Main Street Project

To review the Chester Village Master Plan see the link below:

Chester Village Master Plan

Members:

Michael Joplin
Steven Tiezzi
Al Bisacky
Charles Mueller
Virgil Lloyd
John King
Charlene Janecek
Leslie Strauss
John Schroeder
Jim Zanardi
John Divis

Mission Statement

Engage the community, consult with experts, research similar projects, and communicate with governing authorities and utility companies to establish project limits, design criteria, budget,phasing and schedule for the reconstruction of Main Street for consideration and approval by the Board of Selectmen and the community at large. Seek out and identify sources of funding. Assist the Board of Selectmen in managing the design and construction process by engaging with qualified design professionals and site contractors. Continue to keep the community informed throughout the entire process.

Main Street Project Committee Charge to the Committee

Main Street in Chester is a former State road that the town purchased for $1 from the State. Chester’s responsibility for maintenance begins on the village side of the Main Street Bridge and continues to the intersection of Main St. and Middlesex Ave.

As the name implies, Main Street has been one of the primary locations for traffic, infrastructure and commerce since Chester’s inception. While under the State’s stewardship, Main St. was continually “overlaid” with paving material. There are no records of a complete reconstruction. As a result, some portions of the pavement exceed the height of the curb reveal creating significant drainage problems. Beneath the pavements exists ageing and abandoned infrastructure that includes but is not limited to water mains, trolley tracks, sewer lines, water lines, stormwater drainage, and possible electric service.

A significant need to reconstruct the road surface and associated sidewalks, as well as inspect and replace the utilities that are under the roadway has been recognized for quite some time. In addition, life and fire safety of the village as it relates to the reconstruction should be considered. In fact an active “Main Street Committee” was formed in the early part of the century to review the situation and make recommendations.

A number of factors have complicated the process and continue to do so. These include the construction of a new sewer line and the replacement of three village bridges by the State. As of July 1st, 2011 the sewer project and the Middlesex Avenue bridge projects are complete. The replacement of the Water Street bridge over Great Brook is scheduled to begin in July of 2011. The replacement of the Main Street Bridge is scheduled for 2013 or later.

With each passing year the need to address the aforementioned problems becomes more acute. Given the States bridge construction schedule it is important that Chester identify the scope of need for Main Street construction and put into practice a planning process to effectuate the required work. As of July 1, 2011 the Town has $419,000 ($219,000 in the capital budget and a $200,000 STEAP Grant) to use for the reconstruction of Main St. An additional $400,000 to $600,00 is expected to be needed to complete the project.

To that end the Board of Selectmen voted on June 15, 2011 to form an ad hoc “Main Street Committee”. The Selectmen will strive to include a diverse group of individuals with complementary skills and backgrounds, with any individual potentially fulfilling one or more of them. The following skills and backgrounds have been identified as vital to the makeup
of the Committee, however the membership may be open to others with related skills, knowledge or backgrounds:

• A member of the Planning & Zoning Commission
• A member of the WPCA
• A Board of Selectmen representative
• An urban designer or landscape architect
• An architect
• A civil engineer
• A merchant
• A Main Street resident
• A person with road construction experience
• A person with fire safety experience
• An at-large member

The charge to the Main Street Committee is as follows:

The Main Street Committee, serving at the pleasure of the Board of Selectmen is charged to advise that board in the development and implementation of a defined scope of work, schedule and budget for what has generally been referred to as the “reconstruction of Main Street”. Specific actions include but are not limited to:

  • Definition of scope of work
    • Coordinate an assessment of visible infrastructure, including, but not limited to:
      • Street surfaces
      • Sidewalks
      • Lighting
      • Landscaping
    • Coordinate an assessment of sub-surface utilities and drainage
    • Schedule public input/ forums for the town in general and those most directly impacted, paying particular attention to STEAP Grant requirements
    • Identify contractors / experts on germane topics and solicit input as needed
    • Where appropriate determine materials / surfaces to be incorporated into project.
    • Provide point of contact for designers working on project
  • Act as liaison between Chester, State agencies and utilities
    • Coordinate communication and scheduling with the DOT Great Brook and the Main Street dam projects
    • Coordinate communication between Chester and utilities impacted by the project.
    • Coordinate required municipal permitting
  • Develop construction schedule based on evolving DOT schedules and input from public
  • Provide point of contact for contractors working on the project
  • Report to the Board of Selectmen as directed by the board
  • Other duties as determined by the Board of Selectmen

 

Agendas/Minutes

2017

February 28, 2017 Cancellation

February 14, 2017 Cancellation

January 24 2017 Cancellation

January 10 2017 Cancellation

2016

December 27, 2016 Cancellation

December 13, 2016 Cancellation

November 22, 2016 Agenda|ROV

November 8, 2016 Cancellation

October 25, 2016 Cancellation

October 11, 2016 Cancellation

September 27, 2016 Cancellation
September 13, 2016 Agenda|Cancellation
August 23 2016 Cancellation
August 12 2016 Site Walk|Sitewalk
August 9 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
July 26 2016 Cancellation
July 12 2016 Cancellation
June 28 2016 Agenda| MinutesROV
June 14 2016 Cancellation
May 24 2016 Cancellation
May 10 2016 Agenda|Minutes
April 26 2016 Cancellation
April 12 2016 Cancellation
March 22 2016 Cancellation
February 23 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
February 9 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
January 26 2016 Cancellation
January 12 2016 Agenda|Minutes

