The following viewpoint was submitted by John D. Leone, moderator of Arlington's Town Meeting:
The most important vote at this year’s Town Meeting, was not the passage of our budget and capital plan, the leaf-blower bylaw compromise (passed) or the plastic water bottle ban (failed). It was the unceremonious and near unanimous, no-action vote on Article 22.
For those unaware, Article 22 sought permission from Town Meeting for the selectmen to file home-rule legislation to allow for the creation of an appointed "coordinated department of municipal finance" and the dissolution of the elected treasurer’s position.
In essence, this misguided article wanted to eliminate the elected treasurer position and replace the entire office of the treasurer with a new coordinated finance department headed by an appointed director of finance under the authority of the town manager.
I would like to commend "Menotomy Observer" – aka Steve Harrington – for first reporting about the dumped snow in the athletics field behind Stop & Shop. The report was published Feb. 13 at Truepersons.com.
He got the scoop, but he failed to document key claims with respect to the field. He writes: "The DPW used the high school practice fields for a snow graveyard resulting in extreme damage and runoff that will affect spring sports."
In fact, the damage will require a $100,000 repair, as the town manager told me.
The following commentary was written by Peter Fuller, a Precinct 20 Town Meeting member, and published in February. His views expand on those expressed earlier on the Arlington email list and include points that others raised and asked him about. His comments remain relevant in May:
The Arlington Boys & Girls Club sent a letter, dated Feb. 7, 2013, to current members, informing them of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of children at the Club. While this letter reads as apologetic in tone and at first reading seemingly complete in explaining the situation, some statements in the letter raise further questions: