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Rte 9 Resurfacing Project / Informational Meeting

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 7:15 pm on March 26, 2010

MetroWest Growth Management Committee, The 495/MetroWest Partnership and representatives from The Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold an informational meeting regarding the upcoming Rte 9 resurfacing project on Thursday, April 1, at 7:00PM in Framingham Town Hall.

According to MassDOT, the Route 9 resurfacing project in Natick and Framingham has been awarded, a contract signed and a Notice To Proceed issued.

On Thursday April 1 at 7 pm at the Framingham Town Hall, MassDOT representatives will be presenting an update on the Route 9 Resurfacing Project from Walnut Street in Natick to the Framingham/Southborough Town Line.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform town officials, abutters, interested citizens and regional employers about the logistics of the upcoming construction project. Items to be discussed include construction schedule, temporary impacts, and communication procedures.  It should be noted that the majority of construction will be on a night-time schedule, typically from 9:00PM to 5:30AM.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MetroWest Growth Managment Committee at 508-881-2924.


Proposed Amendment to Sign Bylaws

Filed under: Business,Public Meetings by News Staff at 8:22 pm on March 15, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- The Board of Selectmen will be conducting a public meeting on March 23, 2010 to hear comments on recommendations submitted by Town staff to amend the appeal and waiver process regarding signs. ...[read more]


MetroWest Forum on Economic Reform

Filed under: Business,Politics,Public Meetings by News Staff at 8:41 pm on February 25, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- You Are Invited to a MetroWest Forum on Economic Reform and Senate Bill 2270.

On February 8, 2010, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and Senate President Therese Murray filed Senate Bill 2270, An Act to Promote Economic Development Throughout the Commonwealth. This bill seeks to ...[read more]


Open Meeting of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 7:54 pm on February 25, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (a 25 mile proposed rail trail between Lowell and Framingham) cordially invites the public to the March meeting of the Friends on Thursday evening, March 25th 7:00 PM at the Heritage, 747 Water Street Framingham.

Come find out about progress on the Trail!

The purpose of the meeting is to inform you of:

  • Progress made on the tail so far, e.g. 6.8 miles in Lowell/Chelmsford/Westford has been completed and is open
  • The value of this unique "linear park" to the Nobscot neighborhood, the entire Framingham community and the MetroWest region
  • The actions Framingham residents can take to bring the trail to completion for its entire length, from Lowell to route 9 in Framingham within the next decade.

The Friends of the BFRT look forward to your attendance at this informative discussion and will provide an array of delicious and healthy refreshments.

Please RSVP to John Stasik at jstasik@rcn.com or (508) 877-6771 if you intend to join us.


DCR SPONSORING PUBLIC FORUMS

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 1:47 pm on January 24, 2010

METROWEST, MA - The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is sponsoring five public forums in February to discuss draft recommendations on the future stewardship and management of forest lands within the Massachusetts state parks system.

The upcoming public forums will be at the following dates, times, and locations:

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Westborough Public Library
55 West Main Street, Westborough
(Snow date: Tuesday, February 16)

Saturday, February 6, 2010 -10 a.m.- Noon

North Adams Public Library
74 Church Street, North Adams
(Snow date: Saturday, February 13)

Saturday, February 6, 2010 -2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Berkshire Community College
Melville Hall Room 201
1350 West Street, Pittsfield
(Snow date: Saturday, February 13)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 -5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Jones Library
43 Amity Street, Amherst

Thursday, February 11, 2010 -5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Taunton Public Library
12 Pleasant Street, Taunton
(Snow date: Thursday, February 18)

DCR began the Forest Futures Visioning Process last spring to determine how best to manage the myriad public benefits and values of forest land within the agency's parks system,

including recreation, tourism, aesthetics, renewable forest products, habitat diversity, and landscape ecology, and how to strike the appropriate balance among them.

The process has several components, including the formation of an advisory group of stakeholders and the Technical Steering Committee. The Technical Steering Committee,which includes academics, practitioners, and scientists, is developing the draft recommendations with input from the public and the stakeholders.

"We are committed to having an open, wide-ranging, public conversation about forests in Massachusetts," said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. "We had three public forums and forest tours over the summer, and we look forward to the Technical Steering Committee's recommendations and hearing public comment."

DCR contracted with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution & Public Collaboration(MODR) at the University of Massachusetts in Boston to develop a design for the public process, act as facilitators throughout its implementation, and ensure that the discussion and processes are unbiased.

The Technical Steering Committee is composed of 11 individuals who have a high level of expertise in the issues, trends, and best practices of forest conservation and ecology, landscape ecology, natural resource economics and law, recreation, silviculture, aesthetics, watersheds, and wildlife habitat.

The draft recommendations will be posted soon on the DCR website, WWW.MASS.GOV/DCR The public is encouraged to review the recommendations and comment on them by email to MODRDCRFFVP@umb.edu. The Technical Steering Committee is expected to make its final recommendations to DCR in late winter 2010.

For more information on this public process, visit: http://www.mass.gov/dcr

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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr., the agency's mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.


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