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But it won't all be bad. While we will be in
a tiring period with the economic situation,
there's also hope with the change of the
president ial adm in istration .quot;
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Greater Lowell seeks $363M from federal stimulus
By Matt Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 01/10/2009 06:39:22 AM EST
BOSTON -- Lowell and the city's suburbs will have no problem spending a federal stimulus check from the new Obama admin-
istration, submitting a wish list this week to the state totaling more than $363 million in public-works projects.
The projects range from a new town hall in Dracut to a new Fire Department headquarters in Chelmsford, along with $45 mil-
lion for Lowell's burgeoning Hamilton Canal District development.
quot;We're very hopeful,quot; said Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch. quot;We see this as an opportunity to move forward with a number
of important projects in the city, the Hamilton Canal District being one.quot;
All of the projects must be ready to start construction within 180 days, and be completed within two years.
Gov. Deval Patrick met with President-elect Barack Obama's administration Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss details
of the federal stimulus package, which could total up to $800 billion.
A large portion of that money is expected to be invested in public-works projects across the country to put people back to
work and help communities that otherwise can't afford the maintenance.
quot;Obviously there's a pent-up need for these projects because of the constraints
we've been working under at the municipal level,quot; said Chelmsford Town Manager
Paul Cohen. quot;This would put a lot of people to work but also provide long-standing
benefits to the community.quot;
Chelmsford submitted $27.5 million in requests, including $10 million for a new De-
partment of Public Works facility and $7 million for a new Fire Department headquar-
To read the whole story...
Where money would be spent
The Lowell Sun Updated: 01/10/2009
A partial list of what local communities hope to get
from Barack Obama's federal stimulus package:
Chelmsford: $27.5 million
$10 million, new DPW facility
$7 million, new central fire headquarters
$760,000, Billerica Road sidewalks
School leaders keep
close eye on voke costs
By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, email@example.com
Updated: 01/11/2009 09:23:00 AM EST
As they watch their budgets steadily grow tighter, Greater Lowell school officials are about to
enter a new budget season with program cuts, student fees and staff layoffs weighing heavily
on their minds.
But many are also keeping a close eye on their vocational students.
For every child that goes to a technical school, their parent districts will likely have to pay
thousands of dollars more than if the child stayed in the hometown's public schools.
School officials from across Greater Lowell were quick to note this week that they consider
vocational programs to be an intrinsic part of the educational world.
quot;There are certain things that vocational schools can just do better,quot; said Joanne Noonan, a
guidance counselor at the Lakeview Junior High School in Dracut. quot;There may be a kid that's
caught up in the culinary mania. Another kid may have a family business that is right at his
doorstep, but calls for certain skills. There should be something out there for everybody.quot;
quot;Some students are just better suited for that vocational setting,quot; Lowell Superintendent Chris
Scott added. quot;And we just want what's best for them.quot;
Yet, many officials agree, it's also an area that must be monitored carefully.
A vocational school education usually comes with a higher price tag, as it often calls for spe-
cialized equipment, advanced technology and salaries high enough to attract teachers who are
highly qualified in their trades. Shawsheen Tech and the other two vocational schools in the
area -- Greater Lowell Technical High School and Nashoba Valley Technical High School --
spend at least $14,000 per pupil on their budgets, according to the most recent data available
from the Massachusetts Department of Education.
That translates into equally high assessments to their member towns. Tewksbury, for instance,
pays about $12,000 for every student that goes to Shawsheen Tech, while only shelling out
about $9,000 for every pupil who attends schools within its district.
quot;The money follows every student who goes to a vocational school,quot;
Chelmsford Superintendent Donald Yeoman noted. quot;If too many kids go one
way, we are often left with no choice but to lay off teachers. Vocational edu -
cation is a great option, but when the state sets it up so that everyone is
competing for the same dollar, it's tough.quot;
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and the Race is On???
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Election season gets under way
By Kevin Zimmerman/Staff Writer
Tue Jan 06, 2009
CHELMSFORD - Some candidates wasted little time pulling nomination
papers on the first day they were available at the Town Clerk’s
Donald Van Dyne, 43, who currently serves on the Finance
Committee, has decided to seek one of the two open seats on the
Board of Selectmen. “It’s the right thing to do at the right
time,” said Van Dyne. “The right thing to do is step up during a
crisis.” Van Dyne, who has lived in town for eight years,believes
his three years on the Finance Committee and his day job of
managing investments for commercial properties will help bring a
balanced approach to town government.
“This is certainly going to be an opportunity for all of us to
come together to find a way to get through this crisis,” said Van
Dyne. “It’s all for the good of the town.
It’s all about Chelmsford.”
Over at the Planning Board, current members Bob Joyce and George
Zaharoolis will each seek another term.
Joyce is finishing up his second term and looks forward to contin-
uing his work.
“I feel I can still make contributions to the board,” said Joyce.
“I’d like to be involved in master plan to preserve what Chelms-
ford is all about.”
Zaharoolis is still in his first term, but expects the next few
years to bring changes to town in terms of development and rede-
“The Master Plan is 13 years old and we need to bring that up to
date,” said Zaharoolis. “We are pretty close to build out, so I
think redevelopment is the issue.”
He believes the town will need to address the bylaws.
“They need to be made a little more friendly, but we need to be
smart about it,” said Zaharoolis. “I just got my feet wet in this
first term. The next couple of years are going to be exciting.”
Recently appointed Planning Board member Colleen Stansfield has
also opted to run for one of the three open seats.
“It’s more interesting than I thought it would be,” she said.
“I know I have a lot to learn.”
Stansfield, who had served as the board’s alternate, was appointed
a full member after Dick Johnson resigned last fall. Another re-
tirement prompted her to seek a full three-year term.
“I’d be running for the unexpired seat if Pam (Armstrong) had de-
cided to run again,” said Stansfield.
In other races, Cemetery Commissioner Jean McCaffery will seek an-
other term as will Board of Health member Annmarie Roark.
The following town wide offices appear on the April 7 ballot:
Cemetery Commission, one seat; Board of Health, one seat; Library
Board of Trustees, one seat; Planning Board, three seats; Planning
Board alternate, one seat; Planning Board unexpired one-year term,
one seat; School Committee, one seat; Board of Selectmen, two
seats; and Sewer Commission, one seat.
Town wide candidates must collected 50 certified signatures to be
placed on the ballot.
Nomination papers are due back to the Town Clerk’s Office by 5
p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Kevin Zimmerman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DONALD VAN DYNE WILL BE APPEARING ON
TOM CHRISTIANO’S POLITICALLY INCORRECT SHOW
O t he r p an e l i st o n th e s ho w i nc l u d e
E r ic D a hl b e r g- S e l e ct m a n ,
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T o pi c s wi l l in c l u de :
Chelmsford's current budget crisis
Current Townwide candidates Switching to GIC Insurance?
Converting the Old Town Hall Billerica’s proposed 40B 672
and the North Town Hall unit Aspen apartment complex
into Affordable Housing? on Chelmsford’s border.
The approximately 40 unit
townhouse 40B development
proposed on Boston Road
I n C h e l m s fo rd , s o m a ny
s e a t s , s o few c a n d i d a t e s
By Rita Savard, email@example.com
CHELMSFORD -- Town officials are hoping that one of the toughest years in Chelmsford's financial history
won't stop residents from running for political office.
Nomination papers for the annual town election are available at the town clerk's office, and there are open-
ings on all of Chelmsford's elected boards. But as of yesterday at 5 p.m., only one resident,
Donald Van Dyne of 29 Brentwood Road, had pulled papers for one of two open
seats on the Board of Selectmen.
Town Manager Paul Cohen said the recession could have a huge impact on this
quot;It reflects the time that's put into these positions,quot; Cohen said. quot;Usually, during a
difficult economy, people don't have the time because they're working a second job
or struggling to make ends meet. It tends to lead to a downturn in candidates.quot;
Van Dyne, 43, currently the vice chairman of the Finance
Committee, said the budget challenge is actually his main
reason for running.
quot;I believe I have a lot to offer,quot; Van Dyne said.
quot;I'm about numbers, and right now it's all
about numbers. I want to present a balanced
approach for a balanced Chelmsford.quot;
Van Dyne, who regularly attends selectmen meetings, has served on the Finance
Committee for three years. He received his bachelor's degree in justice from the
American University in Washington, D.C., and earned a master's degree in urban
and financial management , also from American University.
Van Dyne has lived in Chelmsford for eight years with his wife, Katy, and their daugh -
ter, Maggie-Molloy, 7. He formerly served as a Town Meeting representative for
Precinct 6 for three years, and on the Charter Review Committee, the Solid Waste and
Recycling Committee and the Capital Planning Committee.
In addition to Van Dyne, Bob Joyce and S. George Zaharoolis pulled papers for re-election to the Planning Board,
and Planning Board alternate Colleen Stansfield pulled papers for a seat on the Planning Board.
This year, openings include two three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen, one three-year seat on the Chelmsford
School Committee, three three-year seats on the Planning Board, one three-year seat on the Sewer Commission,
one three-year seat on the Cemetery Commission, and two three-year seats on the Board of Library Trustees.
There are also several open seats for Town Meeting representatives in Chelmsford's nine voter precincts.
For a complete list of openings and who is running, visit www.townofchelmsford.us
Nomination papers are due back at the clerk's office by 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Fifty signatures from registered
Chelmsford voters are required for elected boards and commissions, and 25 for Town Meeting seats. The clerk's of-
fice recommends obtaining at least 10 signatures beyond the minimum.
The town election is scheduled for April 7.
MATTHEW HANSON who announced he would be a candi -
date for Selectman way back in the summer also pulled his -
nomination papers this week
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO LINK
Chelmsford Board of Selectmen candidate Matt Hanson
previously appeared on
The Dennis Ready Show / Town Talk
Lowell Sun Political Column
HERE'S STILL not much of a race in Chelmsford for the Board of Selectmen.
While two candidates pulled papers for two open seats, they'll coast right into the town's top political slots unless
anyone else in town brings a real challenge. As vice chairman of the Finance Committee, Donald VanDyne looks
like a top contender for one of the two seats being vacated by the board's longest-running members, Bill Dalton
and Philip Eliopoulos.
College senior Matthew Hanson also pulled papers last week. Hanson is a Town Meeting representative who will
graduate from UMass Lowell in May with a bachelor's degree in political science.
As the town enters one of its most challenging budget years yet, officials say strong leadership is needed now
more than ever.
Whatever happened to perennial candidate Alex Buck?
Buck, 34, also a Town Meeting representative, previously launched three
spirited but unsuccessful bids for a place on the Board of Selectmen.
Hopefully, neither the economy nor Hanson's karate kick (he's a martial arts pro) will stop
more residents from stepping forward.
Alex Buck is now Donald Van Dyne campaign managers
More questions about Billerica 40B
By David Golann/Correspondent
Wed Dec 31, 2008
BILLERICA - An apartment complex proposed for an area near the border between
Chelmsford and Billerica is meeting criticisms over issues include lack of adequate input
from town boards, pollution concerns, and proposed unit costs.
K&K Developers, which wants to build a 672-unit complex known as Aspen Apartments
off Rangeway Road, wants to put a gated emergency exit that would empty onto State
Street in Chelmsford.
They made their case at a Dec. 3 Zoning Board of Appeals hearing.
The developers want to build the complex under the auspices of state law Chapter 40B,
which allows developers to skirt some zoning restrictions if a certain percentage of units
meet affordable rates designated under state criteria.
But with one bedroom units at $1,071 per month — about 80 percent of what similar
units go for in town — Billerica’s Planning Board Secretary Marti Mahoney said in a letter
to the ZBA, “Overall the ‘affordable’' rent levels don't seem very affordable.”
Mahoney also said the developers made informal inquiries to town officials in the spring
but didn’t file paperwork until Oct. 29.
Some Planning Board members took issue with the sense of confidence the developers
seemed to project in their first formal requests to the town.
“The developer has indicated in his application that the proposal has been discussed
with 'Town Officials' over a period of time, creating the impression that that it enjoys the
administration's cooperation and encouragement,” wrote Mahoney. “The board would
like to know more about what has occurred prior to the permit application.”
In their application package, the developers asked the town to waive several require-
ments, including some Board of Health restrictions, which that board questioned, urging
the ZBA to deny the waivers.
“The applicant does not provide any reasons for seeking these waivers,” the Board of
Health wrote, adding, “If compliance with local by-laws and regulations is unfeasible,
then this matter should be discussed in a public forum and a decision rendered.”
Critics also questioned K&K’s claim that approving the project will free the town from all
state-mandated affordable housing obligations for more than a decade.
Planning Board claimed that placing residents in industrially zoned areas often creates
conflicts and the Board of Health asked that potential renters be warned of the potential
for noise or pollution.
