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In-Town Report 1-11-09


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  1. 1. G ov e r n o r s e e k s m o r e bu d g e t c u t s quot; E v e r y t h i n g i s o n t h e t a b l e , i n cl u d i n g l o c a l a i d , quot; Still more questions about Billerica 40B C h e l m s fo rd p l a n s fo r w a t e r p l a n t b l o ck e d I n s p e c t o r G e n e r a l s ay s b u i l d e r s h i d p ro f i t s P ro b e ex a m i n e s l ow - c o s t h o u s i n g Ve r i z o n p l a n b e f o r e b o a r d C h el m sfo rd r es t au r a n t sh u t s d ow n C h e l m s fo rd r e c ei ve s $ 15 7 G en erg y g r an t L o w e l l - a r e a m o v e r s a n d s h a k e r s m a k e p r e d i c t i o n s fo r 2 0 0 9 THIS WEEK A C U T A BO V E T H E R E ST OFF TO THE RA CES O N T H E S T R E E T W H E R E YO U L I V E G O O D C O N N EC T I O N S W H AT ’ S T H E B U Z Z, T E L L M E W H AT ’ S A H A P P E N I N G A G G R E VAT E OTHER STUFF
  2. 2. Chelmsford and the Great Reccession L o we l l - a re a m ov e rs a n d s h a ke rs m a ke p re d i c t i o n s f o r 2 0 0 9 h t t p : / / w w w . l o w e l l s u n . c o m / c i _ 1 1 3 4 9 9 3 3 ? I A D I D = S e a r c h - w w w. l o w e l l s u n . c o m - w w w. l o w e l l s u n . c o m Paul Cohen, Chelmsford's town manager: quot; R e m e m b e r i n R o c k y I I I , w h e n M r. T ( a s o p p o n e n t C l u b b e r L a n g ) i s a s ke d fo r h i s p re d i c t i o n o n a rem atch? H is answer is 'pain.' Y o u c o u l d s a y t h e s a m e f o r t h e b u d g e t n e x t y e a r. 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; VIDEO CLIP Link C he l ms f ord Bo a rd o f Se le c t me n 1-5 -0 9 Pa u l C oh en on pe n d i n g St at e Bu d ge t C u ts t o lo ca l A i d
  3. 3. Greater Lowell seeks $363M from federal stimulus By Matt Murphy, 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- ters. 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
  4. 4. School leaders keep close eye on voke costs By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, 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; For more of the story CLICK HERE...
  5. 5. CHELMSFORD and the Race is On??? h t tp : / / ww w . w ic k e d lo c a l .c o m / ch e l m s fo r d / to w n _ in f o / go v e r nm e n t /x 1 0 1 74 2 7 6 26 / E l ec t i o n- s e a so n - g et s - u n de r - w ay 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 Office Monday. 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- velopment. “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.”
  6. 6. 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 _______________ DONALD VAN DYNE WILL BE APPEARING ON TOM CHRISTIANO’S POLITICALLY INCORRECT SHOW JANUARY 13th 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 , M a ry T i an o - T ow n M e et i n g R e p pr e c i nc t 8 a n d S h e il a P ic h e t t e- T o w n M e e ti n g Re p p re c i n ct 4 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 in Chelmsford.
  7. 7. 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, Updated: 01/07/2009 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 year's race. 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 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.
  8. 8. 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 Note
  9. 9. Chelmsford and 40B 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.
  10. 10. “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.
  11. 11. 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- ing (MCAH) CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO CLIP More info follows...
