Select Board Discusses Payroll Audit, Police Appointments, and Flag Policy
(1-DEC-23) At the Select Board meeting on November 27, Town Administrator Michael Johns announced that in July, the Select Board met in executive session and voted for the TA to conduct “an audit and collect any overpayments [related to] police education dating several years back” and that he has started that audit as directed.
Acton Boxborough Cultural Council Reviews Grant Applications
(1-DEC-23) At its meeting on Tuesday, November 14, the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council (ABCC) reviewed grant applications for the year 2023-2024. The Council received applications amounting to $58,000. However, with the council budget of only $19,000, they will be unable to fund all of the requests.
Zoning Board Approves Sign Permit for The Park, Continues Special Permit and Variance Hearing for 140 Davidson Road
(1-DEC-23) At its November 14 meeting, the Boxborough Zoning Board of Appeals conducted a public hearing to review the application submitted by Campanelli, owner of The Park at Beaver Brook (former Cisco campus). Campanelli development manager Jeff Wyman explained that all of the existing buildings are fully leased, and there is one building under construction for which they already have a tenant. The special permit application seeks to replace the existing freestanding signs throughout the property using new materials and colors. In addition, Campanelli is seeking approval for one new wall-mounted sign on the exterior of Building 500, which will house the new restaurant, Craft Food Halls. After discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve the sign special permit amendment.
Planning Board Discusses Master Plan, 1414 Mass Ave, Zoning Bylaw Enforcement
(1-DEC-23) At its November 20 meeting, the Boxborough Planning Board heard a presentation from Town Planner Alec Wade on the status of the town’s current Master Plan as well as a timeline for the development of the next Master Plan. The current Master Plan was developed in 2015 and runs through 2029.
Boxborough Sustainability Committee Advances Climate Initiatives
(22-NOV-23) At a hybrid meeting on November 8, the Boxborough Sustainability Committee supported a Littleton Electric Light and Water Department grant application, learned how Stow passed a key climate change code, and continued steps to qualify the town for state and federal grants.
Fall Updates from the Town Clerk’s Office
(22-NOV-23) In September, Boxborough Town Clerk Rebecca Harris attended the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association fall conference in Springfield, which focused on elections. Michelle Tassinari, the director and legal counsel of the Secretary of State's Elections Division, led almost the entire three-day training. “She's very entertaining, while also extremely knowledgeable, after many years in her role,” said Harris. “I think the hundreds of town clerks that attended came away a little bit overwhelmed and also better prepared to dive into the four elections we'll have to run in 2024.”
A-B School Committee Continues to Discuss Budget Deficit Now Approaching $9 Million
(22-NOV-23) At its November 16 meeting, the A-B School Committee discussed the FY 2025 budget deficit and approved its budget guidelines, as amended. The guidelines ask the district to develop two budget models: “one which is responsive to an Acton Town override and is considerate to the town of Boxborough, and one that meets a balanced [Acton Leadership Group] model should an override not pass.”
Steele Farm Advisory Committee Welcomes New Member and Reviews Projects
(22-NOV-23) At its meeting on November 16, Chair Christoper Hydak of the Steele Farm Advisory Committee welcomed Andy Bauer as a new member of the committee before starting a review of the projects the committee has underway.
Personnel Board Aims to Make Boxborough an “Employer of Choice”
(22-NOV-23) The Boxborough Personnel Board met on Tuesday, November 14 to discuss a number of topics including preliminary discussions about a cost of living adjustment for fiscal year 2025, private detail rates for non-union firefighters and EMTs, a proposed “Open Door” policy, and a process for progressive discipline.
Economic Development Committee Discusses Town Center Revitalization Project
(22-NOV-23) At its November 15 meeting, the Economic Development Committee discussed the Town Center Revitalization project that is expected to begin as soon as next month.
