2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant, Annotated

The 2019 Annual Town Meeting met over several nights and considered over 70 warrant articles, amendments, and other matters. The same month, there was also a Special Town Meeting with its own agenda.

Here’s an easy to read version of the full 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant, with various annotations added, including direct links to the town’s original PDF documents for Supplemental Materials. See how I build this page. Note that I’ve added official vote totals to all warrant articles where I could clearly find the data in town records: it appears that several articles were either withdrawn or never voted on (or at least there aren’t any published records of the votes).

For official (harder to read) copies of 2019 warrant, download or view them on the official Town Meeting page.


ARTICLE 1 - TO ELECT BY BALLOT: 
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  • A) One Moderator for three years
  • B) One Assessor for three years
  • C) One Select Board Member for three years
  • D) Two School Committee Members for three years
  • E) One Arlington Housing Authority Member for five years


ARTICLE 2 - STATE OF THE TOWN ADDRESS
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To hear the Chair of the Select Board review important events in the past year in Arlington and preview expectations for next year.


(Inserted at the request of Envision Arlington) See also: article67

ARTICLE 3 - REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
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To receive, hear, and act upon the reports of the Select Board, Finance Committee, Redevelopment Board, School Committee and other committees, commissions, and boards heretofore appointed, or dissolve any inactive committees; and take any action related thereto.                                                                                  


 (Inserted at the request of the Town Moderator) See also: article5

ARTICLE 4 - APPOINTMENT OF MEASURER OF WOOD AND BARK
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To choose and appoint all the usual Town Officers not hereinbefore mentioned, in such a manner as the Town may determine; or take any action related thereto. 


(Inserted by the Select Board)  See also: article30 article35 article38 article39 article42 article43 article50 article52

ARTICLE 5 - ELECTION OF ASSISTANT TOWN MODERATOR
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To elect a Town Meeting Member as Assistant Moderator for a term of one year, as provided in Title I, Article 1, Section 11.A, of the Bylaws; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Moderator) See also: article3

ARTICLE 6 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/DENSITY AND DIMENSIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-FAMILY USES
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To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to change the density and dimensional requirements for multi-family uses in the R4, R5, R6, and R7 Districts by:

  • 1.     Amending SECTION 5.4.1. DISTRICTS AND PURPOSES to revise descriptions of the R5, R6, and R7 Districts;
  • 2.     Amending SECTION 5.4.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to reduce the minimum lot area, minimum lot area per unit, and minimum lot frontage for three-family dwellings, townhouse structures, and apartment conversions in the R4 District, for townhouse and apartment buildings in the R5 District, for townhouse structure and apartment building in the R6 District, and for any permitted structure in the R7 District;
  • 3.     Amending SECTION 5.4.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to adjust the front yard, side yard, and rear yard for three-family dwellings, townhouse structures, and apartment conversions in the R4 District, for townhouse and apartment buildings in the R5 District, for townhouse structure and apartment building in the R6 District, and for any permitted structure in the R7 District; and
  • 4.     Amending SECTION 5.4.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to increase the maximum height in feet, maximum stories, and maximum floor area ratio for townhouse structures and apartment conversions in the R4 District, for townhouse and apartment buildings in the R5 District, for townhouse structure and apartment building in the R6 District, and for any permitted structure in the R7 District; or take any action related thereto. 

(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)  See also: article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 6 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 7 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/DENSITY AND DIMENSIONALREQUIREMENTS FOR MIXED-USE
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To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to change the density and dimensional requirements for mixed-use in the B Districts by:

  • 1.     Amending SECTION 5.5.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to reduce the minimum lot area per unit for mixed-use on lots greater than 20,000 square feet in the B2 District;
  • 2.     Amending SECTION 5.5.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to reduce the front yard and side yard requirements for mixed-use in the B1 District;
  • 3.     Amending SECTION 5.5.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to increase the maximum height in feet and maximum stories for mixed-use in the B1, B3, and B5 Districts; and
  • 4.     Amending SECTION 5.5.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to increase the maximum floor area ratio for mixed-use in all of the Business Districts; or take any action related thereto. 

(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 7 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 8 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-FAMILY USES AND MIXED-USE
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To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to adjust the open space requirements for multi-family uses and mixed-use to eliminate the requirement for usable open space and increase the requirement for landscaped open space by:

  • 1.     Amending SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS for landscaped open space;
  • 2.     Amending SECTION 5.3.21. SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS paragraph D;
  • 3.     Amending SECTION 5.4.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to eliminate the minimum usable open space requirement and increase the landscaped open space requirement for multi-family uses; and
  • 4.     Amending SECTION 5.5.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to eliminate the minimum usable open space requirement and increase the landscaped open space requirement for mixed-use; or take any action related thereto.    

