T O W N M E E T I N G
With the advent of Charter Revisions, it became necessary to have a quorum present at Annual Town Budget Meeting.
Issues decided by Special Town Meetings such as Lachat Lease/Sub Lease (July 19, 2018)
ATBM 2016 gains a quorum
April 22, 2015 ATBM - no quorum, voters reject school budget
April 23, 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDDJXP_fl4o
Special Town Meeting
voters present - Lord's Hway corner conforms to town standards,
requiring exchange of @300 sqft.
APPROVAL AFTER EXPLANATIONS BY SUPERINTENDENT
Board of Education and Superintendent make the pitch for why it is
in the best interests of the town, its finances, the students and
future education needs to aircondition 12 classrooms at the high
school and revise fenestration rather than replace window and
doors in the entire older classroom wing.
Special Town Meeting
2013 at 7pm in the Town Hall meeting room. Unanimous "yes"
after very brief discussion.
MOTION MADE BY SOMEONE WHO HELPED
BUILD THIS WALL TO VOTE YES FOR $610,000...
Picket fence replaced by stone wall at corner of Norfield and
Weston Road some years ago (not necessarily this wall).
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING VOTES "YES" TO
$610,000 - Bank says "no" Wednesday PM.
44-35 vote June 25th in
favor of 48 Norfield Road purchase at the lower
price. We spotted LWV of Weston
members and supporters
in goodly numbers!
TOWN OF WESTON
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
of the Town of Weston, Connecticut, are hereby warned and notified
that a Special Town Meeting will be held in the Community Room of
the Weston Library, 56 Norfield Road, Weston, Connecticut, on
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.
consider and vote on the following resolution:
purchase structures and land of approximately 1.0 acre located at
48 Norfield Road, Weston, Connecticut from the Fairfield County
Savings Bank and to appropriate an amount not to exceed $750,000
for the purchase price and any professional fees, legal fees,
interest expense on temporary borrowings, financing cost and other
costs related to the purchase.
authorize the Board of Finance to determine the appropriate method
of funding the purchase including: use of general fund balance,
short or long term borrowings, temporary note issuance,
supplemental appropriation, or any other appropriate source.
If the Board of Finance determines to fund the purchase with a
borrowing, the Board of Finance is also authorized to determine
the terms and conditions of such borrowing.
authorize the First Selectman to negotiate and execute an
agreement to purchase the property, and to act on the Town’s
behalf under the agreement, and if the Board of Finance determines
to fund the purchase with a borrowing, to authorize the First
Selectman to negotiate and execute any documents related to such
borrowing, to authorize the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance,
Treasurer and other Town officials or employees to take all other
action necessary and proper to carry out said purchase, to ratify
all previous action taken by the Town, its officials or employees
in connection with said purchase and to authorize Town officials
and employees to take all other actions necessary to complete the
purchase and complete any borrowing to finance the appropriation.
Weston, Connecticut as of the 17th day of June, 2013
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING JAN. 19, 2012
7:15-7:50PM IN TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM...ANOTHER "YES" (ONE
First meeting for new Moderator goes
NewYear gets off on a positive note with another Special
Town Meeting on Lachat Leases! Details and wording changed
but intent the same. Q&A held at Selectmen's
Meeting on January 5, 2012; P&Z met at 6pm Jan. 18,
2012, voting on changes to lease wording.
At least nine (9) speakers, some of whom spoke more
than once, asked questions about
the leases, and Selectman Tracey and First Selectman
Weinstein answered. One "no" vote
from individual who had spoken once and wanted to
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OCTOBER 20, 2011 SAYS
At the Sept. 15, 2011 Selectmen's
LACHAT UP FOR SPECIAL TOWN
MEETING THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011
Town Hall Meeting Room at
7:20pm (preceded at 7pm by an Informational Meeting)
Agreement to maintain conservation easement
(with an exception for community/Town farm). Leases of land
to and from each party (Town and Nature Conservancy) in 50-50
split. N.C. to handle money that is an endowment for
maintenance, town to get the interest.