Fall Updates from the Boxborough Town Planner
(22-NOV-23) Through October and November, the Office of Land Use and Permitting has undertaken long range planning and project management. In particular, the Town Planner has been focused on Green Community Designation, Hazard Mitigation Planning, the Economic Development Committee's Town Center study, and preparation for the Community Preservation Committee Public Hearing on December 7.
EXPECTANT MOM -- Labrador retriever Tiber is expecting a litter in December. One of her puppies will arrive in Boxborough this spring to become the first member of the town’s new police K-9 unit.
Town Meeting Approves New K-9 Police Unit
(17-NOV-23) Approved by a majority vote at the November 6 Fall Town Meeting, next year Boxborough will welcome its first dog to the ranks of the police department. The Select Board and the Finance Committee both recommended the article’s passage.
Public Celebrations Committee Plans Boxborough Tree Lighting for December 2
(17-NOV-23) The annual Boxborough Tree Lighting ceremony will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Middle and Hill Roads.
Overnight and Inclement Weather Parking Ban Begins November 15
(17-NOV-23) The Boxborough Police Department reminds residents and visitors that the town’s annual overnight and inclement weather street parking ban is in effect starting November 15 and ending March 31. During that time, on-street parking is prohibited from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m. and at all hours when inclement weather is forecast. Unattended vehicles can obstruct snow removal operations and may be towed. Additionally, no overnight or weekend parking is allowed at any town-owned facilities without permission.
Boxborough Police See Increase in Online Fraud
(17-NOV-23) Boxborough police are warning that its Criminal Detective Division has seen a recent uptick in fraud cases, and they urge residents to exercise extreme caution regarding online monetary transactions.
Select Board Opens 2024 Annual Town Meeting Warrant, Hears Sustainability and Fin Com Updates
(17-NOV-23) At its November 13 meeting, the Select Board voted to open the warrant for the May 2024 Annual Town Meeting and approved the calendar of dates and deadlines leading up to town meeting. The warrant will remain open until close of business on December 18. Annual Town Meeting is scheduled to begin on May 13, 2024.
Fall Town Meeting Passes All 12 Articles Considered
(10-NOV-23) Dennis Reip, the town moderator, called the 2023 Boxborough Fall town meeting to order at 7 p.m. on Monday November 6 with approximately 115 people in attendance. When the meeting finished about an hour and 45 minutes later, 11 of the 15 articles on the warrant had been passed either by a unanimous consent agenda vote or nearly unanimous individual votes. No action was taken on three articles at the request of the sponsoring boards.
Congresswoman Trahan Visits Two Friends Chocolate To Present Small Business Grant Check
(10-NOV-23) On Tuesday, October 31, U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan visited Two Friends Chocolate in Boxborough to meet owner Lavanya Selvaraj and present the Town of Boxborough with a $125,000 check for Boxborough’s small business grant program.
Campanelli to Host “Community Meeting” Regarding The Park at Beaver Brook on November 13
(10-NOV-23) On November 8, the Town of Boxborough posted an invitation to a virtual “Community Meeting” on Monday, November 13 at 6 p.m. regarding the Park at Beaver Brook (formerly the CISCO campus), hosted by real estate developer Campanelli.
Community Preservation Committee Sets Final List of 2024 Projects and Hearing Date
(10-NOV-23) At its meeting on November 2, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) voted to accept the final applications for 2024 CPA funding for five projects: (1) Boxborough Rental Assistance Program (repeat project); (2) Conservation Trust Fund (repeat project); (3) Cemetery Restoration (repeat project); (4) Blanchard Playground Safety Improvements (new project); and (5) Fencing Improvement at Flerra Community Gardens (new project).
ABRSD Superintendent Sounds Alarm on $7 Million Budget Gap
(10-NOV-23) Appearing before the School Committee at its November 2 meeting, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Superintendent Peter Light warned that early budget projections for FY2025 estimate a $7 million shortfall. The deficit is due to both depleted reserves after three consecutive years of budget shortfalls as well as extraordinary increases in fixed costs.
