Two Nights? Now Six Articles Before Special Town Meeting

Photo: Moderator Mike Widmer at the February 2016 Special Town Meeting. A citizens’ petition seeking to elect members of the Planning Board brings to six the number of articles in the warrant for the Special Town Meeting next month. The warrant – which was open and closed on Tuesday, Oct. 10 – will likely take […]

Special Town Meeting Rejects Interior Cell Tower Special Permit Demand

Photo: The view from the front row. A citizens petition that would have required an applicant seeking to install telecommunications equipment for interior spaces to obtain a Special Permit was handily defeated by Town Meeting Members at the Wednesday, June 7, Special Town Meeting. The article, brought by neighbors of the Plymouth Congregational Church on […]

Belmont Town Meeting Rejects $144 Million Minuteman Funding Proposal

Photo: The vote at Town Meeting. With many members expressing a great amount of frustration with the process and the school’s administration, Belmont Special Town Meeting voted down the $144 million bond issuance plan for a new Minuteman Career and Technical High School building, 141-81, Wednesday night, May 4. The overwhelming rejection of the project […]

Special Town Meeting Postponed to Feb. 22

Photo: Mike Widmer, Town Moderator. Due to the pending snow storm that is anticipated to leave up to 10-12 inches of snow on Belmont, tonight’s Special Town Meeting, Feb. 8. and has been recessed by Town Moderator Michael Widmer and will be continued to Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Chenery Middle School, according to […]

Special Town Meeting Passes Article Urging Return of ‘Original’ Center Design

Photo: Gi Yoon Huang, Paul Roberts, Bonnie Friedman, Jack Weis and a resident celebrating the “yes” vote at Special Town Meeting.  Setting aside concerns it was descending a “slippery slope” of interfering with town governance, the Belmont’s Town Meeting members declared Thursday night, Aug. 6, that its opinion would be heard. At the end of the three-and-a-half […]

Opinion: An Unfair Re-Do, Part Two

Photo:  This is the second half of an opinion article by Kevin Cunningham. The first half was published on Tuesday, Aug. 4. “The traffic problem is solved” It’s worth pointing out one other line of revisionist argument that is creeping into the discussion, this time on what to many is the most critical issue; the problem […]

Special Town Meeting Petition on Belmont Center Delivered to Town Clerk

Photo: Town Clerk Ellen Cushman counting signatures. It appears Town Meeting members will have to forego one summer night on the shore or lounging in the back yard after a group seeking to reverse a last-second change to the Belmont Center Reconstruction Project has delivered what they believe is the necessary number of signatures to Belmont’s Town Clerk  this afternoon, Tuesday, July […]

Special Town Meeting Approves $2.8 Million Belmont Center Project

Photo: Selectmen Chair Andy Rojas presenting the Belmont Center Reconstruction Project to the Special Town Meeting, Monday, Nov. 17. In the end, Belmont’s Special Town Meeting decided a renovated Belmont Center was worth the $2.8 million price tag, no matter the funding scheme. After more than three hours of presentation, analysis and debate, the Town […]

Town Meeting Amendment Challenges Belmont Center Project Financing Plan

Special Town Meeting just got a whole lot more interesting. Rather than the option of simply accepting or rejecting the financing plan for the $2.8 million Belmont Center Reconstruction Project, the 290 Town Meeting Members now have an alternative to the town-created “free cash” proposal. Read the project’s highlights here James Williams of Glenn Road and Precinct 1 submitted […]

The Why and How of Paying for Belmont Center’s ‘Facelift’ Debated Before Town Meeting

After town officials gave a lengthy, detailed explanation of the financing and work proposed for the $2.8 million Belmont Center reconstruction project, Town Meeting Member Ed Kuzanjian came to the microphone and asked the assembled officials at the Nov. 6 warrant briefing held at the Beech Street Center one question. Why? “What are we getting for the money?” […]