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Town Meeting Update

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Next session: Tuesday, June 14 @ 7 PM

Thank you to all friends and supporters who attended Kingston Town Meeting on Saturday. That was great preparation for what lies ahead!

The meeting moved through Article 19... so that means this Tuesday night (tomorrow, June 14th) starting at 7:00 PM, the Town will begin with Article 20. There are several important things to consider, and we know there will be plenty of discussion on them. We are especially interested in Article 33 (Lake Street culvert easement from Brockton) and Article 36 (Establishment of the Jones River Restoration Fund). We support both of these articles in a big way and really hope and ask you to show up at the meeting – even late! – to help achieve a positive vote.

The Lake Street culvert easement costs nothing, but is important to the culvert expansion project to help the fish into Silver Lake; and Article 36 is essential to succeed in getting state and federal funding to help with the planning, design and deconstruction of the Elm Street Dam and restoration of Jones River qualities and habitats. Please come if you can ‐ this is a great (and rare) opportunity to really boost the Jones River's quality resources. The warrant for Town Meeting is on the Kingston town website: Town of Kingston Warrant: Annual Town Meeting (PDF) →

PACTV carries the meeting live, so you can start watching, get the kids to bed, and come down with an understanding of how the meeting is progressing. Let's not forget why we are doing this: to restore the Jones River fisheries, to save the town money, and to create a naturally sustaining environment for the future. Read all the reasons in our three-part information series: Removal of Elm Street Dam: Everything You Want to Know →

Courtesy of Kingston Public Library Local History Room - Please note that publication of any kind requires prior written permission from KPL/LHR.

River herring moving up the mouth of Furnace Brook heading for Soules and Sylvia Place Ponds... Alex Mansfield's quick (and lucky) camera work!


Please continue to share your thoughts and questions with us!
Call the Landing at (781) 585-2322, or email info@jonesriver.org.

Removing the Elm Street Dam:
Everything You Want to Know →

1. Ecological Benefits | 2. Economic Benefits | 3. Everything Else

ARTICLE 36 – Establishment of Jones River Restoration Fund

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate or transfer a sum of funds, not to exceed $125,000.00, for the purpose of contributing to the funding of the removal of the so-called Elm Street Dam, along with all costs incidental thereto, said appropriation or transfer being contingent upon receipt of the balance of necessary funds, via State or Federal grant or otherwise, to complete said project, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator to take any and all actions necessary to facilitate said project, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Description: This article will contribute to the funding of the removal of the Elm Street Dam, contingent upon receiving the balance of necessary funds, via State or Federal grant or otherwise, to complete said project.

See you there!
– The Jones River Team

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