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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - January 2, 1964, Acton, Massachusetts A For Tho Latest NEWS Read “The Beacon ” Only MHM Locally TH AWABI WIMIM NEWSPAPER lo. , rn". ’'.NUMBER ll The BEACON — Thursday. January 2.1 SU I Price IO* Democratic Leader To Seek D.P.W. Investigation Maynard's Water Dilemma Reaches Gloomy Dead End Annual ‘beacon’ Answer Filed In Acton Candidates Night    . Stow Residents Must ^Test Own Well Water MAYNARD - The revelation that the Lake Boon Association is ccn-trolling weeds by Ila* use of deadly chemicals has pit-cipitated a major j water crisis for Hie town of Maynard | now that use of the spr.ug overflow -waters from the lake are barred. j An air of discouragement pervades the DPW offices in the Mmicipal Building as an aftermath of tho <k-velopmmts at Stow two weeks ago. \ No easy solution ‘he water prob- j ^ tem now appears tenable. LENT UNOPTIMISTIC When queried by the "BEACON'’ shortly arter the Stow "bomb." S ip- J erintemknt of Public Works. Don! Lent, was anything but optimistic. He indicated that the town might ’ try to use the waters of the Assabet J or perhaps the stream off Taylor. Road.    I He stated that the cost of setting up a filtration station to make it possible to use the Assabet would be prohibitively high. The Taylor road alternative is a shallow body 6 of water which would also have to 1 be purified. Lent said that Maynard might con sider tying into the Metropolitan Wat- ; er District in Framingham by going i through Marlboro. Again this would | be costly. NEE DOUBTFUL Hie possibility of buying water j from Sudbury would not only be ex- i pensive but slim. Gerald Nee, a DPW Commissioner, told the "BEACON” that it is doubtful that Sud- 1 bury could give Maynard water and 4&tiU provide for its own expanding TAKING NO CHANCES — Maynard Selectman, Howard Boeske, is shown drinking a glass of melted snow at his Lake Boon retreat rather than draw a cup full of aqua pura from his shallow well in the background. When asked whether or not he feared that his water supply might be laced with arsenic, Boeske replied .... “I don’t know but I’m just naturally a coward.” t BEACON STAFF PHOTO Set For Feb. 27th MAYNARD Plans tire kl tinworks for tile "BEACON’S third annual "Candidates Night ' which H tieing scheduled for Thursday evening. February 27th. A full evening of political interest. I entertainment, aud refresbm i s is : currently bclog arr; • iged by th "BEACON" project stall 'hat. is (I tai mined to make the uixiu.il ev.ut bigger and batter than ever. I As candidacies for Leal muni i cipal office are m’.iunced. the candidates will Im- invited to at‘a-nd th forum where they wi'l have an -p portunity to present tie ii p a' a m to tho public mid the public will be able to ask any pertinent quest ic is ! the. wish. The attendance at last y. u-'s "C a ■ didates Night" showed an appreciable increase over that of the first such night and high hopes are held tar a full house at the 198.4 sossrn. The "Candidates Night" will bo held at the Green Meadow School Auditorium as in past y ars. Selectmen Will Discuss March Warrant Articles I MAYNARD The Sdec-'m n an I flounced Tuesday evening that they would meet tonigh» (Thursday) to go over articles which will be placed on the warrant for the regular town meeting in Marci. The session will be informal, called to work out the ri tails of the articles which the Selectmen will submit to the vo'.en A report of the Selectmen's active'*"; for the past year will also be drawn ACTON Counsel R i c h a r d Mc Ca be has filed .iii answer to the declaration made in court by the Giro Construction Corp. of Hudson which ct*fiends that it has been substantially damaged by the ae tic.'is if tin' Acton Board of Health. The Ii!igati ■ i Has been brought against it's m. mb t h'fi’i* it ti usii- .lay Hr milling imd .Mattai Duggni, as hdividuals charging th-rn with inis-' teasnilc.