Both Sides of Town Green Dispute Seeking Something Like A Compromise

Photo: Bonnie Friedman at the Board of Selectmen meeting, August 2015. Where two months previous shouting, demands, and a Belmont Police officer were evident, on Monday, Aug. 17, the two sides of the “Town Green” dispute came together at Town Hall to start the process of finding a lasting compromise to a dispute in the $2.8 […]

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 […]

What You Need To Know Before the Special Town Meeting

From the Belmont Town Clerk’s Office: All documents that have been distributed to Town Meeting Members are on the Town Clerk’s Town Meeting Information webpage of the Town website.  Here is a link for your convenience:  http://www.belmont-ma.gov/town-clerk/pages/town-meeting-information .  Included on the Town Clerk’s website is: Letter from the Board of Selectmen (1 page) Moderator letter on Town […]

Letter to the Editor: Moderator Asks Town Meeting To Be ‘Positive and Constructive’

Town Meeting Members: In my eight years as Town Moderator I can recall few if any issues that have so aroused the passions of Town Meeting Members as the subject of [today’s] Special Town Meeting. I have taken advice from many people and spent many hours seeking to plan the meeting in order to focus the […]

Opinion: Injecting Small ‘d’ Democracy, Decency to Town Meeting Debate

Photo: Rendering from the Belmont Center Reconstruction plan. Just past 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27, I had the pleasure of sitting next to my neighbor, Gi Yoon-Huang, and her five-year-old daughter at Town Hall. We were there to hear the Belmont Board of Selectmen debate and vote on a proposal that Town Meeting is considering regarding plans […]

Belmont Selectmen OK Special Town Meeting Date

Photo: Belmont Center reconstruction underway. It’s official: the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved a Special Town Meeting for Thursday, Aug. 6, location to be determined (although strong hints have been dropped that it will likely be held in the air conditioned comfort of the Chenery Middle School.) The votes, held at an early morning meeting at Town […]

Special Town Meeting Set for Thursday, August 6

Photo: Belmont Center under construction.  The Special Town Meeting called by residents seeking to reverse last-minute changes to the $2.8 million Belmont Center Reconstruction Project will take place on Thursday, Aug. 6, according to a notice released on Monday, July 13. On Thursday, July 16 at 8 a.m., the Belmont Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall to vote to […]

Town Clerk Declares Summer Special Town Meeting ‘Will Be Held’

Photo: Ellen Cushman, Belmont Town Clerk.  Belmont will have a summer Special Town Meeting before the third week in August after Town Clerk Ellen Cushman certified a citizen’s petition submitted by residents who seek to reverse a last-minute change to the $2.8 million Belmont Center Reconstruction Project. “The train is on the tracks,” said Cushman, […]

Town Green Supporters Ponder Special TM After Raucous Selectmen Standoff

Photo: Belmont Center Reconstruction project.  [Correction: The latest date for a Town Meeting to take place if 200 signatures were submitted to the Town Clerk’s office on Friday, June 26, would be Aug. 10.] It’s been some time since the Belmont Police has been called to a public meeting. But a man in blue stood outside Town Hall’s Board of […]

Preview of the Second Night of Belmont Town Meeting, May 6

Photo:  The second night of the 156th edition of Belmont Town Meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 6 as the meeting reconvenes at 7 p.m. at Belmont High School to hopefully complete the remaining non-budgetary issues before the 290-member legislative body. The evening will revolve around debate on the $1.1 million in grants coming from the […]