Tag: Belmont Citizen Herald

Selectmen support smart parking meters

The Belmont Citizen Herald wrote up a story on a presentation I did for the Board of Selectmen this week on introducing smart parking meters around the commuter rail station. The BOS think its a great idea and want to move to a pilot. No Freeloader thinks its a terrible idea and that I’m a…wait for it…freeloader!!

About that School Committee race…

In which Paul un-declares himself from the upcoming School Committee contest.

Comparing stimulus plans: Great Depression vs. Great Recession

$38 million in federal stimulus funds for Belmont? You betcha! That was the value, in today’s dollars, of a town plan, approved by the federal government, to rapidly modernize Belmont after World War II.

Opinion: One person’s ideas on Waverley Square

What change should be promoted to encourage a more pedestrian friendly environment in Waverley Square?

Town: officials didn’t violate Open Meeting (but will meet publicly anyway)

The Belmont Citizen Herald is reporting that Belmont’s legal counsel has issued a response to the Middlesex District Attorney that claims town officials who met behind closed doors to formulate plans to discuss the consolidation of School and Town services were not doing so in violation of the State’s Open Meeting Laws.

Update: Vote today for Wellington!

After years of debate within town about the plight of the Wellington Elementary School, it all comes down to a town-wide vote today. Polls opened at 7:00 AM and will stay open until 8:00pm. It’s time to get out and vote for Belmont’s future. Go to the polls and vote YES for Wellington!

Wellington wins unanimous approval of Town Meeting

This year’s marathon, multi-session Town Meeting might be best remembered for what wasn’t heard last night: a single dissenting voice among the more than 200 assembled Town Meeting members to a motion to allocate more than $39 million for reconstruction of the Wellington Elementary School. The unanimous vote in favor was sweet victory for all those who have battled to have the aging school rebuilt!

Fed $ means no Prop 2 1/2 override this year

An estimated $1.3m in stimulus money will help stave off cuts to staffing and materials on the school side and, coupled with some savings from attrition, let the town squeak by for one more year without needing to raise property taxes.

News without Newspapers

An article in the New York Times talks about the growth of hyperlocal news, led by community and neighborhood blogs. In Belmont, the Citizen Herald says it will do a revamp of its print edition in the coming months to modernize the look and coverage of the paper and BloggingBelmont is planning changes as it nears its second anniversary!

Federal aid could direct $1.36m to schools

It’s intended to provide an economic stimulus, but the end result of emergency federal funding in Belmont may be to get the town’s schools back to level funding, according to a story in today’s Belmont Citizen Herald.