Acton Beacon, October 10, 1963

Acton Beacon

October 10, 1963

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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - October 10, 1963, Acton, Massachusetts KRINKR Only PrtaM Locally VOLUME ll, NUMBER 32 The BEACON — Thursday, October IO, 1963 Price to* Wednesday Date Set As Dump Issue Simmers    I Lent WACTIS of Water Supply Winter Woes Maynard Town Meeting Set Back To Nov. 13th I MAYNARD — Thb calling of a ac.ive part in the dump problem, be put befor? th? townspeople. special town. meeting in November I until a controversy eros? over use wqa moved back a week to Nov-1 of th? Quartermaster Corps Ammon-1 ember 13 by the Maynard    Select ition Dump    as    a    possible site. men at their Tuesday meeting, to t Resid    nts    in    the area balked    at allow more time to conform with th? possibility of having a dump lo-legal requirements and to permitj cated near on? of th? better res-the printing of the town warrant., id nlial neighborhoods of (lie town In frisker’the announcement Of I « th* thought of trucks tray-the portponentent afteC meeting in | ’‘bing Op and down a yToad where executive session, chairman    of th"' th‘n’    te,*e    number of    chil Scfartmcw,’ Albert AleXanlan    stated!dr n- iwl^ye pRPv The Selectmen, on Hie other hand, ve that the Taylor Rood Arn* kin Dump location is an ex-ve stop-gap measure and that th? town should only concentrate on acquiring the Boeske land which adjoins lh? pres *nt dump. Th?y contend that the land would p 'milt sanitary fill operations aud still enable the erection of i^n incinerator at a later date. The purchase thrtjhe drily Wan necessary to meet j Tile Selectmen disagreed with the I nf nhly one pim. of pt.o,x*rlv would thefegal requirements of calling and; DRW as to th? wisdom of th? loca-suqh a m eeting. Hie or-! lion and requested that the town try date of November 4 did not! to buy additional land at the present •How enough leeway. The new date will be on a Wednesday. BATTLE LOOMS The delay will not bring the Board of Public Works and the Selectmen dump site owned by Mrs. Grace Bo ake. When Mrs. Bocske was approached ! on the .matter, the Seh'ctmen reported that she was favorably dis nearer together in their dispute over j P°sed ,0 negotiating on the sale of who has jurisdiction Ip negotiate the purchase of land for a new dump. Ray Sheridan told the BEACON that the Selectmen’s bid to negotiate on the land was purely “political" the property. Hie DPW claims that when they inquired about the land previously, they came away with the impression that a purchase might not be possible and it wasn't until and vowed that he would fight them *lbe Quartermaster land was suggest* to the “last breath."    I ^ (which is near Mrs. Boeske's “If the Selectmen want to play I home) that the Prospects of a pur-politics, I will tight them tooth and jchase *PPeared to become brighter. nail and come -out on top!"    I The Board of Selectmen have, been The DPW Commissioner stated contacted by Mrs. Boeske’s attorn-that he did not know why the Select-1 eys, according to Selectman Pat Don- men wanted to negotiate the pur-| chase of the land or to submit the article, but snapped that it was the DPW’* prerogative since the dump comes under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department. He charged that the dispute arose from the DPW's refusal to permit the Selectmen ta lease Summer Hill land to jibe Cub Scouts for a recreation atle. He claimed that such an ovan and the Board will attempt to arrive at a cost figure to present lo the townspeople at the special town meeting. WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? The DPW insist that it is their responsibility to investigate possible locations for the dump and that the Selectmen are usurping their responsibilities in contradiction of the acts the Department. hv> r quired (’OUI D BE TOO HIGH The members of the DPW fear that the cost of th * Boesk? land might lie "prohibitively" high and wish to offer the townspeople an alternative. At the moment, both boards are at loggerheads over what to do and who should do it. The wrangling between the two departments has caused both sides to reach an impasse with the result that both could end up submitting the same article for approval by the townspeople. If this does happen, there is some question as to whose will be admitted for discussion. The DPW has MAYNARD - The water level at I Whites 'Pond, Maynard’s reservoir, has dropped back to the point it was : before the recent rains, according to I Superintendent of Public Works Don*-1 aid Lent. “The water level is now back to , 9 and a half inches above the dan-1 i ger point, where it was before the 1 rain,” Lent reported when contacted I by the "BEACON *. He said that there is a possibility that we "may be out of water in the middle ofj winter."    *    I "The problem is that the pond is not repl rushing itself, ihere is no stream lead ng kits the pond which must be fed by springs. Right now the I soil aro -id the pond is dry so that th? , springs have no water. ' L°nt pointed out that while there is no danger that the wat^r will run j out because of the d?pth or th? pond, the level is nearing that critical point j above the stand pipe where air begins to enter the pump, causing a vacuum and halting the water flow.; At the moment, the water level is 9r^ inches above this critical point. I The failure of the pond to signifi-1 cantly recover as a result of the recent rains may mean that the water ban will have to remain in force indefinitely. The Superintendent states that water consumption has risen slightly as a result of the warmer weather Police Station And Library Plans Are Among 45 Articles indicated that it will consider going. _ .    ,    . to court even to have its article and_ has rwl^e!^d ^ considered. The final outcome of thi» struggle may or may not be decided at the special town meeting to be held Wed-1 cooperate with the DPW to hold wa ter usage to a minimum. The water ban has been in effect for more than two months, having 'Ik Iirrai« wet* as^de for **** Selectmen and will p rear -a*    fiu'UittomL    in    sefrt    thre* articles at the special i town meeting involving the strand i type of be conducted. Hit ▼iv* ab rh at! QTAWrtm TUTvirc    ^vpe turnip, to oe conducted,    nu*    October 15. Articles will    have to IAXIX?* mwfu STAinKLJ things    Ro?ske land. Quartermaster site,    and    submitted by then to be    included Hm! Selectmen did not take an    the question of an incinerator    will    the .Warrant. nesday, November 13. a session which promises to be the liveliest in years. The Wednesday date was decided upon. Selectman ^lexanian told the press, because Monday the lith is a holiday and Tuesday is the evening to step most town    *    - Hie Chairman of the Selectmen -also announced that the Warrant will be closed as pf *8 p.m. Tuesday. October 15. Articles will have to be on I been clamped down on August 1st. Under the ban. water may be used only for necessary health needs. Hie sprinkling of lawns, shrubs, washing of autos and other unessential uses is forbidden. • Until there are soaking rains. Lent «rineaib» sen the easing of the Hon. The possibility that the water crisis WU! continue into winter, has spurred the DPW into looking for a new standby pump. The present one which was pressed into action as the water level dipped dangerously low in August, is water cooled, a factor which could be a problem in cold weather. Lent reports that th? DPW is look ing into the possibility of an air-cooled engine and another pump. There is a Civil Defense air-cooled engine available but there is som-* question whether the pump can be hooked up to it. If the pump can be mated to the ACTON SCHOOL LANI) — The 45 acre tract shown in solid black encompasses the area that the Acton School Committee proposes to obtain through eminent domain proceedings provided the townspeople approve the move at the special town meeting set for next Monday evening. The grid pattern indicates additional land which the Committee unsuccessfully tried to obtain at the September 9th town meeting. The land being sought is owned by Brewster Conant of Evanston, Illinois who does not wish to sell. 7 Article Warrant On Tap For Stow Conant Set To Oppose School Land Article ACTON Th** meeting request ;*d from the Selectmen by th? Planning Board in middle September has developed into a 45 article extravaganza that bodes plenty of action, controversy, and spirited debate. The Blanchard Auditorium will ring on the evening of October 28 to impassioned pleas and reasoned arguments urging the purchase of a large tract of land for campus-type school construction. money plans for a new library, the adoption of amendments to the zoning by-law. and a new bylaw for the fire department, governing pay scale and setting up appointive procedures for regular and call