Both boards express concern that the development might strain local schools and over-
load town water and sewer systems.
The Fire Prevention Bureau also weighed in, requesting the developers upgrade the traffic
signals at nearby intersections to handle a large increase in car flow.
The developers offered to help pay for such traffic signals in their application, but the
Planning Board was not satisfied with these proposed changes.
“Rangeway Road is not constructed to accommodate major increases in traffic
volumes,” wrote Mahoney. “It is more like a narrow country road.”
Chelmsford's town government and residents also weighed in, determining
that at least 23 local residences fall close enough to the new development
to be considered abutting properties.
A representative of K&K could not be reached for comment by deadline.
ONE YEAR AGO...
Petition to Repeal 40B falls Short
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced that the Coalition to Repeal 40B did not meet the minimum of 66,000
certified signature requirement according to the state's initiative petition law, and that the group's question will not appear on
the November 2008 statewide ballot.
More than 70,000 voters representing 90% of the Commonwealth's cities and towns signed the petition in recent weeks. Grass-
roots support for the effort to repeal 40B came from all corners of the state.
Unusual state rules about how signatures are counted are shocking many residents upon hearing
the news today. The Secretary of State's office warns that: quot;any extraneous markings on a petition
sheet will result in invalidation of all signatures contained on it.quot; As a result, thousands of signa -
tures were disqualified and only 34,000 of the more than 70,000 collected signatures were certified.
Group organizers said they will focus their energy in coming months on educating voters about 40B's failure to produce afford-
able housing. The group cites the recent Greater Boston Housing Report Card that verifies alternative affordable housing pro-
grams contributed 90% greater affordable housing gains than 40B and says Massachusetts should stop subsidizing market-rate
development through 40B.
Chelmsford Board of Selectmen 1-5-2009 The Board talks about
Chapter 40B Reform Lawyers' Committee for Sensible
Housing Policy and The Municipal Coalition for Affordable Hous-
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO CLIP
More info follows...
Begin forwarded message:
From: quot;Fred Marcksquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 8, 2009 7:41:00 AM EST
To: quot;Roy Earleyquot; <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: Chapter 40B Reform - Lawyers' Committee for Sensible Housing Policy
Hopefully this gives you a little background. I'll be there for it next week.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Daniel Hill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 1:35 PM
Subject: Chapter 40B Reform - Lawyers' Committee for Sensible Housing Policy
Dear Clients and Colleagues,
I am writing to you today because I believe you share my frustration and general distaste with the state's de facto affordable
housing policy – Chapter 40B. There have been many good-intentioned efforts to amend the statute, or change how its admin-
istered by DHCD. Those efforts, however, have failed to bring about any meaningful changes, due in part to their own weak-
nesses and, more significantly, to the strength of the homebuilder lobby on Beacon Hill.
As you have probably noticed, political atmosphere has shifted somewhat on Beacon Hill on this issue. I've decided to take
on the task of drafting the reform bill that we've all been thinking about for the last 5 to 10 years, and lead the effort to get it
passed in 2009. The bill (attached) incorporates the reform policy platform adopted by the Municipal Coalition for Affordable
Housing (37 member cities and towns and growing), and has been formally endorsed by that organization. In a nutshell, the
bill does the following things:
(1) It empowers municipalities to create their own housing subsidy programs under Chapter 40B, letting cities and town set
the terms for friendly 40B projects;
(2) It refines and codifies the definition of quot;limited dividend organization,quot; strengthening the enforcement of that important
element of the statute;
(3) It infuses smart growth and other rational planning principles into the statute by encouraging municipalities to adopt
quot;urban growth boundariesquot; within their borders, or in partnership with neighboring communities, and gives municipalities a
reprieve from 40B if they adopt zoning bylaws that facilitate the construction of affordable housing;
(4) It gives municipalities the option of working with other communities to develop regional housing plans, and permits the
trading of quot;housing creditsquot; among members of regional housing planning districts;
(5) It creates a new Municipal Initiative Housing Trust Fund, which communities can tap to pay for critical pre-development
feasibility and design costs, and to develop regional housing plans; and
(6) It establishes a quot;Chapter 40B Integrity Study Commissionquot; charged with recommending reforms to prevent fraud and
abuse in the accounting and reporting of profits in Chapter 40B projects.
I would be honored to have your support and endorsement of this bill. I will be forming a quot;Lawyers' Committee for Sensible
Housing Policyquot; that will be the organizational entity advocating for the passage of the bill, together with the Municipal Coali-
tion. The Committee has two membership categories – attorneys, and other professionals . Even if you don't necessarily
agree with all of the language of the bill, if you agree with the underlying concepts I hope that you will consider supporting the
bill anyway – the language will inevitably change as the bill moves through the legislature. Joining the Lawyers' Committee
does not carry with it any obligations whatsoever (of course, we'd welcome any active support). All it means is that you sup-
port the reform concepts laid out in the bill And to respect your concerns about the legitimacy of this organization, I will not
publicly disclose your support until there are at least 50 others who have also signed on.
If you're angry about 40B, or just disillusioned with how the state has chosen to interpret and administer it, now is the time to
stand up and have your voice be heard. Our filing deadline is January 14th, and we're trying to line up as much support as
possible before we file the bill. Please let me know if I can add your name to our list of supporters.
Thank you for your consideration and best wishes for a warm and safe holiday.
Daniel C. Hill, Esq.
Law Offices of Daniel C. Hill
31 Fifth Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
The draft of this reform bill is attached at the end of this section
4 0 B Fa c t s a n d F i g u r e s
Massachusetts Ranks 49 out of 52 States/Districts providing Affordable Housing
The National Low Income Housing Coalition in their report on low income housing ranked Massachu-
setts 49 out of 52 States and Districts in providing affordable rental housing to the residents.
In Massachusetts, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,138. In order to af-
ford this level of rent and utilities, without paying more than 30% of income on housing, a household
must earn $3,792 monthly or $45,502 annually. Assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year,
this level of income translates into a Housing Wage of $21.88. In Massachusetts, a minimum wage
worker earns an hourly wage of $6.75. In order to afford the FMR for a two-bedroom apartment, a
minimum wage earner must work 130 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. Or, a household must in-
clude 3.2 minimum wage earner(s) working 40 hours per week year-round in order to make the two
bedroom FMR affordable. In Massachusetts, the estimated mean (average) wage for a renter is
$15.33 an hour. In order to afford the FMR for a two-bedroom apartment at this wage, a renter must
work 57 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.
