Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Senator Brian A. Joyce submits proposed amendments to Senate's FY 2014 Budget.
(From the office of Senator Brian A. Joyce) Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton) has submitted his proposed amendments to the Senate’s FY 2014 budget. Joyce’s amendments further promote his longstanding legislative priorities of supporting children, offering protection to vulnerable and mentally ill residents and ensuring transparency in government. “The budget recommended by Ways and Means was a good starting point, making targeted, balanced investments to protect our seniors and support our children without overburdening taxpayers,” said Joyce. “The amendment phase will give us the chance to give further voice to the issues facing our particular communities and publicly debate and shape next year’s budget.” Joyce filed several amendments …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Mosquito spraying to start May 28.
By the end of the month, mosquito spraying will be start in Canton. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Director David Lawson said in a press release they will start mosquito spraying in Canton and the surrounding area on Wednesday, May 29. The aerosol spray, designed to lower the population of mosquitoes during a significant breeding season, will start in the late evening, and will continue until Sept. 30. Residents in Norfolk County can click here to see when spraying will begin in their area. To see a specific street map, go to this link: http://www.norfolkcountymosquito.org/ULV_Schedule.html
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The former Knights of Columbus building on Pleasant Street was approved to be converted into a new senior center.
Canton voted to approve the appropriation of $1,360,000 to convert the old Knights of Columbus building on Pleasant Street into a senior center at Town Meeting Monday night. Bob McCarthy Chairman of Building and Renovations Committee, said that at last year's Town Meeting the town approved $450,000 for the purchase of K of C building located at 500 Pleasant Street. A design was shown to those in attendance Monday, “that basically is gutting the entire K of C building down to the bare bones,” McCarthy said. “We knew had an old building and a lot of work had to be done," said McCarthy. “At this point we will have to bring it up to the new building codes for energy, lights, heating, electric, plumbing, ADA bathrooms as well as the earthquake …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
If approved by the Attorney General the moratorium will be effective until June 30, 2015.
Canton approved a two-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries at the first night of Town Meeting Monday. Article 12 asked the town to approve a one-year moratorium. The article was amended on a recommendation by the Finance Committee that the moratorium be upped to two years. “Specifically the biggest change with this is now there are two sections to express the moratorium. One section brings it to 2014 and the next section brings it to 2015,” said Finance Committee chair Mark Porter. “So by going with the two-year moratorium it gives us more time to fully understand the impacts, to let other towns make mistakes and learn from those mistakes and to make sure whatever zoning we put in is going to be adequate.” The amended article …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The vehicles include a new ladder truck for the Fire Department and four new cruisers for the Police Department.
Canton held the first night of their 2013 Annual Town Meeting Monday where they appropriated over $1 million in funds to purchase and replace aging vehicles and other motorized equipment. In Article 11, the "Omnibus" Capital Outlay Program, the town approved the appropriation of funds for several vehicles including a new vehicle for the deputy fire chief, a new ladder truck for the fire department, a new loader truck for the DPW and a backhoe loader for the Water and Sewer Division. The article also appropriated $48,000 to be added to $100,000 in available funds from the FY '13 budget for the police department to purchase four new Ford Interceptor AWD police cruisers. Here is a breakdown of the vehicles appropriated for at Town Meeting:
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Town Meeting will need to meet for a second night, Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Canton's 2013 Annual Town Meeting was held Monday night in the Morse Auditorium at Canton High School. There are 41 articles on this year's warrant and 34 were voted on by Monday night by the 231 registered voters in attendance. A second day of Town Meeting will be necessary Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Thirty one articles were voted to follow the recommendation of the Finance Committee. Articles 19 and 20 were withdrawn. Article 12, the article regarding a medical marijuana moratorium, was amended on the recommendation of the Finance Committee to increase the moratorium from one year to two years. The article that drew the most discussion was Article 11, particularly Motion 13 which approved $1,360,000 in free cash to put a senior center …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Canton's Annual Town Meeting takes place Monday, May 13 at Canton High School.
Monday, May 13
Town Meeting will take place inside Morse Auditorium at Canton High School on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. Review the official Town Meeting warrant, which has been posted as a PDF in the media gallery of this article, or click here to see it on the town website.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey testified this past week on a bill, cosponsored by several area legislators, to force predators to provide their online identities and email addresses when they register as sex offenders.
Saturday, May 11
The following is a press release from the office of Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey: Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey was at the State House this past week, standing with Rep. Tackey Chan to push their bill to force convicted predators to provide their email addresses and other online information when they register as sex offenders. “As we investigate crimes, we see cases where defendants started with electronic contact, under false names or false identities, with their eventual victims,” Morrissey said. “This is an effort to curtail that kind of activity from those previously convicted of sexual assaults.” Morrissey said the legislation should improve public safety in two ways. First, it will be useful …
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …