Annual Town Meeting, Night One: The Official Votes

Submitted by the Town of Bedford

Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay posted the votes for the first night of Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday morning.

Here’s the official word:

The Annual Town Meeting convened on March 25, 2019 the Bedford High School Auditorium at 7:05 PM. The Moderator called the Annual Town Meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. The quorum was three hundred and twenty-five voters.

Article 2: Debate Rules declared motion passes with a two-thirds vote.

Article 3: Consent Article passes with two-thirds majority.

Article 4: Bills of Prior Years postponed unanimously.

Article 5: Revolving Funds Expenditure Limits passes unanimously.

Article 6: Amend Fiscal Year 2019 Community Preservation Budget passes unanimously.

Article 7: Bond Authorization-Community Preservation-Fawn Lake passes with two-thirds majority.

Article 8: Community Preservation Budget – Fiscal Year 2020- Items 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9, the  Moderator declared  that portion  passes  unanimously. Item 2 declared passes unanimously. Item 4 declared passes unanimously. Item 8 declared motion passes with majority. Item 10 declared motion passes with a majority. Item 10 declared motion passes with a majority. Item 11 declared passes unanimously. Item 12 declared divided question passes by majority vote. Item 12 Great Room Renovation ($120,000) declared motion passes with majority. ADA Renovation of Old Town Hall ($167,000) declared this fails. First Floor Renovation ($165,000) declared motion passes with a majority.

Article 9: Land Acquisition Fund declared motion passes with a majority.

Article 10: 43D Expedited Permitting for Priority Development Sites passes unanimously.

Article 11: Acceptance of MGL Chapter 40, Section 8 J-Commission on Disability passes unanimously.

Article 12: Zoning Bylaw Amendment – Life Science Uses in Commercial Districts declared motion passes unanimously.

Article 13: Zoning Bylaw Amendment – Elimination of References to General Business Districts declared motion passes unanimously.

Article 14: Zoning Map Amendment –  Rezone 9A Benjamin Kidder Way from  Limited Business District to Residence B District declared motion passes unanimously.

Article 15: Zoning Bylaw Amendment – Restaurants over 5,000 Square Feet in the Great Road Districts declared motion  passes  with  two-thirds  majority.

Article 16: Zoning  Bylaw Diagnostic and Reorganization  declared it passes unanimously.

Article 17: Street Acceptance – Willow Lane declared passes unanimously.

Article 18: Petitioners’ Article: Statement of Town’s Concern at Lack of Federal and State Action Against Global Warming declared the motion carries.

Michael Rosenberg made a motion to adjourn the Annual Town Meeting to Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in the Bedford High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. The motion was seconded. The Annual Town Meeting adjourned at 10:52 PM.


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