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Mass Avenue project proposal on Arlington ballot Saturday

Posted by Tom Coakley  April 5, 2013 11:33 AM

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Arlington voters will decide contested selectmen and school committee races in the Town Election this weekend, and weigh in on the town’s Massachusetts Avenue project and overnight parking ban.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday for the annual election.

Incumbent Selectman Kevin Greeley will face challenger and Town Meeting member Maria Romano in the race for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen.

Voters will also choose between School Committee incumbents Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Judson Pierce and challenger Michael Buckley in a race for two three-year terms on the committee. School Committee member Paul Schlictman will run unopposed in an election to fill a one-year term.

A number of Town Meeting seats will also be up for grabs in the election, and votes will weigh in on two non-binding ballot questions.

The first question was placed on the ballot by the East Arlington Concerned Citizens Committee and asks voters if the town should continue to have four vehicular travel lanes on Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington, as it is practiced now. A project proposed by the town would reduce the number of travel lanes to three for much of the roadway in East Arlington, and add bicycle lanes, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements.

Selectmen have also placed a non-binding question on the ballot that asks voters if they favor the town’s current overnight parking ban that prohibits parking on public streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m..

Sample ballots are available at www.arlingtonma.gov/elections.

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