Wellesley’s annual town meeting wrapped up Monday night with a vote against a ban on gasoline powered leaf blowers, and a standing vote in favor of allowing the town to impose liens on properties encroaching onto town-owned land, according to the Town Clerk’s office.
The proposed leaf blower ban would have restricted the commercial use of gasoline powered leaf blowers, but it would not have restricted the use of leaf blowers by private citizens.
It was put on the town meeting warrant by citizen petition, and, according to the report provided by Wellesley’s Advisory Committee, was inspired by concerns over air quality and noise in residential neighborhoods.
Violation would have carried a $50 fine for each offense, and would have been enforced by the police.
Wellesley already has general noise bylaws that regulate what time commercial activity can begin in the morning, according to the Town Clerk’s office.
In its report to town meeting members, the Advisory Committee was against the article by a vote of 14-0, saying that they had not been “able to assess the impact on noise levels and air quality that leaf blowers imposer or the extent and nature of public concern about those impacts.”
The leaf blower article was the only article explicitly defeated by town meeting, though there were several articles that were not acted on at all.
An article passed by 112-96 giving the Wellesley Board of Selectmen the authority to impose municipal liens on property that encroaches on town land to pay for costs incurred by the town in correcting encroachments.
The Board of Selectmen will only impose a lien if the property owner is unwilling or unable to correct the encroachment or to pay the costs of correction, and only after a hearing, according to the Town Clerk’s office.
Town meeting members also voted to allocate $220,000 for the replacement of the Recycling and Disposal Facility transfer building, an allocation that followed last year’s allocation of $400,000 after the project turned out to be more expensive than originally expected.
Members also voted to spend $480,000 to reconstruct Bacon Street; and for the allocation of $330,000 to the Wellesley Housing Development Corporation for community housing, according to the Town Clerk’s office.
There will be a Special Town Meeting on June 13.
Below is the Town Meeting Score Card kept by the Town Clerk's office.
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