Monday, June 11, 2012
Editorial in the Boston Globe suggests that leaving Norfolk County is the right move for Brookline. What are your thoughts?
If anyone doubted Brookline's decision to leave Norfolk County, the move was praised in last week's Boston Globe. By the end of Town Meeting last month, Brookline Town Meeting Members voted to leave Norfolk County. In an editorial the Boston Globe ran on Friday, the editor suggests that leaving Norfolk County is the right thing to do. Last April, when the Warrant Article initially came up, the concern was that Leaving Norfolk Could Mean that the town could lose Brookline District Court. The editorial observes that court systems are now funded by the state and comparable to state systems. This year's petition was the third time that the warrant article had come before Town Meeting. Last November, the body voted to stay in Norfolk County…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Brookline votes to pull itself out of Norfolk County, but does not vote to abolish the county altogether. The debate over Brookline's place in Norfolk County continues.
Brookline hopes to get itself out of Norfolk County, but seems to see the county’s value to other towns. At Town Meeting's final night voted on Article 24, which pertains to the removal of Brookline from Norfolk County, and Article 25, which would abolish Norfolk County government in Brookline. The vote means that Brookline will petition the State to remove Brookline from Norfolk County's government, but does not mean the town is out just yet. This recent discussion about Articles 24 and 25 is only the latest in a series of discussions concerning Brookline’s future participation in Norfolk County. These two articles appeared at last year's Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting, and both were voted down each time. Frederick Lebow, who …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Town Meeting discusses two articles proposed by high schoolers, and brings back the question of Brookline's place in Norfolk County.
Town Meeting returned to the remaining 30 warrant articles, and beginning the evening with articles 12 and 23, proposed by Brookline High School students. Brookline also voted to get itself out of Norfolk County, but will not move to abolish the county government. Town meeting is now over until the fall Special Town Meeting.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Brookline Town Meeting is coming up at the end of the year, and there is a slew of articles to be discussed.
Each year, the Town Meeting Members (TMMs) of Brookline gather to discuss a warrant composed of articles proposed by officials and residents around Brookline. This year, Town Meeting begins on May 22 and will run until Town Meeting Members vote on the 30 warrant articles. See the PDFs to the right, or check the Brookline Town Website to see the full warrant, explanations, and the combined report on the article. Some of these articles may have changed from their original versions as petitioned. Voting at town meeting may be on a different version of the article than presented. Article 1: Measurers of Wood and Bark Submitted by the Board of Selectmen This article has been voted favorably by a unanimous Board of Selectmen. The Advisory …