Or, working 40 hours per week year-round, a household must include 1.4 worker(s) earning the mean
renter wage in order to make the two-bedroom FMR affordable. Monthly Supplemental Security In-
come (SSI) payments for an individual are $708 in Massachusetts. If SSI represents an individual's
sole source of income, $212 in monthly rent is affordable, while the FMR for a one-bedroom is $953. A
unit is considered affordable if it costs no more than 30% of the renter's income. 43,000 Housing Units
developed under 40B in 39 years. CHAPA issued a report in February 2006 titled “The Fact Sheet on
Chapter 40B, the State’ Affordable Housing Zoning Law” where they indicate 43,000 40B units built:
“Approximately 43,000 units in 736 developments have been created under 40B statewide since the
early 1970s (an average size of less than 60 apartments or homes per development). This total in-
cludes approximately 23,000 affordable homes reserved for households below 80% of median in-
come. Of the 43,000 units, approximately 31,000 are apartments and 12,000 are homeownership
units. The level of production is higher than any other single housing program available in the Com-
monwealth. There has been significant progress at the local level in recent years” DHCD reports 40B
developed less than 20% of Subsidized Housing DHCD report on Subsidized Housing Inventory
dated February 28, 2007 indicated the following:
Track Record-- Disappointing at less than 2% of Housing over 37 years
In the 2000 census there were 2,526,963 households in Massachusetts Currently DHCD estimates
9.5% of these or 238,931 units of subsided housing Approximately 1 million of the 2.5 million total
housing units are apartments. Conclusion These reports indicate that Chapter 40B has created 18%
of the subsidizing housing units in the Commonwealth (43,000 units of 40B projects vs. 238,000 of
total subsidized units). 18% is not had a significant percent of the affordable housing in Massachu-
setts. Of the total 2.5 million housing units in Massachusetts, 40B has provided less than 2% of total
housing over 37 years. Rental units have increased by 31,000 our of 1,000,000 or 3% over 37 years.
Whereas, homeownership units have increased by 12,000 out of 1,500,000 or less than 1% over 37
years. On average 40B has added 1,162 units per year over 37 years or .05% per year.
These numbers are an embarrassment to anyone interested in developing affordable
housing for the residents in Massachusetts. The conclusion that one reaches from
these statistics is that 40B has not been an effective tool to develop affordable hous -
ing in Massachusetts and that we need a new approach.
TIME CAPSULE FLASHBACK
It’s time to repeal 40B
Wed Oct 31, 2007
CHELMSFORD - To the Editor:
We support the “Repeal 40B” ballot initiative and ask you to help collect signatures to place this question on the ballot in
2008. We have only one month left.
Chelmsford has had more 40B projects than any of the 161 communities in Greater Boston.
The impact these high-density developments have on our infrastructure is significant, yet real gains in affordable housing
have come from our local programs. We take affordable housing seriously and want to focus on local and regional plans
that meet our needs.
With Massachusetts ranking 49th in housing affordability, we need a better approach to providing
affordable housing. Created in 1969, 40B was meant to produce affordable rental properties.
The law now focuses on producing upscale homes. Regulated by the state, this law does not allow
communities to produce the affordable housing we need. On Oct. 23, the State Inspector General testified that, “this 40B
scandal is one of the worst abuses in state history.”
We are declaring our independence from 40B by collecting the 66,000 voter signatures required to
eliminate four sections of this law.
Developers have used 40B to override local zoning rules for density, conservation, and type of
housing in over 800 developments statewide.
40B limits the definition of quot;affordablequot; so much that people who need it most are not helped by it.
The 40B Appeals quot;courtquot; follows state regulations that support development, thus giving
communities no fair chance for appeal.
40B developers quot;bait and switch.quot; Once permitted, developers can sell the land to others who can change development
Since 40B development has produced record numbers of total units, the percentage of affordable housing produced
dropped 44% to a record low!
By repealing only sections 20-23 of 40B, we return to existing laws that fairly define “affordable housing” to include low-
income people and middle-class families; eliminate the developer-focused
appeals “court,” creating an impartial appeals process; improve local and regional control for
affordable housing that meets local needs and stops the state from forcing upscale development.
No other state subsidizes market-rate development through affordable housing laws.
Help us today. 40B makes developers and their banks determine profits and project sizes and we have no right to appeal.
We urge you to sign the “Repeal 40B” petition. To sign a petition near you, visit www.Repeal40B.com.
Fred Marcks Clare Jeannotte
Diane & Roy Earley Tom Christiano
Sam Chase Philip Elioupolos
Jodi O'Neill Deirdre Connolly
Turn history into housing
Old and North town halls eyed for redevelopment
By Kevin Zimmerman
Later this month the Chelmsford Housing Authority is expected to present the Board of Selectmen
with a plan to convert the Old Town Hall and the North Town Hall into housing units.
The authority has hired the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development to explore
ways to turn the two buildings into affordable housing for low-income women and families.
Rebecca Mautner, director of real estate for the womens’s institute, con-
firmed the housing authority has hired her organization, but referred all
questions to David Hedison, the housing authority’s executive director.
In an e-mail, Hedison said he would discuss the plan after it has been
made public. “I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss
these projects once they have been presented to the BOS,” BOS,
“I will also be meeting with the Historic Commission at their next
Historic Commission Chairman George Merril said his board
has not been contacted about the proposals. David Hedison,Housing Authority’s
Although the Historic Commission only controls the outside of the buildings, Merrill would prefer his group
to be part of any changes to the structures. “They haven’t come to us. We’ve seen no plans,” said
Merrill.”As Chairman of the Historic Commission it’s a little disappointing they’ve gone this far
without talking to us.”
The North Town Hall, situated on Princeton Street near Vinal Square, has been
shuttered for years and was last used as an office for the school administration.
Any changes of use would require Town Meeting approval,
said Town Manager Paul Cohen.
“We would preserve the exterior.”
“And we will look to see if the
community wants to bring them
Just to sit there and ignore them
doesn’t do the building justice.”
Town Manager Paul Cohen
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s o m e p e o p l e w h o h a v e b e e n d i s s a t i s f i e d w i t h C o m c a s t ’s s e r v i c e . ”
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m o n e y t o Te l e m M d i a ' s c o f f e r s .
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t h i s f a l l , b u t t h e p r o c e s s s l o w e d d o w n u n e x p e c t e d l y. T h e c o m p a n y i s o n l y
n ow m a ki ng th e n ec e ss ar y f i li ng s t o be c om e a b r oa d b a nd p r ov id e r i n
C he lm s fo rd .
