Route 9 and Hammond St. Traffic update

The CHA recently obtained the following information from Newton officials:

The contractor doing the work on Route 9 (between Hammond Pond Parkway to just west of Langley) will be working nights this week. The work includes the placement of what is called the “sign bridge”. This is the structure that spans across all lanes of Route 9 that the new signage is attached. This sign bridge work does require the temporary shut down of Route 9 for 5 to 10 minutes (shut down approved by MassDOT). The closure will take place sometime between the hours of 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM. While on nights the contractor will also be completing the drainage work in the area of the new Chestnut Hill Square complex.

Work on Route 9 is expected to be completed by fall of 2013, possibly even late summer.

At the request of CHA members, city official will discuss adding a police detail at the intersection of Hammond and Route 9 during the lane closures during peak afternoon hours. However, with all of the construction activities around they anticipate some difficulty getting a detail officer.

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Registration open for summer programs at Newton Community Farm

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Newton Community Farm has opened regisration for spring and summer programs for both children and adults.

Visit the wesite for details. 

Override Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled

The  Ward 7 Override presention with Mayor Setti Warren has been rescheduled for Sunday March 3 at 1:00pm. This public town hall meeting should cover the mayor’s request for an override package totaling $11.4 million, and including three separate ballot questions: two separate debt exclusion overrides-temporary tax increases to pay for debt service for capital projects at Angier and Cabot elementary schools, and an operating override that also includes funds for roads and sidewalk repair, improvements to Zervas elementary school, four additional police officers to manage traffic and safety concerns, the renovation of the hub of our fire department: Station 3, and department headquarters, and rising school enrollment.

For more information from the Mayor’s office and dates of other Town Hall public meetings concerning the override, visit the Mayor’s override page here.

View the school superintendent’s video of three elementary schools here. 

More Information from supporters: Building Newton’s Future

More information from opponents: Moving Newton Forward

More information on the Waban Hill Reservoir

As the February 11 meeting of the Waban Hill Reservoir Advisory Group approaches, anyone interested in learning more about the site can visit the City of Newton website to view the planning documents for the property as well as meeting history.

 http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/current/devrev/hip/manet_road.asp.

Tentative plans for the site might include leveling the higher edges to fill the interior so the space could be used for a park, open space, a skating rink, tennis and soccer courts, an ampitheater, among others and the Advisory Board is open to suggestions. You can send yours to Advisory Board Committee Member Ms. Madelyn Bell at madelynetc@yahoo.com and/or attend the open meeting on February 11.

Open meeting of Waban Hill Reservoir Advisory Group

The City of Newton may have the opportunity to purchase the Waban Hill Reservoir in Chestnut Hill from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As such a Community Advisory Board has been selected from the neighborhood to brainstorm and research ideas for this 5 acre site.  Assuming the water can be drained and the elevation of the land mass can be set, the Advisory Board is open to suggestions for varied active and/or passive uses for this land.   Such uses being thought about are jogging/walking trails, tot lot, dog park, tennis and soccer courts, amphitheater, skating rink, etc, etc.

The next meeting of the Waban Hill Reservoir Advisory Group will be Monday, February 11th at 6:30 PM at City Hall in the Basement Cafeteria.  The Advisory Board will meet first (meeting open to the public) and take public comments and thoughts in an open session at the end of their meeting.  All are invited to attend.

If you would like to offer your suggestions for ideas for this parcel please email Advisory Board Committee Member Ms. Madelyn Bell at madelynetc@yahoo.com. She is keeping a list in advance of this meeting of all suggestions being offered.

This is an exciting opportunity for Chestnut Hill to create a wonderful public space for our neighborhood and that for the City.

Over-ride meeting at Ward School

On Sunday, February 10th at 1:00 PM Mayor Setti Warren will be presenting to the Ward 7 community his Override Presentation. This is our opportunity to come together to learn and question about his various Proposition Tax Override and Debt Exclusion packages concerning public safety, education and infrastructure. The Special Election will be held March 12th where we will be asked to vote on three different ballot initiatives.

Please join members of the Chestnut Hill Association and other Ward 7 neighbors at this important neighborhood forum.

Read Mayor Warren’s Letter to Newton here