2015

December 22 2015 Cancellation, December 15 2015 Agenda|Minutes, December 8 2015 Cancellation, November 24 2015 Cancellation, November 10 2015 Cancellation, October 27 2015 Agenda, October 13 2015 Meeting Cancellation, ROV September 22 2015, September 8 2015 Cancellation, August 25 2015 Cancellation, August 11 2015 Cancellation, July 28 2015 Cancellation, July 14, 2015 Cancellation, June 23 2015 Cancellation, June 9 2015 Agenda|Minutes , May 26 2015 Cancellation, May 12 2015 Cancellation, April 28 2015 Agenda|Minutes, April 14 2015 Cancellation, March 24 2015 Agenda| Minutes, March 10 2015 Agenda|Minutes, February 10 and 24 2015 Cancellation, February 3 2015 Agenda|Minutes, January 27 2015 Cancellation, January 13 2015 Minutes, North Quarter Park Comm. January 12, 2015 Agenda|Minutes

2014

December 23 2014 Cancellation, December 16 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, December 9 2014 Agenda|Minutes, November 25 2014 Agenda|ROV, November 18 2014 Agenda, October 28 2014 Agenda|Minutes, October 14 2014 Agenda| ROV |Minutes, September 23 2014 Agenda|Minutes|Al Bisacky Email , September 9, 2014 Site Walk, August 26 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, August 12 2014 Agenda|Minutes, NQPMPC Agenda July 9 2014|Minutes, CMSPC Cancellation July 8 2014, NQPMPC June 30 2014 Agenda|Minutes , NQPMPC June 16, 2014 Agenda|MinutesNQPMPC June 3, 2014 Minutes, NQPMPC June 9 2014 Agenda|Minutes , May 27 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, NQPMPC Site Walk-Special Mtg May 20 2014|Minutes, May 13 2014 Agenda|Cancellation, NQPMPC May 12 2014 Site Walk|Minutes, NQPMPC May 7, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, North Quarter Park Master Plan Cmte April 28, 2014 Agenda|ROV, April 22 2014 Agenda|Minutes, April 22 2014 Public Informational Mtg. Notice, April 8 2014 Agenda, March 25 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, March 11, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, February 25, 2014 Agenda|Minutes|Chester Bridge Town Needs List, February 11, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, February 5, 2014 Agenda|Cancellation, Special Meeting Agenda January 29 2014|Minutes, Agenda January 28 2014|ROV|Minutes, Public Hearing Notice 01 29 2014|Minutes, Agenda 01 14 2014\NOV\Minutes

2013

December 17, 2013 Agenda\ Minutes , Agenda 12 10 2013, November 26, 2013 Agenda|Cancellation, November 12 2013 Agenda|Minutes    Site Walk Notice 11 12 2013|Site Walk Minutes, October 22, 2013 Agenda|Minutes, October 8 2013 Cancellation, September 24 2013 Cancellation, September 17 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes, September 10 2013 Cancellation, August 27 2013 Agenda|ROV |Minutes , August 20 2013 Agenda|Minutes, August 13 2013 Cancellation, July 29 2013 Legal Notice, July 23 2013 Cancellation, July 16 2013 Cancellation, July 9 2013 Agenda   ROV|Minutes , July 2 2013 Agenda|Cancellation , June 25 2013 Cancellation, June 11 2013 Agenda|Minutes , May 23 2013 Minutes, May 14 2013 Cancellation, April 23 2013 Cancellation, April 9 2013 Agenda|ROV |Overall Plan|CP-Sheet2|Bridge Layout |Minutes , March 26, 2013 Public Informational Mtg|Minutes, March 19 2013 Public Information Mtg|Minutes, March 12 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes , February 26 2013 Agenda|ROV |Minutes , February 12 2013 Cancellation, January 22 2013 Agenda|Minutes , January 8 2013 Agenda\Minutes

2012

December 18 2012 Agenda|Minutes, December 4 2012 Agenda|Minutes, November 27 2012 Agenda|Minutes, November 15 2012 Agenda|ROV |Minutes|Email Attachment to Minutes, November 7 2012 Agenda – CANCELLED, October 23 2012 Agenda|Minutes, Agenda October 9 2012|Minutes, Site Walk Notice October 6 2012, Agenda September 25 2012|Minutes, Agenda August 28 2012|ROV August 28 2012|Minutes |JS and VL Emails, Agenda | June 26, 2012, June 19, 2012|| Special Meeting Minutes June 19 2012, June 05, 2012June 05, 2012 Record of Vote, May 17, 2012 Special Mtg, April 12, 2012, March 27, 2012 Special Mtg, February 16, 2012, February 16, 2012 Record of Vote