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 […]

Plastic Bag Ban Set For May Town Meeting Vote

Photo: “Plastic or paper?” could become “Paper?” The ubiquitous single-use plastic bag could soon be a memory in the Town of Homes as the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved on Monday, Feb. 26 sponsoring an article before the annual Town Meeting in May banning town retailers from providing the quintessential receptacle to their customers. If passed by Town […]

Garbage Giant Named Belmont’s New Trash/Recycling Hauler

Photo: A WM side loading collection truck. A giant in the waste removal industry was officially named Belmont’s trash and recycling hauler on Monday, Feb. 26 after winning a five-year contract with the town. Waste Management of Houston was selected by Department of Public Works Director Jay Marcotte and approved unanimously by the Board of […]

Size Matters: Committee Recommends Selectmen Increase Number On Board

Photo: Not enough according to the committee set to review the number of selectmen. Just how thorough the Committee to Study the Number of Selectmen took its mission, the appendix which documents the details of studies, interviews and raw data comprises more pages, 41, than the 32-page final report. “It’s a big relief to finally […]

UPDATE: Town Election ’18: Caputo In, Williams Out for Selectmen; A Race For Health Board [VIDEO]

Photo: Tom Caputo delivers his nomination papers to Town Clerk Ellen Cushman. There will be a new face on the Belmont Board of Selectmen. The question now is will there be a race for the open seat? So far the facts are that one-term selectman and current chair Jim Williams said he will not submit […]