“ T h e y a r e g o i n g t h r o u g h a l o t i n t e r m s o f e x p a n s i o n r i g h t n o w, ” s a i d C o h e n .
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t om er s s e cu ri n g se r vi c e be f or e t he e n d of 20 0 9.
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a t th e b oa r d’s la s t me e ti n g.
POWER PLANT BUZZ
Well it has been nearly a year since news about the power plant proposal was presented to a few dozen
Chelmsford citizens at the town library
The fire was lit and it spread quickly.
Take a trip in the WAY BACK MACHINE and take a look at those initial emails that flew around town...
With everything going on in town I thought I would pass along some info on something that just might be slipping in under
In Billerica on the Chelmsford border there is a proposal to build a 348 Megawatt Power plant on the banks of the Concord
I attended an info meeting last night (1/29) at the library about this.
And thought it is important enough that the word should get out to all those who might find this alarming.
The following are a few emails that went around town today...
----- Original Message ----
From: Roy Earley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Tom Christiano <email@example.com>; Barb Belanger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Laurie Myers <email@example.com>; Debbie Dery <firstname.lastname@example.org>; PAUL DAVIS <email@example.com>; Matthew
Cilento <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Mike Combs <email@example.com>; Mike Rigney <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Deirdre Connolly <email@example.com>; Colleen Stansfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Mary Tiano <email@example.com>;
Jodi O'Neill <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Brian Latina <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 11:02:42 PM
Subject: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info
I attended the info meeting at the library tonight
on the proposed Billerica power plant on Chelmsford's border
I'm just sorting through the notes from tonight
For what it's worth take it or leave it.
There were only about 20 to 30 people there
not all Chelmsford (Billerica, Tewksbury, Lowell were represented)
One member of the board of health was there.
Not one member or representative from Town Hall was there.
And I do not think any TM Reps were there either. It was embarrassing
At the beginning they asked if there were any town or state officials
in attendance. A person representing Sen.Fargo was there but no one else spoke up.
By the end of the 90 minutes the Board of Health member made himself known and
wanted more info on everything that was presented. A TV camera was taping I did not ask
if it was for Chelmsford Tele-media.
Just a few things that stood out tonight though
Taken from their info at http://www.billericapowerplant.org/index.htm
Based entirely on publicly available information including the Draft Environmental Impact Report dated September 11th, 2007 and
health-related data from the American Lung Association, we believe there will be a significant health impact to those living within five
miles of the site. This is due to the air pollution generated by the plant’s six 80-foot stacks. There are also several real safety issues,
each of which has different consequences depending on where you live relative to the plant.
The power company is Montgomery Energy Billerica Power Partners, LLP. Montgomery Energy is based in Magnolia, TX and has an of-
fice Burlington, CT. MEBPP is working with DG Clean Power, LLC of Thornton, NH. The stated role of DGCP is to aid in the licensing
and permitting process.
The plant itself is currently being permitted for 2300 hours of operation per year, 2100 on natural gas, 200 on diesel. This equates to an
average of 6.3 hours of operation per day, every day. The plant will be unmanned, and is designed to be brought online, remotely, at
times of peak demand by ISO New England.
Power Plant by remote control that give me a warm feeling
The plant will operate on natural gas but... will have Diesel fuel on hand for back up. In fact it will have 500,000 gallons of flammable
diesel fuel and 50,000 gallons of a hazardous chemical Aqueous Ammonia stored above ground less than 750 feet from the Concord
It will be remotely monitored from several miles away
If an Aqueous Ammonia tank ruptures, residents in the nearby surrounding areas would need to be evacuated. Emergency response
personnel in neighboring communities will have to be trained and equipped to deal with such a possibility. You think the town budget is
strapped now just wait and see what happens if this plant gets built. When the state says Chelmsford has to be prepared for a power
The Aqueous Ammonia and Diesel fuel will be trucked in on the local roads.
The east Chelmsford water district is the most at risk.
I have not confirmed it but it was said that all Chelmsford Schools are all within a 5 mile radius of the proposed plant.
This will be the 13th largest power plant in New England when (if) built
It will affect air quality within a 5 mile radius
Billerica will be paid 1.5 million a year for 20 years for letting the plant be built in town on the Concord river.
To me it was amazing the similarities between an out of state 40B developer and this out of state energy company. They come into
MASS set up a Limited Liability company build the power plant and then sell it off,make there money dissolve the company and move
on to build next one. And the kicker is the vast majority of energy that this plant generates will be sold off to southern Conn. because
they have a shortage.
They can not build this type of plant in Conn. because Conn. has stricter environmental laws so MASS is the place to go. (for Power
plants and 40B I guess ;)
Something I picked up on tonight,
Barb what can you tell me or find out about a Real Estate law about full disclosure
when selling a house that is near a power plant???
What is the radius 1 mile away, 2 mile 5 miles???
I figured the top Chelmsford real-estate agent could get that info for me.
You think a 40B can drop your property values?
There was more info on emissions and pollution (smog)
asthma,heart and lung disease and other health concerns associated with such a plant.
I included an attachment from GOOGLE MAP
to give you an idea where it is.
From: Myers Family [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 7:14 AM
To: Tom Christiano; Barb Belanger; Roy Earley
Cc: Debbie Dery; PAUL DAVIS; Matthew Cilento; Mike Combs; Mike Rigney; Deirdre Connolly; Colleen Stansfield; Mary Tiano; Jodi
O'Neill; Brian Latina
Subject: Re: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info
Thank you for attending this meeting. This is an important issue that unfortunately has taken the back seat in this area. Our town may
not be within the 5 mile radius, but these chemicals will be brought in on the same roads we use every day, and if there's an accident at
the facility, we will realize how close we are. What about this remote control business? Will they be hiring a lookout in the neighbor-
There's a public's right to know act that would force them to disclose the chemical's being kept at the facility, but I don't think realtors are
obligated to disclose such a thing. I'm looking forward to Barb's response.
I've been trying to find some information about Aqueous Ammonia....Are there any experts out there?
So many issues, so little time....
