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Posted on: April 14, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Snow Storm Loan Fund, Water Bottles, Marathon Monday

Happy Spring!
Please call me at 617-730-2468 with any questions on the items below-
Kara Brewton
Economic Development Director
Town of Brookline

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1) Snow Storm Loan Fund -

We just helped a local business get a loan for $10K from the state's 2015 Snow Storm Loan Fund - the application was turned around in about a week, and there is still more funding available!

Most of the application is self-explanatory; see web link below. The state asks for a designated local partner (including our Economic Development office) to sign off that you are a "real" business, and then we mail it in for you.

Info on 2015 Snow Storm Loan Fund:
http://www.massgcc.com/about/article/application-storm-loan-fund


2) What is this about Tap Water & Water Bottles?

You may have seen yesterday's news article in the Globe about two potential new local laws - one would require restaurants with seats to offer/sell tap water and the other would limit the purchase of bottled water by the Town as well as limit the sale of bottled water on Town property.

Last night's Advisory Committee voted "no action" on both articles. I will send another update in early June following a final vote by Town Meeting; in the meantime call with any questions. My expectation is that the Town will be asked to look into providing more tap water on our own properties as well as purchase less bottled water for municipal use as first steps.


3) Marathon is this Monday - please see note from Police below to be prepared:

Dear Brookline Business Owner,

As Marathon Monday approaches, we would like to make you aware of some of the additional security measures the Town and Marathon organizers are implementing to enhance public safety along the Marathon route.

Beacon Street: The eastbound side of Beacon Street will be barricaded at both curbs for the entire length of Beacon St. The corridor will be connected to the City of Boston barricade plan at both Cleveland and Audubon Circle. ALL vehicular traffic will be restricted from traveling on or across Beacon St beginning at 9:00 am. Beacon St. is expected to be closed until approximately 6:30 PM.

Pedestrian Crossings: Due to the interlocking barricades system accessing Beacon St. from the north and south sides will be limited. There will be no crossing available between 1:00-3:30 pm due to the field size. Crossing will be restricted to three areas in and around commercial districts. It will be controlled and staffed by BPD personnel, U.S. Track & Field Association (USTFA) personnel, and Boston Athletic Association (BAA) personnel. These crossing are limited to: Beacon @ Tappan; Beacon @ Webster, and Beacon @ Hawes.

Outdoor Cooking & Food Service: Propane tanks for outside cooking are strictly prohibited. Businesses offering outdoor food service or entertainment must obtain approval from the Town to do so. Contact the Selectmen's Office at 617-730-2200 for more information.

Parking: The parking reservations on both the east and westbound side of Beacon St. will be posted "Tow Zones." Towing will begin at 7:30am on April 21st. Reception zones will be maintained on all streets intersecting Beacon; these zones will be clearly marked "Tow Zones," and will be for emergency vehicle use only. Parking restrictions in these zones will be based on the topography of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Road Closures: Beacon Street will be closed to all Traffic beginning at 9:00 AM on race day. Streets intersecting Beacon St. may be closed earlier to ensure the safety of Town and Race personnel as they set up the course.

Spectator Advisory: We would like to reiterate the MEMA Advisory of March 10th: "Officials want spectators to be especially vigilant and report any suspicious items or activity. We are asking that you leave backpacks, containers with more than 1 liter of liquid, handbags or packages, bulky items, large blankets and sleeping bags, props including sporting, military and fire gear, costumes covering the face or bulky outfits and weapons at home. Spectators are also encouraged to carry their items in clear plastic bags." To contact the Brookline Police dial 617-730-2222 or 911 in case of an Emergency.

There will be additional police officers and town officials along the marathon route to ensure all safety precautions are followed. Our goal is to provide an enjoyable environment that is safe and secure for all spectators as they take part in one of the most anticipated events of the year. Your cooperation implementing and following safety and security protocols is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Brookline Police Department

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