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Upton Board Updated on Water Master Plan

The Upton Board of Selectmen met with Don Tata and Jenna Rzasa of Tata and Howard, a specialized water and wastewater consulting firm, to discuss the town's Master Plan for the water system, as well as to update the Board on current projects the firm is involved with, including the design of the third well site pump station and the well replacement project on Glen Ave.

During the June 21 meeting, Rzasa discussed a water supply evaluation that was recently completed. According to the evaluation's finding, Upton's projected water supply by the year 2031 shows that the average daily demand will total approximately .56 million gallons per day and the average summer day demand will be .70 million gallons per day. A water storage evaluation was also performed and by all accounts, no additional storage will be needed in the immediate future. The evaluation was based on population and demand projections taken from the latest census information and other data.

An update on the Glen Ave. well field was also given. According to Rzasa, the preliminary testing has been completed and a pump test proposal for the replacement of the wells has been submitted to the state's Department of Environmental Protection. Next steps include the installation of production wells and pump testing. Voters recently supported an article during the Annual Town Meeting to fund $286,000 for the design and construction of replacing the rear portion of the well field with three gravel packed wells.

An update on the Richard Property well field was also discussed. According to the information presented, the pump station and water main designs are in progress. It is estimated the designs will be completed by spring 2012 and the water will be online by the summer of 2013.

In other news that evening, State Senator Michael Moore, D. Millbury, gave a brief update to the Board on the state's budget, which he stated was expected to be finalized and signed by Governor Deval Patrick the following week. According to Moore, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget will see a seven percent increase in revenues totaling $20.5 billion; however a structural deficit of $1.9 billion was also expected due primarily from one-time federal stimulus aid. Moore also stated the budget is proposing to fund Chapter 70 education aid to schools throughout the state totaling $3.99 billion.

And finally, Boy Scout Stephen Poirier from Troop 132 discussed with the Board his intended Eagle Scout project. He is proposing to landscape the area around the Veteran's Memorial headstone and flag pole at Lakeview Cemetery. The project will include a walkway, some plantings, and solar lighting to enlighten the area. Poirier told the Board he not seeking any funding for the project from the town and that he intends to fundraise on his own and seek material and financial donations from local businesses. He's already sought and received approval from the Cemetery Commission for the project.

The Board members gave their blessing to Poirier to move forward with his Eagle Scout project. "I'm quite impressed and impressed with the fact he's raising funding on his own," said Selectman Robert Fleming.


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