(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 8 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 9 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/TOWNHOUSES
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To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to clarify references to townhouse and to increase the size of a townhouse structure by;

  • 1.     Amending SECTION 5.3.14. TOWNHOUSE STRUCTURES paragraph A to increase the size of a townhouse structure to not exceed 200 feet or 8 townhouses in length;
  • 2.     Amending SECTION 5.4.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to remove references to townhouse and replace with townhouse structure;
  • 3.     Amending SECTION 5.4.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS to remove references to townhouse and replace with townhouse structure;
  • 4.     Amending SECTION 5.5.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS to remove references to townhouse and replace with townhouse structure;
  • 5.     Amending SECTION 5.5.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR BUSINESS DISTRICTS to remove references to townhouse and replace with townhouse structure; and
  • 6.     Amending SECTION 5.6.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR MU, PUD, I, T, and OS DISTRICTS to remove references to townhouse and replace with townhouse structure; or take any action related thereto.     

(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 9 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 10 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/UPPER-STORY BUILDING STEP BACKS
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to adjust the upper-story building step back beginning at the fourth story level or 40 feet above grade by amending SECTION 5.3.17. UPPER-STORY BUILDING STEP BACKS and by amending SECTION 5.3.21. SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS paragraph C to refer to four stories; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend no action on Article 10. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 11 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/REDUCED HEIGHT BUFFER AREA
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To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to reduce the height buffer area to 25 to 50 feet depending on orientation and to identify the specific requirements to allow application of the higher height limit by amending SECTION 5.3.19. REDUCED HEIGHT BUFFER AREA; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)  See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: Worden__Art._11amendt_4-22-`9.pdf Reference Material-Amendment, The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 11 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 12 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/CORNER LOT REQUIREMENTS
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to add a requirement for corner lots in the R4 through R7 Districts and all Business Districts which requires the minimum street yard to be equal to the front yard depth required by amending SECTION 5.3.8. CORNER LOTS AND THROUGH LOTS; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend no action on Article 12. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 13 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/APARTMENT BUILDING PARKING REQUIREMENTS
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to reduce the parking requirements for apartment buildings by amending SECTION 6.1.4. TABLE OF OFF-STREET PARKING REGULATIONS to reduce the minimum number of spaces to 1 space per dwelling unit; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend no action on Article 13. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 14 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/PARKING REDUCTION APPLICABILITY
(view official article) Pass (for: 181, against: 34, abstain: 2) on 24-April-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to include the R7 District in SECTION 6.1.5. PARKING REDUCTION IN BUSINESS, INDUSTRIAL, AND MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ZONES; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 14 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 15 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS
(view official article) Fail (for: 137, against: 82, abstain: 0) on 24-April-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to allow accessory dwelling units in the R0 and R1 Zoning Districts by amending SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS to define accessory dwelling units; amending SECTION 5.4.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS to include the use in the table of uses; and creating a new section, SECTION 5.9.2. ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS, containing standards for accessory dwelling units; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 15 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 16 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS
(view official article) Pass (for: 208, against: 10, abstain: 1) on 24-April-2019 Substitute Motion_x000B_Jon Gersh – Precinct 18 (failed 90 to 123)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by increasing the affordability requirements contained in Section 8.2 AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS, such that a greater number of affordable units would be required for certain projects; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Stephen Revilak and ten registered voters) See also: article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: Article 16 Applicable Zoning Districts Map (PDF) Redevelopment Board Supplement, Gersch_Substitute_Motion_Article16.pdf Reference Material, Art._16_Amendment_CKlein.pdf Reference Material, The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 16 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 17 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/SIGN REGULATIONS
(view official article) Pass (for: 207, against: 8, abstain: 0) on 24-April-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to update the sign regulations in its entirety by; amending SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS to remove and replace the definitions associated with signs, and amending SECTION 6.2 SIGNS to remove and replace the sign regulations in its entirety; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article18 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: TM2019__ARt_17__Amendment_02__CKlein.pdf Reference Material, TM2019__ARt_17__Amendment_01__CKlein.pdf Reference Material, The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 17 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 18 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/FLOODPLAIN DISTRICT
(view official article) Pass (for: 214, against: 2, abstain: 0) on 24-April-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to update the Floodplain District regulations by amending SECTION 5.7 FLOODPLAIN DISTRICT by making minor corrections to the bylaw in order to be consistent with the Conservation Commission’s Town of Arlington Bylaw for Wetland Protection and other associated regulations; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)  See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article19 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 18 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Conservation Commission Memo on Articles 18 and 19. Conservation Commission Supplement

ARTICLE 19 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/INLAND WETLAND DISTRICT
(view official article) Pass (for: 210, against: 1, abstain: 1) on 24-April-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to streamline and update the Inland Wetland District regulations by amending SECTION 5.8 INLAND WETLAND DISTRICT by making minor corrections to the bylaw in order to be consistent with the Conservation Commission’s Town of Arlington Bylaw for Wetland Protection and other associated regulations; or take any action related thereto.


    (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article20 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 19 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Conservation Commission Memo on Articles 18 and 19. Conservation Commission Supplement

ARTICLE 20 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL USES
(view official article) Pass (for: 207, against: 4, abstain: 0) on 24-April-2019

Town reviews religious and educational uses by; To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to clarify the process by which the

  • 1.     Amending SECTION 3.4 ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN REVIEW to remove paragraph J referring to religious and educational uses;
  • 2.     Adding a new SECTION 3.5 RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL USE REVIEW that codifies an administrative review process that is consistent with M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 3;
  • 3.     Amending SECTION 5.4.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS to clarify notes which refer to educational and religious uses;
  • 4.     Amending SECTION 5.5.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR BUSINESS DISTRICTS to clarify notes which refer to educational and religious uses; and
  • 5.     Amending SECTION 5.6.3. USE REGULATIONS FOR MU, PUD, I, T, AND OS DISTRICTS to clarify notes which refer to educational and religious uses; or take any action related thereto.                 

(Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article21 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 20 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 21 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/BICYCLE PARKING
(view official article) Pass (for: 207, against: 7, abstain: 0) on 24-April-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to update the bicycle parking standards by amending SECTION 6.1.12. BICYCLE PARKING to remove and replace the section in its entirety; or take any action related thereto.


     (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article22
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 21 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 22 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/CORRECTING CITATION ERRORS
(view official article) Pass (for: 203, against: 1, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to correct section references and other typographical errors in; 1.     Correcting reference to Section 5.5 in SECTION 3.2.2. POWERS; 2.     Correcting reference to Section 5 in SECTION 3.3.4. SPECIAL PERMIT CONDITIONS; 3.     Correcting references to Section 8.13 and Section 10.11 in SECTION 3.4.4. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN REVIEW STANDARDS; 4.     Correcting reference to Section 3.05 in SECTION 5.8.3. APPLICABILITY; and 5.     Correcting reference to Section 9.06 in SECTION 5.8.4. PERMITTED USES; or take any action related thereto.


    (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board) See also: article6 article7 article8 article9 article10 article11 article12 article13 article14 article15 article17 article18 article19 article20 article21
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 22 as amended. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 23 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/PUBLICATION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION-ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to require the Zoning Board of Appeals to publish, on the Town Website, supporting documentation pertaining to items on its agenda; or take any action related thereto.


        (Inserted at the request of Paul Schlichtman and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend no action on Article 23. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 24 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/DEFINITION OF STORY, HALF
(view official article) Pass (for: 201, against: 7, abstain: 1) on 1-May-2019 Amended by 'Amendment – Article 24 – Christian Kline – Precinct 10' which passed 194 to 15

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to amend the definition of Story, Half by amending SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS to reduce the defined height of a half story from 7 feet 3 inches to 7 feet so that the definition reads “Story, Half: A story which is under a gable, hipped, or gambrel roof, where less than one half the floor area measured from the underside of the roof framing to the finished floor below has a clear height of 7 feet or more”; or take any action related thereto.


 (Inserted at the request of Elizabeth Pyle and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: Klein_Article_24.pdf C.Klein amendment Reference Material, The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend Article 24. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report

ARTICLE 25 - ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/DRIVEWAY SLOPE
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to amend the maximum allowable driveway slope by amending SECTION 6.1.10.A. LOCATION OF PARKING SPACES to require that the maximum allowable driveway slope cannot exceed 15% for the entire length of said driveway so that the provision reads “Any driveway leading to off-street parking on a lot shall not exceed a 15% downward slope for the entire length of said driveway, except by Special Permit”; or take any action related thereto.


 (Inserted at the request of Elizabeth Pyle and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: The Redevelopment Board voted (4-0) to recommend no action on Article 25. Arlington Redevelopment Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 26 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/BILLBOARDS AND SIGNS
(view official article) Pass (for: 210, against: 3, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Title V, Article 1 “Billboards and Signs: Restrictions on Use,” by removing paragraphs A through I to support consolidation of the sign regulations in the Zoning Bylaw; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the Request of the Town Manager) See also: article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) requests Town Meeting’s support for this article contingent upon the successful passage of Article 17, which comprehensively reforms the Zoning Bylaw’s sign regulations. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 27 - BYLAW AMENDMENTS/ TOWN MEETING SPEAKING TIMES
(view official article) Fail (for: 26, against: 178, abstain: 2) on 1-May-2019 As amended by 'Article 27 – Substitute Motion Michael Brown – Precinct 17'

To see if the Town will vote to amend Title I, Article 1, Section 7(C) of the Town Bylaws (“Town Meetings:  Regulation of Speakers, Time Limits”) to reduce the time limit for speakers at Town Meeting for the first time on the floor from seven minutes to five minutes, and for the second time from five minutes to three minutes; or take any action relate thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Michael Jacoby Brown and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (4-1 vote) acknowledges and respects that the main motion on this article belongs to the Town Meeting Procedures Committee, which urges a vote of no action on the instant article. Select Board Report, Town Meeting Procedures Committee recommends a vote of no action. Town Meeting Procedures Committee Report

ARTICLE 28 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/RECYCLING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND MISSION
(view official article) Pass (for: 208, against: 4, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Title II, Article 7: Arlington Recycling Committee to expand Committee membership from eight to ten; and further to revise the purpose and mission of the Committee to encompass a wider array of solid waste reduction methods; amend the charge of the Committee and associated Departments to achieve such revised purposes; and to remove Section 3 “Cost Effectiveness”; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Recycling  Committee)
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) requests Town Meeting’s support for the substantive and administrative changes proposed by the Town’s Recycling Committee to rebrand itself as the 'Zero Waste Arlington Committee,'' and expand their work to more comprehensive and current waste reduction strategies. Select Board Report, Zero Waste Arlington Committee Report

ARTICLE 29 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/REGULATION OF POLYSTYRENE 
(view official article) Pass (for: 192, against: 3, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to regulate or prohibit the sale or distribution of polystyrene products at retail, food service, and other establishments; or take any other action related thereto.