firemen. These feature the large bill of legislative fare which will have j to be digested by the voters before this most grandiose of special town meetings ever held by the town of Acton comes to an end. Most town officials predict a stormy session which could .stretch into a three night affair. Total amounts being asked for transfer, from available funds come to 195,347, j I the largest being $70,000 for the es-I tablishment of a stabilization fund. This figure does not include the purchase of the controversial school land, which th? School Committee j will seek to take by eminent do- j | main for $60,000. Most of the money for this purpose would be borrowed, i however. The Planning Board has the lion's share of the articles, five aes sion artic!? is passed, the second article I on the warrant    would authorize the construction of    the new school on this land. $900,018) has already been authorized for this . project, and $100,000 is now in the stabilization fund, leaving a balance of $800,000 which would be liorrowed. POLICE STATION ARTICLES Article 3 calls for the transfer from available funds Of $3,000 for land on which the proposed new police station would he located. This is not the same parcel of land previously sought and is immediately for    preliminary    J adjacent to the    Carlson Animal HOS- police    station    and    pjtal on Route    27 on the Northerly side. This comprises an acre of land and is presently owned by Malcolm Dunn. Article 4 would authorize the expenditure of $3,000 for preliminary plans for the proposed police station. It is expected to cost in the vicinity of $90,000. according to Police Chief Collins, and will comprise either one floor with a basement if there is not too much ledge on the land, dr it will encompass two floors above ground of about 2400 square feet each. PLANS FOR LIBRARY ADDITION Article 5 requests $5,000 for preliminary plans for an addition to the/ Acton Library of about 9,000 squat feet. It is expected that this pro) will cost in the vicinity of $100,1 complete. It is also expected the trustees will have chosen al architect by the time of the ing and that tentative plans for addition will be shown, lf the funds' for the preliminary plans are voted, of which are on amendments to the * it is expected that the town will be zoning by-law. two on rezoning land, asked to vote the go-ahead on the in the town 12 articles which would who,e project at the March town, amend the building code of the town, meeting and 13 articles which concern road Article 6> To see if the To%m wiU engin \ the DPW may ask for funds ! atKj to purchase the equipment. It will cost approximately $500.00 according to the Superintendent. The pump permits th? drawing, of water from the deeper reaches or th? reserver in the event the level does c’rop below the danger point and air begins to be-sucked into the regular pump. STOW — Next Monday night the voters of Stow will gather at St. Isidore's Church in the lower hall, for a Special Town Meeting. The church most generously offered the use of the hall, since the Center School Auditorium, the usual site of town meetings, is being used temporarily to house seventh and eight grade classes. SEVEN ARTICLE WARRANT The warrant contains seven articles or consideration. Hie first article asks for $3,600 from available finds for repairing Town will vote to appropriate from the Insurance recovery Account $12. ( COO for expenditures incurred in setting up emergency accommodations for Junior High students and for architectural drawings and engineering services for the Center School El-; einentary School addition. FUND TRANSFER The final article on the warrant for the October 14th special town acceptance. 45 At PE TRACT FOR SCHOOLS SOUGHT The School Committee will make a do-or-die attempt to persuade the voters to approve the taking by eminent domain of a 45 acre tract of land which would be used for a vote to transfer from Article -14 ‘ of the 1963 Annual Town Meeting, the permanent firemen's salary account the sum of $2,397.65 to the Fine Department Expense Account end the sum of $3,250.00 to the Fire Alarm Expense Account, and the sum of $5,500.00 to the Fire Department ’Sal- campus-typ? school complex. $60 OOO aries and Wages Account, or take will be asked for this purpose, about $5,000 of which will be taken from surplus revenue. • the balance to be raised by borrowing. This will re- renovat'ng in the Town Hall, including replacement of