Inside Arlington

Experimental News Digest for Arlington, MA

Select Board, June 26, 2023

  • Battlefield Memorial Project
    The board discussed the progress of the Foot of the Rocks Battlefield Memorial project, which received a $50,000 grant from the Community Preservation Act Committee. The project aims to honor the historical significance of the battlefield and the people of Arlington during the time of the battle. The memorial will feature plaques, panels, and an obelisk. The board also discussed plans to improve the area’s aesthetics and safety, including moving the current crosswalk and creating a bump out to slow down traffic. This new safety feature is estimated to cost around $100,000. The project aims to be completed by April 19, 2025, and is seeking funding from local, state, and federal sources. Another public hearing is planned for late September or early October.
  • Complete Street Project
    The committee discussed the prioritization of their complete streets plan and considered the possibility of including a new project in an area that has not seen any such projects before. The area in question stretches from Appleton Street down Mass Ave. The committee members suggested that if they want to get the project done quickly, they should consider talking to the planning department and the senior transportation planner. They also discussed the possibility of securing half the funds for the project from the complete streets plan.
  • Senior Parking Permit Program
    The Council on Aging proposed a senior parking permit program to address the parking issue due to the increased number of visitors. The program would be a two-year pilot, allowing residents aged 60 and above to park at metered spots or in municipal lots within Arlington without being charged or ticketed for exceeding time limits. The board agreed to move forward with the proposal, with the suggestion that the age limit be raised to 65 for consistency with other communities. The board also requested a report back on the program’s progress after six to nine months.
  • Appointment of New Members to Disability Commission and Clean Energy Future Committee
    The board approved the appointment of new members to the Disability Commission and the Clean Energy Future Committee. The new members expressed their dedication to serving the community and their specific interests in disability rights and sustainability respectively.
  • Approval of Licenses and Permits
    The committee approved a class two license for Arsen Arzumanyan Real Motors Incorporated, a common victualler license for Tatte Bakery and Cafe, and a change of ownership interest for an all-alcohol package store.
  • Overnight Parking Pilot Program
    The committee approved a proposal for an overnight parking pilot program that would allow for up to 125 permits for overnight parking town-wide. The pilot program would begin on August 1st and run until the end of the year, December 31st. At the end of the pilot period, the board would consider whether to amend the parking rules and regulations on a permanent basis based on demand, resident feedback, town department feedback, and other relevant factors.
  • Waste Management and Recycling Efforts
    The committee discussed the town’s waste management and recycling strategies and suggested inviting representatives from Sustainable Arlington and Zero Waste Arlington to future meetings to provide their expertise and insights.



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