           (Inserted at the request of the Recycling Committee)  See also:
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) urges Town Meeting to vote in support of this measure to join communities such as Andover, Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, and Wayland in prohibiting the use of a limited class of polystyrene products at food and retail establishments – specifically a limited type of plastic food service containers, cutlery, and packaging materials. Select Board Report, Article 29 - Polystyrene Ban Recycling Committee FAQ Recycling Committee Supplement

ARTICLE 30 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/WATERLINE REPLACEMENT
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To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws to require inspection, and as needed, repair or replacement of all residential and commercial water connections prior to the sale of any privately owned property within the Town of Arlington; or take any action related thereto.


            (Inserted by the Select Board)  See also: article4 article35 article38 article39 article42 article43 article50 article52
Supplemental documents: Select Board (4-0 vote) requests no action. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 31 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/RENAME COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
(view official article) Pass (for: 163, against: 1, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws to rename the Community Preservation Committee; or take any action related thereto.     


(Inserted at the request of the Community Preservation Committee) See also: article68
Supplemental documents: Select Board (5-0 vote) endorses this. Select Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 32 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION
(view official article) Pass (for: 203, against: 1, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Title V Regulations Upon the Use of Private Property, Article 16: Tree Protection and Preservation to: amend the definition of Protected Trees so as to include smaller trees (in diameter at breast height or “DBH”), and amend the definition of tree removal so as to include intentional or unintentional damage to Protected Trees during and construction which results in the death of Protected Trees; amend requirements of tree plans to further require identification of public shade and/or street trees and critical root zones of Protected Trees; remove the option to mitigate loss of Protected Trees by planting of replacement trees; and further detail the Select Board’s authority to establish rules and regulations to administer the bylaw for the purposes of carrying out the intent of this bylaw, including but not limited to review and approval of tree plans, and presiding over enforcement actions as necessary; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Tree Committee) See also:
Supplemental documents: Upon the recommendation of the Tree Committee and the Tree Warden, the Select Board (5-0 vote) unanimously urges Town Meeting’s approval of five adjustments to the Town’s Tree Protection and Preservation Bylaw. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 33 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/NOTICE OF DEMOLITION
(view official article) Pass (for: 200, against: 0, abstain: 0) on 1-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws to include trees subject to the Tree Protection and Preservation Bylaw as requiring a notice of demolition by amending TITLE VI, BUILDING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE 7, NOTICE OF DEMOLITION to include reference to the removal of trees subject to the Tree Protection and Preservation Bylaw in paragraphs A and B; or take any action related thereto.


 (Inserted at the request of Elizabeth Pyle and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) requests Town Meeting support this article. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 34 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/REGULATION OF OUTDOOR LIGHTING – DARK SKIES BYLAW
(view official article) Pass (for: 117, against: 69, abstain: 5) on 1-May-2019 As amended by 'Amendment – Article 34 Gordon Jameson – Precinct 12' and 'Article 34 – Amendment Christian Klein – Precinct 10'Reconsider – Article 34: Fail (Y 85, N 93, A 9 on 13-May-2019),

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws to further regulate outdoor lighting; to reduce or eliminate light pollution (artificial light which causes a detrimental effect on the environment, interferes with the enjoyment of the night sky, causes undesirable glare, or unnecessary illumination of adjacent properties); determine the penalty for violation thereof; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Paul Schlichtman and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: Art._34_Amendment_CKlein.pdf Reference Material, Schlichtman__Article_34_reconsideration.docx Reference Material, The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends this. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 35 - BYLAW AMENDMENT/SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGULATIONS
(view official article) Pass (for: 202, against: 10, abstain: 1) on 8-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws to require registration, inspection, and other regulations governing the operation of short-term rentals as defined by c. 64G in Arlington; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board) See also: article4 article30 article38 article39 article42 article43 article50 article52
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) unanimously endorses this article. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 36 - VOTE/ELECTION MODERNIZATION STUDY GROUP
(view official article) Pass (for: 188, against: 9, abstain: 1) on 8-May-2019 Amendment - Article 36 Christa Kelleher – Precinct 5: Pass (Y 109, N 84, A 1 on 8-May-2019), Amendment – Article 36_x000B_Christopher Moore – Precinct 14: Pass (Y 152, N 47, A 2 on 8-May-2019),

To see if the Town will vote to establish a study group to examine ways of modernizing the Town’s electoral system and make recommendations to the Town Clerk, the Select Board, and Town Meeting, including, but not limited to, voter registration practices, early voting practices, non-citizen voting, and ranked choice voting at the next Annual Town Meeting; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Christa Kelleher and ten registered voters)  See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article40 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: Article36_Amend_Kelleher.pdf Reference Material-Amendment, Moore_Article_36-Amendment.pdf Reference Material-Amendment, The Select Board (5-0 vote) strongly urges this. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 37 - VOTE/REMOVE POLICE CHIEF FROM CIVIL SERVICE
(view official article) Pass (for: 126, against: 81, abstain: 6) on 13-May-2019 Article 37 - Terminate Debate: Fail (Y 109, N 90, A 3 on 13-May-2019),

