March 18, 2015 minutes

Minutes from March 18, 2015


Meeting started at 6:16.


Officers were elected and are as follows:

President: Bill Braman

Vice Presdident: Tracy Opalinski

Treasure: Michelle McGuigan,

Clerk: Holly Harper

Technology Officer: Chris Murphy

Directors: Gevork Anderyassian, Joel Harder and Roy St. George

Tracy updated the group on Wing Memorial Hospital  and the possibility about Quinsigamond Community College having a satellite school for continuing education in Ware.

She also announced that Ware Heritage Day will be Aug 8. There will be an old timer baseball game held at Memorial Field. There will be musical entertainment as well.

Roy provided an update for the fishing tournament at the Quabbin Reservoir for July 23, 2016. It will be limited to 100 boats and we will use 3 gates.

The group discussed the recommendations for the town made in the Arnett Muldrow and Associates. The report cited that the town loses about $24 million due to residents needing to leave town for certain types of goods. This included restaurants, furniture clothing stores and outdoor activity goods.

Meeting adjourned at 7:05


Master Plan!

In the Fall of 2012, the Town of Ware embarked upon a large-scale Master Plan process. Using supporting research conducted by the UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, this year-long process will create a 10-year vision and strategic plan for Ware in areas ranging from community and economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and transportation.

UMass graduate student, Christina Mills, is continuing the work begun last fall to examine the current business mix of the downtown, the available space for new businesses and the way residents and consumers use the downtown and the types of businesses they want to see.

Beginning this week, consumers from Ware and surrounding towns are invited to participate in a Customer Survey of Ware’s Downtown. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and has been designed to gather basic information about customer activity – or non-activity.  It provides a range of suggested business types which could foster the development of a more vibrant, walkable and engaging downtown.  Finally, it asks a few questions about how the respondent feels about existing businesses (hours, variety, quality) and parking.

Take the survey online here!


Revitalization Discussion

This discussion is a forum for anyone to add their thoughts about revitalizing downtown Ware. It comes after a presentation by Christina Mill who holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from UMass.

We hope to have a link to her powerpoint presentation here shortly.


Welcome New Members!

Our most recent members include:
Monson Savings Bank
Canadian Tree Expert

Fall Fest 2013 is coming!

The WBCA’s most popular event is in the planning stages. We hope to expand on the Fall Fest of last year.