Tired of all this planning talk and political wheel spinning? After 7 years,
there is in fact a short segment of the ARRT which is actually being built.
For inspiration, go to Fairbanks Boulevard in Marlborough, next to the
golf driving range; a real gravel base has been constructed and it is easy
to imagine a completed rail trail.
Next Meetings: (generally start at 7:00 p.m.)
Monthly ARRT meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in our activities are invited to attend. Meeting are usually finished by 9:00 PM.
Marlborough - Hudson ARRT Survey Plans to be Reviewed
July 20, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. at Marlborough City Hall
In a special presentation by Nick Rubino of Earth Tech,
ARRT volunteers and other interested parties are invited to preview the
evolving design plans for the ARRT from Lincoln St. in Marlborough to the
Main Street Bridge in Hudson (near PC Creames). The survey is complete,
wetlands have been mapped, ownerships sorted out, hazardous waste assessment
conducted, and issues have begun to be studied in detail. From 6:00 to
7:00 we will review these plans (14 sheets of drawings so far); then from
7:00 to 8:00 we will conduct our normal monthly meeting agenda. Refreshments
to be served.
ARRT Incorporation papers filed
on July 11, 2000 ARRT Clerk, Duncan Power submitted our Articles
of Incorporation to the Mass. Secretary of State's Office following pro
bono legal review by Steve Moore. Many thanks to Duncan, Steve, George
Mongeau, and Mark Geoffroy for getting all these documents together. By
August, we should be able to apply for non-profit status with the IRS and
open our own bank account.
Volunteers to assist Earth Tech in ARRT Master Plan Update
Earth Tech was selected as our planning consultant to prepare
an up-to-date big picture plan of the ARRT. Acton, Stow, Marlborough, Maynard,
and Hudson each contributed $2,000. to underwrite hiring Earth Tech. At
the June meeting, the following individuals volunteered to conduct research
assistance to support the Master Planning Work: Tom Kelleher, Acton; George
Morey, Maynard; Don Rising and Mike Duclos, Stow; Peggy Rittenhouse and
Dick Gelpke, Hudson; and Duncan Power for Marlborough. Three additional
people are needed, preferably from Acton, Maynard and Marlboro, to round
out this subcommittee; if interested, please call Jeff at (978) 464-5581.
We hope to do this work over the next 3 or 4 months; an outline of tasks
and schedule will be discussed at our July 20th meeting. Many thanks to
the various Town Departments for funding, and to the participants for your
time and continued dedication.
Michelle Ciccolo, Hudson Administrative Assistant, has drafted an agreement
to formalize contractual relationships between the 5 ARRT Municipalities
when working together on ARRT business. The 1998 ISTEA grant for trail
acquisition in each Town, and design of the Marlboro-Hudson 4-mile segment,
is the biggest example of this cooperative relationship; the Master Plan
update will be a second example. On July 20, representatives from each
Town will be meeting to review Michelle's draft. After this review, the
agreement will go to Town Councils and then on to the Selectmen/Mayor's
office for ratification. Our Town Meeting votes of 1998 and 1999 authorized
the Selectmen in each Town to proceed in this direction.
Brigham Hill III Subdivision
in Hudson, is soon to be the subject of consideration by the Planning
Board. This project is north of the Connector Road and abutts the west
side of the ARRT. A preliminary subdivision plan has been filed and will
be on the Board's agenda at their next meeting. A Hudson volunteer is needed
to track this project and work with others to make sure the interests of
the ARRT are addressed in the proposed development plan.
Maynard Heads Up
Town Planner, Carolyn Britt met with ARRT volunteers on June 20 to
discuss current and near-future activities in Maynard which affect the
ARRT. These include: Mill parking lot alterations, sidewalk re-construction
along Main St., recurbing and repaving of Railroad St., and changes in
ownership along the trail. We need to increase our presence and participation
in Maynard. If interested, contact Duncan Power at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newsletter Assistance needed
Writing and mailing. Call Jeff Richards at (978)464-5581. Thanks
Wayside Trail Clearings
July 22 and August 19,2000 join the Bay Circuit Alliance in Wayland
and Sudbury to clear brush from the Central Mass Line. Contact Dick Williamson