Special Town Meetings
In reverse chronological order
GREEN LIGHT TO BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meanwhile, back in Weston, CT,
standing room only crowd votes "yes" and
away we go!
HAND OUT HAD IT CORRECT
Special Town Meeting says "yes" to the right project, and the revised
program for work at the high school is now redefined. But a warning sign: Mistake in
resolution with attachment for Selectmen later indicates the wrong part
of the high school to be worked on!!! This will be taken care of,
as sharp eyed Selectman noticed it and staff knows it was
incorrect...makes me nervous.
Special Town Meeting hand out here
Building Committee Chair. explains the project at Tri-Board
meeting September 25, 2013. Special Town Meeting votes unanimous
Special Town Meeting
October 3, 2013
Call of meeting
Town Meeting 6-25-13 - puchase of 48 Norfield Road - "yes but" at $140k
less...Bank says no to lower number - FORUM stories here
A MOTION TO VOTE 'YES' AT A LOWER PRICE...AND FIRST SELECTMAN
WILL TRY TO SELL IT TO THE BANK.
Hot time in the old town - Library Community Room brought
drama...Selectman cites Town Plan 2010 which encourages creative ideas
for Central Part of Town, Town Attorney explains what the last vote
TOWN MEETING SAYS "LET'S MAKE A DEAL!"
What was going on?
Who participated? The Registrars will or should have the number
of those who checked in.
If you added it up, there were 79 voting on the final amended
motion. By my unofficial calculation, the first vote taken, to
lower the offer to the bank to "split the difference" of the rehab
estimate, was similar. However, was this really the case?
The 43 in favor of the amendment the first time may not have been the
same as the 43 plus one the second time! While there were more
(our sense of it) in the room, only 79 raised their
hand or announced an abstention. Or perhaps because the
the Moderator, Parliamentarian and Clerk didn't appear to raise their
hands, the vote total was low (seven voting officials - 4 Registrars,
Moderator, Parliamentarian, Clerk of the meeting).
Perhaps it was that some only voted on one of the motions? In
words, if you voted "yes" on the amendment you still had the option to
either vote "no" or not vote on the main motion. And if you
the original "call", you voted "no" on the amendment or didn't
Likewise, you could have voted "no" on the amendment and "yes" on the
main motion. Or "no" on both. Maybe you could have voted "yes" on
as I did, because you didn't was to see this opportunity for Town
purchase go down as it did more than 30 years ago.
The Town must now go back to the bank. If some of the negative
speakers are right, the bank should grab the Town's reduced offer
The unofficial count of how many speakers there were on the
the final motion showed 13 "no" and 10 "yes" - some getting two chances
to speak (but we only counted it as one) because there were two motions
(amendment and main motion) and also because the Moderator was
Where we were positioned, a question arose about whether someone
with a "green card" who owned property more than $1000 on the Grand
List could speak
and/or vote at Town Meeting. On the spot, the decision was
"yes." Was that the correct decision? Considering the
penalties for illegal voting read to the meeting, perhaps the Charter
Revision Commission might address this?
That's my question this afternoon as I analyze how the votes broke
out. There was standing room only at the Library Community Room
last evening. So full that some remarked that the air
conditioning might be failing. But it was a case of being
dressed appropriately for the date - school's out for
summer atire worked for me!
There were more than three ways to vote and more than that number of
interest groups present.
there was the group prepared to
vote yes on the original amount, who were not in favor of the
there were, at the other end, those who thought
this was a bad move and/or deal at any price.
between there were those who wanted to buy the property but didn't
want to fight about the reasonable idea that Town Meeting should make
an offer at a lower price to the bank.
there were those
who didn't know what they wanted to do. Did everyone vote on
everything? No, we don't think so.
The meeting lasted 90 minutes, but somehow, I don't think this matter
is finished just yet. The next shoe dropped Wednesday afternoon
when the bank refused the offer.
TOWN OF WESTON
WARNING OF SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
The voters of the Town of Weston, Connecticut, are hereby warned and
notified that a Special Town Meeting will be held in the Community Room
of the Weston Library, 56 Norfield Road, Weston, Connecticut, on
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.
