2013 Annual Town Meeting - Today, 16-Mar-2013
#Westborough Town Meeting TODAY 1PM, HS Auditorium. Got issues or concerns? THIS is the vote that matters about our services and taxes.
The posted warrant (with Town Manager comments):
AFC Recommendations here:
AFC RecBooklet Mar16.pdf
YOU the residents -- when Town Meeting convenes -- form the legislative branch of our fair city.
Remember, THERE IS NO QUORUM.
And if you are home-bound, please remember that the meeting is broadcast live on Westborough TV cable access.Add a comment
A STUNNING TURNOUT in the 2013 Westborough Town Election!
Never before has there been such a clear mandate from the people!
The people that STAYED AT HOME IN DROVES, that is.
Yessir, nearly 90% of our local electorate shouted unequivocally with their silence, expressing their full acceptance and embrace of our town's management and direction presently undertaken by our elected bodies.
Hail to the 1,229 out of 11,140 registered voters who bothered to visit their local precincts -- on a beatiful weather day, no less! -- to re-elect selectmen regulars Tim Dodd and Leigh Emery.
Taxes? Shmaxes! CLEARLY, Westborough is doing just fine. High tax rates? P'shaw. Did you know that if you voted, you're in the minority?! That's because 90% of your fellow citizens concluded the process is just fine, on track, super-dee-duper, no reason to get out and make a few little marks on a piece of paper.
Friends, let the record show, we have no budget issues, waste or overrun. Well, certainly nothing of issue that isn't already well-in-hand by "current management".
Make no mistake, what other conclusion could one make, when NINETY PERCENT of the voting public, when faced with the prospect of going to the polls, just say "meh".
I guess it really is true, that adage expressed by French political philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote that in a democracy, we get the government we deserve.
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Unofficial Results 2013 Town Election
Preliminary results for the contested races, hot from the Town Clerks office!
Selectmen winners are:
Timothy A. Dodd, 986 votes
Leigh A. Emery, 846 votes
(Stephen J. Faris received, 430 votes)
Housing Authority winner (3-year term) is:
Jill L. Dupree, 525 votes
(William E. Linnane, 508 votes)
And while not a contested race, the Library Trustee write-in winners are:
Edward K. Baldwin, 127 votes
Kathleen A. Daly, 55 votes
Other official winners:
Joanne M. Mallozzi, Planning Board
Stephen C. Doret, Bruce Tretter; School Committee
Helena K. Engberg, Library Trustee
Charles E. Naples, Housing Authority (5 year)
-- UNOFFICIAL RESULTS --Add a comment
Massachusetts Daily Voice websites to close
Walter Bird, Jr. of Worcester Mag reports yesterday about the closing of the Massachusetts sites owned by "The Daily Voice".
The 11 Massachusetts online news sites owned by The Daily Voice was "a satellite operation" that needed to be shut down so the company could "right the ship" for its flagship papers in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, Conn., according to Board of Directors Chairman Carll Tucker.
The founder of Main Street Connect, which became The Daily Voice in 2010, did not comment at length when contacted by phone Tuesday, one day after word leaked out that all Massachusetts Daily Voice sites were being closed down permanently. All Massachusetts staff members were laid off Monday and, according to a source at one of the sites, given two-day severances. The only other reference Tucker made to the closing was to say that none of the New York and Connecticut sites were being shut down.
Please visit Worcestermag.com for the full story:
P.S. I know that Westborough.com has been a bit dormant since DailyWestborough ==> DailyVoice and Patch came into town. Perhaps that may change! We're still here, and we're LOCALLY OWNED :)Add a comment
Public hearing Tuesday 5-Feb 7:30pm on zoning response to medical marijuana law
The Town of Westborough Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the in the Forbes Municipal Building, 45 West Main Street, Westborough, Massachusetts, in the Planning Board’s Conference Room, Suite 23,
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Westborough Zoning Bylaws Article 2, District Regulations, Section 2300, Use Regulation Schedule; Section 2620, Non-Residential Buildings in Non-Residential Districts; and by creating a new Section 5700, Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities and Marijuana Cultivation .
or take any action thereon.
The intent of this bylaw to address possible adverse public health and safety consequences related to the passage of Question 3 on the November 6, 2012 State Referendum. It is the purpose of this section titled “Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities and Marijuana Cultivation” to minimize any potential adverse impacts on property values, schools and other places where children frequent, residential neighborhoods and the quality of life in the Town. It is the intent of this bylaw to establish specific zoning standards and regulations for medical marijuana centers (treatment and dispensing facilities), medical marijuana infused products, medical marijuana paraphernalia, manufacturers, and medical marijuana growing and cultivation operations either related to Medical Marijuana Treatment Facilities and Dispensaries or the personal cultivation by qualified patients or cultivation by personal caregivers on the behalf of qualified patients or other users;
It also intends to regulate the siting, design, placement, safety, monitoring, modification, and removal of Medical Marijuana Treatment and Dispensing Facilities; and Marijuana Cultivation;
A copy of the entire proposed zoning amendment is on file with and can be viewed at the offices of the Westborough Planning Board and Westborough Town Clerk during their business hours. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the proposed amendment should attend the public hearing indicated above.
WESTBOROUGH PLANNING BOARD
Lester Hensley, Chairman
Trevor Beauregard, Vice-Chairman
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