SPECIAL TOWN MEETINGS, REFERENDA
By 2014, with the Charter changed to have a mandatory referendum
on the budget as approved by ATBM or as approved by the Board of
Finance for ATBM to consider, plus a quorum of 2% on ATBM, there
was no quorum present (there was no quorum present in 2013
either). What has happened is the pro-school voters stay
away from ATBM, thus making no discussion of a cut to the
education budget or individual items on the town side including
the capital budget, possible.
BUDGET PROCESS OVER, TAX RATE SET AT
BOARD OF FINANCE THURSDAY APRIL 21, 2011, 6:30pm special
YES - 697
NO - 186
YES - 574
NO - 308
YES - 348 NO -
voting 885 (out of all 6000 plus registered voters plus an
unknown number of "Grand List"
ATBM Wednesday, April 6, 2011
over by 9:30pm, no changes...
ATBM: Capital Budget & Debt Service,
approved. Next and last step is Referendum. If
Referendum rejects one or more of the
has not passed. In the case of Town and School Budgets, it
is back to Board of Finance; .in the case of item
WHERE TO VOTE AT REFERENDUM
OR "ABSENTEE" AT TOWN HALL DURING WORKING
WMS Gym is area of the building above
with high roof. Weston's usual polling place.
Referendum 6am to 8pm Thurs. Apr. 14, 2011.
For the Referendum, you may vote "absentee" in person at
Town Hall (next photo). Only if you will be out of
town April 14.
right, possible cemetery layout - part of the Referendum
("Question Three") but not in the Town or School Budget
of Referendum from Town of Weston Website
Referendum vote on April 14, 6am to 8pm at
WMS Gym on three (3) items:
8-24 cost to move forward with non-denominational
cemetery to P&Z
in person at Town Hall during working hours plus
April 9, 9am to
12 noon. Vote on all three ("YES" or
A NEW LEGAL TWIST IN 2011 - THREE
ITEMS ON REFERENDUM BUT ONE WAS NOT ON THE ATBM "CALL"
On to voting on Cemetery ($30k)
which was not in the Call of ATBM, plus Education and Town
"Citizen of the Year" award presented prior to ATBM by
Police Commission Chair. prior to start of Annual Town
WHAT HAPPENED AT A.T.B.M. APRIL 6, 2011, WHS
Budget Passes at ATBM - no cuts,
changes or whatever. A standing count whether to have a
secret ballot goes down 103-43. The numbers that will
be voted "yes" or "no" on are the same as ATBM got from the
Board of Finance.$64,125,783 ($45,166,337 Ed Budget,
$11,184,216 Town Budget). Don't forget that we also get to
vote "yes" or "no" on $30,000 for an 8-24 on a Town
non-denominational cemetery at Fromson Strassler. ATBM
took around 90 minutes, total time.The
usual attitudes prevail - almost out of central casting (the
older residents call for fewer administrators in the Central
Office of the school, the impatient PTO mothers say they are
annoyed to have to come out to ATBM). This year the
pro-school crowd was particularly rude, perhaps because one
knowledgeable and well-connected politically WFFR speaker
noted that there were bills in Hartford to change a few
SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE LEGISLATURE
This Session is bringing home to roost the profligate
spending and fat contracts and retirement benefits to CT
state employees and the OPEB issue. Bills tipping the
balance away from "hands off education" by politicians are:
1)changing rule that no school budget can be cut below the
level of the previous year;
2)bills out there to cut budgets according to enrollment and
3)permit specific cuts within the school budget at ATBM.
The Governor favors these, we think, so if these bills see
the light of day and pass the House and the Senate, radical
change will be here for the education system and
Referendum on bottom line of Town and School operating budgets
brings out 1134 voters who approved
for both budgets - results on Town of Weston website:
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, MIDDLE
SCHOOL CAFETERIA...approves with only one speaker, unanimously,
in record short time ($1 million per minte of discussion).