1. To consider and vote on the following resolution:
(a) To purchase structures
and land of approximately 1.0 acre located at 48 Norfield Road, Weston,
Connecticut from the Fairfield County
Savings Bank and to appropriate an amount not to exceed $750,000 for
the purchase price and any professional fees, legal fees, interest
expense on temporary borrowings, financing cost and other costs related to the
To authorize the Board of Finance to determine the appropriate method
of funding the purchase including: use of general fund balance, short
or long term borrowings, temporary note issuance, supplemental
appropriation, or any other appropriate source. If the Board of Finance
determines to fund the purchase with a borrowing, the Board of Finance
is also authorized to determine the terms and conditions of such
To authorize the First Selectman to negotiate and execute an agreement
to purchase the property, and to act on the Town’s behalf under the
agreement, and if the Board of Finance determines to fund the purchase
with a borrowing, to authorize the First Selectman to negotiate and
execute any documents related to such borrowing, to authorize the Board of
Selectmen, Board of Finance, Treasurer and other Town officials or
employees to take all other action necessary and proper to carry out
said purchase, to ratify all previous action taken by the Town, its
officials or employees in connection with said purchase and to
authorize Town officials and employees to take all other actions
necessary to complete the purchase and complete any borrowing to
finance the appropriation.
Dated at Weston, Connecticut as of the 17th day of June, 2013
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Dennis H. Tracey III
Planning and Zoning asked for
got them, after Conservancy tweak voted again, approving final document
Town Meeting at 7:15pm in Town Hall Meeting Room Jan. 19, 2012 - 35
minutes for a "Yes" (one "no" vote)
With snow forecast for 7pm, what
would the attendance at town meeting be? Standing room only, as
it turned out. And it did snow! Would
outnumber those who question the Lachat lease arrangement? Maybe
- those who had doubts asked questions (9 individuals - most of whom
were not sure until they got answers). The "call" below (this
plus the package showing changes made by Nature Conservancy at the last
minute [in red] available to all at the meeting).
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING TAKES NO TIME IN VOTING YES WITH NO
COMMENTS. A NEW ADVENTURE! P&Z 8-24 to come.
Main field (2000), main field (2010), house and high field.
Town controls fields all shown above for 10 years with renewal
possiblility. Restrictions are conservation easements.
At the Sept.
15, 2011 Selectmen's meeting
UP FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011
Town Hall Meeting Room at 7:20pm
(preceded at 7pm by an Informational Meeting) and followed by 7:30pm
Board of Selectmen's meeting
Agreement to maintain conservation easement (with an
exception for community/Town farm). Leases of land to and from
each party (Town and Nature Conservancy) in 50-50 split. N.C. to
handle money that is an endowment for maintenance, town to get the
APRIL 14, 2011 ON TOWN AND SCHOOL BUDGETS PLUS
CEMETERY...YES, YES, NO
How many Westonites
voted? 885 total in 2011.
REFERENDUM REAFFIRMS ANNUAL TOWN BUDGET MEETING PLUS SAYS "NO" TO TOWN
Westonites go to polls in lower number than last year (when
signatures had to be gathered). Actual vote totals:
Question #1 YES - 697 NO - 186
Question #2 YES - 574 NO - 308
Question #3 YES -
348 NO - 536
TOTAL voting 885 (out of
all 6000 plus registered voters plus an unknown number of "Grand List"
over: On to
Referendum voting on Cemetery ($30k) 8-24, Item #3, which was not in
the Call of ATBM, Item #2, Education and Item #1, Town budgets, FY12.
"Citizen of the Year" award presented
prior to ATBM by Police Commission Chair. prior to start of Annual Town
WHAT HAPPENED AT A.T.B.M. APRIL
6, 2011, WHS AUDITORIUM
Budget Passes at ATBM - no cuts, changes or
standing count whether to have a secret ballot goes down 103-43.
The numbers that will be voted "yes" or "no" on are the same as ATBM
got from the Board of Finance.$64,125,783 ($45,166,337 Ed Budget,
$11,184,216 Town Budget). Don't forget that we also get to vote "yes"
or "no" on $30,000 for an 8-24 on a Town non-denominational cemetery at
Fromson Strassler. ATBM took around 90 minutes, total time.The
usual attitudes prevail -
almost out of central
casting (the older residents call for fewer administrators in the
Central Office of the school, the impatient PTO mothers say they are
annoyed to have to come out to ATBM). This year the pro-school
was particularly rude, perhaps because one knowledgeable and
well-connected politically WFFR speaker
noted that there were bills in Hartford to change a few things.
WHY WESTONITES SHOULD BE PAYING
ATTENTION TO THE LEGISLATURE, MENTIONED BY ONE SPEAKER AT ATBM
This Session is bringing home to roost the profligate spending
and fat contracts and retirement benefits to CT state employees and the
OPEB issue. Bills tipping the balance away from "hands off
1)changing rule that no school
budget can be cut below the level of the previous year;
2)bills out there to cut budgets according to enrollment and
3)permit specific cuts within the school budget at ATBM.
favors these, we think, so if these bills see the light of day and pass
the House and the Senate, radical change will be here for the education
system and administrators.
