At the Special Town Meeting last fall, voters passed two new bylaws impacting future Town Meetings. One of those bylaws sets a deadline for Citizen Petition Articles to be added to the Warrant. The second will hopefully help make Town Meetings run quicker. Both were recently ratified by the Attorney General’s office — in time Read the full article → from Town Meeting Update: Citizen Petitions due by February 23
TM debate over flags in the Old Burial Ground
Constitutional free speech issue? Cancel culture gone too far? Inappropriate forum for debate?
At the end of the long night, the majority of Special Town Meeting voters opposed a non-binding Citizen Petition Article. Read the full article → from TM debate over flags in the Old Burial Ground
Voters opposed Tree Protection bylaw
Residents voiced concerns that Planning's proposed bylaw could interfere with homeowners' rights.
On Thursday night, residents questioned the process laid out by a proposed Tree Protection bylaw. Voters expressed concern that red tape would cause issue for homeowners. After 1½ hours of discussions, the Article was shot down by a clear majority. Read the full article → from Voters opposed Tree Protection bylaw
Special Town Meeting Recap
A quick summary of the votes at Thursday night's meeting.
Tonight’s Special Town Meeting was a late one. For now, I’m giving a quick recap of the results. Read the full article → from Special Town Meeting Recap
Special Town Meeting Tonight
An updated look at what voters will be asked to decide at tonight's Town Meeting
There have been some updates worth highlighting since I gave an overview of the Warrant three weeks ago. So, here is my updated look at what voters will be asked to decide. Read the full article → from Special Town Meeting Tonight
Citizen Petition Article: Old Burial Ground Flags policy
At Special Town Meeting, voters will weigh in on the (non-binding) request to remove all flags from the Old Burial Ground except for the official U.S. flag (and grave markers)
One of the Articles that Special Town Meeting voters will decide this Thursday night is whether to urge the Select Board to limit the flags in the Old Burial Ground to the American flag. Read the full article → from Citizen Petition Article: Old Burial Ground Flags policy
Tax outlook bleak again (Updated)
The Select Board voted to use more ARPA funds to reduce the impact of Special Town Meeting.
That won't stop tax bills from increasing higher than predicted, driven by home values that continued to skyrocket beyond expectations.
Although the Town hasn’t yet set next year’s tax rate, the Select Board is predicting that residents will be paying an average of 5.89% more in taxes year. Read the full article → from Tax outlook bleak again (Updated)
St. Mark’s triangle update: Announced “land swap” and indefinitely postponed forum (Updated)
The public forum has been indefinitely postponed. The following week, the Select Board will discuss next steps on the St. Mark's "triangle", including potentially moving ahead with construction before bringing a land ownership swap to Annual Town Meeting
St. Mark’s School has agreed to swap parcels of the St. Mark’s “triangle” to allow for the project to proceed with a “pocket park”, relocated intersection, and parking for the school’s sports fields.
In related news — there was an a second announcement about the previously scheduled and rescheduled St. Mark’s Street Working Group’s Public forum. It is now postponed again. Read the full article → from St. Mark’s triangle update: Announced “land swap” and indefinitely postponed forum (Updated)
Special Town Meeting – October 13
The Fall Town Meeting includes Articles adding over $200K to the budget, bylaw changes, and Citizen's Petitions on St. Mark's Park and flags at the Old Burial Ground
This week, the Warrant was finalized for the Special Town Meeting in less than three weeks. Read the full article → from Special Town Meeting – October 13
Town Meeting votes to postpone Articles on trees, oversight, and election recalls, forces through removing Trails’ Associate Members (Updated)
Select Board members weren’t the only officials to request Town Meeting Article postponements, and or be outvoted on the motion. Meanwhile, two other Articles were indefinitely postponed at the request of voters. Read the full article → from Town Meeting votes to postpone Articles on trees, oversight, and election recalls, forces through removing Trails’ Associate Members (Updated)