To see if the Town will vote to remove the position of Chief of Police from Civil Service in the Town of Arlington including taking all necessary measures to effectuate such a vote; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: A majority of the Select Board (3-2 vote) supports the request of the Town Manager to remove the Police Chief position from civil service. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 38 - VOTE/SET SENIOR TAX DEFERRAL LIMIT
(view official article) Pass (for: 207, against: 2, abstain: 1) on 13-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to set a Senior Property Tax Deferral Limit consistent with Chapter 312 of the Acts of 2018; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board) See also: article4 article30 article35 article39 article42 article43 article50 article52
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 39 - VOTE/AUTHORIZATION TO DEACCESSION TOWN PROPERTY-LIBRARY ART PRINTS
(view official article) Pass (for: 186, against: 7, abstain: 3) on 13-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Library Board of Trustees to deaccession and/or dispose of by sale, donation, or other means, the Robbins Art Print Collection; or take any action related thereto


(Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Library Board of Trustees)  See also: article4 article30 article35 article38 article42 article43 article50 article52
Supplemental documents: Warrant_Article_39_Art_Prints_Letter_(1).pdf Reference Material-Report, Warrant_Article_39_Art_Prints_FAQ_(1).pdf Reference Material-Report, The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report, The Library staff supports this article (with details). Library Report

ARTICLE 40 - VOTE/ROBBINS LIBRARY PARKING COSTS
(view official article) Pass (for: 125, against: 52, abstain: 8) on 13-May-2019 Substitute Motion – Article 40_x000B_Andrew Fischer – Precinct 6: Pass (Y 121, N 61, A 8 on 13-May-2019),

To see if the Town will vote to change the cost of parking in the spaces behind and in front of the Robbins Library; or take any action related thereto; or take any action related thereto.


 (Inserted at the request of Andrew Fisher and ten registered voters)  See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article41 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: Fischer_Article_40_Substitute_motion.docx Reference Material-Substitute Motion, The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends no action. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 41 - VOTE/ARLINGTON REDEVELOPMENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS
(view official article)

To see if the Town will vote to change the membership of the Arlington Redevelopment Board from four members appointed by the Town Manager and one appointed by the State to four members elected by the voters of the Town and one appointed by the State, and change the terms of all members to five years; or take any action relate thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Christopher Loreti and ten registered voters)   See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article44 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends no action. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 42 - HOME RULE LEGISLATION/TOWN TREASURER 
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation to update the Town Manager Act to reflect the transition of the Treasurer’s Office from an elected to appointed position; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board) See also: article4 article30 article35 article38 article39 article43 article50 article52
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 43 - HOME RULE LEGISLATION/MEANS-TESTED SENIOR TAX RELIEF                       
(view official article) Pass (for: 188, against: 5, abstain: 0) on 13-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation which would establish a locally controlled, means-tested senior citizen property tax exemption, known as a local option “circuit breaker” program; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board) See also: article4 article30 article35 article38 article39 article42 article50 article52
Supplemental documents: The Select Board supports this. Select Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 44 - HOME RULE LEGISLATION/CPA SURCHARGE EXEMPTIONFOR SENIOR HOMEOWNERS
(view official article)

To see if the Town will vote to allow senior homeowners over 65 years of age who have lived in their homes for ten years or more to opt out of the CPA surcharge; or take any action related thereto.


 (Inserted at the request of Bob Radochia and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article45 article79
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends no action. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 45 - EXTENDING LOCAL VOTING RIGHTS TO ALL LEGAL                                  PERMANENT ARLINGTON RESIDENTS     
(view official article) Pass (for: 131, against: 51, abstain: 5) on 13-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file a petition with the General Court to enable legal permanent residents of the United States who are also Arlington residents to vote in elections for Town Offices and local ballot questions; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Benjamin Rudick and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article79
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 46 - ACCEPTANCE OF LEGISLATION/ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMISSIONON DISABILITIES FUND
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to accept provisions of Mass General Law 40, Section 22G regarding allocating all funds received from fines assessed for violations of handicap parking to the Arlington Commission on Disabilities.  Funds so received shall be deposited by the city or Town Treasurer in a separate account and shall be used solely for the benefit of persons with disabilities.  Expenditures from said account, including accrued interest, if any, shall be made upon the recommendation of the Commission of Disabilities in accordance with the accepted procedures of the Town for the disbursement of funds, including the approval of the Town Manager or Select Board. The Town Treasurer shall submit annually a report of said account to the Town Manager or Select Board for review and a copy of said report shall be forwarded to the Bureau of Accounts; or take any action related thereto.



Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends no action. Select Board Report, Finance Committee recommends no action on this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 47 - ACCEPTANCE OF LEGISLATION/PEG ACCESS FUND
(view official article) Pass (for: 183, against: 1, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to establish a Cable Access Fund, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 53F¾ , said fund to be funded by fees received pursuant to the Town’s cable franchise agreements, and furthermore, to transfer all funds currently held by the Town for the purpose of cable PEG access operations to said fund, said transfer to be effective upon passage of this article; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report, Finance Committee supports the favorable action recommendation of the Select Board. Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 48 - APPROPRIATION/PEG ACCESS BUDGET
(view official article) Pass (for: 178, against: 1, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate or transfer a sum or sums of money for the support of public, educational, and/or governmental (“PEG”) access cable television services, said sum or sums to be provided for by the cable franchise agreements and cable licensing fees, detailed in an operational cost, building expenses, and capital expense budget, and expended under the direction of the Town Manager; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 49 - ACCEPTANCE/LOCAL OPTION TAXES
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

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) See also: article72 article73 article74 article76 article77
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee recommends no action on this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 50 - LOCAL OPTION/SHORT TERM RENTAL IMPACT FEES
(view official article) Pass (for: 202, against: 12, abstain: 0) on 8-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to adopt a local option “community impact” fee for short-term rentals of residential or commercial properties pursuant to G.L. c. 64G sec. 3D(a); and/or also adopt a second local “community impact” fee for short-term rentals pursuant to G.L. c. 64G sec. 3D(b); or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board) See also: article4 article30 article35 article38 article39 article42 article43 article52
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report, Finance Committee supports the favorable action recommendation of the Select Board. Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 51 -
(view official article) Pass (for: 175, against: 0, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to endorse the application for Federal Fiscal Year 2020  prepared by the Town Manager and Select Board under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383) as amended; or take any action related thereto.


                   (Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report, The CDBG Subcommittee supports this (detailed report). CDBG Subcommittee Report

ARTICLE 52 - REVOLVING FUNDS
(view official article) Pass (for: 189, against: 0, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

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 Select Board)  See also: article4 article30 article35 article38 article39 article42 article43 article50
Supplemental documents: W.A._52_Changes.pdf Reference Material-Changes, The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report

ARTICLE 53 - ENDORSEMENT OF PARKING BENEFIT DISTRICT EXPENDITURES                             
(view official article) Pass (for: 185, against: 3, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to endorse the Parking Benefit District operating and capital expenditures for Fiscal Year 2020 prepared by the Town Manager and the Select Board consistent with the Town Bylaws; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) supports this. Select Board Report, Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 54 - APPROVAL/PARKING OPERATING COSTS 
(view official article)

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) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee recommends no action on this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 55 - POSITIONS RECLASSIFICATION
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

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) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Reference Material, Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 56 - COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
(view official article) Pass (for: 189, against: 2, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to fund any fiscal items in the event that any are contained in collective bargaining agreements between the Town and the following named collective bargaining units, and to fund for non-union, M Schedule, and elected officials’ salaries or fringe benefits, determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto:

  • A.             Local 680, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees;
  • B.             Service Employees International Union;
  • C.             Robbins Library Professional Association;
  • D.             Local 1297, International Association of Firefighters;
  • E.             Arlington Police Patrol Officers’ Association (formerly Arlington Patrolmen’s Association);
  • F.              Arlington Ranking Police Officers’ Association;
  • G.             M Schedule and non-union employees; and
  • H.             Full-time elected officials

(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Reference Material, Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments, funding $337K). Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 57 - APPROPRIATION/TOWN BUDGETS
(view official article) Pass (for: 207, against: 2, abstain: 0) on 6-May-2019 Substitute Motion – Article 57_x000B_John Deyst – Precinct 13: Fail (Y 29, N 175, A 2 on 6-May-2019), Article 57 – Contingencies: Pass (Y 198, N 11, A 0 on 6-May-2019)

To see if the Town will vote to make appropriations to defray Town obligations, liabilities, outlay and expenses and especially for or relating to all or any of the boards, departments, purposes and matters hereinafter mentioned, and to provide for the disposal of motor vehicles and other personal property belonging to the Town, determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto: Finance Committee, Select Board, Town Manager, Human Resources, Comptroller, Information Technology, Town Treasurer and Collector of Taxes, Assessors, Legal and Workers’ Compensation, Town Clerk, Registrars, Planning and Community Development, Redevelopment Board, Parking, Zoning Board of Appeals, Public Works, Facilities, Cemeteries, Community Safety, School Department, Libraries, Human Services, Insurance, Non-Contributory Pensions, Contributory Pensions, Town Debt and Interest, Reserve Fund, and/or any other Town Departments, Boards, Commissions or Committees, Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund, Recreation Enterprise Fund, Council on Aging Transportation Enterprise Fund, Veterans’ Memorial Rink Enterprise Fund, and Youth Services Enterprise Fund.


(Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Town Manager)  See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75

ARTICLE 58 - CAPITAL BUDGET
(view official article) Pass (for: 198, against: 14, abstain: 0) on 8-May-2019 Amendment – Article 58 Mustafa Varoglu – Precinct 10: Fail (Y 20, N 189, A 0 on 8-May-2019),

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 Select Board and at the request of theTown Manager and the Capital Planning Committee) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Varoglu_Amendment_Article_58.pdf Reference Material-Amendment, Minuteman_Path_Flooding_Memo_5_8_19.pdf Reference Material-Report, Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with multiple comments and details). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Capital Planning Committee recommends this article (with detailed discussion). Capital Planning Committee Report

ARTICLE 59 - RESCIND OR REAPPROPRIATE BORROWING AUTHORIZATIONS FROM PRIOR YEARS
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Two Thirds vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to rescind the authority to borrow or appropriate funds, from prior years’ authorizations, the amounts remaining with regard to any numbered prior Annual and/or Special Town Meeting Warrant Articles; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Treasurer)
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee recommends no action on this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 60 - APPROPRIATION/TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
(view official article) Pass (for: 188, against: 4, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $25,813.30 received by the Town from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to address the impact of transportation network services on municipal roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure or any other public purpose substantially related to the operation of transportation network services in the Town including, but not limited to, the Complete Streets Program, accepted by Town Meeting on May 4, 2015, established in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90I, Section 1 and other programs that support alternative modes of transportation; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 61 - APPROPRIATION/FINANCING OF CONSTRUCTION ORRECONSTRUCTION OF SEWERS AND SEWERAGE FACILITIES
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Two Thirds vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of financing the construction or reconstruction of sewers and sewerage facilities for inflow/infiltration reduction or system rehabilitation, including costs incidental and related thereto, and to determine how the appropriation shall be raised or expended, including the possibility of borrowing all or some of same; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager and the Director of Public Works) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article62 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 62 - APPROPRIATION/FINANCING OF CONSTRUCTION ORRECONSTRUCTION OF WATER MAINS AND WATER FACILITIES
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Two Thirds vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of financing the construction or reconstruction of water mains and water facilities, including costs incidental and related thereto, and to determine how the appropriation shall be raised and expended including the possibility of borrowing all or some of same; or take any action related thereto.


    (Inserted at the request of the Town Manager and the Director of Public Works) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article64 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 63 - APPROPRIATION/MINUTEMAN REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICALHIGH SCHOOL AND OUT OF DISTRICT VOCATIONAL PLACEMENTS
(view official article) Pass (for: 209, against: 0, abstain: 1) on 6-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of paying the Town’s apportioned share of the operating and maintenance costs, including capital costs, tuition, and all of Arlington’s other obligations under the Minuteman Regional School District Agreement for the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, as well as paying the tuition for all other out of district vocational education placements, determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Minuteman Regional Vocational School District Committee) See also:
Supplemental documents: Minuteman_Presentation.pdf Reference Material-Report, Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 64 - APPROPRIATION/COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS
(view official article) Pass (for: 187, against: 2, abstain: 1) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum or sums of money to be expended under the direction of various committees, commissions, and boards of the Town, determine how the money shall be raised; provided that any funds appropriated hereunder shall remain under the jurisdiction of said entities until expended at their direction, unless otherwise appropriated by the Town Meeting; the entities included hereunder, without limitation, are:  Arlington Historical Commission, Arlington Recycling Committee, Avon Place Historic District Commission, Broadway Historic District Commission, Central Street Historic District Commission, Mt. Gilboa/Crescent Hill Historic District Commission, Jason/Gray Historic District Commission, Pleasant Street Historic District Commission, Russell Historic District Commission, Conservation Commission, Capital Planning Committee, Commission on Disability, Human Recourses Board, Public Memorial Committee, Human Rights Commission, Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development, Envision Arlington, Transportation Advisory Committee, Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, Open Space Committee, and any other Town Committee or Commission; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager)  See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article65 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 65 - APPROPRIATION/TOWN CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS
(view official article) Pass (for: 187, against: 4, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum or sums of money to be expended under the direction of the Town Manager for the following celebrations and memorials, determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto:

  •             Memorial Day Observation and the Patriots’ Day Celebration
  •             Display of American Flags on Massachusetts Avenue
  •             Placing of American Flags on the Graves of Veterans
  •             Town Day Celebration
  •             Veterans’ Day Parade

(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article66 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 66 - APPROPRIATION/MISCELLANEOUS
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote the following: Legal Defense – To appropriate a sum of money to replenish the Legal Defense Fund established under Article 13, Section 5 of Title 1 of the Town Bylaws, Indemnification of Medical Costs, to appropriate a sum of money in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 41, Section 100B of the General Laws, to indemnify certain retired Police Officers and Firefighters for all reasonable medical and surgical expenses which they incurred, determine how the money will be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article75
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 67 - APPROPRIATION/WATER BODIES FUND
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of $50,000 to the Town’s Water Bodies Fund for the maintenance, treatment, and oversight of all the Town’s water bodies, said sum to be raised by the general tax and expended under the direction of the Town Manager, who will also report to Town Meeting on the status of the fund; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Envision Arlington Standing Committee and its Spy Pond and Reservoir Task Groups, and the Arlington Conservation Commission) See also: article2
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Envision Arlington recommends this article (with comments). Envision Arlington Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 68 - APPROPRIATION/COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUND
(view official article) Pass (for: 199, against: 15, abstain: 1) on 8-May-2019 Amendment – Article 68 Beth Melofchik – Precinct 9: Fail (Y 20, N 191, A 0 on 8-May-2019),