WATCH PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT on
YouTube for the ATBM &
TOWN AND SCHOOL OPERATING BUDGET
THURSDAY, APRIL 15TH, 6am to 8pm, WMS
Gym: HOW DID IT PLAY OUT? WHAT NEXT?*
First hour - 39 voters. By just before 11am, when
"About Town" voted, total was up to 238. We'll be heading to the
Middle School to catch the last hour of action - as the commuters rush
from the train to be sure to vote in this Referendum...total voting
1134. What happened? With a very few watching, the number
were read out:
ONE - to approve Town Budget bottom line
YES - 753
NO - 380
QUESTION TWO - to
approve School Budget bottom line
YES - 662
*No need to go back to
ATBM because motion to adjourn included language noting that "Yes, Yes"
meant that the action on individual items at ATBM were affirmed.
The Official Results from Town of Weston website:
D O U B L E F E A T
E T O W N M E E T I N G S - THE
'AYES' HAVE IT
Unanimous "yes" at Special Town Meeting (250 est. attendance) -
one speaker - who explained what was in the package. Wednesday at
in the Town Hall Meeting Room we find out what the construction market
projects will cost!
New and complex roof at
W.M.S. plus windows plus 3 boilers (one at the
Town Library) - plus an extra couple of million for the windows and
doors at both the Middle School and the old sections of the high school.
TOWN OF WESTON WARNING OF SPECIAL
TOWN MEETING, TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010; THE RESOLUTION IS HERE:
The voters of the Town of Weston, Connecticut, are
hereby warned and
notified that a Special Town Meeting will be held in the Weston Middle
School Cafeteria, Weston, Connecticut on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at
7pm. The Board of Selectmen nominated Woody Bliss to serve as
ITEM 1. To
and vote in a Resolution to Apppropriate $6,926,000 for Capital
Improvements to the Weston Public Schools and the Weston Town Library,
and to authorize the Issue of Bonds, Notes or Temporary Notes in an
Amount Not to Exceed $6,600,000 to Finance Said Appropriation.
A copy of the full text of the Resolution is on file and available for
public inspection at the office of the Town Clerk and on the Town's
IT WAS STANDING ROOM
ONLY AT THE TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009 FOR SPECIAL
Town Engineer, shown above, pointing at
location illustration, is to get confirmation that the structural
elements are already accurately drawn to A-2 quality (by the bridge
engineer). P&Z gave a unanimous positive vote on the Flood Zone permission,
however...at the Special Town Meeting, such testimony not given by the
Town Engineer. FORUM photo of existing Valley Forge Bridge site
NEW VALLEY FORGE BRIDGE: THE CALL of
Town Meeting Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 7pm (until @ 8:30pm), in the
Town Hall Meeting
MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT AND VOTING needed for
override of P&Z negative 8-24. Very, very few present
supported override -
no vote was taken on the wording of the original call.
OPINION: it was the sense of the
meeting that an A-2 survey was needed before the project went any
further, and the reworded motion reflected
that. First revision made and seconded and failed (not specific
enough, we suspect); new motion passed by voice vote.
Town Meeting supported the majority of the4 Planning and Zoning
Commission's position (presented by its Chairman): 8-24 of
Forge Bridge. Those present and voting supported and
re: the need for an
"A-2" survey map/new 8-24 to P&Z. DISCUSSION: Selectmen
Bliss and Weinstein noted funding for this year would be in peril, as
the time it takes for an A-2 survey to be done, P&Z to advertise
and hold another 8-24 public hearing and if a negative 8-24 results,
the time for another Special Town Meeting will most likely run out the
clock on this year's deadline for State of Connecticut special
"stimulus" package funding or $$ from other sources as well.
BREAKING NEWS: Voters say get A-2
survey and 8-24 review for Valley Forge bridge
Written by Patricia Gay
Friday, 10 July 2009 12:23
Voters at a town meeting last night overwhelmingly approved a motion
requiring the selectmen to get an A-2 survey and 8-24 planning and
zoning review for the Valley Forge bridge project.
It was standing room only in the Meeting Room at town hall, as 72
registered voters, the Board of Selectmen, and Ken Bernhard, town
counsel, debated how the Valley Forge bridge project should proceed.
The selectmen called for the town meeting in order to override the
Planning and Zoning Commission’s 8-24 statutory denial of the bridge
project. The denial was based solely on the selectmen’s failure to
submit an A-2 survey.
