Category archives for: Town Government

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. […]

Canton’s annual town meeting kicks off Monday, May 9

See this week’s Canton Citizen for a detailed snapshot of the 2016 town meeting warrant. Full-day kindergarten, traffic and school building studies, historical preservation projects, and an assortment of zoning amendments will all be up for consideration when voters convene for Canton’s 2016 annual town meeting, which kicks off this coming Monday, May 9, in […]

BOS not objecting to medical marijuana dispensary

The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to issue a statement of “no objection” to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on New Boston Drive in Canton. The proposal was submitted by MD Holistics, owned by the Mullen family, and includes plans for a 5,000-square-foot facility. Selectman Bob Burr cast the lone dissenting vote. […]

Flood channel project sparks environ. concerns

When Jackie Langlois took one look at the dead beaver lying in the road just a few houses down from hers on Neponset Street late Friday night, she felt a mix of anger and sadness, but most of all she felt defeated.

Policy change proves too costly for Rec instructors

Sherry Herzog has taught music to Canton children for more than 30 years through the Parks and Recreation Department. A professional musician, she taught a preschool music class and a “song, dance and yoga” class every Monday. Over the years, she added a school vacation class and created Camp Broadway, a summer program in which […]

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