May 24th, 2006

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Brookline Town Meeting: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 (First Night)

The first session of Brookline Town Meeting began at around 7 PM last night. As was our custom, right around 7 PM, before we had a quorum, we had a voluntary recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Moderator, Sandy Gadsby, noted the existence of a quorum and called us to order at 7:10 PM. Then our Town Clerk, Pat Ward, recited the names of Town Meeting Members and former Members who had died or been reported as deceased since last May. Finally, Pat also swore in the newly elected and newly re-elected Members, including yours truly. And then we were ready to begin.

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At 10:34 PM Town Meeting voted unanimously to approve the $180,860,443 budget for FY 2007. And then we adjourned. Tonight we'll resume with articles on the CPA and the refuse fee as well as many others. For those of you waiting to hear about the vote on the impeachment of Bush, be advised that we probably won't get to it until Thursday night at the earliest.
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Brookline Has Passed the CPA

Back from another night at Town Meeting. For those who are interested, after two hours and forty-four minutes of debate and discussion we passed the Community Preservation Act for the town by 128-101. That means it'll go to the voters in November for approval.

If you want to know more about it, see http://www.communitypreservation.org/index.cfm and http://commpres.env.state.ma.us/content/cpa.asp.

I'll file a fuller report as soon as I can.