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Bob Lee April 19, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Remember to have your friends, family, and neighbors attend our World Tai Chi Day event nextRead Moreweekend . Children are welcome to attend. You are welcome to RSVP at bob.lee@bodymindsystems.com or at 781-279-1400 so we can greet you personally!
Angelo April 19, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Mr. Rotondi - I commend you for this proposal to encourage more voter participation. But I don'tRead Morethi nk it will solve the problem, which is general voter apathy. We also have too many other issues going on in town right now. People usually vote when it really matters to them - which is a shame because our forefathers fought hard for this right. No one is being disenfranchised. I think other options (better advertising, a Saturday town meeting, local elections held at the same time as state/federal elections, etc) should be taken before embarking on such a drastic change. I looked up some pros & cons on the NH experience: http://www.livefreeordiealliance.org/Issues/PrincipalIssues/SB2/tabid/105/Default.aspx Lets be very careful with this & take the time to consult with as many sources as possible to see if this makes sense for Stoneham.
Paul Rotondi April 19, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Frank: you misunderstand what I said: all motions and amendments to motion will be held at theRead Moreaudi torium as is done now. There will be now Secret ballots on amendments unless those attending the town chose to do. Only the final vote on the original articles or amended articles will be by ballot. The ballots will be gotten from the town clerk's counter in the town hall, Just like absentee ballots. No votes will be taken in auditorium or on stage so your knees will be ok. since the vote will be taken over 5 days, I do not expect any lines.
Frank Pignone April 19, 2014 at 09:16 PM
FranK: Town meeting will proceed as normal, motions will be made on every article. The motions canRead Moreb e amended and the amendment would be voted on. "....... Paul: The above is your own quote. These so called 'Amendments' made at Town Meeting. The ultimate 'vote' at Town Hall is , as you say, made 'secretly' . This procedure is no doubt made as to your concern of people's 'Fear, intimidation'.. and all the other terrifying circumstances you 'sense' in the lack of attendance... Now, just 'how' does an 'Amendment' get 'offered'....unless someone 'gets up' to speak of the 'changes or additions'... ? And then, how do they get 'passed' or 'voted down.. WITHOUT A 'VOTE' ?.. We have a Fine Moderator but I do not think he reads 'Minds' ( or does he ?. lol..)......What is 'truly not' clear is how do the amendments to the article go to Town Hall ? How were 'they' voted on Paul ?And how in the World do you know the Amendment to the Main Motion won or lost...?... Paul: If you would .. : Just pretend , on this blog: That you get up to 'Amend' a Main Motion ?...Then 'what happend from that point.. because right now.. I'm going to get a glass of wine and wait for you to write and then I'll read it.. !. - The Main Motion gets read 2.- Paul Rotondi gets up to Amend the Main Motion 3.- OK.. You're on.. Go...
Paula B Sarno April 17, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Beware residents of Stoneham that on May 5th at town meeting there are several warrant articlesRead Morethat will depreciate your property if we have no enforcement regulations under our zoning laws. See the warrant article for consideration regarding Article 16 by the Board of Selectmen . Under the revised ruling of Ch 15 Sec.4.2.2.2 there will be no fine for unregistered vehicles on property. Abutting neighbors of the black hole on Franklin St be warned and show up at town meeting. For your review you can see all warrant articles on the Stoneham Gov. web site.
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