* i'll mal' easanee. It has h i i e nt< nil cl that the Board failed tr issue Gyro a Use Occi;p;.ne> Per rn it for a house recently const meted ;■! Mn--. Avenue, West Act MI, without cause, and tailed to adat • a nuis;vice resulting from si wag • over-i 1 w'fig onto the plaintiff's property. These charges have beni denied in the answer which was filed by Mc Calx*. The properly of the rn tubers of the Board of Health has hem at taclicd for $100,000. This adieu was taken at the beginning of action a gainst them which occurred last October. These attachments will remain in effect until the outcome of the suit is decided. It is expected that ut least a year will elapse before tile case is resolved by a trial. The dollar amount of damage t» be asked by the plaintiff has not born decided, and w iii not be revealed until tbs* time of trial. A<-c irding to Gyro’s attorney s. Novitch and DiTommaso of Marlboro, t Ii e damages are a "continuing thing," end will In- to some extent proper tionate to the time they await com pulsation. Gyro Corporation is a concern in viilv cd iii the construction of houses, and is in the process of constructing four rn Mass, Avenue. West Al ton While constructing the first one. the leach fig field for a house owned by James Winston on Juniper Midge road, immediately in back OI the m w lKXi.se, was dug up. Accord ig to (I.-rn, it attempted to get Winston to abate the nuisance resulting in sewage draining on flu* property and received no co operation. The Board of | Health refused to intervene claiming it was a private matter. Later, ac cording to Donald Griffin, president ol Gym. he upplii I for a permit to allow occupancy, as required bv Ac tm law. and was (tented. This has Ix'cn denied by the Board of Health which has stated that Gyro did not at first formally apply for one. Lot or. after the attachments en the*!’ property were made, and upon ad vice cf counsel McCabe, the Use Occupancy Permit was granted. Winston has also bom told by the Board of Health to abate the nuis men resulting from sewage from the ripped up leaching field running into Gyro property. If this is not done the Board has been advised by McCabe that the work can tie done bv the Board of Health and assessed directly against Winston's property. Mrs. Lukashuk Will Present Request At Tuesday Meetings To Seek Action From D.P.W. And Selectmen Th lls tin rili-’ir,I MAYNARD could w ll b> sawn Municipal Building ii--st T'H*si!uy evening as Iii Chairlady ol Maynard*.-15; IIH erat ii Town Comm! to . Has a -se; ted that she - It* ids to v isit t hi Board of Public Works offiiv aru demand an investigation of th* up l a tion of the Department ut Public Works. up. MacPherson Left in Dark as Acton Selectmen Appeal$32,000 Damage Suit meeting that the arsenic pellets had a life of “three to four years" and the fact that the water turned over twice a year made it difficult to (The difference in tile temperature ( of the surface water and water at i the bottom of the take causes the ; whole water supply to turn over or to "flop” twice a year. Arsenic pellets -at the bottom could be brought, nee<h Nee was of the opkitai that Lake j    the    deadly    di«nte^i! Boon might not be completely eliminated from consideration as a source of water. “It definitely isn’t exit yet." he stated. "I would like to see Jolie’s report.” * (Gilbert Jolie is an engineer at the Sanitation Divilian of the State Department of Public Health. He flatly stated at the now famous Stow meeting that the State would not permit the use of overflow waers at Lake Boon if arsenic were being used-) #' When questioned by the ‘BEACON’ Henry Hanson of Maynard’s Special Water Commission also stated that securing an additional source of water supply would be a problem since the Assabet River and Taylor Brook would require expensive treatment plants, the M.D.C. is costly, and Sudbury does not seem overly anxious to part with any of their “aqua pura.” f    LITTLE    LIKELIHOOD Roland Wright, Chairman of the Stow Board of Selectmen, indicated that there was little likelihood that Sr Maynard could use the water now. He informed the “BEACON” that Jolie had told him after «hc Stow Loons to Homeowners $21.00 Monthly Payment par $1,000, include* both Interest a.id Principal. Canaolidat* your billa. Loans up to $1S,000. SUMNER INVESTMENT CO. Framingham, 872-4B4U Oil collect day or night for detail* New Store Hours for 1964 Open daily — Tues, thru Sat., 9:30-5:30 Closed Monday THE HOME SIFT SKOP 562 Mass. Ave., West Acton to the surface by this flopping after water was considered safe.)    