Monthly Archives: November 2009

Special Town Meeting Results

On Monday November 30 approximately 1000 people attended  the special town meeting at the Weston High School Auditorium. The turn out was likely the biggest for a special town meeting ever but certainly in the last 20 years. Residents forwent the Patriots game to come in participate primarily on whether to appropriate an additional $350,000  for more studies on what to do with the Josiah Smith Tavern, Old Library buildings in the center of town. The  Committee charged with the task appointed by the Selectmen had thought to house a restaurant with a 175 capacity in the Barn/Connector section of the Josiah Smith Tavern. The Townspeople voted 435 to 545 against further appropriation as proposed.

Additionally funds to study a new Science Wing at the High School passed with a 2/3 majority.

Sodium Street Lights on Highland Street and Love Lane

Street Light Update

Have you noticed the new Sodium lights in your neighborhood? They have just been installed on Highland St .  in the last few days and yesterday they replaced the one outside of my house on Love Lane. When I first heard about the project I envisioned an airport parking lot but actually the light emitted is much softer then our old light and for the first time in the 103 years of Love Lane being called Love Lane we have lights on  all of the telephone polls going down the street! It is different but I like it. Thank you Selectman for installing the new much more energy efficient lights!

Sodium Light History:

On September 1, 2009, the Town of Weston completed the purchase of the roadway streetlight system from NSTAR for the price of $1. The Town has contracted Republic ITS to complete an efficiency conversion of more than 800 fixtures, and maintain the newly upgraded system for the next three years. We appreciate your patience during this transition period, which will take place over the next two months.

Throughout Weston, old incandescent lighting fixtures will be replaced with new, more efficient high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. Although the new HPS bulbs will cast a different color of the light spectrum, the new fixtures will focus light directly onto the roadway with less spillage, and have a much lower failure rate than the current system.

NSTAR is providing a $56,000 energy efficiency incentive towards the cost of the conversion, which means the return on investment of this project, including maintenance, will be less than two years. We will continue to explore further savings in the future as lighting technology improves, and the cost of newer technology goes down.

We are looking forward to many advantages of the new lighting system:

· Lower energy usage

· Increased cost savings

· Improved safety due to a reduced number of outages

· Convenient online and telephone outage reporting process

· Prompt response time that will repair outages within five days

While the new lighting system and contracted maintenance are being implemented, please contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 893-1263 if you have any questions or concerns.

Homebuyer Tax Credit expanded and extended until Spring 2010

Buyers who have owned their current homes at least five years would be eligible for tax credits of up to $6,500. First-time homebuyers — or anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the last three years — would still get up to $8,000. To qualify, buyers in both groups have to sign a purchase agreement by April 30, 2010, and close by June 30.

The credit is available for the purchase of principal homes costing $800,000 or less, meaning vacation homes are ineligible. The credit would be phased out for individuals with annual incomes above $125,000 and for joint filers with incomes above $225,000.