TOWN OF WESTON WARNING OF SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, TUESDAY, MARCH 23,
of the Town of Weston, Connecticut, are hereby warned and notified
that a Special Town Meeting will be held in the Weston Middle
School Cafeteria, Weston, Connecticut on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
at 7pm. The Board of Selectmen nominated Woody Bliss to
serve as Moderator...
To consider and vote in a Resolution to Apppropriate $6,926,000
for Capital Improvements to the Weston Public Schools and the
Weston Town Library, and to authorize the Issue of Bonds, Notes or
Temporary Notes in an Amount Not to Exceed $6,600,000 to Finance
A copy of
the full text of the Resolution is on file and available for
public inspection at the office of the Town Clerk and on the
Special Town Meeting on
Thursday, November 9, 2009 at 7pm in the Town Hall Meeting
Room - Food Pantry
No problem, passes with ease and many thanks to
those involved...but some nagging questions about whether
Board of Ethics should be put in a position of participating
in any negotiations that might come up, since they were not
asked to be part of this arrangement (an oversight perhaps,
since they had been asked in another instance?)
NEW "8-24" AT P&Z AUG. 3rd - WITH A-2 SURVEY....OK'D BY
Special Town Meeting on Thursday,
July 7, 2009 at 7pm, Town Hall Meeting Room - read
"call" here. Town
Meeting changed the wording in the call to require an A-2 survey
be submitted to a P&Z "8-24" hearing.
Why did this Special Town Meeting have to be called in the
summer? Answer given was that "stimulus" deadline
required action by August. League has always come out
against this particular type of disenfranchisement of the voters -
although, in this case, it was standing room only in the Town Hall
Special Town Meeting Thursday,
October 16, 2008 at 8pm in Town Hall - read "warning" here.
Unanimous "YES" in record time!
Special Town Meeting June 11, 2008, at
7:30pm at the W.M.S. cafeteria OK's
$1,100,000 for transfer into the Town's post
employment benefits trust fund; $586,585 for
expenses associated with the design and renovation
of the Weston High School Auditorium - by voice
vote, one motion for both items.
Special Town Meeting Thursday, January 17, 2008, at 7pm in the
Town Hall Meeting Room - NOTICE and RESOLUTION -
intention to reallocate funds among and between the three items in
the Referendum of Nov. 15, 2001 (shown above is the Plan approved
at Nov. 15, 2001 Referendum). This Special Town Meeting took
charge and changed the call into three parts - see non-League
interpretation of what happened here.
LEFT: April 2005 view of
construction at Weston High School - new wings "wrap" old ones,
including the tallest feature, the auditorium (stage
High School Cafeteria at far right, location of Special Town
Meeting Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 8pm.
Special Town Meeting Thursday, March
22, 2007 at 8pm in the Weston High School Cafeteria: "YES"
vote unanimously in about 25 minutes.
Special Town Meeting December 15, 2005 at 7PM in the Town Hall
Previous recent (Special) Town Meetings:
- SPECIAL TOWN MEETING Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 8pm in Weston
Library Community Room (adjourned to Weston Middle School
Cafeteria) says "Yes" to continuing Nature Center at Juliana
Lachat Preserve and "No" to easement at Revson Field.
- SPECIAL TOWN MEETING January 27, 2004
at 8pm in W.M.S. Cafeteria Thursday, January 29,
2004 (snow date) OK's easements for final approvals by
Army Corps of Engineers of School Road Site Plan.
- 16 Parade Ground Court (additional
property) (May 30, 2002)
- Special Town Meeting/Referendum:
reverse Question #2 ("3 through 5 school") from Nov. 15, 2001
(April 22, 2003)
- SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - Road Acceptance, Aspetuck Glen;
7:15pm, Wednesday, July 2, 2003, Town Hall Meeting Room/took
less than 15 minutes with nobody but "regular suspects"
present. (i.e. Weston LWV, Selectmen, Town Staff, etc.)
