Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Here are how local residents voted Precinct-by-Precinct.
The results are in and Marblehead voters have spoken. Voters approved the capping of the current landfill, the construction of a new transfer station and the reconstruction of Glover School. A project that aimed to make the Old Town House universally accessible, however, was shot down. Questions: 1. Old Town House renovations: Residents will be asked to approve a question that calls for a renovation project that would make the town's Old Town House universally accessible to all visitors. 2. Capping the landfill: Residents will be asked to approve a question that calls for the capping of the town's old landfill. If the landfill is not capped, the town can expect to be fined for non-compliance. 3. Constructing a new transfer station: …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Questions 2 and 3 will ask voters to decide the fate of the current transfer station and whether or not to cap the town's old landfill.
The 60-year-old landfill must be monitored on an on-going basis and reports on its contamination provided to the state Department of Environmental Protection under an agreement between the town and the state regarding the landfill. The town is asking for $656,000 to pay for that monitoring. The town, working with DEP, wants to cap the landfill and build a new transfer station as part of its agreement with the state regarding the old, leaky landfill. This item was defeated last year, which sent the Board of Health back to the drawing board. The board appointed a special subcommittee to reduce the costs of the proposed station and capping project. The question would approve spending $18 million to cap the landfill and replace the 54-year-old…
Friday, June 18, 2010
Here's a look at the election coverage on Marblehead Patch this week.
This week's special election sent a clear message to Town Hall -- no more taxes. On Tuesday, residents voted no on all 10 ballot questions. The issues, which were approved by Town Meeting last month, had to be voted on in an election because they would exceed the state imposed limits of 2.5 percent increase over the previous year's tax levy. Prior to the polls closing, exit polls showed residents were split on issues, such as rebuilding the Glover School and placing artificial turf on Sgt. Christopher Piper Field. Once the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, supporters of the ballot questions gathered at Abbot Hall. When the results were taped to the wall, the words "shock" and "depression" were frequently heard as voters voted against each …
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Voters soundly rejected Question 8, the proposal to build a synthetic turf field at Marblehead High School.
In a resounding vote of 4,097 to 1,723, Marblehead residents decided against resurfacing Sgt. Christopher Piper Field with artificial material Tuesday during the special election. Conceivably, one of the biggest problems for Marblehead residents is the final bill for the project. Many locals claim a synthetic field is not a sound purchase during a time of economic recession. Marblehead Youth Football President and chairman of the citizen Field Turf Committee, Bruce Bial, estimated the cost at $1.5 million, with repair fees averaging $300,000 every 10 years. Though disappointed, high school football coach Jim Rudloff understands the decision, citing "the economic times and the large menu of items we were wedged in the middle of," as key …
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Some believe town cannot afford big ticket items. Others think it is an investment in town’s future
Marblehead voters have plenty to think about today as they vote in a special election with 10 issues, many of them high-ticket items, on the ballot. From informal exit polling at the Marblehead Community Center and the Star of the Sea Community Center, voters had strong passions about several items, particularly the school funding proposals. But other voters, many of them saying they were retired, opposed several issues because they are just "too expensive." Bob Goodwin, describing himself as retired and living on a fixed income, said he voted to cap the landfill and build a new transfer station. But he was concerned about the other items. "I think they are too expensive," he said. Mike Greenberg said every issue had merit and he had …
Monday, June 14, 2010
Voters will weigh in on 10 different issues. Here is a look at tomorrow's ballot.
This is what tomorrow's special election ballot will look like. Residents will vote on 10 issues including overrides to put artificial turf on Piper Field, re-align Pleasant Street and rebuild the Glover School.