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All interested parties should attend tonight’s closing where the Town of Wellesley purchases the North 40.
Monday June 8th
Wellesley Town Hall
The 900 Street Worcester Street Committee continues to make progress towards a recommendation for recreation facilities on the site. As many of you know, the top priorities for the location are an ice rink, aquatics facility and playing field. By the end of June the town plans to release a RFP (Request for Proposals) for the site. However, before this can be done the town must understand the demand for aquatics among residents in order to evaluate incoming proposals.
To answer these questions Wellesley has hired consultants to perform an aquatics feasibility study. ConsultEcon, Inc. in partnership with Isaac Sports Group, is tasked with providing the town a detailed understanding of its needs. In order to perform their research, they have created a survey and plan to host public forum on June 11 in Town Hall at 7:00 pm to present initial findings and gather feedback from the community. In addition, they are reaching out to over sixty aquatic programs and facilities in the area to provide an in-depth understanding of demand and economic patterns in the area.
This survey builds on the aquatics survey completed in 2012 by the town. It offers an independent analysis of town needs. It will enable a better understanding of resident needs versus residents of neighboring towns. It also will clearly define the economics supporting an aquatics facility, including suggested pricing, revenue and expense analysis. For these reasons it is imperative we gather as much input as possible.
We are asking all Wellesley residents to please fill out the aquatics survey. You can also go to the town’s website to find the survey. It will only take a minute.
By the end of June Wellesley will receive a detailed report, complete with suggested facility amenities and programming schedules. This report is critical for evaluating proposals that include aquatic facilities on 900 Worcester Street.
Thank-you for your support!
Matthew McKay and Suzy Littlefield
900 Worcester St. Aquatics Sub-committee
The Purchase and Sale Agreement for the North 40 is due to be signed on June 8th at a 4 p.m. (Note: Meetings for the summer will be in the late afternoon.)
- Modifications to the Agreement include an additional five acres of land being set aside for CPC.
- Wellesley College insisted that 26.7 acres are to be allocated for open space.
- The parties are still working out some issues with Dark Skies requirement.
- 13.3 acres remain for potential development (there was conversation about housing, senior housing, recreational facility, playing fields, roads)
- Environmental concerns will become clearer later this year and early in 2016. This may delay the process of development.
- Bond and financial information was discussed. Please see meeting on Wellesley Media for details.
Next meeting is slated for June 1st at 4 p.m.
The Town Government Study Committee hopes that you will attend one of two public sessions to discuss its Draft Recommendations.
The Draft Recommendations include:
- establishment of the position of Town Manager as the top administrative position for the community;
- creation of a process for a Strategic Plan for the Town;
- creation of a Land Use Division involving those boards involved with land use; and
- appointment, rather than election, of the position of Town Clerk and the Boards of Assessors, Health and Public Works.
The meetings are scheduled for:
Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall, Town Hall
Thursday, May 28 at 9:00 am in the Wakelin Room, WFL
We are eager to take questions and obtain your feedback. We will be reflecting on the feedback and refining the Draft Recommendations over the summer so that we have a full package early in the fall. The Board of Selectmen have set fall special town meeting date for October 26, 27 to take up the final recommendations and other matters that may be on the warrant.
Our PowerPoint for the Draft Recommendations is on the Town website at the Town Government Study Committee page.
Our entire presentation is now on UTube at https://youtu.be/CnOdbj7c5IA
Please also feel free to contact us at TGSC@wellesleyma.gov.
Katherine Babson, Chair, Town Government Study Committee
The Friends of the North 40 launched a new website, http://www.friendsofthenorth40.org/ filled with more information! Go see events, history and learn how to support the conservation effort.
This year will be the 17th Annual Wellesley Wonderful Weekend and the 47th Annual veterans day parade.The Wellesley Celebrations Committee with the cooperation of Wellesley College will be holding an event at the North 40 called Raptors, Goats and You.The event will be held on the outside perimeter of the garden area on Saturday May 16th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The purpose of the event is to educate the Wellesley Town residents on the benefits of the North 40 to their health and well being in hopes of retaining both the North 40 gardens and forests for generations to come.There will be two(2) nature educational companies, thewww.goatgirls.com and the www.raptorproject.com on the perimeter of the gardens showing families the benefits of animals and birds in the environment of the North 40, and the importance of retaining our community gardens and forest for the well being their families.We would like the gardeners to participate in showing interested families the benefits that your group brings to our town through donations of garden fresh vegetables to our local food pantry. .The public parking for this event will be at Morse’s Pond parking lot and a Hayride will be provided using the new woods road which connects to the old paved dump road ending at the mature pine stand. From there the public will be guided to the garden event area.We are planning a volunteer cleanup day around the perimeter of the garden area on Saturday May 9th from 9:00am – 12:00pm in preparation of this family event.Anyone who would like to volunteer for the North 40 events can signup at the following address; www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0B4AAFAF23A46-wellesley/27321308