- January 6, 2004 (7:15pm in Town Hall
Meeting Room) voted "YES" and accepted a gift of 2 small
parcels of land on Davis Hill Road and an open space easement
on 13.145 acre parcel shown on map 3612A (?) dated 4/23/03,
revised to 7/8/03.
- @$80 million, three-part Referendum (Nov. 15, 2001)
- Planning money, septic improvements at
Hurlbutt - link to result here - (June
MEETING APRIL 10, 2003 - NO VOTING:
for Observer Corps report.
Please remember, this WEBpage is
not an official record...
MEETING "WARNING" - Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 8pm, W.H.S.
Board of Selectmen, 2-1, votes
to accept the petition (below); SPECIAL BOARD OF
SELECTMEN meeting set for Friday, March 28, 2003 at 8am
approved wording and appointed Moderator for this meeting...
PETITION #2, dated March 19
(first one dated March 10 voided):
"Pursuant to the Town of Weston
Charter, Section 2.7, we, the undersigned, being electors of
the Town of Weston, petition the Board of Selectmen to convene
a Special Town Meeting for the following purposes:
To consider and act upon the
Section 1. To terminate
and discontinue the planning, design and construction of a new
third through fifth grade school building project authorized
by the adoption of the following Resolution at a referendum on
November 15, 2001:
Shall the Town of Weston
appropriate $28,070,000 for the planning, design and
construction of a new third through fifth grade school, and
finance said appropriation by using bonds, notes or temporary
notes in an amount not to exceed $28,070,000?
Section 2. To direct the
Board of Selectmen and the School Building Committee to
terminate all existing contracts for such project, including
contracts for the design, management, and/or construction of
such project. To authorize the Board of Selectmen and
Town Treasurer to pay all of the proper legal obligations of
the Town arising from such contracts or from the termination
of such contracts; and all other liabilities as have been
lawfully incurred on account of said project. Such
payment or payments shall be made from the funds heretofore
appropriated for said building project and the bond
authorization for temporary borrowings set forth in said
Resolution shall continue in effect as necessary for such
purposes. Any borrowing made by the Town pursuant to
said Resolution shall remain a valid obligation for the Town
REFERENDUM - Tuesday, April 22,
2003, W.M.S. Gym (6am to 8pm) vote on the question:
"SHALL THE TOWN OF WESTON
TERMINATE AND DISCONTINUE THE PLANNING, DESIGN AND
CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW THIRD THROUGH FIFTH GRADE SCHOOL
BUILDING PROJECT AUTHORIZED AT A REFERENDUM ON NOVEMBER 15,
2001, INCLUDING TERMINATING ALL EXISTING CONTRACTS FOR THE
PROJECT AND PAYING ALL LEGAL OBLIGATIONs AND OTHER
LIABILITIES INCURRED ON THE PROJECT?"
Voters approving the Resolution
will vote "Yes" and those opposing the Resolution will vote
"No." Voting will be held at the following polling
place: Weston Middle School Gymnasium, School Road,
Weston, Connecticut. Persons qualified to vote in Town
Meetings who are not electors shall also vote at Weston Middle
School Gymnasium, School Road, Weston, Connecticut.
