Thursday, May 16, 2013
In the latest You Ask, Patch Answers feature, we remind you of some important dates prior to the June 25 election.
The Special Town and State Dual Elections are scheduled for Tuesday, June 25. Sudbury residents will vote for two candidates for Board of Selectmen. The candidates are: All Massachusetts voters also will choose between Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat. If you are not yet a registered voter in the Town of Sudbury or wish to change your voter registration for the Special State Primary, the deadline is Wednesday, June 5. A special voter registration session will be held at the Town Clerk's office, Town Hall, 322 Concord Road on Wednesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Registration is also available at the Town Clerk's office, 322 Concord Road, Monday - Friday 9 a.m until 5 p.m. For residents who are …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sudbury will elect two new board members at Special Town Election on June 25.
Sudbury is a full week removed from the 2013 Annual Town Meeting. Now residents can focus on the completion of the 3 to 5 movement. On June 25, Sudbury will hold a Special Town Election to determine who will fill the two newly created seats that were successfully voted on during Annual Town Election in March. Six candidates have pulled papers for the two seats: With roughly six weeks left for campaigning, we'd like to know: If you could ask the candidates a question, what would it be? Submit your questions in the comments section below. Sudbury Patch will randomly choose four questions deemed fair to all candidates and give them a week to answer those questions. Sudbury Patch will then post their answers prior to Election Day.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Dan De Pompei says Annual Town Meeting will be key this year to all Sudbury residents.
Saturday, April 27
This past March 27 the residents of Sudbury voted, by a margin of 4 to 1, to increase our Board of Selectmen (BOS) from 3 members to 5. This was a strong statement that we want more representation, more transparency, more discussion and a better opportunity to participate as individuals in our own governance. The Special Town Election for these two additional Selectmen will be held June 25, 2013. This is not, however, the next significant event in creating a broader, more representative BOS. The next significant event is Town Meeting on May 6, 7 and 8, 2013. Regardless of how many Selectmen we have, the authority of the BOS is derived from Sudbury’s Home Rule Charter under Massachusetts General Laws (MGL). The Charter and the MGL are …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Process and procedure of the plan has residents concerned.
The cost isn't an issue ... Sudbury residents seem to be OK with that. Neither is the design plan nor the new location. The one roadblock that may prevent a new police station from being built is fear of a possibly by-law violation the Board of Selectmen may have made. Article 16 of the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, to be held May 6-8, will ask residents to approve a plan for a new police station, to be located on Hudson Road near the Fire Department Headquarters. Resident Andy MacEntee said his concern with the plan involved its process and procedure. "Does the project come under purview of (Capital Improvement Planning Committee)?" he asked. The CIPC studies proposed capital projects and improvements involving major tangible assets and …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sudbury Patch will provide updates throughout the day.
Sudbury's Annual Town Election is off to a slow start according to the numbers supplied by the Town Clerk's office at 11 a.m: Precincts "It’s quiet," Elain Fortney of the Town Clerk's office said, "but we’ll see what happens later." Since Special Town Meeting in September there has been a strong effort by numerous residents in town to continue its push to add two seats to its Board of Selectmen. The town overwhelmingly voted in favor of the change, but after those against it petitioned to the State Legislature late last year, the town has been forced to vote again today. The race for Sudbury Public Schools Committee is another hot-button item today, as hopefuls Scott Nassa and Matthew Barach vie for Vice Chair Lisa Gutch's seat. Gutch …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Resident Pat Brown is asking for answers from the Board regarding the validity of Town Counsel's contract.
I watched the video of the February 11 meeting of Sudbury’s Financial Committee (FinCom) at which Robert Stein questioned the process by which Town Counsel’s contract was awarded, and whether this process accorded with the Sudbury Town Bylaws. After reviewing the Bylaw and the Town Meeting at which it was adopted, I delivered the letter below to the Board of Selectmen’s office. When I received no response, I delivered a second copy. I believe prompt consideration of this matter is in order, and hope the Selectmen will take it up soon. Pat Brown, speaking as a resident of Sudbury only Whispering Pine Road *** Re-delivered March 4, 2013 February 25, 2013 To the Board of Selectmen: Under the conditions of Article VII Section 5a of the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Construction would take place on Hudson Road near the Fire Department Headquarters.
The Board of Selectmen was unanimous in agreeing construction of a new police station is needed. Now they have to sell it to the rest of the town. During Tuesday night's meeting, Bill Braun of the Blue Ribbon Committee said residents would be happy to know the cost of the project, which voters rejected six years ago, has gone down. The original plan had an $8.2 million price tag in 2007, but after tweaking the plan it should come in near $7 million. "We need this for the community," Police Chief Richard Glavin said. "This building will house the police department and offer something back to community, as well," explaining that a meeting space will be able to be utilized by the general public. Braun said the committee was able to reduce the…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bryan Semple argues Lincoln's town government is 'the spirit of what we tried to accomplish.'
Sudbury resident Bryan Semple had one simple question for the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night: Why hasn't this been implemented? The "this" is a 2011 article which was submitted by fellow resident Dan De Pompei which calls for the town to hold two meetings each year, where the town manager, department heads, and town committees would report on the most important issues and decisions facing the town. Semple sat before the Board at its Tuesday night meeting asking what has happened since. "Is there any reason why we didn't implement it," he asked. "It was a suggestion. A format we have in small bites," Chairman Larry O'Brien answered. "It was a format we continued with." "The majority said to implement it and we lost that opportunity," …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Residents Art and Mara Huston say they are supporting the change in the March 25 Annual Town Election.
Over the past many years, Sudbury has considered expanding the Board of Selectmen (BOS). In the past, town government seemed to be working well so it was voted down. Times are different now. Sudbury is facing many important challenges that need to be addressed in a strategic, transparent, intelligent way. We are facing a structural deficit, a commercial district that needs to grow, a rail trail that residents want but isn't being built, and an increasing property tax rate that needs to be controlled. An expanded BOS will provide more leadership with transparency, accountability and representation to attack these issues and more. Some residents believe this change won't help solve the problems. We disagree. So far 135 towns have made this …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Openings available for various boards, committees.
Monday, January 14
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is from the Town of Sudbury.) The Sudbury Board of Selectmen is seeking community volunteers to fill vacancies in the following areas which are briefly outlined below. Interested residents are requested to download an application from the Town website front page: www.sudbury.ma.us. Click on the “Volunteer and Job Opportunities” link to access the application which can be emailed to the Board of Selectmen at email@example.com or faxed to (978) 443-0756. Board of Appeals Associate/Earth Removal Board – Members of this board sit, when individually called upon, as Alternates on the full Board of Appeals, which makes decisions on applications for variances and special permits under the Zoning Bylaw. Members…