Begin forwarded message:
From: quot;Earley, Royquot; <email@example.com>
Date: January 30, 2008 7:58:32 AM EST
To: quot;Myers Familyquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>, quot;Tom Christianoquot; <email@example.com>, quot;Barb Belangerquot; <barbbelanger@com-
cast.net>, quot;Roy Earleyquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: quot;Debbie Deryquot; <email@example.com>, quot;PAUL DAVISquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>, quot;Matthew Cilentoquot; <email@example.com>,
quot;Mike Combsquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>, quot;Mike Rigneyquot; <email@example.com>, quot;Deirdre Connollyquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
quot;Colleen Stansfieldquot; <email@example.com>, quot;Mary Tianoquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>, quot;Jodi O'Neillquot; <email@example.com>, quot;Brian
Latinaquot; <firstname.lastname@example.org>, quot;Clare Jeannottequot; <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info
Actually Aqueous Ammonia is safer than what they could be using
but if there was an accident or leak it would still require an evacuation
from surrounding residential areas. It is also a homeland security issue
having that much hazardous chemicals and fuel so close to populated areas.
50,000 gallons is a lot. At one of the Tyco plants I work at we had a Ammonia tank
that was 5 to 8 thousand gallons and if there was ever an accident or leak we would
have been evacuating a few blocks
Begin forwarded message:
From: Tom Christiano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 30, 2008 4:47:24 PM EST
To: Roy Earley <email@example.com>
Cc: Barb Belanger <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Laurie Myers <email@example.com>, Debbie Dery <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
PAUL DAVIS <email@example.com>, Matthew Cilento <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mike Combs <email@example.com>, Mike Rigney
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Deirdre Connolly <email@example.com>, Colleen Stansfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mary
Tiano <email@example.com>, Jodi O'Neill <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Brian Latina <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info
Thanks for that excellent summary of this power plant issue Roy. It looks like something we should be fighting against it here in Chelms-
as it's very close to many of our townspeople.
I printed this out so we can talk about it on our February 12th PI Show.
Thanks for all of your efforts on this issue.
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On Jan 30, 2008, at 5:35 AM, Deirdre Connolly wrote:
Yikes! That is truly breathtaking! Thanks for going Roy and gathering and promulgating this info. Does it sound like there is a prayer to
fight it?? (I was at the ambulance ctee mtg last night) Deirdre
Begin forwarded message:
From: Roy Earley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 30, 2008 4:48:34 PM EST
To: Deirdre Connolly <email@example.com>
Cc: Tom Christiano <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Laurie Myers <email@example.com>, Barb Belanger
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Debbie Dery <email@example.com>, PAUL DAVIS <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matthew Cilento <mci-
email@example.com>, Mike Combs <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mike Rigney <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Colleen
Stansfield <email@example.com>, Mary Tiano <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jodi O'Neill <email@example.com>, Brian Latina
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Clare Jeannotte <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Alex Buck
Subject: Re: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info (continued)
From what was said last night this Plant would have been approved and gone through by now
except for the local citizens who banded together to fight the proposal.
It was supposed to break ground in April now they are saying fall of '08
In Laurie's email I caught that she wrote
(Our town may not be within the 5 mile radius, but these chemicals will be brought in on the same roads we use every day, and if there's
an accident at the facility,
we will realize how close we are. )
Actually there is a lot of Chelmsford in that 5 mile radius
Parker School just squeezes by at 5.1 miles from the power plant
Center School is 4.8 miles
Westlands School is 4.6 miles
Murdoch School is 3.0 miles
Also for Laurie's request on info about Aqueous Ammonia
Synonyms include ammonia gas, anhydrous ammonia, and liquid ammonia. Aqueous solutions are referred to as aqueous ammonia,
ammonia solution, and ammonium hydroxide.
Persons exposed only to ammonia gas do not pose significant risks of secondary contamination to personnel outside the Hot Zone. Per-
sons whose clothing or skin is contaminated with liquid ammonium hydroxide can secondarily contaminate response personnel by direct
contact or through off-gassing ammonia vapor.
Ammonia dissolves readily in water to form ammonium hydroxide a corrosive, alkaline solution at high concentrations.
Ammonia's pungent odor and irritating properties usually provide adequate warning of its presence; however, olfactory fatigue can
occur. Inhalation can result in fatalities.
I believe I heard one of the presenters mention in passing that the Linn Murdoch school was within the Hot Zone area last night.
They also talked a lot about Particle Pollution caused by such a power plant
They said according to the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 2004 Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) Report
that the East Chelmsford Water District would be in the most danger of contamination
from the power plant on the other side of the Concord river.
The wells for the East Chelmsford Water District are located at the southeasterly end of
Canal Street, to the east of the Route 3 interchange to the Lowell Connector and Route
495, and to the east of Hales Brook. Both wells have a Zone I radius of 400 feet. The
wells are located in an aquifer with a high vulnerability to contamination due to the
absence of hydrogeologic barriers (i.e. clay) that can prevent contaminant migration.
CHELMSFORD INDEPENDENT ARTICLE
Residents vs. power plant
By Andy Metzger/Staff Writer
Wed Jan 30, 2008
Area residents gathered at the Chelmsford Public Library Tuesday night to rail against a power plant being proposed along the Concord
River in Billerica.
DG Clean Power LLC has applied to the Department of Public Utilities to build a 348-megawatt power plant, burning natural gas and
“This can’t happen. This is a danger,” said South Chelmsford resident Jackie Cunniffe. “It’s abominable that this would ever be approved.”
Cunniffe worried about her 18-month-old and 4-year-old children, and her husband Kiernan, who has asthma.
East Chelmsford resident and mother of two Theresa Evans, had similar worries.
Evans, who expects to give birth to a third child next week, said area residents should not suffer, so that other communities can use
Already, legislators from Tewksbury and Billerica have joined the groups opposed to the power plant plan, and Steve Flynn attended the
meeting for Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln.
Several discrepancies cropped up between a memo submitted by DG to the Billerica Board of Selectmen and allegations made during
The memo said there would be no direct discharge or withdrawal from the Concord River, but Tewksbury Resident Victor Impink said the
power company could still draw water from the river through town-operated pumps.
Air quality engineer and Billerica resident Lynne Santos said DG had not accounted for existing fine particulate pollution.
“I have an issue with how they performed their modeling to find particles,” Santos said.
But DG’s memo claims its study accounted for emissions from the Lowell L’Energia plant and still complied with National Ambient Air
Santos said DG avoided rules that require a risk management plan, by using a mixture with 19 percent ammonia to water, rather than
the 20 percent that would require the emergency plan.
People at the meeting worried the DG plan would sail through the approval process, because of a lack of neighborhood activism.
“The look at the town and go, ‘Oh, we won’t have any trouble here. This isn’t Wellesley. We’ll be OK,’” Impink said.