th? heating system, and for authority for the Selectmen to let the contracts for the work, In the second article of the warrant J the town is asked to vote whe her or not the Building Committee appoint-, ed under Article 17 of the February j 25th annual town meeting together j w th such additional members as the | Selectmen may appoint, may be au-? thorized to carry out the development cf the Hale Junior High School lot, in lieu of the proposed Smeth-urst site, for the purpose of erecting a combined Police and Fire Station, and to appropriate, from available funds, the sum of $5500 for plans, and demolition and cleaning up of he damaged building on the site. Also, the voters will be asked to meeting asks transfer of $1775 from i    quire a two-thirds vote    as    it    involves the perpetual care funds of th? cern- I    fond taking. This article    is    the    first etery to purchase a new pickup lark    ()ne on fhe warrar,t. for the Cemetery Department, end authorization for the Selectmen to Th? Committee was defeated in trade in the old truck and purchase The Finance Committee. its attempt to take an 83 acre piece ) of land by eminent domain at the a new one. Lie f inance    meeting.held Septemb- which recommended th? amounts in- g At that meetj the Finance wived in a1) previous articles, also CommUtee introduced a substitute recommended this amount, but added ,    which    th(J    am()unt “to be ces." derived from non tax sour- Nlemi, Waltzer Mikkonen, and Ed terrain aithe Veterans Memorial Park in Maynard I authorized and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce which, also Mon of the Mow downt own parking area adjacent to the park. BEACON STAFF PHOTO Selectmen Request Town Counsel Fees MAYNARD — The Selectmen requested Tuesday night that the Finance Committee transfer $192 to the Selectmen’s legal budget to pay <a $z50 retainer to Town Counsel Paul Carbon? to cover legal expenses incurred in the Arcaro case. The Selectmen told the Finance Committee that the legal budget had been reduced from $1,009 to $750 this year because the $1,000 figure had been found to be more than sufficient in previous years. They reported, however, that court cases carried over from last year had reduced the fund to less than $100. making it necessary to seek new money to pay the Town Counsel’s j Town, and will appear on the War-coiirt costs. Ii was necessary to pay former Town Counsel. Leonard Rae about $350 on the Tomyl Case, Selectman Alexanian told the Finance Committee, and close to the same figure of land down to 43 acres. However, this __  j    motion was eventually lost by 42 votes. It is essentially this same Selectmen Note Columbus motion which is bein* preseiited b>’ any other action relative thereto. . Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $1,200.00. or any other sum. for Elections and Registration*; $2Q0 for the Salaries and Wages Account and $1,000.00 for th? Expense Account. or take any other action relative thereto. FIRE DEPARTMENT TO BE REORGANIZED Under Article 8, the town will be asked to amend the by-law by removing section 5 and replacing it with three sub-sections, one which would make possible the inclusion bf regular firemen in the department. Day Fate in Maynard tile School Committee at the October (the second which would make mop-2ft instill The Committee has em- * bership on the regular force depen- 28 meetiiv,. The Committee has em vt AVN Ann — The Italian Social1 Phas‘Zfd the need to Set started on dent on meeting certain physical and Club of Maynard will hold a Colum-1 instruction of the proposed 20-room mental tests, as well as giving the bus Day celebration this Saturday even ng which will feature a buffet dinner, dancing, and prizes. The Maynard Selectmen and their ladies have been invited and at last Tuesday evening’s session the Board ^    ,,___.    ..    'issued a statement noting the Italian vote as to whether to authorize the j or!.an:7iaUcn,s obso,.vanct. „r Colum- committee to invite bids for the construction of 'a combined Police and Fire Station, with the contracts to be awarded after appropriations by a subsequent Town Meeting. EARTH REMOVAL The third, attid by far fhe lengthiest article, is,the Planning Board’s proposed change in the by-laws for the control of earth removal in the bus Day and praising the contributions that Americans of Italian ancestry have mad? to th? history and (th of Maynard. elementary school as well as the Selectmen authority to approve ap-faet that this site is better by far in I pointments to the regular force alifs opinion, than any other investi- J ter screening by the Chief, and the gated. The acquisition of this land ‘ third would define the duties and has been bitterly contested by Brew-1 responsibilities of personnel, ster Conant. an absentee landlord I Article 9 calls for setting up sal-who lives in Evanston. Illinois. As ' ary schedules for the permanent flre-recently as September 28, he re- men starting at $1.72 and running to affirmed his opposition to selling the; .