Town Meeting Votes Become Bedford Bylaws

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

While some votes at Town Meeting are immediately effective, changes to Bedford’s Bylaws require the approval of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

In Healey’s January 11 letter to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay, the following bylaws adopted at Special Town Meeting in November 2107 have been approved.
Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Net Zero Funding Approved in Article 2

Submitted by Bedford Mothers Out Front

Bedford Mothers Out Front is pleased to report that Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved funding to develop a Net Zero plan for Bedford. So many voters attended on Monday night, Nov 6, that they overflowed the high school auditorium and had to be accommodated in the library and additional classrooms.

Article 2, Bedford’s Energy Assessment and Action Plan, asked the town to approve $75,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory of Bedford and then develop a plan to reduce Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Article 2 aligns Bedford’s emissions reduction goal with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and is consistent with the goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

Update: Special Town Meeting, 2107 ~ Waiting to Inhale … Bedford Votes to Prohibit Sale of Marijuana

By Ginni Spencer

Those opposed to allowing recreational marijuana establishments in the town of Bedford enjoyed a resounding victory at Special Town Meeting on Monday night. All three articles related to prohibiting sale and cultivation of non-medical marijuana were passed by significant margins. It appeared that the unusually large turnout, ultimately requiring four satellite rooms in addition to the auditorium, was largely generated by heavy interest in this trio of proposals.

Update: Special Town Meeting, 2107 ~ Articles 7 & 8, Coast Guard Housing

By Dot Bergin

What Happens Now? What’s the Fate of the Coast Guard Housing?

Those are the question on voters’ minds today after last night’s Special Town Meeting turned down Article 7, a zoning bylaw amendment to establish the Military Housing Reuse Overlay District. Its companion, a zoning bylaw amendment in Article 8, would amend the Bedford Zoning Map to incorporate the property commonly known as the Coast Guard Housing on Pine Hill road into the Military Housing Reuse Overlay District. The Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the Planning Board had all recommended approval of both articles.

Update: Special Town Meeting, 2107 ~ Night One Recap

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Special Town Meeting came to order last night shortly before 8 pm, while many residents waited in line outside the building. In the end, the overflow crowd filled the auditorium, the BHS library, and three classrooms. The Bedford Citizen will cover the main Warrant articles in depth this week, but here is the outcome of articles decided last night.

Town Meeting will reconvene at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 7 in the auditorium at Bedford High School.

Bedford TV’s video of the meeting is available on YouTube today thanks to Nick Giglio’s late-night editing.

Special Town Meeting Tonight at 7:30 pm

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen will be live-tweeting the vote for each of the articles on tonight’s warrant on the chance that you can’t attend the meeting.


BUT we strongly encourage you to find your way to BHS auditorium by 7:30 tonight!

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