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 Preservation Committee administrative expenses or other eligible expenses; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Community Preservation Committee)  See also: article31
Supplemental documents: Melofchik_Amendment_Article_68_(1).pdf Reference Material-Amendment, Finance Committee voted (12-1) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Community Preservation Committee (8-0) recommend this article (with detailed recommendation). Community Preservation Committee Report

ARTICLE 69 - APPROPRIATION/HARRY BARBER COMMUNITY  SERVICE PROGRAM
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $7,500.00 for the Harry Barber Community Service Program for the Council on Aging, to determine how the money will be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


  (Inserted at the request of the Council on Aging) See also:
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 70 - APPROPRIATION/PENSION ADJUSTMENT FOR FORMER TWENTY-FIVEYEAR/ACCIDENTAL DISABILITY EMPLOYEES
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to implement the provisions of Chapter 32 of Massachusetts General Laws Section 90A, 90C, 90D and 90E, pursuant to which the Town pays up to fifty percent of the maximum salary as set forth in the Compensation and Pay Plan for the position formerly held by retired employees with twenty-five or more years of service to the Town and those employees who retired under an Accidental Disability; provided, however, that no one who retires after May 1, 2010 shall be eligible under this vote unless they qualify for at least a fifty percent pension, without this vote upon their retirement; this adjustment to be paid to those who qualify and administered in accordance with prior practice and understanding relating to the retirement allowance of said retirees; determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Contributory Retirement Board) See also: article71
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments, funding $0). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 71 - APPROPRIATION/OTHER POST EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (OPEB) TRUST FUND
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to accept into the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust  Fund, established by Chapter 161 of the Acts of 2005, an appropriation of funds and/or the transfer of additional monies that the Town may deem advisable from other sources, including any monies previously deposited into any of the Town’s stabilization funds for this purpose, in order to administer and fund its OPEB obligation as described in the said Chapter 161 of the Acts of 2005; determine how the monies shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Contributory Retirement Board) See also: article70
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 72 - APPROPRIATION/OVERLAY RESERVE
(view official article) Pass (for: 193, against: 0, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money from previous years overlay reserve surplus accounts, determine to what purpose this appropriation shall be made; or take any action related thereto.      


(Inserted at the request of the Finance Committee) See also: article49 article73 article74 article76 article77
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 73 - TRANSFER OF FUNDS/CEMETERY
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of money to the Cemetery Commissioners for the improvement of Town cemeteries, said sum shall be taken from the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery “Sale of Lots and Graves” and/or “Perpetual Care Funds”; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Finance Committee) See also: article49 article72 article74 article76 article77
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 74 - USE OF FREE CASH
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the taking of a sum of money voted for appropriations heretofore made at the Town Meeting under the Warrant and not voted to be borrowed from available funds in the Treasury, and authorize the Assessors to use free cash in the Treasury to that amount in the determination of the tax rate for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2019; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Finance Committee) See also: article49 article72 article73 article76 article77
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 75 -    APPROPRIATION/CANNABIS MITIGATION STABILIZATION FUND
(view official article) Pass (for: 185, against: 2, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of money in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B, as amended, or other appropriate provisions of law, determine how much money should be transferred into or out of such Stabilization Fund; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Town Manager) See also: article26 article37 article47 article48 article51 article53 article54 article55 article56 article57 article58 article60 article61 article62 article64 article65 article66
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments, funding $1). Arlington Finance Committee Report

ARTICLE 76 - APPROPRIATION/LONG TERM STABILIZATION FUND
(view official article) Pass on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Two Thirds vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will make an appropriation to the Long Term Stabilization Fund in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B, as amended, or other appropriate provisions of law, determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Finance Committee) See also: article49 article72 article73 article74 article77
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments, funding $100K). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 77 -   APPROPRIATION/FISCAL STABILITY STABILIZATION FUND
(view official article) Pass (for: 190, against: 1, abstain: 0) on 15-May-2019

To see if the Town will make an appropriation to or from the Fiscal Stability Stabilization Fund created under Article 65 of the 2005 Annual Town Meeting or any other enabling action of Town Meeting in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B, as amended, or other appropriate provisions of law, determine how the money shall be raised and expended; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of the Finance Committee) See also: article49 article72 article73 article74 article76
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee voted (unanimously) to recommend this article (with comments). Arlington Finance Committee Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (two thirds vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 78 - RESOLUTION/INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to adopt a resolution to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the second Monday in October, instead of Columbus Day, in order to celebrate the heritage of those people indigenous to Massachusetts; or take any action related thereto.



Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends no action. Select Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report

ARTICLE 79 - RESOLUTION/OVERNIGHT PARKING EXEMPTION PROGRAM FOR MEDICAL AND FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS
(view official article) Fail on 24-April-2019 Voted as Consent Agenda - Majority vote per board recommendation

To see if the Town will vote to provide a non-binding resolution to support an overnight parking program that provides exemptions for persons with medical and/or financial hardships; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted at the request of Laura Kiesel and ten registered voters) See also: article16 article23 article24 article25 article27 article33 article34 article36 article40 article41 article44 article45
Supplemental documents: The Select Board (5-0 vote) recommends no action. Select Board Report, Town Moderator proposes article for Consent Agenda (majority vote) Consent Agenda Report