The power plant could send $1.5 million in revenue to Billerica every year, Impink said.
“The problem is, all of us are struggling financially,” said Caroline Ahdab of Pepperell. “They know the towns are in trouble.”
Staff Writer Andy Metzger can be reached at 978-371-5745 or at email@example.com.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Earley
To: Samuel Chase
Cc: Cohen, Paul ; Clare Jeannotte ; Philip Eliopoulos ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; PWojtas@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:44 AM
Subject: Power Plant Information Session???
I was just wondering why there was no one representing
the BOS or Town management at the info session last night
about the proposed power plant on the border of east Chelmsford?
I know there are plenty of number one priorities on the table right now.
So I can under stand how something like this can slip under the radar.
not being directly inside Chelmsford and on the border in Billerica.
But I also know that there was concern over a 40B project that was developing on the border of Chelmsford in Westford last year.
And one would think that a power plant might be a bigger threat to public health and saftey than a 40B project on the town line?
Just a thought?
From: Samuel Chase [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 7:07 AM
To: Roy Earley
Cc: Cohen, Paul; Clare Jeannotte; Philip Eliopoulos; firstname.lastname@example.org; PWojtas@aol.com
Subject: Re: Power Plant Information Session???
Just because we may not be seen at one public event does not mean that an issue has quot;slipped under the radar.quot; Paul and Evan
Belansky have been engaged and following the development to ensure that the Town's interests are represented. We received a packet
last week containing extensive information about the Power Plant and its siting, and we discussed the issue at our meeting on Monday.
We decided that our next step will be to discuss the matter with the Billerica Board of Selectmen after which we will decide what action
If you feel that this Plant could pose a health and safety concern to Chelmsford let your Selectmen know by dropping them a quick
184 Chelmsford Street
What a difference a year makes.
A few of the concessions made by DG CLEAN POWER due to the public out
cry, include that the plant no longer will be unmanned.
A security gaurd will be on site 24 hours a day,seven days a week.
I’m getting that warm cozy feeling again, somehow I’m not picturing a security gaurd
along the lines of Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger :)
Also in the current plan the 50,000 gallon tanks of Aqueous Ammonia will
be moved away from the Concord river (and moved closer to residential areas).
Past Videos Links
Billerica Power Plant Discussion on Politically Incorrect with Tom Christiano -
Billerica Power Plant/Chelmsford Board of Selectmen meeting Feb 25th 2008 Part 2
Billerica Power Plant/Chelmsford Board of Selectmen meeting Feb 25th 2008 Part 4
Fred Marcks on Town Talk w/ Dennis Ready -TOPIC: Billerica Power Plant
Billerica Power Plant/TOWN TALK w/Dennis Ready -3-6-08 - 18:26 - Mar 8, 2008
Billerica Power Plant / Q & A / April 17th - Segments
Politically Incorrect With Tom Christiano / State Rep Tom Golden Talks Billerica Power Plan t
The MASS ENERGY BOARD this month will officially give their blessing
formally in writing for the proposed power plant in Billerica.
The latest news...
Resident seeks ballot question on power plant
By Chris Camire, email@example.com
BILLERICA -- One month after successfully lobbying for a bylaw focusing
on power plants at Special Town Meeting, Jeanne Landers has set her
sights on inserting the issue into the upcoming town election.
Landers, a Town Meeting representative, would like to put a nonbinding
question on the ballot asking voters whether they support the construction
of a 348-megawatt power plant proposed for North Billerica.
The move might not carry any legal power, but Landers hopes it will pack a
political punch. She sees it as the best way to keep the issue on residents'
quot;I would like to get it into the public sphere to get a sense of where the
people stand on it,quot; said Landers. quot;It would be good to get the attention of
the people representing the town.quot;
Landers said she would like to see the issue play a major part in the debate
leading up to this year's town election.
One potential candidate for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, Andrew
Deslaurier, a member of the town's Finance Committee, already has made it
clear his opposition to the power plant will be a major part of his candi -
quot;I'd like to see the power plant take a front seat in the debate,quot; said Lan -
ders. quot;It's a tremendously important issue, and it should be part of the dis -
Landers made waves late last year when she asked selectmen to call a Spe -
cial Town Meeting to consider a single warrant article to create a bylaw
seeking to regulate power plants. The article passed in a 97-77 vote.
It states that various town departments must review 17 criteria before an
electric generating power plant can be built in Billerica. The list includes
impact on wildlife, noise pollution, public safety and air quality.
Landers now says she may bring the bylaw back to Town Meeting this
spring to be amended, with hopes it can be made more powerful.
quot;Many of the comments I got from people were they wished it had more
teeth,quot; said Landers. quot;I want to add more numbers, more specifications.quot;
While the bylaw still has to be approved by the state Attorney General,
Town Manager Bill Williams said he has already begun thinking about what
his role will be in implementing it.
quot;I'll be the point man,quot; said Williams. quot;Whenever the issue comes before a
particular board in town, I'll make sure that every other town board knows
about it before hand so we're all on the same page.quot;
The $200 million, 348-megawatt Billerica Energy Center, proposed for Biller -
ica Avenue, has drawn opposition from a vocal group of local residents. In
November, the state Energy Facilities Siting Board voted unanimously to
draft a tentative decision to approve the facility with conditions.
The board is expected to reconvene soon to take a formal vote on whether
to approve the decision. But those familiar with the process say it's unlikely
the board will deny a permit.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Execu -
tive Office of Environmental Affairs must also issue permits for the power
plant. On the local level, the plant must go through the Board of Health,
Conservation Commission and Planning Board.
On first day of race, two launch challenges to Billerica selectman
By Chris Camire, firstname.lastname@example.org
BILLERICA -- Two candidates say they intend to challenge Jim O'Donnell for
his seat on the Board of Selectmen this year.
Andrew Deslaurier, a member of the town's Finance Committee, and Thomas
Conners, a retired deputy chief with the Billerica Police Department, pulled
nomination papers yesterday at Town Hall, the first day they became avail -
O'Donnell, who has been a selectman since the early 1990s, also pulled pa -
quot;There are some good things going on that I would like to continue working
on,quot; said O'Donnell. quot;It's a good board, and there is a lot to accomplish
with the new town manager.quot;
Deslaurier, 31, has been on the Finance Committee for two years. He said he
plans to make his opposition to a 348-megawatt power plant proposed for
North Billerica a major part of his campaign.
quot;There are lots of people who want their voices heard who are opposed to
it,quot; he said.
