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<br /> <br />Select Board Meeting <br />April 6, 2022 <br /> <br />A remote participation meeting of the Lexington Select Board was called to order at 6:01 p.m. on <br />Wednesday, April 06, 2022 via hybrid meeting services. Ms. Hai, Chair; Mr. Lucente; Vice Chair, Mr. <br />Pato, Ms. Barry and Mr. Sandeen were present, as well as Mr. Malloy, Town Manager; Ms. Axtell, <br />Deputy Town Manager; Ms. Katzenback, Executive Clerk; and Mina Makarious, Town Counsel. <br /> <br />Ms. Hai stated that the meeting was being conducted via Zoom as posted, with the agenda on the Town’s <br />website noting that some members and staff were participating in person in the Select Board Meeting <br />Room using the Meeting Owl Pro device. <br /> <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENTS <br /> <br />Pam Hoffman, Precinct 7 Town Meeting Member, stated that she is one of more than 300 Lexington <br />residents who have made public their opposition to Article 39 - Rezoning 475 Bedford Street. Everyone <br />agrees Lexington needs more housing diversity, and more places for people to live, but the conversation <br />regarding reasonable housing options at 475 Bedford Street cannot begin until Article 39 is voted down. <br />The Town needs a plan to provide workforce housing options for downsizers and multifamily housing as <br />well. 475 Bedford Street is an excellent parcel for site-sensitive multiunit housing and should be included <br />in Lexington’s town wide plan to meet its housing goals. <br /> <br />Doris Wong, 12 Drummer Boy Way, also spoke against Article 39. She stated that this proposed <br />development would have a variety of negative impacts in terms of size, proximity, traffic, noise and <br />vehicular pollution, loss of privacy and risk posed by bio lab accidents and emissions. The potential <br />$1.8M tax revenue from this bio lab is less than 1% of the Town’s annual budget. She noted that there are <br />million-dollar homes located close to the high-tension power lines of this site and thus, that should not be <br />used as reasoning to rezone the site. <br /> <br />Arnold Clickstein, 19 Drummer Boy Way, spoke against Article 39. He stated that there is ample space in <br />the business development area of Hartwell Avenue and the south side of Bedford Street. 475 Bedford <br />Street is a bad example of imposing an industrial, commercial, biological building into a residential <br />district. <br /> <br />SELECT BOARD MEMBER CONCERNS AND LIAISON REPORTS <br /> <br />1. Select Board Member Concerns and Liaison Reports <br /> <br />Ms. Hai noted that the Special Permit Residential Development Ad Hoc Bylaw Committee is meeting <br />tomorrow morning and expects to finalize its report. <br /> <br />TOWN MANAGER REPORT – none at this time <br /> <br />ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION <br /> <br />1. Request from Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee for Select Board Support of Bill <br />S.2309 in Clarifying the Definition of Electric Bicycles (E-Bikes) Within <br />Massachusetts General Laws <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
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