Category archives for: Town Government

Resident complaints put MV speeding on town’s radar

The frequency and severity of motor vehicle speeding has recently surfaced as a hot-button issue across Canton, with the Board of Selectmen seemingly addressing a different trouble spot each meeting, from “cut-through” streets such as Wentworth Road and Lawrence Street, to the usual high-volume traffic locations such as Dedham, Bolivar, and Washington streets. The Citizen […]

BOS close to finalizing Reservoir Pond rules & regs

After a year of study and hearings, selectmen are expected to approve a series of formal rules and regulations concerning usage of Reservoir Pond after many residents voiced approval of the draft rules prepared by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and new Town Planner Laura Smead. (Read MAPC draft rules & regulations) More than 35 […]

BOS hears from both sides on gas pipeline proposal

Both opponents and proponents of Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast gas pipeline expansion outlined their stances during a capacity-filled Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday night, with approximately 25 attendees wearing bright red shirts declaring their opposition to the controversial project. The air conditioner in the Salah Meeting Room was not functioning properly, leaving many attendees […]

Protest marchers bring anti-pipeline message to Canton

Pipeline opponents make their way down Sherman Street to the Canton Public Library. (Jay Turner photo)

The weather was downright oppressive and the turnout was lighter than advertised. But the message still came through loud and clear as dozens of protesters made their way through Canton on Friday as part of the People Over Pipelines March — a 43-mile trek to the steps of the State House to oppose the $3 […]

Water ban intensifies amid near-drought conditions

Canton residents are being asked to make a big, collective sacrifice this summer when it comes to outdoor water usage per order of the state Department of Environmental Protection. While a general prohibition on all nonessential daytime use has been in effect in the town since May 1, the Canton Water Division recently announced further […]

BOH tobacco sting nets ‘disappointing’ results

More than two years after raising the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21, the Canton Health Department put the town’s retailers to the test and an alarming number of them failed to make the grade. In its first coordinated sting operation since the new regulations took effect, Canton’s tobacco control program visited 22 establishments […]

Selectmen finalize choice for new town planner

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved the recommendation of Human Resources Director Jody Middleton to seek a contract with Laura Smead of Sharon to be the new town planner. Pending successful contract negotiations, Smead would replace Tim Richard, who stepped down in January after serving in the role for a year. Richard was Canton’s […]

TM voters say yes to tuition-free full-day kindergarten


Canton joined the nearly 80 percent of Massachusetts communities that offer tuition-free full-day kindergarten after a clear majority of voters approved the measure at the final session of annual town meeting on Wednesday, May 11. A similar proposal, sponsored by resident Tony Braconi, was defeated a year earlier at the 2015 town meeting; however, this […]

Voters reject government reforms at first TM session

Various attempts at reforming municipal government, including proposals by individual citizens and the Finance Committee, were either defeated or postponed indefinitely during the opening session of annual town meeting Monday night. Jim Sims, a FinCom member, sponsored an article proposing term limits for elected and appointed officials; the FinCom proposed to eliminate stipends for board […]

BOS in talks with top choice for town administrator

The Board of Selectmen have entered into negotiations with its top choice for town administrator, Charles Aspinwall of Sharon, following a unanimous vote on Friday, May 6. Selectmen went with Aspinwall, the current Millis town administrator, over two other finalists for the position: Harwich Town Administrator Christopher Clark and Middletown Assistant Town Administrator Ryan Ferrera. […]

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