I Gerald Nee wants Maynard’s water supply at White Pond tested. Many feel that there is a chance that the chemical has made its way into the | pend due to the natural drainage' that occurs from Lake Boon into, White Pond. _ Stow JSe lect man Wright, however, J believes that the danger of arsenic i draining into shallow wells of residents near the lake is slight and J {bases this on his conversation with I Jolie.-According to Wright, Jolie did not think the hazard great.     ( j The wells lie about ten to fifteen, feet away from the lake and are j | six feet be’ow its water level, Wright j claimed. He said it would be up to; -ach well owror to test his own well ■ I for the chemical.    | I He stated that the town would, ; learn what possible danger there 1 would be in further spraying of the ‘ ! lake before continuing with weed control. He said that no further j spraying would be allowed if it en-1 ■ dangered the wells ringing the rec- j j reaticn area He did point out, however, that he l ake Boon Association intended to carry on chemical weed control next year if it is permitted by the state. This would prevent the use of •he water by Maynard since the State, according to State Department if Health official Jolie, would ..not Mlow the use of such water for dinking. The weed problem at the lake has become serious, according to the Lake Boon Association and Selectman Wright agrees with this. It was Association member Leo Friedman who revealed the seriousness of the situation at the Stow meeting and told that sodium arsenate was being I used to control the growth of weeds. | Friedman stated that if control wasn't practiced, there was a danger that the lake would become a swamp. Selectman Wright backed up . the contention of the Association that the proboem was grave, informing tho "BEACON" a new type of weed has taken hold that looks like a pine tree which grows below the surface I of the water.    j He said that this is spoiling fishing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Priest Baby is New Year's First ACTON — Tho first baby born in the BEACON circulation area in 1%4 was Sally Ann Priest, the daughter of Lloyd "Biog" and Phyllis Priest of Central Street, South Acton. Tipping the scales at 6 pounds 2 ounces, the new year’s first bundle of joy arrived at 8:41 P.M. New Year's day. Sally Ann, since she is the winner of the BEACON New Year's Baby Contest, will be .showered with gilts by merchants and business people iii the community. ACTON It has now been revealed that the decision of the Acton Selectmen to appeal the M2.OOO damage award against the town, passed down by a jury in Lowell District Court early kl December, was made at a meeting ort Dwcetwbar 17. The decision was made by Selectmen Arthur Lee and Lawrence Dcinelly, prior to the arrival of Chairman of the Board Charles Mac Pherscn shortly after 7:20, when the meeting was legally scheduled to begin According to MacPherson. he was not aware of the decision until later on in the evening when his colleagues accquainted him of their decision. Curiously enough, a BEACON reporter, at that same meeting, per haps about 8 p.m., asked ii a de Acton Will Post High St. Bridge Unsafe For More Than Uix Tons MID-WINTER REDUCTIONS ON MESSES THE APPAREL SHOP 41 MEIN STREET CONCORD ISN’T IT THE LIMIT? — The Acton Selectmen will shortly post this bridge over High Street, South Acton, as unsafe for loads in excess of 6 tons. * * * ♦ * * FAST ACCURATE TYPIST Part Tine DAIL BEACON PUBLISHING CO. * TW 1-2012 I ACTON — The Acton Selectmen I have instructed Superintendent o f | Highways, Alan Nelson, to post the ) bridge on High street, South Acton, as unsafe for loads of over 6 tons. The action is the result of a communication from the State Department of Public Warks stating that the bridge is unsafe for loads exceeding this amount. It was also pointed out by Town Engineer, Fred Hanack, that the 6 ton figure allows for considerable leeway. This is a proven fact as many heavy trucks