In a Feb. 21 letter to the Select Board, Town Administrator Tim Bragan announced that he will retire July 1.
Kenna Stanton and Mia Jiang speak with Officer Tim Schaeffer and Franny the comfort dog in training at the Harvard Public Library, Feb. 20. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)
Harvard’s levy on residential and business properties will increase next fiscal year, as it typically does, but despite the best efforts of the Finance Department and Finance Committee, the amount of increase allowed by the state’s Proposition 2½ won’t be enough to cover next year’s expenses without serious cuts to spending, layoffs, or the curtailment of services.
If MassDevelopment and the Devens framework committee can find a way to work together, voters in Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley could be asked later this year to clear a path for the development of new housing at Vicksburg Square in Devens, adding hundreds of apartments and condos to the region’s sparse inventory of places to live.
Nomination papers for open positions on the elective town boards and committees were due earlier this week. As of the deadline, six people had filed their papers for the eight open positions. Only one office—that of town moderator—has two candidates competing for it.
The good news is that the latest cost estimate for the replacement of three Department of Public Works buildings and the renovation of one building has not gone up much since the previous estimate. The bad news is that it has not gone down much either.
A broken piston in the mixed recycling compactor at the Transfer Station forced that piece of equipment to be shut down a few weeks ago.
A Steward Health Care representative said Tuesday that in spite of the challenges of operating a community hospital in Massachusetts, the organization has no plans to close Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer.
Town administration and school officials told the Finance Committee Tuesday afternoon they would use any dollars beyond those required to maintain their current operations to fill critical slots in their organizations.
The Planning Board has chosen an 8-acre parcel near the Route 2 interchange, across from Dunkin’ Donuts, as the town’s multifamily district. The board chose the site over two others, one on Littleton County Road and the other near Alltown Fresh on Ayer Road.
Meeting just a week after the Select Board voted to take the first step toward selling Bromfield House, School Committee members voted unanimously Monday to reaffirm their commitment to keeping both the house and the land.
More News Articles
More Feature Articles
BE A SUSTAINER
More Sports Articles
"Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said."
More "Truer Words"
Check out these photos from our far-flung readers.