NE W S F RO M
Please share with your friends, family, and neighbors.
4 January 2009
Seasons Greetings, Happy New Year,
and welcome to new readers of the update.
A significant agreement is in the works for NSTAR and Northeast Utilities to
build a transmission line from Quebec to New England. The Hydro-Quebec
deal would be a clean, low-carbon energy source for our region. Click here
to read the article.
The L'Energia power plant, right off the Connector in Lowell, is seeking a
new permit to connect to the Lowell sewer system. The public is invited to
share any concerns it may have about this plant hooking up to the already
stressed Lowell sewer and wastewater treatment system.
Click here to register your comments . If you made comments previously,
they should be resubmitted. The plant withdrew its first permit request and
has refiled. Deadline for comments is January 9th.
Related to this, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is look -
ing to remove the CO (carbon monoxide) monitoring station in Lowell. The
state is instead proposing to use the monitoring site in Worcester. With the
L’Energia power plant sitting in a densely populated area and less than
2,000 feet from an elementary and a middle school in Lowell, this makes no
sense. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas emitted as a by-prod -
uct of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. When inhaled, CO has a high
affinity for the body’s red blood cells, and displaces the oxygen molecules
carried to organs and other tissues. Click here to read the plan .
Submit your concerns and comments to Kenneth.Santlal@state.ma.us.
Deadline for comments is January 14th.
The company trying to build the Brockton power plant has recently an -
nounced its desire to build two additional plants of the same size and scale
in Massachusetts. Advanced Power is facing strong opposition to its plans
to build a 350MW gas/diesel plant in Brockton.
Click here to read the article .
Continuing the power plant free-for-all in our state, the Energy Facilities
Siting Board just approved a 280MW gas power plant in Ludlow , Massachu -
setts, just east of Springfield. Ludlow already has two other plants and is
not far from the site of the proposed Westfield power plant and the pro -
posed Russell biomass power plant.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Billerica Conservation Commission
The Billerica Conservation Commission will continue its discussion of the
Notice of Intent filed by the developer and the review of the wetlands and
stormwater management issues. Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road, Bil -
It’s not easy being Green
and you thought we forgot
just because their in hibernation for the winter
VIDEO CLIP LINK
Chelmsford Board of Selectmen 1-5-09
Clare Jeannotte on Aggregate update
From: Belansky, Evan <EBelansky@townofchelmsford.us>
Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM
Subject: Proposed Chelmsford Housing Rehabilitation program - public meeting Jan 15th at 7pm - senior center
To: quot;email@example.com; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mr. Roy Earley:
I am wondering if you are able to include a piece on the Town’s proposed
Housing Rehabilitation program in the In TOWN NEWS Report.
I have attached an invitation for a meeting on January 15th.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Community Development Director
Repair grants available
for towns' needy
By Rita Savard, email@example.com
Tough times could get a little easier for two local towns' most needy if a $1 million grant comes
Officials in Chelmsford and Billerica have partnered to apply for government aid that would enable
low-income residents to make needed home repairs.
Chelmsford Community Development Director Evan Belanksy said the Housing Rehabilitation Pro-
gram would benefit the town's most vulnerable citizens, especially the elderly and disabled.
quot;This grant money could be a big help to residents who are on a fixed income and can't otherwise af-
ford to do repair work on their homes,quot; Belansky said.
Under the Housing Rehabilitation grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Commu-
nity Development, low-income families in Chelmsford and Billerica could receive up to $30,000 for cor-
recting home-maintenance problems and building-code violations.
Grant money can be used toward a variety of home improvements, including lead-paint and asbestos
removal, roof, foundation or septic replacement and repairs, and new windows, plumbing, wiring, sid-
ing or other necessary upgrades.
According to the 2000 Census, 7.4 percent, or 949, of all households in Chelmsford are considered
very low income. Belansky said more than half of that demographic owns homes and might be eligible
Chelmsford is also targeting seniors 65 and older, as well disabled residents. The Housing Rehabilita-
tion program covers home improvements to accommodate a disability.
Eligibility is based on federal income guidelines. For instance, the maximum income for a household
of one is $46,300, and for two people, it's $52,950.
In exchange for the grant money, a 15-year lien will be placed on the property owner's home. As long
as the person receiving the grant owns the home, the loan is payment-free and interest-free, based on
a 15-year forgiveness period. If the homeowner lives at the home for 15 years, he owes nothing.
If the house is sold, the homeowner is required to pay back at least part of the loan on a decreasing
schedule, depending on how long the owner lived there after the grant was awarded.
Residents are invited to attend a public meeting to ask questions and learn more about the program
Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road. Billerica residents can attend a
public forum Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road.
For more information, contact the Chelmsford Community Development Department at (978) 250-
or the Billerica Planning Department at (978) 671-0962.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT :)
Date: January 9, 2009 7:23:20 AM EST
To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Roy Earley),email@example.com
Subject: Re: Girl Scout Cookie Time!
Hi Roy - this may not be something appropriate for the in town news - there are thou-
sands of girl scouts in town and I would not want to take the edge from any of
them, but if anyone knows a girl scout in their neighborhood, they can do some-
thing special for a member of our armed forces - see below. You dont have to di-
rect sales to us, but any type of encouragement for the troops (and girl scouts) is
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It is Girl Scout Cookie time again and my daughter Maggie is selling them
with her Junior troop. If you are interested, we would love to fill your cookie
order. Cookies are $4 per box. This year through Girl Scouts, everyone
has the opportunity to make a tax deductible purchase of cookies for
our troops overseas called quot;Cookies for a Causequot;. With your order add
the cost for additional boxes you would like sent to our service men
and women and we will provide you with a receipt of your charitable
We can take orders until January 14th.
Thank you very much,
Maggie & Mary
Thin Mints - Thin mint-flavored chocolate wafers dipped in a chocolate coating.
Caramel deLites - Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted
coconut and laced with chocolate strips.
Peanut Butter Patties - Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and
covered with a chocolate coating.
Shortbread - A traditional shortbread cookie made in the shape of the Girl Scout
Peanut Butter Sandwiches - Peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy
Lemonades - Shortbread cookies with lemon icing.
Thanks-A-Lot - Shortbread cookies dipped in fudge and topped with an embossed
thank-you message in one of five languages.
Dasiy Go Rounds (NEW) - contain five grab-and-go snack packs full of crispy
cinnamon flowers blooming with flavor in every bite.
If you have friends,family or neighbors who would like
to be added to this news update list,
just have them drop me a line at