are presently using this bridge. The action was the insult of an initial survey by Hanack last summer, which led to the State conducting an investigation of its own. Some concent has been expressed J The letter condemning the bridge for by residents as to the advisability of the Acton bus traversing this 1 over 6 tons was received by the Selectmen several months ago. When bridge, which it does daily to pick up children on Powdermill road. According to Sid Laffin, whose buses the bridge is posted, the town will not be legally liable for accidents which might occur as the result of Fletcher of Stow ate the need for a bridge at all, as the proposed new road would not go over the Assabet River. It was estimated by Mr. Hanack that the road could be built for approximately $15,000 at $10 per foot, the town doing the work itself. According to Hanack, the construction cost of a new bridge over High street, would be much higher. The re-routing of High street would open up industrial land owned by-Fletcher, and it is hoped that Fletcher will take this into consideration in the determining of a price vision to make an appeal had bein made, and was informed iii the hen alive, There is also no mention of the decision in the Selectmen's notes, The legal .starting time for the S I ectmcn's meetings is 7:30 as posted 1-n the bulletin board at the town hall. Business cannot under law be transacted prior to this time. The law also .states that "every hoard shall maintain accurate records set ting forth the action taken at each meeting. A summary of all matters voted shall be made available with reasonable promptness after e a c- Ii meetkig.” When asked the grounds for the appeal at their meeting last Mon day night. December 30. Lee and Donnelly replied that this had Ih-cu decided by their counsel and they were not sure of the grounds of the appeal. MacPherson was not present at the meeting. When Counsel,.McCabe was contacted, he stated "I'm not going to tell you anything.'’ Tile damages were awarded to Mohawk Homes, a developer who owned duplex houses on Cent r a I street, and had brought suit against thi> town after a land taking iii the summer of 1901. The town had voted at the March town meeting of that year to take land on Central street for widening the road, and the selectmen actually took the land that sum mer. The plaintiff contended that its property value was materially dam aged bv the land-taking, and had asked for damages kl excess of $75.COO. The town was prepared to pay $500 in damages. The land was taken to remove a particularly- bad curve on Central street in the vicinity of Richardson’s Crossing. In order to effect the re (location, it was necessary to take land owned by the plaintiff. It was contended in court that this action lowered the value of the duplexes as well as taking "valuable land front age" which could bo used for future housing development, as the I o t s were approved by tho Planning Board. I It is expected that the appeal- will I take a considerable time to reach tho supreme court. Iii addition, the town will be called upon to pay the I cost of printing the transcript of the I testimony taken In the lower court. as well as court costs, if it loses In addition, the town will have to .    ...    ..    .    pay interest on the judgment for this 'VIM ehmin- ^ itiona , timc    in    thl , ent the appeal fails. The town already owes interest for over two years, as the judgment of $32.(XKI is retroactive to the landtaking iii HMH. Madeline Lukashuk Mrs. Madeline Lukashuk told th "BF!/'('ON" that as a citi/v.i of Maynard she is personally dissatisfied with the performance ut the Depart men! and will urge the Board to form a eanimittce. wha with the Jill "I Town Counsel, can evaluate the per St. George’s Church Buys Doctor Rosemark’s Home MAYNARD Saint George's Episcopal church en Summer street Vi May nard, has purchased the adjacent home of Dr. .I K Rosemark at 58 Summer street and will us. it as a church school and parish center. The Pastor of Saint George's i- th,* Reverend Richard H Taylor. I font .am e, practices, and admi rostra • lied ut the department. Mot meeting with the D P W Co-i mmissioners