Think Globally, Resist Locally: Support The Safe Communities Act

 

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Summary: There’s lots to do locally to resist the Trump Administration’s many excesses. Item #1 on the list: supporting Sen. Brownsberger and those who are trying to pass SD 1596, a law to prohibit Massachusetts officers and law enforcement from cooperating with mass deportations.

Safety must come first on the Community Path

An engineering firm working for the town has ranked a dangerous path along Concord Ave as preferable to a safe, off road path along the tracks. Come out on Dec. 7 to let them know that safety comes first!

An engineering firm working for the town has ranked a dangerous path along Concord Ave as preferable to a safe, off road path along the tracks. Come out on Dec. 7 to let them know that safety comes first!

In-brief: A proposed on-road route along Concord Ave. poses serious safety concerns and runs counter to the community’s wishes. A December 7 meeting with engineers is your chance to speak out. 

Two Things: Library Feasibility Public Meeting Tonight and a Survey

There's a meeting tonight at Beech Street Center for the public to weigh in on plans for a new or renovated Library. Also: take the survey!

There’s a meeting tonight at Beech Street Center for the public to weigh in on plans for a new or renovated Library. Also: take the survey!

Hey Blogging Belmont. Last night’s meeting on the Belmont Community Path is barely over (and more on that later). In the meantime, there’s another important meeting upon us for another, important piece of 21st Century infrastructure in town: our aging and undersized Public Library. Tonight at 7:00 PM at the Beech Street Center, there will be an Open Forum at which the community can meet with Library Director Peter Struzziero, and the Library’s Feasibility Committee members to provide input on your hopes, desires, priorities for a new or renovated Belmont Public Library.

Also: if you can’t make it tonight (or even if you can) there’s an online survey that is collecting citizen input and views on the new library. The link for that is here:

Belmont Public Library Feasibility Survey! Tell us what you think.

Also worth noting and putting on your calendar: there will be a December 1st meeting of the  Library Feasibility Study Committee in the Flett Room at the Library at 7:00 PM.

If you have questions, you can contact Peter Struzziero, Library Director at  617-993-2850  or at pstruzziero@minlib.net.

 

Reminder: Community Path Meeting Tonight (WED) at Chenery

There's a meeting to discuss the eastern end of the proposed Belmont Community Path this evening (Wed Nov 16) at 7 PM at Chenery Middle School Auditorium. Come show your support for a gorgeous Belmont Community Path! (Photo by Paul Roberts.)

There’s a meeting to discuss the eastern end of the proposed Belmont Community Path this evening (Wed Nov 16) at 7 PM at Chenery Middle School Auditorium. Come show your support for a gorgeous Belmont Community Path! (Photo by Paul Roberts.)

Hey Blogging Belmont Community! This is a quick reminder that this evening is the occasion for another community dialog regarding the planned Community Path. The discussion with Pare, the engineering firm hired to evaluate the various options for the path, is set to begin in The Chenery Middle School Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

This evening’s discussion will cover the Eastern End of the proposed path, from Belmont Center’s Railroad Bridge to Brighton Street and the connection to the path to Alewife and the Minuteman Trail. From an engineering standpoint, this is the least complicated section of the whole route: flat as a pancake and with plenty of room along an abandoned right of way providing a straight shot down the tracks to the terminus of the existing Alewife connector path.

From a political standpoint, this is one of the most contentious parts of the project, as there has been concern from abutters along Channing Road about the impact of the Community Path on their property as well as concerns about privacy, noise and other issues.

In short: there will be some healthy discussion about the various options and path supporters should make it a point to attend tonight and make their voices and opinions heard. Previous meetings (I was at last week’s meeting regarding the central portion of the trail) have been very informative and have featured lots of back and forth between the excellent folks at Pare and community members.

There’s more information on the Town’s web site. And, if I’m not wrong, Pare is still open to having residents take the survey about the path. Around 200 people have taken it so far, but Pare is obviously interested in hearing from as many of you as possible. The link to that is here.