Absentee Ballots will be available from the Town Clerk's
Charter Section 2.7
Special Town Meeting for Enactment of an Ordinance or Other
Except as provided in Section 2.4,
2.5 and 2.6 of this Charter, not less than fifty qualified
voters may at any time petition over their personal signatures
for the enactment of any proposed lawfull ordinance or other
action by filing such petition, including the complete text of
such ordinance, or proposed other action, with the Town Clerk.
proposed ordinance or other action shall be submitted to the
Town Attorney for examination before being submitted to the Town
Clerk. The Town Attorney is authorized to correct the form
of such ordinance or other action for the purpose of avoiding
repetitions, illegalities and other unconstitutional provisions,
and to assure accuracy in its text and references and clearness
and preciseness in its phraseology, but not to change its
meaning of effect materially.
of Selectmen shall call a special Town Meeting, to be held not
less than ten nor more than thirty days from the date of such
filing, unless prior to such meeting such ordinance shall have
been enacted or such action taken by the Board of Selectmen.
for such meeting shall state the proposed ordinance or other
action in full and shall provide for a "yes" or "no" vote as to
there is a quorum at such meeting of at least five percent of
the qualified voters, then if a majority of the qualified voters
voting shall vote "yes" than such ordinance or other action
shall take effect on the tenth day thereafter without further
action of the Board of Selectmen; otherwise it shall not
Charter Section 2.6
Overrule of Action of Board of Selectmen
All ordinances, resolutions or
other action taken by votes of the Board of Selectmen, except
those making appointments or removals or concerned solely with
regulating their internal procedure or emergency ordinances
adopted in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.5 of this
Charter (Section 3.5 - "Emergency Ordinances" on page 8) shall
be subject to overrule by a special Town Meeting as follows:
(a) if within twenty days after the publication
of any such ordinance or the making of such resolution or taking
of such vote, a petition conforming to the requirements of
Section 7-9 and 7-9a of the General Statutes and signed by not
less than five percent of the qualified voters is filed with the
Town Clerk requesting its reference to a special Town Meeting,
the effective date of such ordinance, resolution or other action
shall be suspended;
(b) the Board of Selectmen shall fix the
time and place of such special Town Meeting, which shall be
within twenty days after the filing of the petition;
(c) notice thereof shall be given in the
manner provided by law for the calling of a special Town
(d) an ordinance, resolution or action so
referred shall take effect upon the conclusion of such meeting
unless at least one hundred voters constituting a majority of
those present and voting thereon, shall have voted in favor of
Charter Section 2.4:
When action by Town Meeting is
consider and act upon the estimate of the Board of Finance
with its recommendations leading to the determination of the
annual town budget, as required by the connecticut General
Statutes and hereinafter provided in Section 8.4;
consider and act upon, after recommendation by the Board of
Selectmen and approval by the Board of Finance:
(1) any appropriation or
authorization for issuance of bonds, notes, or other borrowing
in excess of the amount provided for in Section 8.5(b) or 8.6
of this Charter;
consider and act upon any proposed contract or agreement by
the Board of Selectmen for services or use of facilities by or
with the United States or any Federal agency, the State of
Connecticut, or any political subdivision thereof except as
provided in Section 3.2 of this Charter;
(2) the sale or
leasing of real estate of the Town, used or reserved for Town
(3) the purchase or
leasing of real estate for town purposes;
consider and act upon any proposal the Board of Selectmen
deems of sufficient importance.
Meeting on "16 Parade Ground Court"...
MAY 30, 2002,
at 7:30pm in the Weston Middle School Cafeteria a Special Town
Meeting involving a part of the School Construction package
was conducted in a most civil manner, League idea for secret
ballot picked up by PTO and carried out effectively by the
Registrars and Special Registrars of Voters...for the full
call, click HERE.
Not a big crowd in terms of numbers, but another example of
Weston's form of democracy in action!
