Warrant Articles

November 2019 Town Meeting

Article Number Warrant Article Title Petitioner Green Caucus Endorsements Brookline For Everyone Endorsements PAX Endorsements Town Meeting Vote Town Meeting Result
Amend the General By-Laws by amending Section 8.37.5 to modify the hours of operation of Marijuana Establishments Citizen Petition

Favorable Action

161-64-5

Favorable Action

Amend the General By-Laws by amending Section 8.37.5 to add a new subsection 18 to limit purchases by customers on a reserve ahead basis Citizen Petition

No Action

106-118-3

No Action

Resolution requesting the Select Board create a study committee to assess the effectiveness of Brookline's marijuana by-laws and policies Citizen Petition

No Action

119-110-2

Favorable Action

Home Rule Petition to allow who have reached the age of 16 or older, to register and vote in municipal elections within the Town Select Board

143-71-6

Favorable Action

1 Approval of unpaid bills Select Board

Unanimous

No Action

2 Approval of collective bargaining agreements Human Resources

Unanimous

No Action

3 FY2020 budget amendments Select Board

Favorable Action on Item C regarding TNC fee revenue

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

4 Driscoll Appropriation: Advisory Committee Amendment Advisory Committee

84-136-5

No Action

4 Appropriation for a four section Driscoll School C. Scott Ananian, TMM 10, (correspondent), Dave Gacioch, TMM 13, Beth Gilligan, Jesse Gray, TMM 10, Andreas Liu, TMM 10, Kim Loscalzo, A. Nicole McClelland, TMM 11

203-13-10

Favorable Action

4 Driscoll Appropriation: Friedman Amendment

25-190-8

No Action

5 Authorization for the disposal and sale of the real property at 15-19 Oak Street Mariah Nobrega, TMM4, Neil Wishinsky, TMM5, Ben Franco, Select Board Member

147-77-3

No Action (Requires 2/3 Majority)

6 Resolution pertaining to the annual stipends received by members of the Select Board and other committees Nicole McClelland TMM11, Mariah Nobrega TMM4, Neil Wishinsky TMM5

Favorable Action

100-103-12

No Action

7 Resolution pertaining to the maintenance of pavement markings Christi Electris, TMM7; Robert M. Miller, TMM8

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

206-2-3

Favorable Action

8 Legislation authorizing the Select Board to offer a senior discount program for water and sewer rates Select Board

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

9 Resolution pertaining to the establishment of a real estate transfer fee Wendy MacMillan, TMM4; David Lescohier, TMM11; Deborah Brown, TMM1

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

139-44-17

Favorable Action

10 Amend Article 4.9 of the Town's General By-laws to dissolve the Committee on Campaigns Select Board

Town Meeting is Upcoming

11 Authorization for the termination and relocation of certain sewer and drainage easements at Kerrigan Place Department of Public Works, Peter Ditto, Town Engineer

Town Meeting is Upcoming

12 Authorization to enter into Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on certain Town properties Select Board

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

13 Amend Section 4.07 of the Town's Zoning By-Law to allow Accessory Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations The Department of Planning & Community Development; Co-petitioners: Blake Cady; David Lescohier, TMM11; David Lowe, TMM11; Scott Englander, TMM6; Willy Osborn.

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

14 Amend Section 6.04 of the Zoning By-law pertaining to electric vehicle parking C. Scott Ananian, TMM 10, (correspondent) Jesse Gray, TMM 10

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

15 Amend Section 6.02 of the Zoning By-law to eliminate minimum parking requirements and establish maximum parking ratios for storefront uses within the Transit Parking Overlay District (TPOD) Linda Olson Pehlke, TMM 2, and Paul Saner, TMM 13

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

16 Resolution pertaining to E-Scooters and other micro-mobility devices Paul Warren, TMM1 and Heather Hamilton, Select Board Member

No Action

No Action

Majority Vote

Favorable Action

17 Resolution pertaining to Open-Air Parking Licenses and Electric Vehicle Charging Outlets C. Scott Ananian, TMM 10, (correspondent) Jesse Gray, TMM 10

