‘Selectmen’ No More: Arlington Town Meeting Day 2

ARLINGTON, MA – Arlington Town Meeting met for its second session Wednesday, April 25. Among the most significant decisions at Wednesday night’s meeting was a vote to change "board of selectmen" to "select board" and approval of the capital budget.

Other items discussed include a home rule petition to include the town’s financial offices under one umbrella and changing the name of Vision 2020 to Envision Arlington.

Below are the results of Day 2, according to the Arlington Advocate:

ARTICLE 19 HOME RULE LEGISLATION/MUNICIPAL FINANCE DEPARTMENT: Approved

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Board of Selectmen to file Home RuleLegislation that would allow the creation of a consolidated department of municipal finance; or take any action related thereto.

ARTICLE 20 HOME RULE LEGISLATION/BYLAW AMENDMENT/CHANGE THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN TO SELECT BOARD: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Board of Selectmen to file Home RuleLegislation to amend the Town Manager Act, and further to amend the Town Bylaws to change the name of the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board in all relevant provisions and variants of presentation in the Act and the Bylaws; or take any action related thereto. (Inserted at the request of Clarissa Rowe and ten registered voters)

ARTICLE 21 VOTE/ VISION 2020: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to further revise Article 41 of the Annual Town Meeting of 1992, which established the Vision 2020 Standing Committee, to amend the name of the committee to"Envision Arlington," provide a new statement of purpose, and revise the length of terms for Standing Committee Members; or take any action related thereto.(Inserted at the request of the Vision 2020 Standing Committee)

ARTICLE 22 ACCEPTANCE/LOCAL OPTION TAXES: No Action
To see if the Town will vote to accept any local option taxes or other revenue raising options, which are made available to cities and towns through enactments of the legislature, by state regulation or court action; or take any action related thereto. (Inserted at the request of the Finance Committee)

ARTICLE 23 ENDORSEMENT OF CDBG APPLICATION: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to endorse the application for Federal Fiscal Year 2019 prepared bythe Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen under the Housing and Community DevelopmentAct of 1974 (PL 93-383) as amended; or take any action related thereto. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen and at the request of the Town Manager)

ARTICLE 24 REVOLVING FUNDS: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to hear or receive a report concerning the receipts and expenditures of approved revolving funds, amend the Town Bylaws to adopt new revolving funds, and/or to appropriate sums of money to such revolving funds and determine how the money shall be raised or expended; or take any action related thereto.(Inserted by the Board of Selectmen)

ARTICLE 26 POSITIONS RECLASSIFICATION: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to make additions, deletions and/or modifications to the Classification and Pay Plan, appropriate a sum of money to fund same if necessary, determine how the money will be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager and the Director of Human Resources)

ARTICLE 28 APPROPRIATION/PARKING OPERATING COSTS: Approved
To see if the Town will appropriate or transfer a sum of money to fund appropriate operating costs of new parking equipment and measures from the Special Revolving Parking Fund established under Article 7 of the October 2016 Special Town Meeting; or take any action related thereto.(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager)

ARTICLE 30 CAPITAL BUDGET: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to defray the expense of purchasing, leasing, or bonding of capital equipment, infrastructure, buildings or other projects of the Town or to acquire real property for municipal purposes; to appropriate a sum of money to fund previously incurred or future Town debt, to acquire land for said projects where necessary by purchase, eminent domain taking or otherwise, determine how the money shall be raised including the possibility of borrowing any or all of the same, or the transfer of funds from any previous appropriation, determine how such money shall be expended; or take any action related thereto.(Inserted by the Board of Selectmen and at the request of the Town Manager and the Capital Planning Committee)

ARTICLE 39 APPROPRIATION/ COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUND: Approved
To see if the Town will vote to make appropriations from the Community Preservation Fund for eligible community preservation projects; for community preservation reserve accounts for historic preservation, open space and recreation, and affordable housing; for Community PreservationCommittee administrative expenses or other eligible expenses; or take any action related thereto.(Inserted at the request of the Community Preservation Committee)

Photo by Jenna Fisher (Patch Staff)

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