sin- plans on visiting the I S Ii chtien'-N chambers a-.id urging the i S -lei Hi left to support an investigation or spmaor on** themselves it flu* I) PAV duo not. She originally planned to lodge her demand tm an investigation last Monday but put it off until next Tuesday because Board of Public Works and the Sc lift nit ti will be meeting on the , saith evening and the two Boards might want to conte"' with her on her petition. The Democratic Chairlady told tile "BEACON" that she was particularly ("mcLilied mer recent turns in the dump and water supply situations and felt that the adequacy of several other D P VV .services and functions were in need of a clos** evaluation. A widow and a mother of three children, Mrs. Lukashuk has cistae ted the Maynard Finance Com mitier and requested that a member ut that body Ik* present when she visit-, th.- Board of Public Works and th Selectmen next Tuesday cycling. When asked by the BEACON as to whether she would seek executive -essims, she stated....“Definitely not , aud if one is suggested, I will oppose the move vigorously." She said that she has already informed a member of the Board of Public Works that she will attend their Tuesday session to lodge complaints and that tho Selectmen were similariv informed. Six Acton Teen-Agers in Littleton Auto Crash ACTON Six .V ten ti . cant d si rictus juju: w Ii I in by David A !    ol ,j race. crashed info Hagers i s a ear ta iv Mi ad ti i wall on th* Na gag Uni road,, I.kite day evening. Yourn, lei et! lucia! inju u . teenager hurt in the though all were tate- •) son Hospital. Four of the pus ■ -t gt to the hospital by ambulance, while th tate n then hy V i thur Le w ho vv as accident. The car went an! it conin negotiating a eurv • Appar* brakes locked: some ut tin in the wall wen knock'd stallion. las. Thin -Le! . who sill was the only accident al Knit i mrs Wen I ittle-hu nth. i two Sell 'ctmai I af i.‘ ii ii ut tak -n polite Town Employees Seek 10c Boost MAYNARD The Maynard Town Employees Association will submit’ a proposal at the annual town meeting calling for a ten cent an hour wage boost. The Personnel Board has already gone on record as being opposed to such a wage hike and has recommended no general salary boost for 19*14 except increments for employees having 29 and 25 years of service. The town employees will also be seeking eighteen additional sick leave days per year to bring the total to thirty and a new vacation schedule whu h would give them three weeks vacation after five years of employ-niitit and a month after ten years. SUBSCRIBE TO TNE BEACON tr> I whip fly th. Hies t, et impact by th.* force ol thy was a total lo-.-. The passengers \ erin a of 44 Pro-| Mcizzeo ut 30 Spun Lee of a Mead ti -sen of *29 Moline k drive and a rd Nylander of 239 Arlington The Police Ott\ . un the was Patrolman Paul Hollingsworth Airt C0NMT10NF.D Room* f SWIMMING POOL ettctrdiaii MOTEL Rt. 2. Acton CO 3-7765 it Diana -et striet: e street; i race; Jnni We til Jane donald Hail Rich street, scene FLORAL FASHIONS FLORIST Francis Ward, Prop. Floral Arrangements Flowers wired anywhere Phone CO 3-4752 124 Main St. So. Acton YOUNG MAN Mechanically inclined to monitor Linotype machines. No experience necessary. APPLY BEACON PUBLISHING CO. ASSABET MILLS    MAYNARD provide the transportation for Acton’s j its collapse-.    for the land which will have to be school children, the bus which goes | To remedy the situation, the Select- taken by the tow*) in the road re- j over this bridge weighs only 4500 j men have an article on the warrant location. Fletcher has not stated his i pounds, and with the added compte-i calling for the use of Chapter 90 price; it is expected that this will I ment of passengers, is well under 1 funds for the relocation of H i g h, be resolved before tho town takes the maximum load figure. I street, across land owned by C.D., the land by eminent domain. M.B.A. MEN’S TV R0LL-0FF at CROWELL BOWL SUN., JAN. 5 — 2 P. M. All Crowell Howl M.B.A. card holders welcome Great Rd., Stow, TW 7-8 411 NOW IN PROGRESS Pre-Inventory Sale REDUCTION ON ALL ITEMS ALL SALES FINAL GAIL MARK SHOP Commonwealth Ave., opp. Post Office, W. Concord