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

18 Amend the Town's Zoning By-laws to change the definition of "lodger" and permit certain short term lodging Scott Gladstone and Isaac Silberberg

173-21-4

Refer to Town Planning Department

19 Amend the Town's Zoning By-law to allow Accessory Dwelling Units Roger Blood

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

20 Amend the Town's Zoning By-law to allow Micro Unit Dwellings in the Coolidge Corner General Business District Robert Zuker

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

21 Adoption of a new General By-Law prohibiting new fossil fuel infrastructure in major construction Jesse Gray (TMM-10), Werner Lohe (TMM-13), Alan Leviton, Lisa Cunningham (TMM-15), Diane Sokal, Daria Mark, Cora Weissbourd, Kathleen Scanlon (TMM-3), Heather Hamilton (SB), Raul Fernandez (SB), and Nancy Heller (SB)

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

22 Amend Article 8.31 of the Town's General By-laws to prohibit the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers Donald Warner

Town Meeting is Upcoming

23 Amend Article 8.31 of the Town's General By-laws to prohibit blowing leaves and debris onto public property Donald Warner

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

24 Amend Article 3.14 of the Town's General By-laws pertaining to the Commission for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations and Citizen Complaints Arthur Wellington Conquest III, TMM6

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

25 Adoption of a new General By-law prohibiting the Town from using Face Surveillance Amy Hummel, TMM12

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

26 Rename the Coolidge Corner School the "Florida Ruffin Ridley School" School Committee; Deborah Brown, TMM1; Anne Greenwald, TMM8; Maya Norton

Favorable Action

195-15-13

Favorable Action

27 Rename the Coolidge Corner School the "Ethel Weiss School" Larry Ruttman

No Action

22-182-17

No Action

28 Rename the Coolidge Corner School the "Robert I. Sperber School" Lee L. Selwyn, TMM13

No Action

Wasn't Moved

Town Meeting is Upcoming

29 Resolution pertaining to an Economic-Equity Advancement Fund Donelle S. O'Neal Sr., TMM4

No Recommendation

Town Meeting is Upcoming

30 Adoption of a new General By-Law pertaining to the establishment of a Brookline Community Engagement Plan Deborah Brown, TMM1, Mariah Nobrega, TMM4, and Samuel Botsford

Town Meeting is Upcoming

31 Resolution pertaining to the Town's response to Climate Change Jules Milner-Brage, TMM12; Susan Helms Daley; Scott Englander, TMM6; Heather Hamilton, Select Board Member; Blake Cady; C. Scott Ananian, TMM10; Eileen Berger, TMM15; John Bowman; John Harris, TMM8; Linda Olson Pehlke, TMM2; Willy Osborn

Favorable Action

Favorable Action

192-1-5

Favorable Action

32 Amend the Town's General By-laws to replace "Chairman" and "Chairperson" with "Chair" Neil Gordon, TMM1, and Hadassah Margolis, TMM8

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

33 Amend the Town's General By-laws to replace references to "inhabitants" and "Citizens" Neil Gordon, TMM1

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

34 Amend the Town's General By-laws regarding eligibility for membership on boards, commissions and committees Neil Gordon, TMM1

Favorable Action

Town Meeting is Upcoming

April 2019 Town Meeting

Warrant Article Title Result Town Meeting Vote
Resolution regarding Newbury College

Favorable Action

199-0-2

November 2018 Town Meeting

Article Number Warrant Article Title Result Town Meeting Vote
Amend Article 4.13 of the Town's Zoning By-laws to modify density requirements for marijuana establishments.

Favorable Action

134-58-17

1 Approval of unpaid bills

No Action

Unanimous

2 Approval of collective bargaining agreements

No Action

Unanimous

3 FY2019 budget amendments

Favorable Action

Unanimous

4 Release of May 2018 Ninth School Schematic Design Special Appropriation

No Action

Unanimous

5 Legislation authorizing the Select Board to grant additional liquor licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages

No Action

Unanimous

6 Articles Six through Nine deal with easements necessary to reconstruct the Carlton Street Footbridge. These articles were considered under a single debate with a single vote.