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING NOV. 7:
was very polite. It was also videotaped and put on the
screen the very next day (congratulations to Town staff
working free overtime, no doubt, to make the "station" a
"24-7" all news all the time 21st Century public access
machine)...couldn't have happened without the Town of Weston
volunteer-run GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL rising to the
League Observer notes that the
Weston Middle School Cafeteria was pretty full (not totally) -
this means @170 persons - but maybe the number for eligible
voters was considerably smaller because the real records kept
are for "qualified voters" and does not include the people
filling seats who are: Education Staff or other Town
Staff not residents of Weston, under-age residents sitting
with parents and Weston residents who not citizens. Both
Co-Presidents were present, along with other Board Members and
general membership. This was First Selectman Hal
Shupack's last Town Meeting, and he introduced Woody Bliss,
his successor. Opening remarks were made by the Chair.
of the Board of Education, the Superintendent (acting) of
Schools, Chair. of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Fletcher-Thompson, the architects, were present, but no one
asked any questions of them. It was noted that no one
who spoke was in doubt about their position. It was also
noted that anyone who would like to take a tour of the
proposed Parks and Recreation improvements was welcome to the
League of Women Voters/Parks and Rec. event Friday,
November 9 at 11am in Bisceglie Park.
A question about the Sheff
decision vis a vis filling unused space in the public schools
was discussed somewhat heatedly, with a standing ovation given
to the person who had the nerve to bring up the issue of why
people might be opposed to school expansion - asking if it was
not a code position for not favoring an integrated
society. One after the other of some who had opposed the
expansion returned to the microphine to recite reasons why
they never intended to suggest that this was a racial issue.
The Town Meeting was adjourned
to the machines--VOTE
THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2001, WESTON MIDDLE
SCHOOL, FROM 6am to 8pm --Schools will be open
so...watch out for traffic and parking problems in the Middle
the "call" (short version) for the now completed Special Town
Meeting, 6-21-01...Weston Middle
School "old gym" polls opened from 6am to 8pm Thursday, June
The voters of the Town of
Weston, Connecticut, are hereby warned and notified that a
Special Town Meeting will be held in the Weston High School
Auditorium, School Road, Weston, Connecticut, on Thursday,
June 21, 2001 at 8:00 P.M. The Board of Selectmen has
nominated John Negroni to serve as Moderator and Richard Saltz
to serve as Alternate Moderator at the Special Town Meeting.
ITEM 1. To discuss and
vote on a Resolution: to appropriate $791,250 for septic
improvements to the Weston Public Schools, including
renovation of the South House and East House Elementary School
septic fields, installation of water conservation and water
meter automation equipment and installation of a backwash
system for the Middle School swimming pool; to finance the
appropriation by issuing the Town's bonds, notes or temporary
notes in an amount not to exceed $791,250; to ratify the
designation of the School Building Committee for the project;
and to authorize Town officials to take all necessary actions
to issue the bonds, notes or temporary notes and to apply for
grants for the project.
ITEM 2. To discuss and
vote on a Resolution: to appropriate $395,790 for the upgrade
of the Elementary and Middle School fire alarm systems; to
finance the appropriation by issuing the Town's bonds, notes
or temporary notes in an amount not to exceed $395,790; to
ratify the designation of the School Building Committee for
the project; and to authorize Town officials to take all
necessary actions to issue the bonds, notes or temporary notes
and to apply for grants for the project.
ITEM 3. To discuss and
vote on a Resolution: to appropriate $158,360 for ' fees and
expenses for the planning and design of replacement athletic
fields a Park; to finance the appropriation by issuing the
Town's bonds, notes or
in an amount not to exceed
$158,360; to ratify the designation of the School Building
Committee for the project, and to authorize Town officials to
take all necessary actions to issue the bonds, notes or
temporary notes and to apply for grants for the project.
ITEM 4. To discuss
and vote on a Resolution: to appropriate $754,600 for
architect's fees and expenses for the continued planning and
design of future improvements to the current school
facilities; to finance the appropriation by issuing the Town's
bonds, notes or temporary notes in an amount not to exceed
$754,600; to ratify the designation of the School Building
Committee for the project; and to authorize Town officials to
take all necessary actions to issue the bonds, notes or
temporary notes and to apply for grants for the project.
A copy of the full text of each
of the above Resolutions is on file and available for public
inspection at the office of the Town Clerk.
ITEM 5. To consider any
other item that may properly come before said Meeting.