Building Committee to Explore Additional Sites for Public Safety Facility
(10-NOV-23) At its virtual meeting on November 1, the Boxborough Building Committee continued to look at possible locations to build a new fire station or a combined fire and police station. The BBC is charged with upgrading the town’s fire and police facilities to serve the town’s needs through 2050.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Elects Officers and Reviews Town Meeting Presentation
(3-NOV-23) At its Zoom meeting on October 24, the Boxborough Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s first item of business was to elect Jennifer Campbell and Mary Sullivan as chair and secretary of the committee, respectively.
Boxborough To Hold Fall Town Meeting on Monday, November 6
(3-NOV-23) Boxborough voters are encouraged to attend the 2023 Boxborough Fall Town Meeting starting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 6, at the Blanchard Memorial School gymnasium.
Planning Board Discusses Recommendations To Be Made on Fall Town Meeting Floor
Water Resources Committee Discusses RFP for Consultant
(3-NOV-23) At its October 24 meeting, the Water Resources Committee discussed a draft request for proposal seeking a consultant to assist with the creation of a town-wide water resources plan.
Housing Board Concerns About Preservation of Affordable Housing Remain
Fire Chief Search Extended
(27-OCT-23) While Boxborough officials had hoped to name a new town fire chief by the beginning of October, it now appears that may not happen for at least several more months. The position has been open since the retirement of Chief Paul Fillebrown in late June.
Steele Farm Advisory Committee Elects Chair, Reviews Projects
(27-OCT-23) At its meeting on October 17, the Steele Farm Advisory Committee’s first item of business was to elect Christopher Hydak as chair to replace Arden Veley who had relocated out of town. The committee then reviewed the busy slate of projects that it has underway.
School Committee Discusses Course Leveling and Previews Budget Challenges
(27-OCT-23) At its October 19 meeting, the A-B School Committee heard a presentation from ABRHS Principal Joanie Dean and three high school teachers about the high school’s course leveling efforts. The teachers shared their personal experiences teaching “more heterogeneously grouped” classes, including success stories and areas where more resources are needed. The School Committee expects to receive a recommendation from the high school regarding future course leveling in November.
Select Board Holds FY2024 Tax Classification Hearing
(27-OCT-23) At its October 23 meeting, the Select Board held a public hearing on the FY2024 Tax Classification. The Board heard a pre-recorded presentation and recommendation from Town Assessor Kelly Szocik, and voted to set a single tax rate for all four property classes.
Based on the anticipated vote to maintain a single tax rate, the Town Assessor calculated and presented a tax rate of 15.23%. The Town Assessor’s presentation is available in the October 23 Select Board packet here: https://bit.ly/497THC6 .
Recreation Commission Talks Kestrels, Pickleball Gear, and Winterfest Date
(27-OCT-23) At the October 19 meeting of the Boxborough Recreation Commission, Boxborough resident Katie Dallimore presented her Eagle Scout Project and asked to post a sign at Flerra Meadows. Dallimore has built and installed five bird boxes around the town of Boxborough to benefit the American Kestrel. The bird houses are at Flerra Meadows, Rolling Meadows, and Half Moon Meadow. She requested and received permission to post an informational sign to further promote education about the species and efforts to conserve its population in the recreational area at Flerra.
Boxborough Historical Commission Meets and Discusses Project Progress
(27-OCT-23) The main focus of the Boxborough Historical Commission meeting on October 19 was a review of the various historically related projects that are underway in the town. The first area discussed was ongoing maintenance and future capital work at the Boxborough Museum, and planned restoration work on the 1784 Levi Wetherbee Farmhouse at Steele Farm and the Steele Farm ice house. The commission was pleased that some progress is being made in all areas.
Zoning Board Upholds Building Permit Denial, Hilberg Resigns from ZBA
(27-OCT-23) At its meeting on Tuesday, October 17, the Boxborough Zoning Board of Appeals chose to uphold the building commissioner's denial of a foundation-only building permit for the owners of 242-244 Adams Place. ZBA members Mark White, Mark Barbadoro, and Kristin Hilberg each recused themselves from the matter, and two alternate members, Shawn McCormack and Than Stuntz, acted in their place.