Favorable Action

209-1-0

10 To grant an easement to the Boston Gas Company to install a gas line for Fire Station 6

No Action

44-139-9

11 Articles 11 through 16 - Amend the Zoning By-law to establish a Hancock Village Overlay District and various related articles

No Motion Was Made

17 Amend Section 3.1.3 of the Town's General By-Laws to prohibit Non-Disclosure Agreements

No Action

83-104-9

18 Amend Article 5.3 of the Town's General By-laws pertaining to Demolition Delay

Favorable Action

Unanimous

19 Amend Article 8.31.3 of the Town's By-laws pertaining to the use of Leaf Blowers

No Motion Was Made

20 Amend Article 5.23 of the Town's Zoning By-laws to establish special rules pertaining to the Transit Parking Overlay District

No Motion Was Made

21 Everything Should Have A Home. A Resolution To Encourage Brookline Retailers To Donate Unsold Merchandise

Favorable Action

Unanimous

22 Resolution calling for the reinstatement of State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions

No Action

???

23 Resolution calling for a Beacon Street Olmsted Bridle Path restoration study

Favorable Action

Unanimous

May 2018 Town Meeting

Article Number Warrant Article Title Result Town Meeting Vote
1 Appointment of Measurers of Wood and Bark

Favorable Action

Unanimous

2 Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreements

Favorable Action

Unanimous

3 Annual Authorization of Compensating Balance Agreements

Favorable Action

Unanimous

4 Report on the Close-out of Special Appropriations / Bond Authorization Rescission

No Action

Unanimous

5 Approval of Unpaid Bills of a Prior Fiscal Year

No Action

Unanimous

6 Acceptance of Legislation to Increase Property Tax Exemptions

No Action

Unanimous

7 Hochleutner/Englander/Stampfer Amendment related to the Installation of Plastic Turf at Cypress Playground

Favorable Action

128-93-7

7 Select Board Amendment related to the Installation of Plastic Turf at Cypress Field

No Action

18-177-14

7 Hochleutner/Englander/Stampfer Amendment related to the Installation of Plastic Turf at Cypress Field

Favorable Action

126-91-7

7 Annual (FY19) Appropriations Article

Favorable Action

178-1-0

8 Acceptance of certain modifications to public ways and authorization for the acquisition of permanent easements related to the Gateway East project

Favorable Action

Unanimous

9 Authorization for the acquisition of and funding for certain temporary and permanent easements related to the Gateway East project

Favorable Action

Unanimous

10 Release of a pedestrian bridge easement related to the Gateway East project

Favorable Action

Unanimous

11 Authorization for the grant of a permanent easement for parking related to the Gateway East project

Favorable Action

Unanimous

12 Authorization for funding a portion of the Town's construction match related to the Gateway East project

Favorable Action

Unanimous

13 Authorization for the grant of a permanent easement over the main entrance at 2-4 Brookline Place for the construction of a canopy

Favorable Action

Unanimous

14 Authorization for the grant of a preservation restriction pertaining to the Brookline Reservoir Gatehouse

Favorable Action

Unanimous

15 Amendment to Section 8.26 of the Town's General By-Laws - Erosion and Sediment Control

Favorable Action

Unanimous

16 Amendment to Section 7.00 of the Town's Zoning By-Law -- Sign By-law

No Motion Was Made

n/a

19 Amendment to Section 8.37.4 of the Town's General By-Laws - limiting the maximum number of Marijuana Retailers

No Action

61-145-3

22 Acceptance of General Laws Chapter 64N, Section 3 - a Local Tax Option pertaining to the sale of marijuana and marijuana products

