Town Moderator Keith Rauseo has once again put together an amazingly helpful matrix, explaining the articles for the 2013 Town Meeting and Special Town Meetings Warrants.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ginsburg working with Historical Society and Historical Commission.
Tewksbury developer Marc Ginsburg says he is taking measures to make sure as many historic elements of the Ames Castle are being preserved, even as the building is being demolished. "We removed numerous (historic) pieces, like the big mirror and the railings," said Ginsburg. "And we're going through the (ruble) to find original stones." Ginsburg said he had explored all possible options and described the final decision to demolish the castle as "heartbreaking." The home was built around 1900 by Gen. Adelbert Ames, a Civil War hero and former governor of Mississippi. He and his family originally owned 700 acres on and around Catamount Road. Ginsburg purchased the property from John Sullivan on Nov. 2 for $360,000. Sullivan had been using …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Town Moderator has once again crafted a matrix for Tuesday's Special Town Meeting to make every article easy to understand.
As has become his custom, Town Moderator Keith Rauseo has drafted a comprehensive guide to this week's Special Town Meeting. The matrix breaks down each of the 19 articles on the warrant, making it easy to understand the language and implications of each. He also includes information on whether or not the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee endorsed the article. The complete guide is attached to this article as a printable PDF document. The Special Town Meeting is schedule for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the McGrath Performing Arts Center at Tewksbury High School. The Special Town Meeting will not be broadcast live on public access. However, Tewksbury Patch will be blogging live throughout the meeting.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tewksbury residents conclude their business after three days of Annual Town Meeting.
Public safety was the big winner Wednesday night, as voters plowed through dozens of remaining article to close the books on the 2012 Annual Town Meeting _at Tewksbury High School._ After a spirited debate, voters approved a Special Town Meeting article which will allow town officials to require people applying for certain town business licenses to submit to complete fingerprinting for the purposes of conducting criminal background checks. "We want to make sure we don’t have sex offenders selling ice cream off of trucks," said Police Chief Timothy Sheehan. "To make sure we don’t have people with criminal records selling door to door." Tewksbury is one of several towns to adopt similar bylaws, thanks to state legislation that allows towns …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Amendment on the floor of Town Meeting adds $302,000 to Fire Department overtime budget.
Anyone wondering about the power wielded by citizens at an Open Town Meeting got a first-hand civics lesson Monday night at Tewksbury High School. Acting on an amendment brought forth by Democratic Committee Chairman Warren Carey, residents voted 65-62 to add $302,000 to the overtime budget of the Fire Department which, in theory, would provide the department with the staffing needed to keep the South Fire Station open 24 hours a day, year-round. The money will be transferred from the town's certified free cash, money that had been earmarked toward the purchase of an Elgin sweeper for the DPW and paying off the town's long-term leases on various pieces of equipment. As a result of the vote, Town Manager Richard Montuori said the purchase …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Town Moderator Keith Rauseo has provided important logistical information to make things easier for voters over the next three nights.
(Editor's note: The following information regarding the Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meetings, May 7-9 at Tewksbury High School, was submitted by Town Moderator Keith Rauseo.) Parking The new parking lot behind the current high school will be available all three nights. The lot will be lit throughout the meeting for voters’ safety and convenience. To access this lot, go all the way to the left side of the school and take the new driveway to the lot. You can use the walkway and the side entrance to the building that comes out of that lot, and that entrance will take you into the open area between the cafeteria and the gym. Make sure you go to the cafeteria first to check in and get your voter’s ribbon. There is always overflow …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Town Moderator once again crafts matrix to make articles easier to understand.
Town Moderator Keith Rauseo has once again crafted a matrix, breaking down the warrants for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meetings to help voters more easily understand the articles they will be voting on. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for May 7,9 at Tewksbury High and two Special Town Meetings are scheduled for May 8 and 9 at Tewksbury High. The matrix provides a description of each warrant article and, in certain cases, where details can be found in the handout. It also provides important notes, regarding such things as typos, as well as the sponsor of the article and the recommendations of the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Finance Committee. Regarding Article 2 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant, …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Town moderator tells board he may not be able to oversee debate and vote on proposed changes to the Town Charter at Special Town Meeting.
When it comes right down to it, $450 really isn't a lot of money. But it could be enough to prevent Town Moderator Keith Rauseo from overseeing one of the most important Town Meeting votes in the history of Tewksbury. Rauseo appeared before the Board of Selectmen at its April 10 meeting and told members that he could have a conflict of interest when it comes to the recommended changes to the Town Charter. As town moderator, Rauseo receives a $450 stipend. If voters adopt the changes recommended by the Special Act Charter Committee, Town Meeting and the position of town moderator would be eliminated and with it, Rauseo's stipend. Rauseo told the board he reached out to the State Ethics Commission and was told the situation did represent a …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hundreds turned out to test their knowledge and raise funds for the Tewksbury High PAC.
The team known as Genetically Predisposed (The Rauseo Team) once again brought home the first place trophy at the annual Tewksbury High PAC Trivia Night at the Tewksbury Country Club. The Wynn School Team came in second place. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Tewksbury High PAC.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Town Moderator Keith Rauseo again puts together guide for 19-article warrant.
Tewksbury voters will be dealing with 19 warrant articles when they gather on Oct. 4 at Tewksbury High School for the fall Special Town Meeting. Included on the warrant are: Over the course of the next two weeks, Tewksbury Patch will publish articles that examine some of these articles more closely. Attached is a PDF of the complete town meeting warrant. Also attached is a document put together by Town Moderator Keith Rauseo that provides a synopsis of the articles, sponsors, and the required votes for passage. He also included the recommondations on each of the articles from the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Planning Board.