Town Mapping Storm Drainage
2023 Boxborough Fall Town Meeting Preview
(20-OCT-23) Boxborough voters are encouraged to attend the 2023 Boxborough Fall Town Meeting (FTM) starting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 6, at the Blanchard Memorial School gymnasium. The warrant is the FTM agenda which will be posted to the town website (https://www.boxborough-ma.gov) and town social media accounts. It will be mailed to every household on October 19.
Select Board to Hold FY2024 Tax Classification Hearing
Proposed Building Code Addresses Climate Change
(20-OCT-23) At a hybrid meeting on October 12, the Boxborough Sustainability Committee examined details of the Specialized Building Code (SBC) to help Massachusetts reach its climate change goal of becoming a net-zero carbon-emissions economy by 2050.
Personnel Board Discusses Performance Review System and Recruitment
(20-OCT-23) The Boxborough Personnel Board met on October 10 to discuss a number of topics including the performance review system, recruiting, the employee engagement survey, and the status of draft policies.
Select Board Prepares for Fall Town Meeting, Discusses Public Comment Rules
(20-OCT-23) At its meeting on Wednesday October 11, the Select Board continued preparations for the Fall Town Meeting, which will be held Monday November 6 at 7 p.m. at Blanchard Memorial School. The Board approved a Fall Town Meeting press release drafted by Town Moderator Dennis Reip and decided to continue the tradition of collecting items for the Acton Food Pantry at town meeting. The Board also divided up responsibilities for presenting warrant articles on the floor of town meeting. Instead of the chair speaking for the Select Board on every warrant article, the four Select Board members will take turns doing so.
A Message from TA Mike Johns
Dear Residents and Employees of the Town of Boxborough,
Community Preservation Committee Reviews Preliminary Applications for CPA Funding
School Committee Updated on Multilingual Education, Budget, Course Leveling
(12-OCT-23) At its meeting on Thursday, October 5, the Acton-Boxborough School Committee heard a presentation from Maryann Young, Coordinator of Multilingual Education. Young gave an overview of the multilingual education program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and explained that the number of multilingual learners in the district has increased 62% in approximately one year, from 235 students in August 2022 to 388 students at present. She noted that the need for additional staff, translation/interpretation services, and professional learning for educators is increasing. Young’s report can be found at https://bit.ly/3F6EzqT
Boxborough Police Officer Stillman Graduates from Police Academy
(12-OCT-23) On Thursday, October 5, 2023 Boxborough police officer Zachary Stillman graduated from the Lowell Police Academy.
Boxborough Police Chief Proposes K-9 Unit
(12-OCT-23) Boxborough Police Chief John Szewczyk has proposed the establishment of a K-9 unit. The unit would serve the dual purpose of improving community outreach with residents and supporting search and rescue operations. Currently, the town relies on mutual aid from other towns for search and rescue. On average, response time for mutual aid is 20-30 minutes.
Select Board Discusses Fall Town Meeting Warrant, Rules for Public Comment
(5-OCT-23) At its meeting on Tuesday, September 26, the Boxborough Select Board opened the Fall Town Meeting Warrant and voted to recommend all warrant articles, with the exception of the warrant’s two Planning Board articles, which the Select Board declined to consider because it does not comment on articles proposed by other elected boards.
Planning Board Closes Public Hearing on 1414 Mass Ave Application and Begins Deliberation
Finance Committee Votes Warrant Articles for Fall Town Meeting
(5-OCT-23) At its September 26 meeting, the Finance Committee deliberated and voted all warrant articles, not previously voted, for the Fall Town Meeting.
Boxborough Economic Development Committee Awards Business Grant to Two Friends Chocolate
(5-OCT-23) At its meeting on Thursday, September 28, the Boxborough Economic Development Committee held a public hearing to consider the first application to the Boxborough Business Improvements Grant Program and voted unanimously to award a $20,000 grant to Two Friends Chocolate, a small business located in Boxborough.