Favorable Action

Unanimous

23 Renaming the Devotion School

Favorable Action

171-19-14

24 Legislation authorizing a Brookline Land Bank

Favorable Action

Majority Vote

25 Legislation authorizing a Senior Circuit Breaker tax exemption

Favorable Action

169-1-0

26 Legislation authorizing an Override and Debt Exclusion tax exemption for seniors

Favorable Action

147-48-8

27 Amendment to Article 4.8, Section 4.8.5 of the Town's General By-Laws - requiring publication of living wage exempt positions in the Town's Financial Plan

Favorable Action

Unanimous

28 Rosenthal Amendment to: Amendment to the Town's General By-Laws adding new Article 4.10 - Community Control over Police Surveillance and Militarization

No Action

68-128-7

29 Select Board Motion to Refer: Amendment to the Town's General By-Laws adding new Article 3.24 - Community Advisory Committee on Military and Surveillance Equipment

Favorable Action

Majority Vote

30 Select Board Motion to Refer: Resolution regarding the Town's use and approval of Military and Surveillance Equipment

Favorable Action

Majority Vote

31 Amendment of Article 8.32 of the Town's General By-laws - Sustainable Food Containers and Packaging

Favorable Action

Unanimous

32 Amendment of Section 3.13 of the Town's General By-Laws prohibiting NonDisclosure Agreements

No Action

31-157-9

33 Resolution seeking review of the Town's practices regarding non-electronic communications

Favorable Action

Majority Vote

34 Resolution honoring Brookline WWI soldiers

Favorable Action

Unanimous

35 Resolution to prevent nuclear war

Favorable Action

167-2-0

36 Resolution pertaining to the renaming of Washington Street

No Action

Majority Vote

November 2017 Town Meeting

Article Number Warrant Article Title Result Town Meeting Vote
1 Release or re-appropriation of May 2017 Baldwin School Special Appropriation for an expanded purpose

Favorable Action

208-2-0

1 Revision of the Hancock Village Neighborhood Conservation District Bylaw
1 Approval of unpaid bills

No Action

Unanimous

2 Approval of collective bargaining agreements

No Action

Unanimous

3 FY2018 budget amendments

Favorable Action

214-1-0

4 Authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire real property at 111 Cypress Street by purchase or eminent domain, and appropriate funds for such purpose

Favorable Action

212-1-2

5 Release or re-appropriation of May 2017 Baldwin School Special Appropriation

No Action

Unanimous

6 Legislation to increase qualifying income limits for senior real estate tax deferrals

Favorable Action

Unanimous

7 Authorize interest rate reduction on real property tax deferrals for qualifying seniors

Favorable Action

Unanimous

8 Accept the provisions of Chapter 60 Section 3D of the Massachusetts General Laws authorizing voluntary tax bill relief donations

Favorable Action

Unanimous

9 Legislation authorizing the Board of Selectmen to grant additional liquor licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages

Favorable Action

Majority Vote

10 Motion to Refer Articles 10-15 to a Board of Selectmen appointed committee
10 Amend the Zoning By-law to establish a Hancock Village Overlay District (HVOD)

No Action

112-85-7

11 Authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute a Hancock Village Master Development Agreement
12 Authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute a Hancock Village Local Action Unit (LAU) Development Agreement
13 Authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and enforce a Hancock Village deed restriction
14 Authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire certain real property at Hancock Village by gift or deed
15 Repeal of the Hancock Village Neighborhood Conservation District Bylaw
16 By-law amendment requiring the posting of documents associated with public meetings

Favorable Action

160-3-0

17 Establish a Tree Preservation By-law

No Action

n/a

18 Replace "Selectmen" with "Selectwomen" in Zoning and General Bylaw references

Favorable Action

155-2-0

18 Replace "Board of Selectmen" with "Select Board"

No Action

Majority Vote

19 Replace gender-specific language in Town By-laws and records with gender-neutral language

Favorable Action

Majority Vote

20 Resolution to establish Indigenous Peoples Day in Brookline

Favorable Action

168-14-23

21 Resolution to honor former Brookline resident John Wilson

Favorable Action

Unanimous

22 Resolution on Sentencing Reform and Diversion

Favorable Action

116-81-11