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    Brian Keaney

    Ask Me Anything Day, Town Meeting Edition

    by: Brian

    Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:19:26 AM EDT

    I had meant to do this sooner, but I thought that with Town Meeting coming up it might be a good time to do another Ask Me Anything Day.  Last time we discussed the Senior Center Site Committee, the Public Art Project, and the old Avey School lease, among other things.

    Is there anything on the warrant you are confused by, or would like more information about?  Anything else on your mind?  Just wondering what is the meaning of life?  Fire away!

    Brian :: Ask Me Anything Day, Town Meeting Edition
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    Re your article (0.00 / 0)
    Is this article meant to guide Dedham Schools towards the planning process and, ultimately, the implementing of the state's Time on Learning 900/990 mandate?  

    I'm beyond that (0.00 / 0)
    I was in middle school when the Massachusetts Commission on Time on Learning recommended every elementary student get 900 hours of instructional time per year, and 990 hours for secondary students.  I was in high school when the state mandated it.  Nearly 20 years later Dedham still is not meeting those standards. I'm more interested in moving us forward than trying to get us to meet a standard that is decades old.

    The 900/990 hours mandate was supposed to be a first step in getting us up to par with other countries, but for whatever reason the state never took the second step.  So, I pretty much copied the language word for word from the state act 20 years ago and put it in this article.  There's no reason we have to wait for Beacon Hill.

    You are right about one thing, though.  This would just have the School Committee study the issue and produce a plan.  It would not actually increase the number of hours students are in school. - a community since 1636 and online since 2007!

    [ Parent ]
    Would the new noise nuisance law... (0.00 / 0)
    .... allow me to file a complaint against DPW for jackhammering in my neighborhood at 7 a.m.?

    Unfortunately not (0.00 / 0)
    Nope.  Exemptions 4 and 12 allows public utilities to make noise as long as it is temporary.  If they started running it every morning at 7 am in perpetuity then you would have grounds for a complaint.  If it is just for a couple of days then you have to deal with it. - a community since 1636 and online since 2007!

    [ Parent ]
    New Liquor License proposal (0.00 / 0)
    I'm a little confused by the request for new liquor licenses in Dedham Square.....   Who would be able to give the licenses out? Who pays for them? Would the selectmen have to approve the request?

    I have no objection to more licenses in town, it's just that the technicalities are unclear.

    From Mini-own . . . (0.00 / 0)
    what I recall is that the licenses would have to be approved first by the Legislature; if that happens then the Selectmen would be in charge of issuing them

    they'd be geographically restricted to Dedham Square (per Section 3 of the Article)

    they are intended to be granted to restaurants in order to attract more restaurants to the Square

    some at mini-town argued that issuing more licenses diminishes the value of the existing licenses; that reminded me of similar arguments years ago when Mocha Java and Isabella's were first proposed for the Square; they were denied the first time around because of concerns about existing businesses and parking

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    New licenses (0.00 / 0)
    The Selectmen are the licensing board in town, and it is they who have to approve any new license, or the transfer of an existing one.  It's the applicants who have to pay the associated fees, including an additional fee of $5,000 for one of these licenses which will go into a special economic development fund. - a community since 1636 and online since 2007!

    [ Parent ]
    A couple of links (0.00 / 0)
    The town meeting moderator in Walpole has his own blog, and the other day he posted an op-ed written by yet another moderator from Mansfield on Town Meeting being democracy at its best.  It's worth a read.

    Also, I stole the idea of an Ask Me Anything Day from David Bernstein, formerly of the Phoenix.  He is now writing at Boston Magazine, and is doing an Ask Me Anything Day over there.  His focus is on state and Boston politics, but, true to the name, you can ask him anything you like. - a community since 1636 and online since 2007!


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