Last night the voters had the final say and told the selectmen to get
the A-2 survey and an 8-24 review as soon as possible.
After three failed attempts by others to amend the original call of the
meeting, Larry Roberts proposed the following amendment:
“The town of Weston will obtain an A-2 survey and present it to the
Planning and Zoning Commission for an 8-24 approval, and the commission
will act on it as soon as possible.”
The motion was approved in a voice vote, with no opposition.
Seth Miller, a neighbor of the bridge, said he was very pleased with
the town meeting’s decision. “I appreciate everyone who came out
tonight. My driveway is effected by this project and I want to know
where the property lines are and if there are any easements,” he said.
Read the full story about the town
meeting in next week’s issue of The Weston Forum.
TOWN MEETING OCTOBER
16, 2008 AT 8PM AT TOWN HALL: to rebuild the Lyons Plains
Fire Station in partnership with the Weston Volunteer Fire Department
(up to $900,000, over a three year period). Approved in voice
vote - no discussion after Fire Department urged a "yes" vote.
Special Town Meeting
June 11, 2008 OK's $1,100,000 for transfer
into the Town's post employment benefits trust fund; $586,585 for
expenses associated with the design and renovation of the Weston High
School Auditorium - by voice vote.
Town Meeting set for
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 7:30p.m. in the Weston Middle School
Board of Selectmen's Meeting Tuesday, May 27, 2008 also names
DOES THIS SPECIAL TOWN MEETING FALL UNDER SECTION 2.4(d) OF THE WESTON
CHARTER? WE THINK SO...
- Will the "call" for the Special
Meeting be approved by
the Board of Selectmen on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 7:30pm in the Town
Hall Meeting Room? NO; this will come Tuesday, May 27 at the
Special Board of Selectmen's Meeting. NO, it isn't final yet.
- How many items will the voters be
vote on and what are they? Two.
- No resolution yet approved.
Special Town Meeting approves
for CL&P - April 5, 2007, 7:15pm in the Town Hall Meeting
Room necessary because wording of previous
Special Town Meeting did not meet CL&P's latest legal standards
(?) - that was the explanation given when we asked the question why
this meeting was necessary.
Selectmen conducted a pre-Town Meeting Public
YES to High School Roof and
A quick Town Meeting, well attended in the Weston High School Cafeteria
gives a unanimous vote of "YES" with no voices raised to say "NO"
although there was a question or two from some doubters during
discussion; Moderator called the question after five (5) speakers
including First Selectman Woody Bliss.
Special Town Meeting
January 17, 2007 at 7pm, Town Hall Meeting Room - to
re-allocate moneys within three parts of Referendum of Nov. 15, 2001.
Special Town Meeting divided the question into three parts.
First part approved. Second part changed to special fund for
school projects (instead of putting the $$ - if any - into the General
Fund or specifying it for Booster Barn and bleachers - this proposed
change a close voice vote); third part approved.
Both items pass in
brief Special Town Meeting, it is reported.
road acceptances...from Jan. 13, 2005 Weston
were out of Town, so our vote
couldn't be counted (and it would have been "yes"), but we taped the
Town Meeting on January 20th to see whether "one vote" made a
did! THANK YOU, TOWN TV CHANNEL 79 - we taped it (the power of
how to set the VCR) and watched it upon our return Monday, January 24.
44 - (NO) 43
The meeting was shifted from the
Town Hall Meeting Room to Library Community Room when Moderator Richard
Troxell determined that an accurate count would not be possible at the
smaller room at Town Hall (there were people standing because the
capacity had been exceeded). Once Town Meeting reconvened in the
Weston Library across the parking lot, the Board of Selectmen made
pitch for approval ("yes"). A total of six people spoke to First
Selectman Bliss' motion as modified, a vote was taken (voice and
count) on that motion and only then did it occur to anyone to ask for a
vote to "reconsider" was made,
(if successful by 2/3 majority, under reconsideration, the secret
request would be allowed). The motion "to reconsider" failed by
of not getting a 2/3 vote (not close). The meeting was adjourned.
serves, this meeting was adjourned to the Middle School Cafeteria
because so many people showed up to vote "no" on item #2...
Nature Education Center at Lachat
gets "YES" from Town Meeting; Easement
at Revson goes down
Special Town Meeting
of Thursday, June 17, 2004 : background on the first of the two
in the "call"
ITEM TWO relates to School
Project: twin-trunk oak tree would stay if Item #2 carried - but
it didn't and so Town Meeting said, in effect, "TIMBER!" The map
below is dated June 2, 2004 ("Option C-1") - please remember that this
is in no way an official source of information!
enlarging the School Complex area...