Category: public meeting

Belmont’s Steaming Ahead to Leave Civil Service. Here are 5 Reasons I’ll Be Voting NO

Quint Jaws

Our political leaders are treating Town Meeting like their rubber stamp: making cost and diversity arguments, but providing no data to back them up and no concrete vision for what happens after we approve their plan. I’ll be voting NO and ask you to join me.

Belmont “Never Tax-ers” Put 7-12 School, Community Path in their Sights. Attend Select Board Zoom Meeting Monday.

Belmont 7-12 School

A group of anti-tax residents plans to ask the Select Board to halt work on the 7-12 School and abandon the Community Path project. Concerned Belmontonians should tune in to the Select Board Zoom meeting Monday evening at 7:00 PM to support those projects.

Support the Belmont Community Path? Attend July 16th Virtual Meeting

Belmont Community Path

An upcoming meeting this Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 PM (via Zoom) will review design proposals for the path. Also a new survey seeks resident feedback on the proposed plans. If you support the plan, attend the meeting and take the resident survey.

Open Letter: Belmont Needs a Bailout

Dollar Bill

At the end of the day: putting the question to voters costs the Town of Belmont nothing. Not giving the voters a choice to throw a lifeline to the Town, on the other hand, has very high costs associated with it.

A Poll: How Technology Could Help Town Government Serve Us Better

Survey: Belmont Government Accessibility

Hey Blogging Belmont readers and ‘Happy Monday’! I’m writing you in my capacity as the Chairman of Belmont’s IT Advisory Committee and asking you a big favor: five minutes of your time to take this important survey, which assesses how …

You to the Rescue: Critical Selectmen’s Meeting Monday to support Belmont Community Path

Fitchburg Cutoff Path

The Selectmen will have a tough vote on the Community Path again Monday evening. Once again Community Path supporters need to turn out in force to the Selectmen’s Hearing Room at Belmont Town Hall on Monday to voice support for a safe, off road route connecting Belmont to the Minuteman Path and Alewife MBTA station.

Invest in Belmont’s Future: Vote YES on 4!

Belmont 7-12 School

The proposed 7-12 school is an elegant and cost saving solution to a myriad of complex and expensive problems facing our school district. Vote YES tomorrow on Question #4 to invest in Belmont’s students and our collective future. 

We Saved The Farmers’ Market (For Now)

Public outcry over an effort by Locatelli properties to relocate the Belmont Farmers’ Market saved the day…for now. (Image courtesy of Jessie Bennett.)

Summary: Overwhelming public outcry sunk effort by Locatelli Properties to oust the Market from Belmont Center. But the battle’s probably not over.

Update2: First They Came for the Farmers: Foodie’s landlord opposes Farmers’ Market

Locatelli is objecting to part of the Town’s municipal lot being given over to the Belmont Farmer’s Market, which has dutifully served the community from that location for 11 years. Apparently, Mr. Foley and his employer banked on public resources (a small number of spaces at the back of the Town’s municipal lot) being there to boost the prospects for his private tenant (and the private property owner) despite an 11 year history. If he made any assurances to Foodies about the Market not being there in 2017 and those spots being opened, he was bargaining with an asset he didn’t own or control – always a risky business.

Important Budget Goings On – Don’t Sleep Through ‘Em!

Just a heads up, y’all, that there are a slew of important budget meetings looming, starting this Tuesday evening, January 11, when School Superintendent, Dr. Entwistle will present the proposed FY 2012 budget to the School Committee. This meeting is in the Community Room at Chenery Middle School and will be the public’s first look at the budget for next year. From what I’ve heard, this is a “make the best of a bad situation” budget with some sobering numbers. We’ll need your help and involvement to win the funding our teachers and administrators need to preserve critical programming. Here are some dates to put on your calendar.