Monthly Archives: December 2008

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2009

2008 has been a year of massive global economic change and also many changes
in our town government.  Our building inspector of 36 years retired in May, and we have a new Fire Chief ( and a new fire truck).  We also have one new affordable rental unit to be rented to a qualified family by lottery to be held in January, a new position of administrator of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and a new administrative officer for the Conservation Commission.

It is my hope that as a town, Weston will think about the many projects
currently in the pipeline: the construction of a new DPW at $17
million, formulation of a restaurant at the Josiah Smith Tavern projected
to cost $7 million, the acquisition of the Case Estate Land from Harvard
at $22 million, and the possible reconstruction or new construction of Field
School at over $30 million.   It would be nice if we could also keep the tax rate ( which
increased from 10.67 to 11.02 dollars per $1000 ) steady and maintain our overall operating budget
(which was approx. $55 million in 2008) in the year to come.

Although it is likely that revenue for the town generated by new growth
will decrease because the number of building permits issued has dropped, higher property taxes might not be the best option.  We should also consider ways of generating
additional non-property-tax revenue. Our local budget challenges are unique to Weston.
Weston is is diverse economic community in that its residents make a
living in many different sectors of our global economy. What Weston
residents all have in common is a strong commitment to education in our
public schools. The financial pressures that we will experience as a town
in the coming year will be great.

I am optimistic that we can find a balance in regulation and taxation that
allows Weston citizens to come through these unprecedented times with
strong respect for our town, its governance, and its efficiency in budget
balancing. We will need to work together in spending less and generating
more non property tax revenue so that we are well poised for the future.

New Consultant Selected by Planning Board

On December 10th the Planning Board interviewed three potential consultants to be

hired for the purpose of reviewing proposed changes to the Zoning By Law for Town

Meeting in May. The Board selected: Philip B Herr & Associates 447 Centre St,

Newton, MA 02458. On January 21st Mr. Herr will present his findings at the

Planning Board meeting on an assignment given to him by the board.

The public is invited to attend.

Come Lunch Tuesday December 9th at 12:30

The last WCL Clothing Exchange of 2008 will be held on Decemebr 9th at the Josiah Smith Tavern in Weston Center.  Find fabulous deals and many Holiday Treasures for less!! After shopping till you drop, join Nancy Hughes President of WCL and MaryAnn Rogers Treasurer of WCL for lunch at 12:30.  Enjoy warm soup,  a sandwich, good conversation and great company!!!

Rail Trail Meeting

On December 9th the Board of Selectman will meet with Dan Driscoll from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to explain the implications of the state’s lease of the Central Mass Rail line.

Make sure to attend!! Questions? Post a comment!