  12. 12. Begin forwarded message: From: quot;Fred Marcksquot; <> Date: January 8, 2009 7:41:00 AM EST To: quot;Roy Earleyquot; <> Subject: Fwd: Chapter 40B Reform - Lawyers' Committee for Sensible Housing Policy Roy, Hopefully this gives you a little background. I'll be there for it next week. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Daniel Hill <> Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 1:35 PM Subject: Chapter 40B Reform - Lawyers' Committee for Sensible Housing Policy To: 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. -Dan __________________________ 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
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. TIME CAPSULE FLASHBACK Archive 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. Consider this: 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 plans. 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 Fred Marcks Clare Jeannotte Diane & Roy Earley Tom Christiano Sam Chase Philip Elioupolos Jodi O'Neill Deirdre Connolly Bill Dalton
  15. 15. Turn history into housing Old and North town halls eyed for redevelopment By Kevin Zimmerman staff writer 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. Hedison 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, wrote Hedison. “I will also be meeting with the Historic Commission at their next meeting.” meeting. Historic Commission Chairman George Merril said his board has not been contacted about the proposals. David Hedison,Housing Authority’s Hedison Executive Director 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 plans, Merrill.”As Chairman of the Historic Commission it’s a little disappointing they’ve gone this far without talking to us.” 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.” exterior said Cohen. “And we will look to see if the community wants to bring them into housing. Just to sit there and ignore them doesn’t do the building justice.” justice. Town Manager Paul Cohen Kevin Zimmerman can be reached at
  16. 16. Chelmsford Connected Verizon plan before board By Da vi d G ol a nn /C o rr e sp on de n t We d D e c 3 1 , 2 0 0 8 C HE LM S FO RD - C he lm s fo rd co ns u me r s ma y s o on h a ve a ch oi c e w he n i t co m es t o b ro a d- b a n d T V, I n t e r n e t a c c e s s a n d p h o n e s e r v i c e . Ve r i z o n F i O S i s e x p e c t e d t o s e e k a p p r o v a l t o w i r e t h e e n t i r e t o w n a t t h e B o a r d o f S e l e c t m e n ’s m e e t i n g o n J a n . 2 6 . T h e p u b l i c i s i n v i t e d t o c o m e a n d w ei gh in o n t he pr op o sa l, bu t a p os i ti ve ve r di ct is f a ir ly ce r ta in . “ W h a t w e a r e p r e s e n t i n g i s v e r y s i m i l a r t o C o m c a s t , ” s a i d To w n M a n a g e r P a u l C o h e n , i n r e f e r e n c e t o t h e t o w n ’s c u r r e n t b r o a d b a n d p r o v i d e r. C o h e n h o p e s Ve r i z o n w i l l i m p r o v e t h e o p t i o n s o f l o c a l c a b l e c u s t o m e r s , w ho c u rr en t ly h a ve to c h oo se be tw e en Co mc a st b r oa db a nd o r s at e ll i te - b as e d se r vi ce . “ An yt i me y o u ha v e c om pe t it io n i t’s he l pf ul , ” s ai d C oh en . “ I k no w t he re ar e 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 . ” T he c h an ge ha s b ee n a l o ng t i me c o mi ng . C he l ms f or d r en eg o ti at e d it s c on - t ra ct wi th Co mc a st in 2 0 06 i n o rd e r t o pa v e th e w ay fo r a s e co nd ca bl e p r o v i d e r. L i k e C o m c a s t , Ve r i z o n w i l l h a v e t o s e t a s i d e t h r e e c h a n n e l s f o r c o m m u n i t y b r o a d c a s t i n g a n d c o n t r i b u t e a p o r t i o n o f i t s u s e r f e e s t o C h e l m s f o r d Te l e - M ed ia . B ut Co he n i s n ot c e rt a in t he ne w s er v ic e w il l a ct u al ly ad d m uc h m o n e y t o Te l e m M d i a ' s c o f f e r s . “ Th er e a r e on l y so ma ny su b sc ri b er s ,” s a id C o he n. “M an y o f t he p e op le w h o s i g n o n w i t h Ve r i z o n m a y a l r e a d y b e C o m c a s t s u b s c r i b e r s . ” C o h e n o r i g i n a l l y p l a n n e d t o d i s c u s s Ve r i z o n ’ s l i c e n s e a p p l i c a t i o n e a r l i e r 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 . “ P a r t o f i t i s t h e e c o n o m y. T h e y c a n o n l y a f f o r d t o i n v e s t s o m u c h s o f a s t . ” C oh en pr ed i ct s t ha t i ns ta l la t io n w il l ta k e 1 2 to 18 mo nt h s, w i th s o me c u s- 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. T he f i na l c on tr a ct w i ll li ke l y in c lu de a d ea dl i ne f o r co m pl et i ng t h e sy s te m . “ T h e y d i d t h e t o w n o f Te w k s b u r y i n s i x m o n t h s , ” s a i d S e l e c t m a n B i l l D a l t o n a t th e b oa r d’s la s t me e ti n g.
  17. 17. 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... ****************************************************** Hello Neighbors, With everything going on in town I thought I would pass along some info on something that just might be slipping in under the radar. In Billerica on the Chelmsford border there is a proposal to build a 348 Megawatt Power plant on the banks of the Concord river. 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...