A-B School Committee Votes on Solar Battery Project, Hears Staffing Report
(28-SEP-23) At their meeting on Thursday, September 21, the A-B School Committee voted unanimously to extend solar developer Nexamp’s lease option deadline regarding a solar and battery storage system at the district’s Boardwalk Campus (Douglas Gates Elementary Building) in Acton. This will give Nexamp an extension to December 2023 to allow them to complete testing required to move forward with the design of the solar canopy.
Public Disclosure of FY2024 Proposed Assessments
(28-SEP-23) [Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Town of Boxborough]
Building Committee Considers Fire, Police, Site Options
(28-SEP-23) At their virtual meeting Sept. 20, the Boxborough Building Committee agreed that the town needs a new fire station, and they discussed whether the present police station should be renovated or be replaced as part of a combined safety facility. The BBC will consider building sites at 700 Mass. Ave. and 70-72 Stow Road. A possible site at 1300 Mass. Ave. is no longer under consideration, as it was sold at auction on August 16. The committee will next meet at 5:30 p.m., November 1.
Select Board Member McKiernan to Hold Monthly Office Hours
(28-SEP-23) Select Board member Dave McKiernan has announced that he will hold monthly office hours at Town Hall. His office hours will be held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Morse-Hilberg room at Town Hall, starting Wednesday, October 4. During his office hours, the public is welcome to speak with McKiernan in person or by phone at (978) 264-1714.
Town Seeks Applicants for Police Officer Positions
(28-SEP-23) Boxborough is seeking to fill two police officer positions, but like many other municipalities and businesses, the town is finding it a challenge to attract applicants in today’s job market.
Finance Committee Votes on Potential Warrant Articles for Fall Town Meeting
(28-SEP-23) During a four-hour meeting on September 18, the Finance Committee discussed and deliberated potential warrant articles for Boxborough’s November 6 fall town meeting.
Personnel Board Rates, Classifies Positions
(28-SEP-23) The Boxborough Personnel Board met twice during the week of September 18 to discuss rating/re-rating three positions and reclassifying the police lieutenant position from exempt to non-exempt.
September Update from the Boxborough Town Planner
(28-SEP-23) During the month of September, Town Planner Alec Wade processed the first Economic Development Committee Business Grant application, began several long-term planning initiatives, and continued to support the work of the Planning Board. Following are status updates on several significant development projects:
September 8th Storm Hit Boxborough Hard
(21-SEP-23) Hurricane Lee left like a lamb last weekend, but the severe thunderstorm Boxborough experienced beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 pounced like a tiger, with 55 mph winds downing trees and utility poles, closing roads, and causing power outages to 900 Boxborough homes, according to Littleton Electric Light & Water Departments. Within an hour, the coordinated response of LELWD and the town’s public works, police, and fire departments was well underway.
Cemetery Commission Continues “Green Burial” Discussion
From the Town Administrator’s Desk
(21-SEP-23) [Editor’s Note: The following is written by Town Administrator Michael Johns.
Personnel Board Discusses Positions, Reclassification Request
(21-SEP-23) The Boxborough Personnel Board met on Tuesday, September 12 to discuss two new positions and a request to review and reclassify the Police Lieutenant position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Boxborough Capital Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting
(21-SEP-23) On Monday, September 18, the newly formed Boxborough Capital Committee held its first meeting. According to its charter, the Capital Committee “exists to establish, track and recommend the Town’s long-term capital needs for items over $10,000 and a useful life of more than 5 years.”
