Thursday, November 29, 2012
The average single-family home bill could drop by about $17, and other news you missed from this week's Selectmen's meeting.
While efforts to get the Fiscal Year 2013 tax rate in place well before Christmas may fall short, it may be worth the wait for homeowners. Based on preliminary data that has yet to be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and assuming the maximum allowed shift in the tax burden to commercial properties, the average single family home - worth $324,377 - would be taxed $5,756.95, a savings of $17.01 over 2012. Under that scenario, the residential tax rate would be $17.76 per thousand dollars of valuation, while the commercial industrial and personal property rate would be $40.14, Chief Assessor Daniel Dargon told the board Tuesday night. Framingham Selectmen will set the fiscal year 2013 tax rate - and decide how large the …
Friday, November 23, 2012
And other items you might have missed from this week's Framingham Selectmen's meeting.
Although a one-mile section of the Weston Aqueduct opened to the public in October, officials are reminding residents that part of the trail remains off-limits until pedestrian safety concerns can be addressed. At Tuesday night's Selectmen's meeting, Town Manage Bob Halpin said the portion of the aqueduct trail between the intersection of Potter and Water streets to Edith Road remains closed to the public. That section will be opened once crosswalks can be painted at the busy intersection of Potter and Water streets,. One obstacle to getting the crosswalks in place is the need for a sidewalk curb-cut that meets Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Halpin said if an approved design can't be approved quickly, the town may need to …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
On a picture-perfect October morning, state and local officials joined neighbors to officially open a portion of the Weston Aqueduct trail and stroll along its path.
A mile-long section of the trail atop the Weston Aqueduct is no longer off limits to dog walkers, joggers, stroller pushers or children hunting for colorful autumn leaves. Nearly anyone can now access to the trail, which connects northern Saxonville with Nobscot and runs from Elm Street to Water Street. There remains a restriction on motorized vehicles along the aqueduct. The town and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority consummated an agreement that opened the trail to the public Monday, after decades of rusted no trespassing signs thwarted the ambitions of those who enjoy a stroll through the urban woods. “This idea, this opportunity just needed the right time and place to gel,” said Framingham State Rep. Chris Walsh, who was …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
More than 70 residents and abutters to the Weston Aqueduct Trail attended a hearing Wednesday night.
Framingham Patch will have more coverage from the public meeting later this week.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Residents invited to discuss the merits of lifting the current MWRA use restrictions along a short section of the Weston Aqueduct on July 25.
Framingham Park & Recreation Department will be holding a public informational meeting to hear from local residents on the merits of lifting the current MWRA use restrictions along a short section of the Weston Aqueduct on July 25 at 7 p.m. at Cameron Middle School. Representatives of Framingham's Open Space Committee will provide a brief overview of this property and how it relates to previous open space. Please consider attending the informational meeting and sharing your views and questions with Town officials. MWRA officials will be in attendance along with Town consultants.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
And 3 other things you missed from this week's Selectmen’s meeting.
Framingham Town Counsel ruled Chief Assessor Dan Dargon’s personal business, as a private property appraiser near his hometown of Belmont, does not violate Framingham’s ethics policies or the state’s conflict of interest law. Interim Town Manager Valerie Mulvey informed Selectmen of the legal decision at its weekly meeting Tuesday night. Some Framingham community members had questioned the appearance of conflict of interest, especially when Dargon’s private work involved a commercial property or entity that may have ties with Framingham. Residents also questioned whether Dargon brought his private work into Framingham and conducted his private business while working for the town. “I personally interviewed all the employees in the assessor’…