Two Big Issues Remain Front and Center By Gregory T. Federspiel
As a community we have been dealing with large issues that have generated a lot of interest and concern. Lots of opinions abound and the debates have turned contentious at times. Sharing different viewpoints and perspectives is healthy and ultimately can lead to better decisions if we all remember to keep the debate civil and avoid personal attacks. I am a firm believer in local decision making, despite how challenging it can become. I also hold firm to the notion that people can have honest disagreements on the best course of action without being disagreeable/accusatory toward each other.
The Central Street Culvert/Central Pond Project By Gregory T. Federspiel
For the past few years, a considerable amount of study and analysis has been conducted of the dam/culvert that crosses over Sawmill Brook as in empties into the inner harbor and the upstream dynamics, including the tidal pond behind the Fire Station. The brook has caused considerable flood damage in past storms and the old dam and stone culvert (last reconstructed in 1900), which restricts water flow, is in poor condition. MADOT’s most recent inspections of the culvert in November 2018 and 2019 further classified it as having a “Severe/major deficiency” that should be addressed ASAP.
September 10, 2021 Public Safety Dispatch Forum Next Tuesday By Gregory T. Federspiel
The Selectmen will host a public forum regarding options for providing public safety dispatch services on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30PM. This will be another virtual forum and the Zoom link can be found on the Town’s Web site under the meeting calendar. The Board is aiming to decide within a few weeks whether to re-invest in our in-house service or switch to the regional service offered by the State’s North Shore Regional 911 Center in Middleton.