WVN ALERT: Wednesday NStar Meeting
- Dear Wayland Voter,
The selectmen will meet with NStar officials during their Wednesday evening meeting to discuss matters including tree removal and vegetation management. Many residents have been outraged by recent clear cutting near transmission lines.
An announcement from Town Administrator Fred Turkington said: "Company officials have pledged to negotiate mitigation measures with individual property owners in the Oak Hill and Meadow View Road neighborhood following the completion of the tree removal program and to protect wellheads, safeguard against erosion, and to use approved herbicides next year. NStar officials will appear to discuss concerns about potential future impacts such as erosion, wellhead and wetlands protection, and individual mitigation pledges, as well as the possibility of work beneath other transmission lines in Wayland."
The meeting at the town building begins at 7 p.m. and includes public comment at 7:05. The discussion with NStar begins at 7:30 p.m. As time allows, Wayland residents and invited officials from other towns will be given time to speak.
NStar says its methods are based on public health and safety concerns. Concerns remain about plans to use Roundup in the future. Also, recent clear-cutting may have damaged a town well and fueled a brush fire on Saturday. See:
For a bit of historical background on a town's dealings with the electric utility that preceded NStar see:
In WVN #460 two figures were inadvertently reversed. The sentence should have read:
Wayland reported $1,545,901 to the state Department of Revenue last October as the "carryover," but the Fiscal 2011 MUNIS Balance Sheet shows $1,045,901 as the total encumbrance.