The Select Board announced Monday that it has opened its survey about the Upper Charles Trail Committee. The survey will remain open until July 2.
The survey was sparked by Town Meeting’s resounding but nonbinding vote to disband the UCTC and make it a subcommittee of the Trails Coordination and Management Committee.
The Select Board discussed the most appropriate path forward and determined that a survey of residents would help. UCTC meetings have been put on hold until the matter is addressed.
In the introduction to the survey, it is noted that “because the UCTC was created by the Select Board, only the Select Board may dissolve the committee or take any action relative to the committee. However, the Select Board is cognizant of the Town Meeting vote and the message it sent. This survey is being presented to give the Select Board public input for the desires of the town residents relative to the committee.”
A major part of residents’ dissatisfaction with the UCTC is the committee’s work on a segment of the Upper Charles Trail that would have it run along Hayden Rowe Street and cross the busy street multiple times. However, the survey does not address any proposed route.
“Because no route options have been presented [to the Select Board], nor has the physical attributes of a proposed trail been presented, route options and the physical attributes of the trail are not part of this survey,” the introduction reads. “Route options and physical attributes will require public outreach and public input as part of the development plan, however it is premature at present. Such public input and public outreach are required as per the UCTC charge.”