Session 8: Meeting concludes by knocking out concussion article, backing Citizens United push
Session No. 8 on Wednesday, May 16 concluded the 2012 Town Meeting with votes on a series of articles on issues ranging from signs promoting town history to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Session 7: Limited gas-powered leaf-blower ban OK'd
In session 7, the meeting approved a bylaw allowing use of gas-powered leaf blowers on private property from Oct. 15 to May 15, a period when leaves are more likely to be on the ground. Members also heard a range of discussion about the school budget before passing all town budgets.
Session 6: Meeting backs Minuteman budget, discusses leaf blowers
In session No. 6, held Wednesday, May 9, the meeting approved a bylaw article to control when trash is brought back from the curb and supported Minuteman's operating budget after lengthy debate.
Members shot down reconsideration of proposed financial restructuring. Discussion about an article that would ban gas-powered leaf blowers was spirited but had not yet concluded.
Session 5: $200K one-time energy-conservation fund supported
At session No. 5 on Monday, May 7, the meeting approved the town's capital budget at its regular meeting. In the Special Town Meteing, a one-time, $200,000 fund for energy conservation drew support, but a measure making that fund permanent was rejected.
Discussion began on the new recycling and trash contract and was to continue in session No. 6, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.
Session 4: Lower tax interest rate for seniors, parking study OK'd
Town Meeting on Wednesday, May 2, dealt with 16 more articles, but postponed some bigger issues, including budgets. The meeting voted to lower the interest rate on taxes deferred by some seniors and to approve a parking study. A variety of options were discussed about the perennially intractable issue. Session No. 5 is set for 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, as is a Special Town Meeeting.
Session 3: 18 articles pick up pace
Town Meeting quickened its pace Monday, April 30, moving through 18 articles, rejecting accessory apartments and keeping the meeting start time at 8 p.m.. Selectmen Chairman Kevin Greeley lashed out at comments from member Chris Loreti about board "favors."
Session 2: Cremains at Cooke's Hollow rejected
In session two of the 2012 Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, members voted down, 75-95, after lengthy debate, a proposal that would have permitted burial of cremated remains in Cooke's Hollow, a small open-space area behind the public-safety building on Mystic Street. No vote was taken on Article 8, which would establish accessory apartments in town.
Session 1: Mixed-use zone turned down
In session one for 2012 on Monday, April 23, Town Meeting voted in favor of a measure that helps promote the inclusion of public art, clarified rules about banners for historic areas and voted down on voice vote a main motion aimed at creating a mixed-use zone, where the first floor is for commercial or light industry and upper floors are residential.
Electronic voting, parking meters, Mass. Ave., dogs and Citizens United -- these are among the issues to be raised during the 2012 Town Meeting in Arlington. A Special Town Meeting is set for Monday, May 7.
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Town Meeting meets every Monday and Wednesday at Town Hall until all warrant articles are voted upon. Each session begins at 8 p.m. and, in most cases, ends at 11 p.m.
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The update to the April 30 meeting corrected the reference to a 7:30 p.m. start time.