Tuesday, October 23, 2012
While a "drop in the bucket" that would cost about $200,000, town's new OPEB policy for Wall Street's eyes to keep Belmont in Triple A shape.
In the view of some members of various town boards and committees, the idea of taking approximately $200,000 – using last year's budget numbers – of scarce dollars from the town's annual budget to draw down a roughly $200 million unfunded liability to town retirees is like attempting to fill the Grand Canyon by throwing handfuls of dirt into the gap. But to Floyd Carman, Belmont's Treasurer and Tax Collector who has long championed the creation of a policy to begin to pay off the town's growing Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) account – those benefits other than pensions that town employees garner after their retirement – the amount is not as important as knowing who notices the policy. "It's a drop in the bucket, but it's not to …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Also, Asst. Town Administrator Kelli Hebert has her salary bumped up.
After nominating and voting on a dozen or so candidates for some of the myriad of committees that oversee or run certain areas of town government, Belmont Selectmen Andy Rojas asked his fellow members a simple question: do we need all these committees? Rojas' query was a bit more nuanced than a sweeping charge to eliminate the more than 60 committees and boards that oversee a wide range of functions in town, from the condition of shade trees to the financial oversight of the town's budgets for the Town Meeting. Rather, Rojas felt that it was time to review just what the public groups do and if they have passed their useful time. Rojas and the other selectmen – Chairman Mark Paolillo and Ralph Jones – pointed to the Cable Television …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After hearing concerns, Board will favor single-family homes at Belmont Hill site, for now.
When nearly 70 people show up to attend a Selectmen's meeting in mid-summer, something has caught the attention of Belmont residents. And the overwhelming negative reaction by homeowners of a Belmont Hill neighborhood to word that a out-of-state medical facilities developer was interested in purchasing a town-owned parcel adjacent to Belmont Country Club with access off Greensbrook Way sent a clear message to the Belmont Board of Selectmen at its Wednesday night meeting, Aug. 15. Speakers – including a slew of attorneys and the star power coming from a member of the Romney family – convinced the board to rework a proposed development blueprint favoring single-family homes and expanding the time frame for developers to bid for the 300,000 …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
As opposition to a commercial project grows, town prepares draft RFP for land on Belmont Hill.
With opposition growing in the back end of Belmont Hill, the town is moving forward to sell a one-and-a-half acre parcel of land off Woodfall Road that an Atlanta firm has expressed interest in building an end-of-life facility. A draft of a request for proposal for the 229,000 square-foot town-owned parcel situated off Greenbrook Way and Woodfall abutting Belmont Country Club was presented to the Board of Selectmen at its Monday night, Aug. 6, meeting. According to the document, bids will be accepted until Wednesday, Oct. 3, for the site after the Board of Selectmen approves a final version of the draft. View the draft RFP on this website. The draft RFP – created by the Planning Department's Jay Szklut – will be discussed at the board's …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Long-awaited reconstruction to main roadway from Cambridge to Waltham scheduled in Spring, 2013.
They were crossing the t's and dotting the i's at the Board of Selectmen's Monday, Aug. 6, meeting as it signed contracts that will allow the state to put out to bid this week a $16 million contract to repair and reconstruct the entire length of Trapelo Road and Belmont Streets from the town lines of Cambridge to Waltham. "We are 99 percent there," said a smiling Glenn Clancy, director of Belmont's Office of Community Development who has spent the better part of a decade shepherding the plan to redesign, repair and repave the two-and-a-quarter miles of roadway running the length of Belmont, the busiest thoroughfare in town. With all title claims resolved, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation – which is managing the project – will…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Colleagues celebrate Angleo's board tenure by placing his portrait in the Selectmen's Room.
The most prominent feature in the Selectmen's Room on the second floor of Town Hall is that an entire wall is filled with the portraits of residents who served as selectmen for the town. And on Monday, July 16, the current Board members welcomed back one of their own to unveil the latest addition to the wall. With his wife, Wega, by his side, Angelo Firenze was recognized by the current board with the unveiling of his portrait in the room he served the town from 2006 to April of this year. "It is a real honor for me to see myself here," said Firenze.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Selectmen will hear at its July 16 meeting on any compromise
It hasn't been a good recreational year for Matt Russo and his kids. The Belmont dad first had to deal with the closing of the Butler Elementary School's playground where his children attend school. Then when summer came around, the family's favorite in town destination, the Underwood Pool, was deprived of one of its most prominent attractions: the diving board that has been a feature of the historic pool since it opened 100 years ago. "We were hit with a double whammy," Russo told the Monday, July 2, meeting of the Belmont Board of Selectmen which tackled the diving ban in addition to the on-going discussion on how much longer can the oldest outdoor municipal swimming pool can continue before it fails. "We are being told [the pool] was …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Still yet vetted, plan on relocating pool could free incinerator to be sold, adding a vital playing field for school and town and freeing land for a new town library.
It all began when Department of Public Works Director Peter Castinino attended the annual Town Meeting two months ago. There are so many capital needs in town, he said. Maybe there is a way to solve a few all at once. After attending a meeting concerning the proposed town library and talking with those running the newly created Community Preservation Committee, he took a walk to the Underwood Playground and looked over the historic municipal pool. In mid-June, he brought Board of Selectmen Chairman Mark Paolillo to the same small bluff where they could see the 100-year-old pool, the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont High School playing fields across Concord Avenue in a single view. By relocating the historic Underwood Pool nearly 25 …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Department of Public Works to discuss facility's condition, plans to modernize historic site.
In between signing the warrant for the September state primary election and granting a business license to a hip hybrid breakfast/mexicana cafe on Trapelo Road, next week the Belmont Board of Selectmen will dip their toes into the increasingly hot water of the historic Underwood Pool. At its scheduled meeting on Monday, July 2 at 7 p.m., the three members board will hear from Belmont Department of Public Works Director Peter Castinino as he presents an updated version of a memo he wrote six years ago on the ongoing engineering, structural and maintenance issues facing the pool. Those same concerns pertaining to safety and the pool's out-dated construction were cited by the Belmont Health Department this month when it refused to grant a …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Recreation use likely but a wild card could see commercial development on Concord Ave.
The fate of Belmont’s former incinerator site on Concord Avenue is moving closer to a resolution as the Belmont Board of Selectmen heard from its consultant who narrowed the number of viable options to a pair of recreational uses. Yet a wild card in the form of a mysterious developer who continues to express interest in the site could alter the hopes of those seeking to add a long needed playing space for youth and adult sports and, subsequently, place a large roadblock before the construction of a new town library. With Town Meeting's approval of nearly $1 million in May to begin the regulatory process to "cap" and site and take down the abandoned incinerator building, the board is working towards a conclusion of a decade long wait …