Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Town leaders preview the motions for the March 23 Annual Town Meeting.
For anyone who couldn’t make it to the annual Westford League of Women Voters Town Meeting warrant roundtable discussion, here are a few of the things you missed. MEDICAL MARIJUANA Since voters approved the statewide ballot measure to allow Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers here in the Bay State, many communities have been scrambling as to whether or not a Treatment Center should be places in their community. With many communities either delaying or barring any debate for a Dispensary in their community, the Moratorium allows for the Board of Health to work out all the details regarding zoning among items. The Moratorium will be extended until June 302014. “It could change, but this (Moratorium) allows the planning board and board of …
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunny today, Town Meeting comes to an end.
Before you head out and start your Tuesday, here are five things you need to know: 1. SUNNY, CHILLY. Today will be sunny again, but a stiff wind will keep temps in the low 40s, according to the National Weather Service. 2. TOWN MEETING CONCLUDES. Town Meeting wrapped up last night, with voters deciding on several policies, including digitizing more town documents and reducing first-time bylaw violations from $300 to $100. 3. SHOULD WHOLE FOODS COME TO WESTFORD? With new land cleared for development on Route 110, people in town have discussed the idea of a Whole Foods moving in. Do you want to see that happen? Leave a comment on our new "Westford Speaks" feature that will be up later today. 4. DID YOU KNOW? There are two Whole Foods near …
Monday, March 28, 2011
More than 200 voters gathered to approve the town budget for the 2012 fiscal year.
Westford voters on Saturday greenlighted a $92,278,754 budget for town and school services for the 2012 fiscal year. Some of the items approved included: Town Meeting will continue tonight at 7 p.m. Voters will decide on several proposed policies, including one that would put more town documents online to save money and another to lower first-time bylaw violations from $300 to $100.
Cold temps, Town Meeting continues.
Before you head out and start your Monday, here are five things you need to know: 1. BRRR! The January-like temperatures over the weekend will continue this week. Breezy winds will push temperatures into the 30s today, according to the National Weather Service. 2. TOWN MEETING, PART 2: Town Meeting will continue tonight at 7 p.m. at the Abbot School. Voters on Saturday approved the town and school budgets without any changes. Tonight, they will vote on several policies, including putting more town documents online to save money and officially naming a new field at Westford Academy. 3. GOING UP. Voters on Saturday approved spending $500,000 for a new elevator at the Abbot School. The project had been in the works for almost 20 years. School…
Saturday, March 26, 2011
It begins at 10 a.m. at the Abbot School.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The annual Town Meeting starts today at 10 a.m. at Abbot Elementary School. Voters will set the budget for town and schools services and consider several policies, including one that would digitize more town documents to save money and reduce waste. If you plan on attending, bring plans for lunch. Last year's meeting took about seven hours. Today's meeting will be contined to Monday if it stretches too long. Get up to speed on the issues with our Town Meeting series:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The annual Town Meeting where voters set the town budget and vote on several proposed policies will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Abbot Elementary School. Click through these photos to see what items are up for a vote. Find more information about the issues in our Town Meeting series:
Recycling collection, Town Meeting.
Before you head out and start your Thursday, here are five things you should know: 1. SUNNY, CHILLY: Today will be sunny, but temperatures will be in the mid-30s, according to the National Weather Service. 2. RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONICS. An electronic recycling collection will be held Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Highway Garage on North Street. 3. TOWN MEETING COMING. The annual Town Meeting will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Abbot School. 4. DID YOU KNOW? Westford's population in 2010 grew 6 percent over the previous decade. 5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground and nearly a quarter-million barrels of oil into Prince William Sound. It was one of the worst oil spills ever.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Third in a series of stories about Saturday's Town Meeting.
The $92.3 million fiscal 2012 budget proposed by town officials is comprised of roughly half town services and half school services. The budget is subject to voter approval at Saturday's annual Town Meeting. Yesterday, we looked at some of the money that makes up town services. Today's, we'll look at some of the money that makes up school services. The school district is requesting $46.3 million for the fiscal year, which starts July 1 and ends June 30, 2012. That represents a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year. Here's a breakdown of the increase, according to Superintendent Bill Olsen's budget presentation: The school district is asking for $500,000 to pay for a new elevator at Abbot Elementary School. School officials have said …
Town Meeting coming; getting rid of Styrofoam responsibly.
Before you head out and start your Wednesday, here are five things you should know: 1. CLOUDY, RAINY. Today will be cloudy with a good chance of rain after 4 p.m., according ot the National Weather Service. 2. GET RID OF YOUR STYROFOAM RESPONSIBLY. Styrofoam is horrible for the environment. Here's a way to recycle it reponsibly in Westford. 3. TOWN MEETING COMING. The annual Town Meeting -- which affects how much you spend in property taxes -- is coming Saturday. All registered voters are encouraged to attend. Get up to speed on the issues. 4. DID YOU KNOW? There's a unique "Green Living" fair at the First Parish Church on April 2. 5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry declared "Give me liberty, or give me death."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A look at the proposed appropriations for town services that will be voted on Saturday.
The $92,278,754 million fiscal 2012 budget recommended by town officials and subject to voter approval at the annual Town Meeting Saturday is divided roughly in half between town services and school services. Today, we'll take a look at some of the money recommended for town services. Tomorrow, we'll look at some of the school services money. Town officials promised to keep budget items at or below last year's amounts in response to the economic downturn. They largely kept that promise. Here's a rundown of the various budget items for town services for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2012: During Town Meeting Saturday, voters will have to rubber-stamp several big-ticket individual items. Those include: Look for a …