Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday news roundup!
Starting on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Town Meeting is back in full in-person, late-night glory for the first time since 2019. In case you’re not planning to attend every single meeting, we’ve included an overview in today’s edition with some context about a few articles that have already generated community debate, and information about how to participate in Town Meeting as an audience member if you want to speak about an issue. We also plan to recap key Town Meeting news in each edition for the next few weeks.
Let the local government marathon begin!
Here’s this week’s news:
Town Meeting starts next week. Here’s what you need to know.
On Monday, Annual Town Meeting will convene in person for the first time since 2019 to make key decisions about Lexington’s budget, zoning and infrastructure.Keep reading
Ahead of Town Meeting, neighbors voice opposition to solar canopy design proposed to power new police station
While the new police station’s steel frame is rapidly taking shape in the center of Lexington, one final project component has yet to be approved by Town Meeting: a solar panel system and canopy that would allow the new building to be a net-zero project.Keep reading
LexSeeHer pushes to raise $165,000 by April 1 to cover monument cost increases
Last summer, the Select Board voted to approve the installation of a monument entitled “Something Is Being Done!” – celebrating women who have contributed to Lexington’s history from the 18th to the 21st centuries – on the Visitors Center lawn near the Battle Green.Keep reading
State Supreme Court redefines civility at public meetings
Just in time for next week’s Town Meeting, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has clarified what constitutes appropriate commentary during public meetings.Keep reading
Lexington police log: Residents continue to be victims of scams
A Katahdin Drive resident stated that her Xfinity, Chase, and AAU accounts were compromised by hackers and that her information was located on the dark web.Keep reading
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