PHOTO: Proud sponsor of the WMHS Senior Night...

Jun 16, 2021 by

WAKEFIELD Co-operative Bank is a proud sponsor of the third annual WMHS Senior Night — a safe, all-night, substance-free party for students to attend after the prom filled with food, entertainment and prizes. Pictured left to right are Janet Rivers, Community Relationship Manager, Wakefield Co-op Bank; Catherine Dhingra, MS, CPS, Director of Wake-Up Coalition & WMHS Senior Night Committee; Michael Boudreau, WMHS Senior Night Committee; Lois Hayward, VP, Chief Technology Officer, Wakefield Co-op Bank. Published June 16,...

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Water and sewer rates to increase...

Jun 16, 2021 by

Published June 16, 2021 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The average ratepayer will spend about $21 more next year for water and about $20 more in sewer charges. The Town Council last night approved the new water and sewer rates as recommended by the Advisory Board of Public Works. DPW Director Joseph Conway presented the new rates.  Tiered rates were introduced last year based on usage. The following new rates are per 100 cubic feet (cf) of water. The new water rate for Tier 1 users (up to 1,000 cf of water) is $7.56. Tier 2 usage (1001-2500 cf) will cost $7.99 (after discount) Tier 3 usage (2,501-6,000 cf) will cost $8.44. Tier 4 usage (over 6,000 cf) will cost $9.30. One the sewer side, the new rates per 100 cf are as follows....

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Wait continues for Broadway reopening...

Jun 15, 2021 by

Published in the June 15, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — While he was not able to provide the news that everyone wants to hear regarding the opening of the Broadway commuter rail crossing, Town Engineer Bill Renault did provide an update to the Town Council last night and closed with a note of optimism. Renault began with a review of what led to the current situation. After some joint construction at the crossing by National Grid and the town, in November 2020 the Federal Railroad Administration notified the town that it could not reopen Broadway crossing and maintain its Quiet Zone, whereby trains will not sound their horns when approaching road crossings. This was due to the fact that the agency had determined that the town was not meeting the FRA’s required...

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Hearing tonight on water, sewer rates...

Jun 14, 2021 by

Published in the June 14, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Tonight’s Town Council agenda includes a public hearing on the proposed FY 2022 water and sewer rates. Public Works Director Joseph Conway will present the new rates as recommended by the Advisory Board of Public Works. The Water and Sewer Divisions are self-sustaining enterprise departments. Their operations are funded by the water and sewer rates and not by the tax levy. The rates recommended tonight will need to be sufficient to fund both operating budgets. The water and sewer reserves need to be sufficient to provide for consumption shortfalls, emergencies and future capital improvements The Water Division serves approximately 8,500 water accounts and the Sewer Division serves about 8,200 accounts. Tonight’s public hearing on the rates gets underway at 7:25 p.m. via...

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