Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We would love to have a robust Letters to the Editor section on the site; here is how you can help.
It’s a question we get asked a lot: “How do I submit a Letter to the Editor?” As it turns out, there are two ways to submit a Letter to the Editor to Canton Patch: 1. As a blog post. Submitting a Letter to the Editor as a blog post is easy (really as simple as writing an email) and immediate (as soon as you hit “Approve,” it’ll be live on the site). If you plan on submitting multiple letters over time, submitting them as blog posts will also allow you to establish a voice or presence on the site. However, still feel free to submit as a blog even if you only plan on writing one. 2. By emailing it directly to Canton@patch.com. If you chose this route, be sure to include your name and the name of the street you live on, and please specify …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
From December 2012 to May 2013, Town Meeting season is about to get underway in Canton.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Amy Nachbar
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Editor's Note: The following is a general outline of important dates related to Canton's 2013 Town Meeting, which takes place on Monday, May 13, 2013. The full timeline can also be viewed on the Town of Canton website. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Canton Board of Selectmen will vote to open the warrant for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting for zoning articles, effective Wednesday, Dec. 26. The board will subsequently close the warrant for zoning articles on Friday, Jan. 11. Effective Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, the selectmen will open the warrant for non-zoning articles and then the close warrant on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon. In order to continue to assist residents and local boards and committees in submitting warrant articles for Annual Town Meeting, …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Canton Annual Town Meeting to be continued on Wednesday night at 7pm at Canton High School.
Editor's note: Article 13, motion 9, allowing for a new senior center, was passed at ATM Monday night. An earlier version of this story wrongly stated that Article 23, allowing for a senior assisted living facility, was voted on at ATM on Monday night. Monday night was the first night of Canton's Annual Town Meeting. Voters authorized $650,000 in funds for a new senior center, Article 13, motion 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 500 Pleasant St. The town will purchase the K of C Hall for $450,000, from funds that were authorized for a new senior center at a Special Town Meeting in 2005. On Monday, ATM also authorized $200,000 to be transfered from the overlay surplus to be used to renovate the hall. If you serve on the planning board, …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Canton's 2011 Annual Town Meeting officially closed last night.
Third time's the charm. Canton's Annual Town Meeting officially closed last night at around 8:00 p.m. The three-night affair created debates, heated discussions and attracted record numbers. Last Wednesday, a motion to reconsider Article 34 was approved. Article 34, the Local Meals Excise Tax article, had previously failed at Town Meeting due to a tie vote. Therefore, night three of Town Meeting took place last night at 7:00 p.m. One-hundred and thirty residents came back for the third installment of ATM. However, the motion to reconsider and reopen Article 34 failed last night, since it did not receive a 2/3 majority vote. Eighty-two voted in favor and 48 voted opposed. Watch the video clips of last night's meeting to see the discussions…
Friday, April 29, 2011
Night two of Canton Town Meeting sparked heated discussions; third night to be held Monday.
Maybe the third time's the charm for Canton's Annual Town Meeting. Mark your calendars because Monday night at 7:00 p.m. will be the third installment of ATM. On the agenda for Monday night: a motion to reconsider Article 34, the Local Option Meals Excise Tax article. If the motion to reconsider receives a 2/3 majority vote, according to the Town Moderator, then discussions will continue. The article received a tied vote on Wednesday night, 133 to 133, and therefore failed. (A 2/3 majority vote was needed for the article to be approved.) Article 34 would put an extra tax on your dining-out bills in Canton. This tax would add a .75 % tax on meals in Canton. If you spend $100 on a meal, you would pay an extra 75 cents on your bill if this …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Information and opinion about the second session of Canton's Annual Town Meeting.
If you did not believe me that Town Meeting can be interesting and did not attend Wednesday’s session of Town Meeting, you missed out on one of the more interesting discussions. At Monday’s Town Meeting session, the last article that was voted on was whether or not Canton should adopt a Local Meals Tax as authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After a lengthy debate, the vote ended in a tie. Since a majority vote was needed to pass the article, the motion failed. I had wondered myself if a tie should result in an automatic re-count. Furthermore, the vote counting was a little confusing. It was a standing count and it appeared as if some people sat down prior to actually being counted. Leaving Town Meeting, I wished I had …
Reconsideration of Article 34
Letter to the Editor: By Canton Resident Gary Titus With the exception of very low attendance, reconsideration has to be my least favorite part of Town Meeting. The voters have spoken. But wait a minute, they'll have to speak again this Monday night, and most of them don't even know. As an opponent of Article 34, will I get the same benefit to gather my supporters that the school department will? Absolutely not. Will I have the ability to address Canton school students today, tomorrow, and Monday making sure that they remind their parents to go to Town Meeting again on Monday night? Absolutely not. Will I be allowed to use the Connect-Ed system to auto-dial every home in Canton? Absolutely not. Adding an excise tax to meals served at …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tonight is the second night of Annual Town Meeting in Canton.
Town Meeting, take two. Tonight Canton's Annual Town Meeting will continue at 7:00 p.m. at Canton High School. There are still several big-issue Town Warrant Articles left for residents to discuss and vote on, including the school district budget, Reservoir Pond and the town budget. On Monday night, Town Meeting voted on half of the 44 Town Warrant Articles. To view the Town Meeting Warrant Articles, click here. Here is a look at what Town Meeting voted on Monday night: The most controversial articles that created hour-long discussions on Monday included Article 17 and Article 34. Both articles were voted down at Town Meeting. To hear some of the heated debates on Article 17, the rezoning of the old Plymouth Rubber site, and Article 34, …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A look at town meeting from the view of a regular Canton citizen.
I am an Annual Town Meeting junkie. I am not sure if there is a 12-step program for that or not. I have lived in Canton for just over 17 years and estimate that I have attended town meeting for the past 12-15 years. I grew up in Milton, which has a representative Town Meeting, meaning they elect Town Meeting members who are the ones who vote at Town Meeting; so it took me a few years to realize that Canton has an open town meeting – meaning all registered voters in Canton can attend and vote at town meeting. If that is not democracy then I don’t know what is! For those who may not regularly attend Town Meeting or who may be attending their first town meeting this year, it is more interesting than it appears. Town Meeting acts as the …
Canton's Annual Town Meeting kicked off last night.
Just over 400 residents came out to attend the first night of Canton's Annual Town Meeting. The four-hour night meeting, held at Canton High, featured much debate around Warrant Article 34, the local meals tax, and Article 17, the rezoning article that would allow the old Plymouth Rubber site to be developed into apartments and shops. Here is a view of Town Meeting through our Patch snapshots. Stay tuned to read up on Town Meeting and watch the debates on video!