A-B School Committee Releases Calendar of Expected Meeting Topics
Planning Board Debates Subdivision Applications
Boxborough Police Department Arrest Man on Animal Cruelty Charge
Select Board Discusses Regional Dispatch, the Economic Development Committee, and Finance Committee Concerns
Boxborough Finance Committee Discusses Assistant Town Accountant Position and Status of Financial Dashboard
Parking Notice From Boxborough Police Department
Assault Suspect Arrested After Search Along Boxborough - Harvard Border
Planning Board Considers Traffic Study and Development at the Park at Beaver Brook
A-B School Committee Amends FY2024 Budget
Sustainability Committee Examines Park at Beaver Brook and Carbon Reduction Plans
Boxborough’s Affordable Housing Ratio Remains above 10%
Boxborough Business Grant Program Accepting Applications
Scam Alert for Boxborough Residents
Deadly Accident at Boxborough Roof Top Recycling
Boxborough Celebrates Another Successful Fifer’s Day
Recreation Commission Discusses Liberty Field, New Erikson Landry Field
Liberty Field Reopens, Ribbon-Cutting To Be Held September 28
Residents Discuss “Earth Wellbeing” in Summer Forum
Select Board Grants Alcohol License for New Restaurant, Closes Fall Town Meeting Warrant
(28-AUG-23) At its meeting on August 28, the Select Board granted Craft Food Hall’s application for an All Alcoholic Beverages License. Craft Food Halls is expected to open in December at 500 Beaver Brook Road in The Park at Beaver Brook (the old Cisco campus). According to the applicant’s statements at the Select Board’s public hearing, Craft Food Halls will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to both office park employees and the general public. The food will be prepared using the “sous vide” method (low-temperature, long-time cooking), and alcoholic beverage offerings will include a “beer wall” with 30 taps. The 7,000 square foot restaurant will feature work areas, games, and outdoor space with fire pits.
Boxborough Police Officers to Be Outfitted with Bodycams
(31-AUG-23) Beginning in September, Boxborough police officers will be outfitted with body cameras as they patrol the town.
Finance Committee Discusses Financial Dashboard and Role of Town Accountant/Finance Director
(31-AUG-23) The Boxborough Finance Committee used a hybrid format to meet on August 16. The committee discussed the new financial dashboard and Reserve Fund Transfer tracking.
Boxborough Planning Board Considers Site Plans and Subdivision Proposals
(31-AUG-23) On August 21, over 35 citizens attended the public, virtual meeting of the Boxborough Planning Board’s consideration of a site plan for a trade shop on Codman Hill Road and definitive subdivision proposals at 1414 Mass. Ave. and 242-244 Adams Place.
Registration Open for Boxborough Citizens' Academy
(31-AUG-23) This September, Town Hall will open its doors for Citizens’ Academy, a unique opportunity for residents to learn how the town of Boxborough operates. The program will consist of weekly evening sessions designed to introduce participants to all facets of town government - from financials, to land use, to public safety.
From the Desk of the Town Clerk: 50 Years of Records
(31-AUG-23) [Editor’s Note: This is a monthly update written by the Town Clerk, Rebecca Harris.]
Police Department Co-Response Clinician Addresses Mental Health Calls
(31-AUG-23) After working since early April with Boxborough police in a new position as a co-response clinician, Susan Lemere is happy to find “Boxborough officers are always trying to help people who have mental health or addiction issues, rather than looking to punish them.” Chief John Szewczyk says, “Susan finds the right services for people, when they do not need a criminal justice response.”
August Updates from the Boxborough Town Planner
(24-AUG-23) During the month of August, the Office of Land Use and Permitting was busy preparing for a Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing to decide on a special permit on the Leverett House (Harvard Ridge Condominiums) on Swanson Road that was destroyed by a fire in February 2021. On August 15, the board voted to Grant with Conditions, a special permit to reconstruct the 24-unit multi-family housing building.
New Boxborough Restaurant Applies for Liquor License, Hearing Set for August 28
(24-AUG-23) Craft Food Halls, a local restaurant chain specializing in modern and social food service, has applied for a liquor license through the Boxborough Select Board. The hearing on the liquor license is scheduled to take place at the August 28 Select Board meeting.
New Appraisal for Stow Road Property
(24-AUG-23) The Boxborough Housing Board met at Town Hall on Wednesday evening, May 16. The board first discussed the disposition of the property at 70 – 72 Stow Road, which is currently under BHB stewardship. This 13.48-acre property was purchased by the town in 2010 and is located across the road from Tisbury Meadows. The BHB must use the property to develop affordable housing.
Boxborough Forum Aug. 30 Focuses on “Earth Wellbeing”
(24-AUG-23) Boxborough’s Office of Land Use and Permitting is inviting the public to an evening of “great fun … learning and engagement” in town hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 30. Town Planner Alec Wade writes, “Join us as we learn how what we eat, wear, drive, and throw away can help our environment.”
Boxborough Planning Board Considers Site Plans and Subdivision Proposals
(24-AUG-23) On August 21, over 35 citizens attended the public, virtual meeting of the Boxborough Planning Board’s consideration of a site plan for a trade shop on Codman Hill Road and definitive subdivision proposals at 1414 Mass. Ave. and 242-244 Adams Place.
Finance Committee Discusses Financial Dashboard
(24-AUG-23) The Boxborough Finance Committee used a hybrid format to meet on August 16. The committee discussed the new financial dashboard and Reserve Fund Transfer tracking.
From the Town Administrator’s Desk, Part II
(24-AUG-23) Editor’s Note: The following is written by Town Administrator Michael Johns. This is Part II of TA Johns’ inaugural note to Boxborough News readers.
Fifer’s Day, Take Two: Festivities Planned for Labor Day Weekend
(17-AUG-23) Boxborough will gather to celebrate the 55th Annual Fifer’s Day at Flerra Meadows on Saturday, September 2. Fifer’s Day was originally scheduled for June 17 but was postponed due to predicted rain and thunderstorms and rescheduled to September. This time, there is also a planned rain date: September 3.
Police Identify Flower and Plant Thief as a Wanted Man
(17-AUG-23) On Saturday, August 5, Boxborough police confronted a man identified as having stolen flowering plants from Summer Road, Flagg Hill Road, and Mass. Ave. homes. Chief John Szewczyk reported that after learning the man was wanted for more serious crimes in two other states, officers arrested him and later that day sent him to out-of-state authorities.
Library Director Addresses “First Amendment Audit” Incident
Cemetery Commission Discusses South Cemetery Improvements
(17-AUG-23) The Cemetery Commission met on August 10 to discuss the continued efforts of the Boxborough Department of Public Works to improve the grounds at the South Cemetery. The DPW has re-set low and flat cemetery markers and taken down dead trees to be replaced sometime in the fall. Commission member Jim Moss commented that small changes like this add up over time.
Correction - Liberty Field Reopening Schedule
From the Town Administrator’s Desk, Part I
(17-AUG-23) Editor’s Note: The following is written by Town Administrator Michael Johns. This is Part I of TA Johns’ inaugural note to Boxborough News readers. Part II will run next week.
Boxborough Transfer Station Handles Trash, Recycling, Compost and More
Emergency Assistance Program Helps 30+ Residents in First Six Months
Water Resources Committee Discusses Water Line Extension and RFP for Strategic Plan
Select Board Votes to Execute “Taking” Three Roads
ADA “Tour De Cure” Cyclists To Ride Through Boxborough August 20
Planning Board Extends Decision Deadlines for Subdivision Plans at Adams Place and 1414 Mass Ave
Course Helps Residents Reduce Carbon Footprint
Town of Boxborough To Launch Citizens’ Academy
Fall Town Meeting Set for November 6, Warrant to Close August 28
Boxborough to Revive Complete Streets Plan, Apply for MassDOT Grants
LELWD Water Line Extension Project Update
Boxborough Real Property Revaluations
Select Board Hears Police Union Grievances, Fifer’s Day Updates, and Sets Fall Town Meeting Date
Boxborough Fire Chief Position to be Re-advertised
(12-JUL-23) The position of Boxborough fire chief, vacant since Chief Paul Fillebrown’s June 29 retirement, remains unfilled as the town administrator and Select Board plan a second round of recruitment efforts.