~Submitted by Valeria Franks
Last week at the Conservation Commission meeting, Bedford residents learned something shocking about the plan to extend the Minuteman Bikeway (MMB) across the Reformatory Branch Trail (RBT). Elmbrook and Dellovo Conservation Lands run across parts of the RBT that would be paved.
Bedford families sold or donated these lands to the Town with the understanding they would be protected forever. The conservation lands are our town’s legacy.
At the March Town Meeting, no one told us conservation land was on the RBT. For that vote on eminent domain to allow the MMB extension to proceed, a “yes” vote allowed paving in Elmbrook and Dellovo Conservation Lands. Few understood that.
The vote at next week’s Special Town Meeting is on an identically worded article. Again, although it has not been made clear, a “yes” is a vote for altering protected conservation land.
Paving conservation land is a big deal requiring review on many levels. Why was this not mentioned at the March Town Meeting or in any information session since?
The public is being kept in the dark. We should know what we are voting on.
Please vote NO on Article 10 at Special Town Meeting on November 14/15.