Next Year’s Property Tax Rate Falls But Bill Continue Skyward As ‘Average’ Belmont Home Nears $1.1 Million

Photo: An “average” Belmont home that recently sold for $1.1 million (and it’s a ranch!) Belmont Board of Selectmen Chair Adam Dash said that next fiscal year’s property tax rate approved by the board Thursday morning, Dec. 13 isn’t that onerous compared to charges imposed in other Massachusetts city and towns. “It’s our housing values […]

Town-Wide ‘Smart’ Water Meter Installation Just Around The Corner

Photo: A smart water meter model. As reported in the Belmontonian last month, the Belmont Department of Public Works, Water Division, is implementing a town-wide upgrade the decades old water metering system starting in January 2019.  This includes installing a new water meter and/or water meter reading device at your home or business.  This installation […]

Nomination Papers Available For ’19 Belmont Town Election

Photo: Nomination papers are available now. Nomination papers for the annual town election on Tuesday, April 2 are now available at the Town Clerk’s office, according to Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman. Nomination for town-wide office will require the certified signatures of at least 50 registered voters of the Town of Belmont. Nomination for Town Meeting […]

Tragedy Prompting Belmont To Be First In State With Defibrillators At Fields, Playgrounds

Photo: An outdoor automated external defibrillator located at Westerly (RI) High School’s turf field. June Howell  automated external defibrillator “I knew they can save lives with very little training,” said Belmont’s Recreation Department’s Program Supervisor who said the town had purchased one to be located at the Underwood Pool during the summer and the Skip Viglirolo Skating […]

Is Town Government Accessible? Take The IT Committee’s Survey To Be Heard

Photo: The survey by the IT Advisory Committee. Is Belmont government – Town Hall, Board of Selectmen or the Shade Tree Committee – as responsive as you’d like it to be? What changes would you make to make the process less burdensome and more democratic? The town’s IT Advisory Committee is now polling Belmont community […]

Police Station Renovation Project Passes First Test With Funding Challenge Ahead

Photo: Architect Ted Galante before the Zoning Board of Appeals. It was smooth sailing as the renovation of the nine decades old Belmont Police headquarters at the intersection of Concord Avenue and Pleasant Street got its first thumbs up as it begins meetings to clear regulatory hurdles and obtain the funding for the historic preservation of […]

Finalist For Asst. Town Administrator Visits Rec Commission; Everyone Left Happy

Photo: Jon Marshall, the finalist for Asst. Town Administrator’s job. The lead finalist for Belmont’s Assistant Town Administrator visited the town on Monday, Dec. 3 and impressed the group who he’d be working closely if he gets the nod. Jon Marshall, the director of recreation in neighboring Arlington came to talk with Belmont’s Recreation Commission at […]

Landslide! Debt Exclusion For New 7-12 School Passes By More Than 3 To 1 Margin

Photo: Ellen Schreiber (right), co-chair of “Yes on 4” celebrating Tuesday night’s election result. In a result that few could have predicted, Belmont voters overwhelmingly approved a debt exclusion to construct a new 7th through 12th grades school building by more than three to one margin on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. The final vote total […]

Smart Water Meters Installation Begins In The New Year

Photo: Use your phone to monitor water flow. By this time next year, many residents and commercial customers will be able to check their water consumption in real time right from their phones as the Board of Selectmen approved on Monday, Nov. 5 a $980,000 contract to physically install nearly 10,000 “smart” water meters in […]

Nearly 1 In 5 Cast Early Ballots As Belmont Votes, Tuesday, Nov. 6

Photo: I voted. Approximately 3,4oo residents took advantage of two weeks of early voting as Belmont prepares to cast ballots in the state general election today, Tuesday, Nov. 6. The early balloting makes up nearly 20 percent of the roughly 17,100 registered voters in town and is already more than the 2,820 who voted in […]