Selectmen Reject ‘Opt-Out’ Vote On Pot Sales; Chair Still Wants Residents To Decide

Photo: The Belmont Board of Selectmen: Paolillo (left), Williams and Dash. Belmont is open for the recreational sale of marijuana when the Belmont Board of Selectmen rejected a proposal by Chair Jim Williams on Monday, Jan. 8 to hold a town-wide vote in February to ask residents their opinion on the controversial measure. The 2-1 vote, […]

In Or Out: Selectmen to Decide Jan. 8 If Pot Stores Are Coming To Town of Homes

Photo: Selectmen Mark Paolillo, Chair Jim Williams and Adam Dash with “brownies” before their discussion on pot regulations. The representatives of the Belmont Board of Health and the town’s Health Department were bearing gifts as they came to speak before the Belmont Board of Selectmen on the future of marijuana retail sales in town. Brownies. Uh […]

Million Dollar Belmont: Average Assessment Hits 7 Figures As Tax Bill Jumps 4 Percent in ’18

Photo: Daniel Dargon, Robert Reardon and Charles Laverty III There was a time in Belmont when the statement: “Your house looks like a million!” was metaphoric and not literal. Not anymore, as the average assessed property in the “Town of Homes” had broken the seven-figure barrier, according to Board of Assessors when it announced the numbers during the […]

Selectmen Offers Shirley’s Town Administrator Belmont Position; Contract Possibly Monday

Photo: Patrice Garvin The Belmont Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to offer Shirley Town Administrator Patrice Garvin the vacant Belmont Town Administrator position after a public interview of the final pair of candidates on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Town Hall. The Selectmen anticipate approving a final contract with Garvin on Monday, Dec. 11 at its […]

Vote on New Town Administrator Moved Up A Week To Tuesday, Dec. 5

Photo: The two candidates are still in the game. The Belmont Board of Selectmen has discovered the demand for qualified professionals to manage town affairs is far exceeding the supply as the board was forced to move up by a week the vote to pick Belmont’s next Town Administrator. The board decided to push forward […]

Letter to the Editor: Selectmen Personal Preferences Sunk Pay As You Throw

Photo: Logo for pay as you throw trash collection. To the editor: In a Nov. 16th public pronouncement, Jim Williams provided his reasoning as Chair of the Board of Selectmen on their recent trash decision. I appreciate his clarifying the factors that informed the decision to pursue only one option for the trash and recycling Request […]

Finalists for Town Administrator’s Post to Meet the Public Dec. 5

Photo: Shirley Town Administrator Patrice Garvin (left) and Kevin Sweet, town administrator in Maynard. The working group created to nominate candidates to fill the post of Belmont Town Administrator recommended two finalists who will meet with town officials, department heads and the public in the first week of December. Shirley Town Administrator Patrice Garvin and Kevin Sweet, town […]

Second Time A Charm: Sanderson Appointed To Planning Board

Photo: The Planning Board earlier this year. For Edward “Sandy” Sanderson, the second time was a charm as the planning professional was appointed as an associated member of the Belmont Planning Board by a unanimous vote of the Belmont Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 30.  Sanderson’s selection came six weeks since the Selectmen voted […]

Breaking: Two Planning Board Members, Including Former Chair, Resign

Photo: (left) Barbara Fiacco; Liz Allison Former Chair Liz Allison and member Barbara Fiacco suddenly resigned from the Belmont Planning Board since Monday, Oct. 23. The departure of the pair comes less than a fortnight after associate member Raffi Manjikian angerly resigned on Oct. 13 due to a “hostile work environment” created by newly-elected Chair Charles […]

Make Way for Hinckley: Town OK’s Call For New Street Name

Photo: Steven Wheelwright (right) with Glenn Clancy before the Board of Selectmen. Good-bye Frontage Road. Hello Hinckley Way. Belmont will soon have a new street name for the roadway best known as the exit ramp from Route 2 as members of the town’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community filled the Board of Selectmen’s Room […]