February 2020 Newsletter

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Greetings!  Hard to believe we are already in the middle of February with all the relatively mild weather and lack of snow we have had the past month.  It's good for your heating bill and for the town's snow removal budget, but a little upsetting for the snow enthusiasts - I'm ready to do some sledding at Beals Park!  

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Town Council Updates...

Town Council met on January 21, 2020 and February 3, 2020.  There were numerous measures presented before us and referred to our Budget Management Committee for deliberation to include:  

  • 20 002-Reserve Fund Transfer for Copiers
  • 20 003-Free Cash Transfer to the Stabilization Fund
  • 20 004-Free Cash for Field and Park Improvements (bathrooms at Libbey Field)
  • 20 005-Free Cash for New Tufts Library Collection
  • 20 006-Free Cash for New Tufts Library Playground
  • 20 007-Free Cash for Matching Funds for Columbian Square Grant
  • 20 008-Free Cash Transfer for Electric Vehicles
  • 20 009-Free Cash for Road and Sidewalk Improvements
  • 20 010-Borrowing Authorization for Road and Sidewalk Repairs and Reconstruction
  • 20 011-Borrowing for Cost Associated with Replacing the Ralph Talbot Primary School’s
    Boiler System
  • 20 012-Reserve Fund Transfer-Funding Measure 18 126
  • 20 016-Memorandum of Understanding-Every Student Succeeds Act Transportation Claiming Under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act

 

Measures that were referred to Ordinance Committee were:  

  • 20 013-Traffic Regulations for Chauncy Street

 

All but 20-002, 20-012 and 20-016 require a public hearing.  They will be listed on the Town Council agenda which is typically published the Thursday before a regularly scheduled Town Council meeting and can be viewed on the Town Calendar.  

The Town Council has a dedicated page on the town's website.  You can find contact information for all Councilors as well as links to agendas, minutes, and other important information currently being discussed by the Town Council.  CLICK HERE to access that page.  


Upcoming Town Meetings...

You can find all public meetings on the Town's calendar directly on the town's homepage.  Agendas are posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  When you click a meeting that might interest you, there will be a link to a PDF file that will display the agenda once it is posted.  Some of the highlights for the next few weeks include: 

February 11 - Town Council Economic Development Committee
February 11 - Planning Board
February 18 - Town Council
February 19 - Board of Zoning Appeals
February 25 - Charter Review Committee
February 25 - Conservation Committee
February 26 - Board of Zoning Appeals
February 27 - School Committee
March 4 - Charter Review Committee
March 9 - Town Council
March 10 - Charter Review Committee
March 11 - Board of Licensing
March 12 - School Committee


Charter Review Committee...


A nine-member Charter Review Committee was appointed last year and has various meetings scheduled.  It's required to review our Town Charter every 10 years.  

 

The Charter Review Committee has meetings scheduled for February 25, March 4, and March 10th all located at Town Hall.    


Compressor Station...

Although construction began on December 3, 2019, the Town and citizens have not given up the fight against Enbridge's proposed compressor station.  Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station continues to advocate and fight against it.  Please check out their page for updates.  Their news tab is a current blog that is kept up to date.  

Along with routine protests and standouts at the actual site, FRRACS took to Lakeville DEP on January 22nd to continue to advocate for the residents of the Fore River Basin area.  Additionally, our State Delegation continues to advocate for the residents on Beacon Hill.  On January 30th, State Senator Patrick O'Connor put out the following statement on his Facebook Page:

This afternoon we received confirmation from DEP that they have agreed to construct a temporary Air Monitoring Station in the Fore River Basin within the next two weeks. In the months following, they will build out the station into a permanent structure. This progress would not be possible without the tireless efforts of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station and all activist groups that have demanded action. The station will be collecting data in February and March, and the results from the first months of testing will be available in July. We will soon have the baseline data we need to compare with future air toxin levels to further expose what an irresponsible project this is. While this is not the ultimate win we are all seeking, it is definitely a win for so many that have advocated for this step to better understand what is actually in our atmosphere.

It should be noted that the temporary air monitor has been installed and has started to report PM2.  CLICK HERE for the DEP Monitoring Network and see Weymouth results as well as other monitors from across the state. 

It's not too late to get involved!  FRRACS has an open meeting every Second Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Fore River Clubhouse located on Nevada Street in Quincy (right on the other side of the Fore River Bridge).  


DPW Concern?...

Do you have a concern with a pothole?  Trash issue?  Streetlight outage?  If you don't already know, there's an online DPW reporting tool.  Right on the Town's homepage is "DPW Service Request".  You can click that and enter your contact information and issue you wish to report.   


Presidential Primary - March 3, 2020...

On March 3, 2020, there is an election for the Presidential Primary.  Polls are open from 7am - 8pm in Weymouth.  Please CLICK HERE for more information about the election, where to vote, a sample ballot, check your voter registration status and more.  There is no school on March 3rd, but kids are welcome to go voting with you!  


Libraries...

Help the Weymouth Public Libraries win a visit from Jan Brett!
Go to http://janbrett.com

Enter your name and email address

Along with: Weymouth Public Libraries
46 Broad Street
Weymouth, MA 02188


Schools...

February Vacation is almost here!  There will be no school the week of February 17-21. 

Scholarship Season is here!  If you know any current 12th graders or post grad students, have them check out numerous scholarship opportunities at WPSs Scholarship Scoop page and find out about more opportunities through the Weymouth Scholarship Fund Committee.  All Scholarship recipients are acknowledged at the Annual Town Meeting which is typically held the second week in May.  More details to come.  


Police...

Weymouth swore in Chief Richard Fuller on January 2nd after Chief Grimes retired on December 31st.  Chief Fuller was accepted to the FBI National Academy and set out for the 10 week course on January 6th.  We wish him well in his training!  

A few couple tidbits that were posted this month on the Weymouth Police Department Facebook Page:

  • Officer Dangelo and his new K9 partner, Ghandi recently completed a 16 week Patrol K9 Academy!  Welcome Ghandi!  
  • District Attorney Michael Morrissey's office donated a pup named Charlee to WPD.  Charlee started training at Golden Opportunities for Independence and spent some time with her handler Officer Hamacher at Weymouth High School. 
  • Reminder that the new Hands-Free driving law goes into effect on February 23, 2020.  For more information, visit www.mass.gov/Handsfree

Upcoming Events Around Town...

February 15 - Weymouth Irish Heritage Day Grand Marshall Celebration
February 19 - Mass Protest at Compressor Station (8am-2pm)
March 4 - Weymouth Market - Free Food for residents. 3:30-5pm at WHS.
March 7 - Winter Market at BHZ
March 17 & 18 - Weymouth High School Senior Capstone Project Nights
March 21 - Johnson Early Education Center (Pre-School) Open House 
March 29 - Irish Heritage Day and Parade
April 25 - Town-wide Community Clean-Up Day


 

Thank you for reading!  Please feel free to share with anyone who you think may be interested in these updates!  Remember there is always a lot more happening around town than what I can capture here.  Be sure to follow what interests you on social media for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information from our local community.  

Very respectfully, 

Becky Haugh
Councilor At-Large