Monday, May 6, 2013
The Weston Board of Selectmen will convene tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The Weston Board of Selectmen will gather Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Conference Room at Weston Town Hall. The first order of business on the agenda is to consider calling a special town meeting for June 17. Selectmen anticipate taking a vote. At 6:35 p.m., selectmen plan to consider the board's position on a number of articles in the Warrant for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting. Discussion and a vote on articles 12-18 is anticipated. Those articles include: - Article 12: APPROPRIATE FOR DESIGN OF NEW POLICE STATION - Article 13: APPROPRIATE FOR CASE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN – PHASE 1 - Article 14: APPROPRIATE FOR TRAFFIC CALMING & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AT NEWTON, WELLESLEY AND SCHOOL STREETS (CASE’S CORNER) - Article 15: …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Conservation Commission met with Weston Selectmen Wednesday night to talk about the town's 2012 Deer Management Program as well as its future.
It takes a high-tension topic for the phrases "deer slobber" and "bloody slaughter" to come up under the same agenda item at a Weston Board of Selectmen meeting. But the town's 2012 Deer Management Program, which allowed bow hunting on five of Weston's conservation lands, is just such a topic. Wednesday night, nearly every seat was filled in the first floor conference room at Weston Town Hall by the time Weston Conservation Administrator Michele Grzenda began her presentation. Grzenda began by explaining the origins of the program, which involved a "handful of letters" selectmen and members of the Conservation Commission received between 2008 and 2010 that expressed concerns about "the burgeoning deer population and its effect on plants, …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Conservation Commission and Board of Selectmen will review the 2012 Deer Program tonight and discuss plans for 2013. The 2012 deer management program report is available online.
Bow hunters had access to five conservation areas in Weston during last fall's hunting season as part of a deer management program agreed to by the Conservation Commission and Board of Selectmen. According to the 2012 Deer Management Program Summary, the program was implemented after residents wrote letters in recent years urging the Conservation Commission and selectmen to "look into the problem of too many deer." The program summary (PDF here) posted on the Town of Weston website outlines the steps pursued leading up to the implementation of the program as well as major efforts both for and against it. According to the report, a total of 18 deer, 10 does and eight bucks, were harvested between Oct. 15, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012, from …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Bill Sandalls outlines his positions on several issues as he requests residents' support leading into the March 11 Town Caucus.
Thursday, March 7
TO THE EDITOR: Weston’s election season starts March 11, with the town caucus at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. I will be running for selectman. I believe my business background and my past service on the Finance Committee make me qualified to serve in that office. I also hope my campaign encourages more public discussion and debate about current issues facing voters and taxpayers, particularly about our town government’s high and growing levels of spending and debt. I will offer clear positions during my campaign. These positions are not beyond improvement, but I believe they are worth consideration, discussion and debate. And beyond any doubt these positions have to be submitted for voter approval before any action is taken. First, I am opposed…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Deadlines are approaching for candidates to express their interest in filling a couple of open positions on town committees.
Weston residents interested in getting involved in town service have a couple of options for jumping into the world of civic service. The Weston Board of Selectmen has extended the deadline for individuals to nominate themselves to serve on the newly formed Town Meeting Advisory Committee. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should send a letter of interest with background information by Friday, March 15 to email@example.com or by mail to the Board of Selectmen, P.O. Box 378, Weston, MA 02493. According to an announcement from selectmen, the new committee will be tasked with: making recommendations to the board [of selectmen] regarding Article 1 of the General By-laws of the Town of Weston relating to Town Meeting. Such …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Douglas Gillespie is running for re-election to the Weston Board of Selectmen.
Monday, February 25
Douglas P. Gillespie of Weston has announced that he will seek a sixth term as a member of the Board of Selectmen in the May town election. Gillespie was first elected in 1998, after having chaired the Department of Public Works Advisory Committee. "I enjoy serving the citizens of Weston, and I believe that my service has contributed common sense and stability to town government," said Gillespie. "We are fortunate in town to have so many well-qualified volunteers who serve in various capacities. I have dedicated my service to increasing participation by all citizens, through an open and transparent town government. "I am proud of the board’s stewardship of so many issues during the past term; while not everyone will agree with every …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Town Meeting Advisory Committee needs volunteers.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The notice below was provided by the Weston Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen would like to hear from Weston residents wishing to serve on the Board’s newly created Town Meeting Advisory Committee. This committee is tasked with making recommendations to the Board regarding Article 1 of the General By-laws of the Town of Weston relating to Town Meeting. Such recommendations may address but are not limited to the following: In addition, the committee may make related recommendations relative to the conduct of the Town Caucus and the Town budget hearing, in order to improve the level of voter participation. The committee will be comprised of a representative of the Board of Selectmen; a representative of the School Committee; a …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Business as usual at this week's Board of Selectmen meeting? Not exactly.
Following a period of controversy likened by one selectman to a “witch hunt,” the Weston Board of Selectmen voted last night 2-1 to accept the westonGrapevine online communication service as a gift from Jonathan Spector, husband of town moderator Wendy Spector. A new plan by the selectmen to solicit citizen participation via a “resident comment” agenda item led off the meeting, and was immediately followed by the westonGrapevine item, leading to a lengthy discussion in a filled room at Town Hall, in which some tensions arose. According to Town Manager Donna VanderClock, a service like westonGrapevine was first conceptualized some years ago by town officials who “wanted people to get information.” Shortly following the 2009 Town Meeting …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Board, residents weigh pros and cons of controversial proposed roundabout.
The ongoing discussion about whether to build a roundabout at Case's Corner reached the next stage at the Monday, Feb. 27 Board of Selectmen meeting, where abutters and other residents gathered to hear further information, and weigh in on the controversial proposal. Some 30 attendees packed the lower level conference room at Weston Town Hall, and mainly expressed discontent at the proposal, saying the high-traffic time at the intersection is mainly limited to morning commuting hours and doesn’t merit the expense of a roundabout, among other objections. As part of a presentation to the board by the Traffic and Sidewalk Committee (TSC), which has spearheaded efforts to build the roundabout at the intersection of Wellesley and Newton streets…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Warrant articles, Cultural Council appointments and new committee among items discussed at recent meeting.
At Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall, selectman Michael Harrity gave an update about the Case Estates soil remediation negotiations, telling attendees that progress is stalled pending further review by Harvard University, which owns the 62.5-acre parcel. Other items of note at the meeting included: The Board of Selectmen’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.