11: Repairing an old section of the new library’s roof

A section of roof on the new library, built in 2007, is leaking. But the roof that is leaking is on the Old Bromfield school portion of the library, built in 1877, and its slate roof is original except for a few patches. That makes it over 140 years old.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Outlines of new school become visible as steel goes up

The outlines of the new elementary school are slowly taking shape, replacing the giant excavation that marked the site all summer. The roof beams peeking above the construction fence form a familiar angle—one that residents saw in dozens of sketches before the 2018 Town Meeting vote.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Middle school ramp should be rebuilt, study concludes

The elevated walkway that connects the Bromfield School circle driveway with the upper floor of the middle school wing is “severely deteriorated,” according to a study Abacus Architects presented to the School Committee Oct. 15.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Select Board lambasts Hildreth House Phase 2 design

The proposed design for an addition to Hildreth House received little support at last week’s meeting of the Select Board. Board members responded negatively to the decision that lay at the heart of the design: a separate building instead of an attached addition.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

From dollars to deer: Special Town Meeting warrant is set

Longer Transfer Station hours, more permissive zoning for the Ayer Road commercial district, and a ban on deer hunting on town conservation land are among the 22 articles that will appear on this fall’s Special Town Meeting warrant.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Atlantic magazine author James Fallows gives shout out to Harvard Press

The Harvard Press gained national attention this week, featured in an article by James Fallows in The Atlantic magazine’s online series “Our Towns.” Fallows is a longtime correspondent for the Atlantic and also writes for the New Yorker, NPR, and other national news organizations.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Army will test nearly 200 Harvard private wells for PFAS

When the Harvard Board of Health asked the Army to test a sampling of private wells in northwest Harvard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) last summer, the Army agreed. It subsequently increased the number of wells it will test from the requested 40 to nearly 200.

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