Special Town Meeting 2012: Results

The full results from last night's Special Town Meeting in Needham. Stick with Patch to see more detailed results on articles throughout the day.

Needham's 2012 Special Town Meeting met last night, and heard all 17 of the warrant articles set forth--many without discussion or question. 

Town Meeting was officially continued because of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, during the hurricane, officials came into town hall to open the Town Meeting, and continue it to a later date. Town Meeting Moderator joked that there was an obvious lack of quorum.

The evening began with a class of first graders from Hillside School performing "America the Beautiful" and "This Land is Your Land" (see video to the right), followed by a moment of silence for veterans in honor of Veterans Day. 

Below is a full list of articles, and a full list of results from last night's meeting:

  • Article 1 - Fund Collective Bargaining Agreement: Fire Union - Approved without debate or question, unanimously
  • Article 2 - Accept the Provisions of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011, Supplemental Pension Allowance - Approved without debate or question, unanimously
  • Article 3 - Appropriate for Solar Energy Feasibility Study - Approved without debate or question, unanimously
  • Article 4 - Amend the FY2013 Operating Budget - Approved by unanimous vote
  • Article 5 - Rescind Debt Authorizations - Approved without debate or question, unanimously
  • Article 6 - Amend Zoning By-Law: Height Limitation Exceptions - Approved by majority vote
  • Article 7 - Amend Zoning By-Law: Minimum Side and Rear Line Setbacks: Accessory Structures - Approved by majority vote
  • Article 8 - Citizens’ Petition: Rail Trail Committee - Withdrawn
  • Article 9 - Citizens’ Petition: Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Referred to Board of Selectmen
  • Article 10 - Appropriate for South Street Home: Charles River ARC - Approved by majority vote
  • Article 11 - Appropriate for Rail Trail Feasibility Study - Approved by unanimous vote
  • Article 12 - Appropriate for Greene’s Field Improvement - Approved by unanimous vote
  • Article 13 - Appropriate for Pollard School Boiler Design - Approved without debate or question, unanimously
  • Article 14 - Appropriate for Public Works Infrastructure Program - Approved without debate or question, unanimously
  • Article 15 - Appropriate for Salt Shed Construction - Withdrawn
  • Article 16 - Appropriate for RTS Remediation - Approved by unanimous vote
  • Article 17 - Appropriate for Property Acquisition - Approved by majority vote

Stick with Patch throughout the day for selections from the meeting and more information on articles.


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