Thursday, October 13, 2011
Your daily roundup of news and events.
1. The League of Women Voters of Wellesley will host an Educational Forum on Residential and Commercial Property Tax Rates tonight at Town Hall. The meeting begins at 7:45 with a reception starting at 7:15. 2. Next week, the Department of Public Works will flush the hydrants, according to an announcement on the town’s website. 3. The Wellesley High School golf team is scheduled to take on Natick at home. Tee off is at 3:30 p.m… 4. …Weather pending, of course. The National Weather Service says there is a 90 percent chance of rain today. 5. …Speaking of high school sports: Should Wellesley continue to host a night football game each year?
Monday, October 10, 2011
The DPW will remove old pavement Tuesday.
The Wellesley Department of Public Works (Highway Division) will be tearing up old pavement on Grove Street tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m., according to a Wellesley Police alert. The work, which will take place between Beard Way and Kenilworth Road, will involve removal of old pavement in preparation for resurfacing and new paving. The work will last all day, the alert said. Police will be on the scene directing traffic and delays are expected, though there will not be a road closure.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The DPW will be working on some town roads through Friday.
The Department of Public Works will be removing asphalt from various town roads in preparation for new paving over the course of the next two days. According to a Wellesley Police alert, crews will begin work on Hampden St. Thursday at 7 a.m. Once completed, crews will work on Weston Road from Central Street to Washington Street, which is expected to be around noon. On Friday, the DPW will work on the entire length of Dover Road, the alert says. Traffic delays are expected, and Wellesley Police officers will be at the sites to direct traffic, according to the alert. If there is poor weather, the work could be canceled, the alert says.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
At least we can say it's been a pretty light year for seasonal allergies.
1. Based on yesterday’s vote, the Department of Public Works will get its new annex. Just over 600 Wellesley voters made the staffers over there very happy. 2. All this rain is a downer, but Wellesley Patch’s editor’s allergies are basically gone! Here’s the pollen counter… 3. …And here’s today’s weather: What a surprise, more rain. The National Weather Service says today will bring a 70 percent chance of showers, and the temperature will hover near 60 degrees. 4. There are too many events to list happening in Wellesley this weekend, which is known annually as “Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.” Here’s its site with the itinerary. 5. If you’re planning a yard sale, let us know! E-mail the editor at Bret.Silverberg@Patch.com …
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Only 955 voters turned out, but over half voted in favor of the new building.
Just fewer than 1,000 voters turned out for today’s special election, but two-thirds voted in favor of a new Department of Public Works annex. The DPW will get its building addition, based on a vote of 617 in favor of a tax increase, and 338 opposed. Plans for the project, which will cost about $3.6 million, are already in place.
Rain, and the single-question ballot have kept people from the polls, the Town Clerk says.
There has been average voter turnout to the last series of elections in Wellesley. Today’s, however, has seen an expectedly low number of voters hit the polls. Town Clerk Kathy Nagle said today’s election, which will decide whether a new Department of Public Works annex is built, is so unique that fewer than 100 people per precinct have turned out. “This is a ‘special’ special election,” she said at about 1 p.m. today. “There are no support groups or opposition groups so no one is trying to turn out voters.” The gloomy weather, and the fact that it’s a Wednesday – nearly all elections are held on Tuesdays – have kept people away from the polling places, Nagle said, and that’s not likely to be any different once the polls close at 8 p.m. “…
The public decides today.
The Department of Public Works office building is in rough shape. The DPW Board made this clear at several presentations prior to, and at, this year’s Town Meeting. The plans are already in place. The project would cost an estimated $3.6 million, and would add a new workspace on to the existing building, while improving conditions at the current office. The new building would require a bump in taxes for Wellesley residents, which means the public gets to decide via a special election today. So, it’s up to you.
May? More like March!
1. There is a special town election today, with only one question on the ballot asking whether the town should raise taxes in order to fund a new Department of Public Works annex. All polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 2. Wellesley Patch knows it hasn’t exactly been yard sale weather recently, but the sun will show up eventually. If you’re planning on having a yard sale, please send an e-mail to the editor at Bret.Silverberg@patch.com with the location, date and times. We’ll post them on the site. 3. The blog is heating up. We had a fresh post from blogger Beth Nast yesterday about hybrid cars in Wellesley – or lack thereof. If you’d like to blog on Wellesley Patch, e-mail the editor. 4. Tomatomania comes to MassHort…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
What do you have to say about this?
On Wednesday, residents will vote in a special town election on whether there should be a tax increase to fund a new Department of Public Works annex, as the current building has fallen into a state of disrepair. Monday night, it was revealed at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting that the parking meters had not been evaluated since 1991. Read here for more details. Do you think Wellesley waits too long before looking into old buildings and fixtures, or are the problems addressed quickly once they arise?
Monday, September 6, 2010
WPC hears back from Department of Public Works about Recycling Center issue.
After the Mass Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) claimed the compost heap at the Department of Public Works (DPW) Recycling Center is encroaching on nearby wetlands, the DPW hired a consultant to determine whether that's the case. To that end, the Wetlands Protection Committee issued an enforcement order, which was addressed at a previous meeting. On Thursday, representatives of the DPW returned to report their findings to the Wetlands Protection Committee (WPC). By the DEP's estimate, the center has filled 7,500 square feet of wetlands, while the DPW puts that estimate around 410. DPW officials returned to present the findings of Steve Ivas, of Ivas Environmental, which is in line with the DPW's estimate. The State has …