In a Feb. 21 letter to the Select Board, Town Administrator Tim Bragan announced that he will retire July 1.
Putting the fun in fundraiser
Neil Hayward prepares to take a shot at a Harvard Schools Trust fundraiser at the Billiards Cafe in Ayer, Saturday, Feb. 10. The Trust’s mission is to provide Harvard public schools with educational enrichment and supplemental support in response to grant proposals submitted by teachers, administrators, parents, and students. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)
A Steward Health Care representative said Tuesday that in spite of the challenges of operating a community hospital in Massachusetts, the organization has no plans to close Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer.
Town administration and school officials told the Finance Committee Tuesday afternoon they would use any dollars beyond those required to maintain their current operations to fill critical slots in their organizations.
The Planning Board has chosen an 8-acre parcel near the Route 2 interchange, across from Dunkin’ Donuts, as the town’s multifamily district. The board chose the site over two others, one on Littleton County Road and the other near Alltown Fresh on Ayer Road.
Meeting just a week after the Select Board voted to take the first step toward selling Bromfield House, School Committee members voted unanimously Monday to reaffirm their commitment to keeping both the house and the land.
A big-ticket item was just added to this spring’s Annual Town Meeting warrant: a Department of Public Works project that includes rebuilding three areas of the facility and making minor improvements to a fourth.
The School Committee spent much of its Feb. 12 meeting debating how to respond to the Select Board’s current plan for a two-tiered override, neither tier of which is enough to meet the committee’s full budget request of $16,230,250 for fiscal 2025.
On Feb. 1, a hearing officer for the state’s Department of Labor Relations ruled that the town of Harvard violated a section of state law three years ago.
Closing the old town landfill just got more complicated. Trash, in some cases more than 10 feet deep, has been found buried in the ground near the pole barn at the Department of Public Works, well beyond what had been considered to be the boundaries of the old landfill.
On Feb. 6, the Harvard Climate Initiative Committee sponsored an online event to spread awareness about solar energy options for town residents. The options presented were home batteries for storing electricity and community solar farms.
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