Hilltown Digest: Chesterfield’s pot bylaw survey is in; new walkway for Meekins

  • Volunteers put in the new brick walkway outside Meekins Library in Williamsburg. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 11/17/2021 8:59:28 AM

CHESTERFIELD — A survey asking residents to weigh in on what a future marijuana bylaw should look like drew more than 200 responses from residents this fall.

Data from the survey, which the Planning Board released in October, has not yet been released to the public, although there are plans to do so, said CJ Lammers, a Planning Board member.

“I think it was very successful,” Lammers said.

The town is currently without a bylaw governing the marijuana industry, an issue that came up earlier this year after the marijuana company Ember Gardens attempted to locate a growing facility off Willcutt Road, before abandoning the effort in the face of public pushback.

The survey was originally set to close on Nov. 5, but Lammers said it was kept open longer due to mail delays with the surveys. It officially closed Friday. The survey was mailed out to every household in town and every resident 21 years old or older was eligible to take it.

A committee to draft the marijuana bylaw has not yet been formed, and those interested in serving on it can reach out to the Planning Board. Any bylaw that is drafted would also have to pass at Town Meeting.

New walkway completed in front of Meekins Library

WILLIAMSBURG — Town and civil society in Williamsburg came together to put a new walkway in front of the Meekins Library earlier this month.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” said Library Director Bev Bullock.

She said that the new brick walkway matches the library’s red granite pillars, and the combination is aesthetically pleasing.

Money for replacing the North Street entrance walkway to the Meekins Library was approved at this year’s annual Town Meeting.

The $3,000 approved was less than the $12,500 originally put on the warrant because landscaper Nick Dines offered to design and oversee the replacement of the walkway free of charge. This meant that the town only had to pay for materials.

Dines then worked with the library’s board of trustees to design the new walkway.

The project came to final fruition in early November when the Highway Department pulled up the previous walkway, after which volunteers put the new brick walkway in.

“They did a great job,” Bullock said. “We had beautiful weather.”

Chesterfield swiftly completes 1-article special TM

CHESTERFIELD — Residents approved one financial-related item at a special Town Meeting earlier this month that lasted about 10 minutes, according to Select Board Chairman Roger Fuller.

The article in question adopts part of the Municipal Modernization Act, and Fuller said it was done to ease bonding for the town’s municipal broadband network. He said it was recommended by the town’s bond consultant, Unibank, who said it could save the town $8,000 to $9,000.

Fuller said that no questions were asked about the article at the Nov. 8 meeting before it was passed, and that about 30 people showed up for the meeting, after some initial difficulty in securing a quorum.


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