  18. 18. ----- Original Message ---- From: Roy Earley <> To: Tom Christiano <>; Barb Belanger <> Cc: Laurie Myers <>; Debbie Dery <>; PAUL DAVIS <>; Matthew Cilento <>; Mike Combs <>; Mike Rigney <>; Deirdre Connolly <>; Colleen Stansfield <>; Mary Tiano <>; Jodi O'Neill <>; Brian Latina <> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 11:02:42 PM Subject: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info Hi, 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 High-Level Concerns 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. Power Company 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 river. 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 plant accident. 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
  19. 19. 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. Thanks, Roy From: Myers Family [] 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 Roy, 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- hood? Sheesh! 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.... Laurie Begin forwarded message: From: quot;Earley, Royquot; <> Date: January 30, 2008 7:58:32 AM EST To: quot;Myers Familyquot; <>, quot;Tom Christianoquot; <>, quot;Barb Belangerquot; <barbbelanger@com->, quot;Roy Earleyquot; <> Cc: quot;Debbie Deryquot; <>, quot;PAUL DAVISquot; <>, quot;Matthew Cilentoquot; <>, quot;Mike Combsquot; <>, quot;Mike Rigneyquot; <>, quot;Deirdre Connollyquot; <>, quot;Colleen Stansfieldquot; <>, quot;Mary Tianoquot; <>, quot;Jodi O'Neillquot; <>, quot;Brian Latinaquot; <>, quot;Clare Jeannottequot; <> 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 <> Date: January 30, 2008 4:47:24 PM EST To: Roy Earley <> Cc: Barb Belanger <>, Laurie Myers <>, Debbie Dery <>, PAUL DAVIS <>, Matthew Cilento <>, Mike Combs <>, Mike Rigney <>, Deirdre Connolly <>, Colleen Stansfield <>, Mary Tiano <>, Jodi O'Neill <>, Brian Latina <>
  20. 20. Subject: Re: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info Reply-To: Thanks for that excellent summary of this power plant issue Roy. It looks like something we should be fighting against it here in Chelms- ford, 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. Tom CHRISTIANO PRODUCTIONS: POLITICALLY INCORRECT: Tues & Weds 8:30 PM; Thurs 7:00 AM; Sundays 11:00 AM REEL TALK: Thursdays 8:00 PM and Saturdays 8:30 PM SPOTLIGHT ON CHELMSFORD: Various Times Chelmsford Cable TV Channel 8 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 <> Date: January 30, 2008 4:48:34 PM EST To: Deirdre Connolly <> Cc: Tom Christiano <>, Laurie Myers <>, Barb Belanger <>, Debbie Dery <>, PAUL DAVIS <>, Matthew Cilento <mci->, Mike Combs <>, Mike Rigney <>,, Colleen Stansfield <>, Mary Tiano <>, Jodi O'Neill <>, Brian Latina <>,, Clare Jeannotte <>, Alex Buck <> Subject: Re: Billerica Power Plant on Chelmsford's border info (continued) Hi Deirdre, 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 Including 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
  21. 21. 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 CHELMSFORD - 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 diesel fuel. “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 more electricity. 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 meeting. 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 Quality Standards. 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 ************************************************************************************************************************************* ---------- Forwarded message ---------- FYI: ----- Original Message ----- From: Roy Earley To: Samuel Chase Cc: Cohen, Paul ; Clare Jeannotte ; Philip Eliopoulos ; ; Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:44 AM Subject: Power Plant Information Session??? Hi Sam, 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.
  22. 22. 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? Roy From: Samuel Chase [] Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 7:07 AM To: Roy Earley Cc: Cohen, Paul; Clare Jeannotte; Philip Eliopoulos;; Subject: Re: Power Plant Information Session??? Hello Roy, 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 to take. Regards, Sam ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you feel that this Plant could pose a health and safety concern to Chelmsford let your Selectmen know by dropping them a quick email. Thanks, Roy Earley 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. ******************************************************************************************
  23. 23. The latest news... Resident seeks ballot question on power plant By Chris Camire, Updated: 01/05/2009 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' minds. 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 - dacy. 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 - cussion.quot; 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.
  24. 24. 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, Updated: 01/03/2009 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 - able. O'Donnell, who has been a selectman since the early 1990s, also pulled pa - pers. 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.
  25. 25. ****************************************************************************************** BILLERICAPOWERPLANT.ORG 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 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 .
  26. 26. 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. Meetings/Events Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:00PM 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 - lerica, MA It’s not easy being Green
  27. 27. OTHER NEWS Aggregate : 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 <> 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;re007hq@gmail.comquot; <> 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. Evan Belansky Community Development Director
  28. 28. Repair grants available for towns' needy By Rita Savard, Updated: 01/09/2009 Tough times could get a little easier for two local towns' most needy if a $1 million grant comes through. 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 to apply. 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- 5232, or the Billerica Planning Department at (978) 671-0962.
  29. 29. THE FOLLOWING IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT :) From: Date: January 9, 2009 7:23:20 AM EST To: (Roy Earley), 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 appreciated. Mary -------------- Original message -------------- wrote: Hello All, 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 donation. 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 trefoil logo. Peanut Butter Sandwiches - Peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies. 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.
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