Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article 33 of this year's Easton Town Meeting Warrant was amended by selectmen Monday night. The article still seeks changes to the town's capital planning committee.
Article 33 of this year's Easton Town Meeting Warrant will no longer ask town meeting voters to reduce the size of Easton's Finance Committee from nine to five. Selectmen voted unanimously to amend the article Monday night. The decision comes after finance committee members expressed discontent with the article, arguing that five members would not be sufficient when fully reviewing the town's operating budget and warrant articles. Additionally, school committee member and former finance committee chair Donna Abelli sent a letter to selectmen displaying her lack of support for the article. "I thought we’d have an advocate at town meeting that now we don’t have," selectmen chair Colleen Corona said. Town Administrator David Colton said he …
Friday, May 3, 2013
A warrant article on this year's Town Meeting Warrant calls for the reduction in Finance Committee members from 9 to 5. It also calls for a change in Capital Planning Committee appointments.
Town Meeting voters will have a choice on May 20 on weather or not to support a Town Meeting warrant article that would both change the number of members in Easton's Finance Committee and also change the structure of Easton's Capital Planning Committee. Article 33 of this year's Town Meeting Warrant calls for the reduction of Finance Committee members from nine to five. It also calls for a change in how members are appointed to Easton's Capital Planning Committee. Rather than four appointees by the town moderator, two would be appointed by the moderator, one would be appointed by selectmen and one would be appointed by the school committee. While the Board of Selectmen recommended the article last month, members of Easton's Finance …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Finance Committee Chair Carol Nestler is running for a selectmen's seat.
As the chair of Easton's Finance Committee, Carol Nestler is one of Easton's most involved citizens when it comes to town government. So, it might be hard to believe that town politics didn't always interest her. "I got interested in politics a little bit later in life," she said. "I didn’t really pay attention a lot of the time but I think your life situation changes sometimes. When you’re married and have kids you pay more attention." Nestler has been a member of the finance committee since 2009. Now, she is looking to step up and take a seat on the board of selectmen. Coincidentally, one of the people she hopes to replace is the same person who got her involved. Sean Noonan will be leaving the board this year along with Ellen Barlow. …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The first day to pull nomination papers is today, who would you like to see run?
With the new year comes new elections. While National and State elections may be behind us, here in Easton we're gearing up for local elections. Believe it or not, Easton residents will be voting for town officials in just four months on April 23. Residents can begin to pull nomination papers beginning this week through the beginning of March. Here is a look at what positions are available this year, according to Town Clerk Jeremy Gillis: We'll be keeping an eye on who is pulling papers. A full list of deadlines, provided by Gillis, is attached. In the meantime, who do you think should run for Town Office?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Elaine Hanson was appointed to the Finance Committee Monday night.
In a joint meeting Monday night, Easton's Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee appointed Elaine Hanson as the newest member of the Finance Committee. Hanson was appointed by a 7-5 vote over Michael Maloney, who was a candidate for the Board of Selectmen last spring. Her appointment fills a void left after Easton voters failed to elect one write-in position at last April's town elections. Hanson is a former principal and assistant principal at King Philip Regional High School. Prior to that, she taught in the Easton Public Schools District. "I think it’s really important for citizens of the town to give something to the town as their time and talents will allow," Hanson, now retired, told the joint committee. "For many years, I’ve been …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
In a split vote, the Easton Finance Committee approved the budget's largest line item Wednesday night.
The Easton Finance Committee approved a school budget for Fiscal Year 2013 Wednesday night in the amount of $33,731,471 - a 4.23 percent increase from FY12. The school budget was the final department budget in need of approval before the committee recommended Easton's FY13 operating budget (article 16 in this year's Town Meeting Warrant). The overall operating budget is in the amount of $68,388,097, according to the latest budget memo released by Town Administrator David Colton. While the warrant article was unanimously recommended by the Finance Committee Wednesday night, it has yet to be recommended by the Board of Selectmen, which will meet shortly before Town Meeting. The Finance Committee's approval of the school budget wasn't without…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Selectmen and Finance Committee Will Jointly Appoint a Member
Despite being a week removed from Election Day, the Town of Easton is still short a Finance Committee member. Town Clerk Jeremy Gillis said the remaining position will be appointed during a joint meeting between the Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen. "The Finance Committee needs to notify the Selectmen that a vacancy exists, and then they will jointly meet and elect a voter to the one year term," Gillis said in an email Tuesday. "Usually the Selectmen will advertise the opening and accept applications for review." At last week's Town Elections, there were no qualified candidates for the four available seats on the committee left by Patrick Goodman, Michael Ferrara, Irwin Cohen and Keith Graveline, whose terms expired. Three seats …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Selectmen appoint residents to Finance Committee and Planning Board.
The Board of Selectmen appointed residents to work as part of various boards Monday night, including the Finance Committee and Planning and Zoning Board. Keith Graveline secured a seat on the Finance Committee and Wayne Benson became a full member of the Planning Board after serving as an alternate. Keith Graveline, a five-year Easton resident was appointed to the Finance Committee. Graveline, who is a insurance and benefits consultant said he doesn't travel as much as he used to, and wanted to give back to the community. Graveline is currently a member of the Fire House Study Committee, which was appointed by the Board of Selectmen to study the effects of one less fire station in Easton as a result of budget cuts. "I have time and …