New Model Predicts Belmont Budget Heading For Financial Cliff in Fiscal 2021

Photo: Members of the boards and committees discussing the new budget  A budgetary roadmap provided by a UMass Boston-based advisory group shows Belmont falling off a steep fiscal cliff in two years time unless the town comes up with a new strategy to soften the landing. At a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen, […]

New Hours Of Operation At Town Hall, Homer Building To Better Serve Residents

Photo: The Homer Building. In an effort to better serve Belmont residents seeking services, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday, June 4, to implement on a trial basis new operating hours at town offices in the Town Hall complex including Town Hall and the Homer Building. Beginning this coming Monday, June 11, and running through Friday, […]

Underwood Pool Funding Surplus To Keep Patrons In The Shade

Photo: After all had been set and done, the Underwood Pool Building Committee which led the private/public funding partnership to build the $5.3 million pool facility at Cottage Street and Concord Avenue in 2015 discovered a bit of change in the back of the couch. With all the bills paid, a $68,400 surplus was found floating […]

Selectmen To Ask Residents: What Should Go Into The Former Incinerator Site?

Photo: The entrance to the former Belmont incinerator site. The day before town residents are asked to provide their thoughts on limits on the place and time of retail marijuana sales, the Board of Selectmen is holding a meeting inviting citizens to discuss the future use (also known as post-closure) at the closed incinerator site off […]

After A Gesture Of Goodwill, Norton Appointed To Fill Final School Committee Seat

Photo: Jill Norton of the Belmont School Committee. It was a political gesture that’s hardly seen in an age of insulting opponents and demeaning the process. A vote to fill the vacant seat on the Belmont School Committee by a joint meeting of the Belmont Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, on Friday, May 11, resulted in […]

Fingers Crossed: Third (And Final) Night Of 2018 Town Meeting Segment A [LIVE]

 Photo: Belmont Town Meeting. 6:50 p.m.: After the highly anticipated debate on marijuana along with votes on banning plastic bags, zoning bylaws and most of the Community Preservation Committee grant applicants, the Belmont 2018 annual Town Meeting will hopefully finish up the non-budgetary warrant articles (known as Segment A) tonight, May 7, as it reconvenes […]

With Clock Running, Selectmen Calls A Public Meeting On Incinerator’s Future

Photo: The entrance to the former Belmont incinerator site. Tick-tock, tick-tock. With the clock now running on the future of the town’s former incinerator location near the Lexington/Belmont line, the Belmont Board of Selectmen will look to residents to supply some ideas on the site’s future. “We will need to open it up to the […]

Belmont Hires State Bureau Director To Run Town/School Facilities

Photo: Stephen Dorrance. Belmont has been on a hiring spree since the beginning of the New Year with a new Town Administrator, Light Department director and a principal for the Wellington all coming on board. And this week, the town welcomes a new facilities director who comes from the ranks of the state bureau of […]

Obituary: William ‘Bill’ Skelley; Former Selectman, ‘A True Belmontian’

Photo: William R. Skelley III (Linkedin) William R. Skelley III, a born and bred Belmontan who served two terms as a Selectman and was known for the honesty and high integrity he brought to town government, died on April 3, 2018, in hospice care in New Hampshire. Skelley, 70, died from a reoccurrence of cancer he fought for […]

The Grass To Be Greener Along Sidewalks As Town Focuses On Separating People, Cars

Photo: Along Bartlett Avenue. Grass is good, according to Belmont Office of Community Development Director Glenn Clancy. No, the longtime town engineer is not expressing his opinion on the future of marijuana sales in Belmont, but rather the grass strip between sidewalks and the roadways which are located on a majority of the town’s byways. Now under […]