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Town of Boston to probe water problems on Woodland Drive

After more than a year of reported water troubles on property on Woodland Drive in North Boston, members of the Boston Town Board agreed to visit the area in question, at the request of Boston resident Anna O’Neil.

Her concerns were reported and addressed, during the town’s board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21. O’Neil reported that she has had a problem on that land, since March 6, 2011. “I’ve lived in my residence for 37 years,” she said, “and I’ve never had water; I’ve never had a sump pump. On March 6, 2011, I had over $25,000 in damage from the water. Something has to be done, back there. I don’t know who’s going to do it, but someone had better make some connection with National Grid or whoever it is that’s back there.”

One concern O’Neil brought up was flooding near Hickory Drive, which is the only entry and exit point to the residencies in that area. “That’s a safety factor,” O’Neil said. “The water needs to be brought down, run south and taken away from these properties.” O’Neil said that she does not know what caused the issue.

Boston Councilman Larry Murtha reported that Dan Manly from National Grid told him “they’re not going to do anything.” He suggested taking the matter up with National Grid or another public service commission. Murtha and Town Attorney Mike Kobiolka agreed to visit the property in the near future, to address the situation.

In other board matters:

• The board scheduled a bid opening for “the repairs to the waterline support structure” on Keller Road over Hamptonbrook in the Town of Eden. This will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

• The board approved modifications to the site plan for Hamburg Overhead Door. “They needed some more light back there for plowing,” said Councilman Jeff Genzel. The lights will be on timers, so that they will not be on throughout the night, and are shielded to shine directly onto the parking lot. The town planning board had already approved the modifications at its last meeting, on Nov. 13.

• Town Clerk Jennifer Mule’ and Councilman Gary Vara were absent from the meeting. Elizabeth Martin filled in for Mule’ and Sandra Quinlin carried out Martin’s usual duties.

The next Boston Town Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.
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