News Flash Home
The original item was published from 6/24/2020 4:24:16 PM to 7/2/2020 12:00:02 AM.

News Flash

News & Announcements

Posted on: June 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] History-making Annual Town Meeting is Dissolved

Town Meeting News

Wellesley’s remote 2020 Annual Town Meeting has been dissolved. 

For the first-time in the Town’s 139-year history, Annual Town Meeting took place by Zoom videoconferencing in order to keep all participants safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

During the two-night meeting, Town Meeting Members considered and voted on all critical warrant articles related to the financial operations of the Town, including approving a more than $174 million omnibus budget and union contracts for the Wellesley Police Department, Fire Department, and Wellesley Free Library.  

At a Special Town Meeting held within the Annual Meeting, members voted to extend the retirement age for the Town’s Assistant Fire Chief.

Non-financial articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant will be considered at a Special Town Meeting currently planned for October 2020. 

Six citizen petitions on the warrant were also considered. There were no motions on three of these petitions - a petition to amend a section of the Zoning Bylaws relating to the size of structures in General Residence Districts; a petition to improve efficiency in Town government; and a petition to amend the Town Bylaws to prohbit the sale of fur products in Wellesley. These will be reconsidered at the October Special Town Meeting. 

Town Meeting members did approve a citizen petition to enroll all Town electricity customers in an opt-out Voluntary Renewable Energy Program in order to help Wellesley reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

A citizen petition asking that the second Monday in October be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples Day in Wellesley, rather than Columbus Day, was amended as a ballot question and approved by Town Meeting Members. Wellesley residents will vote on this question on Town Election Day in March 2021. 

A corresponding citizen petition asking that the second Monday in October be celebrated as Italian American Heritage Day, and another to-be-determined day be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples Day, was also amended as a ballot question but not approved by Town Meeting Members.  

Comprehensive information about Town Meeting, including presentations for the warrant articles considered and the scorecard for each article, is available on the Town Clerk’s webpages

Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News & Announcements


RDF Spring Updates

Posted on: March 29, 2023
Fire Patch

Blasting Notice for Cranmore Road

Posted on: March 23, 2023

Vietnam War Veterans Observance

Posted on: March 22, 2023
Wellesley Public Health Banner

Health Department Keep Well Clinics

Posted on: March 17, 2023

Fix a Leak Week

Posted on: March 20, 2023

MWRTA New Fare System Launches May 1

Posted on: March 15, 2023

Spring CPR & Water Safety Classes

Posted on: March 10, 2023
MBTA logo for T

MBTA Spring Service Schedules

Posted on: March 9, 2023
MBTA logo for T

MBTA Service Changes in March

Posted on: March 1, 2023
Traffic box art photo 5

Spring 2023 Traffic Box Artists Wanted

Posted on: February 28, 2023
Banner image

Design Review Board Vacancies

Posted on: February 22, 2023

Wellesley Police Launch New UAV Program

Posted on: February 13, 2023

First EV in Service for WPD

Posted on: January 26, 2023
Dog Licenses

Renew Your Dog License for 2023

Posted on: January 3, 2023

Winter Weather Tips from the DPW

Posted on: December 16, 2022