$2.06, or annually from $4,309.63 to land to the town when he made a growt C.D. Director Calic oft Courcc... Lack of Interest MAYNARD — Civil Defense Director Don MacGlashing informed the cancelling . special trip to Acton and met with 1 the School Committee to indicate that he was against the taking of the : smaller parcel of land, j It is felt by the School Committee ’ that the main reason the proposal was defeated at the last meeting, j n as poor coordination in the presen-I tation of the proposal. At that time, ; the Finance Committee reduced the foul .......... Oet.    2    let MAYNARD — The Maynard Swim-1 was paid to    Town Counsel    Paul Car- wili meet    on    bone when    he took over    the case. It is anticipated that the retainer will help pay for the expenses of filing petitions and various    other legal actions    in connection    with the Arcaro case now being fought before tilt Sifoettor Court. action brought by ruction Company, ,t the town caused erection of the ing due, to de-t of fail- First-Aid classes because of a lack ! amount of land, despite the opposition of the School Committee. The rant exactly as previously printed in s ,    h    .    . the BEACON, and as discussed at a 1 ^‘ectmen mat ne was recent hearing. Article four is inserted to seep'1    , 'Selectmen’s Counsel had earlier de- whether the .town will vote to ap-1 wbfn contacted by the BE ALO . |clare(j that both the presentation of propriate from available funds    $1500    j MacGlashing said    that only j p -    article    and    the    takj11{i    by eminent for snow removal and sanding. The    | sons had attended    the first two ses-    domain    were illegal. In    addition. Sel- reason for the need for the    extra    Mons and he saw    no point in con-    J    ectmen    did    not    indicate    either their money is that the amount alotted _umg them.    ...    ,    j approval or disapproval of the art- "If people are not interested, he    ' PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 8 NIED MONEY IMMEDIATELY? Franklin CoqMratiM Immediate service! Second Mortgages available 443-0083 — 801-tilt for the calendar year has been expended. Hie fifth Mid sixth articles are concerned with die placement of the insurance mtjney received from the Junior High School fire. One asks if the Town will vote to transfer from the Insurance Recovery Account to the ’Stablization Fund, the sum of $22. 500 and the other to see if the ' FLORAL FASHIONS FLORIST Francis Ward, Prop. Floral Designs for .... .-.altoccasions Phone CO 8-4752 124 Main St. So. Acton said with ill concealed bitterness. "I don't feel I owe it to town to be interested. I’ve had it." The CD program in Maynard — as in the majority of towns - has suf fered from apathy on the part of citizens. Since a flurry of interest created by the Cuban crisis last October. Civil Defense has become taboo. An evacuation plan for Maynard’s school children has still not been formulated although the State Superintendent of Schools informed the various town school committees that a plan was forthcoming. This promise was made in June and the Maynard School Committee has yet to hear any more word. icle. and it was felt that votes were j lost for this reason. A meeting has been scheduled next Monday night which will be attended by the School Committee, Finance Committee. and Selectmen to make sure all boards will back the proposal. It is also hoped that a favorable ruling on taking the land by eminent domain will be forthcoming from Counsel Richard McCabe. If this first ECTON FLORIST SMOD 362 Main St., Rt. 27, Acton FLOWERS DESIGNED For your Special Occasion Corsages Sympathy Bouquets * Foliage Plants - Pot Plants Dried arranging material for the “Do-it-Youraeifer^ Free Delivery • Opal Sud. CO 3-4456 AZTEC SCHOOL OF LAM0ACES FALL SEMESTER REGISTRATION OCT.I4,l?63-7.9P. M. ZU CENTRAL ST., WEST ACTON    003-22*7 ;